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Jun 16 / denisa

Mascara 101: The Best Of The Best For Your Lashes

Mascara is one of the most essential of all cosmetic products out there. Particularly if you have light colored lashes or thin/skimpy ones.  I consider myself somewhat of an expert on mascara as I am pretty much obsessed with it and have tried almost every affordable mascara product out there. (Including some not-so-affordable ones). Big, beautiful lashes can make you look youthful, sexy or just plain irresistible. Here’s the skinny on some of the best mascaras out there and what they have to offer.

LYCRA Lash Extender Mascara by Rimmel London:  This is the most well-rounded of the bunch. It offers lift, thickening, length and separation is as little as one coat. It’s made to be “built up” so you can custom make your desired look. One coat provides natural yet vibrant lashes while two or more coats creates drama for evening. It’s quite versatile!

Pros: Lets you build up layer by layer to make a customized look. Easy to wash off.

Cons: May flake off. May feel heavy if applied copiously.

Volume Flash Mousse Mascara by Rimmel London: Rimmel’s Volume Flash Mascara might not be for everyone, but the air-light whipped formula does feel soft and weightless on the eyes. However, it can clump easily when applying a second coat. If you’re looking for mascara on the go, this ones for you! One coat will suffice and you’re out the door.

Pros: One quick coat and your done.

Cons: May clump or get goopy after two or more coats.

Full ‘N Soft Washable Mascara by Maybelline: What we like most about this product is in its name: full and soft. Nothing is worse than hard brittle lashes (which can also, unfortunately, cause your lashes to fall out prematurely). Full ‘N Soft wont give you the dramatic length and glamour that some of our other products provide, but the fact that it leaves your lashes soft and touchable is an undeniable plus.

Pros:  Keeps lashes looking plentiful and soft to the touch.

Cons: Requires several coats, doesn’t provide much lengthening.

Great Lash Washable Mascara by Maybelline: I’ve never been a big fan of this mascara, but my cousin Michi swears by it. It turns out; Great Lash has its nook in the market. I always found the thin small brush didn’t give me enough oomph. But, if you find conventional thickening or lengthening mascaras form nothing more than a mess on your eyes. This product is for you. It may take a few coats if you’re looking for drama. But that’s precisely what makes it great. It applies little product at a time so you wont over do it. And, it’s easy to work with. It wont make your lashes hard or stiff, and the bright green and pink bottle makes it easy to find in your purse or makeup bag. Recently Maybelline came out with the same formula but with a BIG soft brush. NEW Great Lash BIG™ Washable Mascara seems promising. We can’t wait to try it out.

Pros: Good for girls with shorter lashes. Lets you apply little by little. Natural looking.

Cons: Time consuming, multiple coats required, does not provide a dramatic effect.

Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Waterproof Mascara by Maybelline: I wore this mascara on my wedding day for fear that I would cry my eyes out and mess up my makeup.  Lucky for me it works. The Lash Stiletto mascara does provide tons of length and long wear. But it does tend to make your lashes a bit hard and if you sleep in it, you may regret it in the morning. Stick to the washable version of this unless you plan on swimming or, like me, crying all day.

Pros: Finishes glossy looking, creates length and drama.

Cons: Makes lashes feel hard, uncomfortable to sleep in, difficult to remove. Can be uncomfortable to sleep in (particularly if you wear contact lenses).

Lash Stylist Comb Mascara by Maybelline: This is by far our favorite mascara. Nothing provides the lift and drama that this mascara’s applicator supplies.  The comb it comes with is like nothing we had ever tried before. It gives full dramatic lashes in one sweep. It can however, be quite messy if you haven’t gotten the hang of it. Unfortunately its been discontinued by Maybelline (pout). But you can still easily purchase it online.  We kept our old one’s wand and use it with other mascaras, which works almost as well, as the trick is in the applicator comb.

Pros: Provides a dramatic look with maximum lift. Comb applicator separates lashes and gives each lash a healthy coat.  Provides the best volume and length.

Cons: Can be messy and difficult to apply for some. Can be difficult to get off.

The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara by Maybelline: This is currently our favorite (officially on the market) mascara. I bought this at Walgreens one day when a frantic girl came in looking for it had to share with all around her that this was the absolute best mascara she had ever tried. I agree with her somewhat (as you already know my heart goes to the comb applicator). But this honey scented formula does do what it promises. And, it keeps your lashes soft, full and separated all day. It’s a win-win.

Pro: Lengthening and thickening without clumping, creates drama, applicator covers all lashes in one swipe

Cons: may look over done, may not look natural or subtle

Fabulash Mascara by Revlon: I haven’t worked often with very many Revlon mascaras. As you can see Rimmel and Maybelline really have a hold on the market when it comes to lashes. But Revlon does get a special mention for their Fabulash Mascara since it left our lashes luscious, long and soft. It comes with a funny uneven brush that has one long and one short bristle intermittently, but what can we say? It works!

Pros: leaves lashes soft thick and lengthy. Applicator wand keeps lashes from clumping

Cons: Dries out rather quickly, brush may be awkward for some.

Application is the key:

Carefully applying your mascara and paying attention to details can really make all the difference.  Here are a few short steps on making the most of your lashes.

Step 1: Start by curling your dry lashes with a good quality eyelash curler.  I like to give it two to three good, strong, clamps per eye.

Step2:  Apply mascara with a zigzag motion through your lashes as you stroke upwards with your wand. This will insure less clumping.

Step 3: Apply your second coat of mascara by holding the want taunt in your hand and blinking your lashes through the wand.

Step 4: Dab the wand on the very tips of your lashes various times. This step makes a huge difference as the ends of your lashes usually don’t get enough product on them. By dabbing the tips of your lashes with the wand you can actually create the illusion of adding a centimeter or two of length.  Take the time to get all the tiny little lashes towards the inner and outer eye on both the top and bottom. This really makes your eyes look larger.

Step 5: Use an eyelash separator to get rid of any clumps that may have formed.

Step 6: Give your lashes one last clamp with the curler to make your curl stay put.  Do this after your lashes have dried. It’s like adding that last coat of hair spray to make your style last and last.

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  1. Fucking_Bond / Jul 14 2010

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    • denisa / Jul 28 2010

      Sure! Go for it. We’d love a link back. 😉

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