Luscious eyelashes are one of the most admired beauty looks. It takes a combination of the perfect formula and a precise brush to create a striking fringe. The right mascara can enhance the coveted no-makeup makeup look or accentuate the artistry of a delicately built smoky eye trend.
Think smart when it comes to generating the appropriate eyelash look. Never fall asleep with makeup on, especially mascara. The waxes and pigments in mascara can be stubborn to take off but it is important to dissolve eye makeup first with an eye makeup remover or fruit oil such as coconut oil before cleansing the entire face. Sleeping with eye makeup can weaken the lashes resulting in fall out or breaking of the hairs.
Use an eyelash curler in moderation, the lashes shouldn’t be pressed into a lash curler every day. The force of the curler may be too harsh so use the tool gently. Always curl prior to applying mascara and coat eyelashes with a mascara primer to give a smooth base.
Next, wiggle the mascara wand at the roots of the lashes and roll the wand upward. This technique will ensure the formula is dense at the base which creates fullness and gradually less toward the tips. Too much mascara at the tips of the lashes may be cause lashes to fall especially if the hairs are short. Don’t wait too long between coats or you could end up with spiders instead of plush eyelashes.
Experiment with any of these top picks; from cult classics to new mascara rising stars.
YSL Shocking Mascara ($30) creates an instant voluminous eye lash effect. For those who want volume minus a giant brush, try this slim wand to give the lashes a beautiful curl and thickness in just a few strokes. Available in standard black and a few color twists including blue, green and eggplant shades.
Diorshow Blackout ($25) is a kohl infused rich black formula that thickens and defines eye lashes with a full bristled brush. The extra dark mascara brightens the whites of the eyes and makes all eye colors stand out. Use alone or layer it over another mascara to build drama.
Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara ($20) is perfect for oily eyelids. With amazing staying power, this mascara is truly waterproof which helps to keep a maximum curl. Combining a gel texture with a microcrystalline wax, it is a must for those who need a super smudge resistant product.
Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara ($19) is enriched with Pro-Vitamin B, beeswax and natural oils to improve the length of the lashes if applied daily. The spiral brush distributes a glossy black formula around each lash to create long, gorgeous lashes. An additional plus is it is packaged in a smart squeeze tube to ensure you utilize every bit of mascara.
Makeup Forever Smoky Lash ($23) was made with incredibly fine pigments of Micronized Iron Oxide to provide an intensely black effect. The brush gives a thick and fanned out eyelash look while the Shellac Gum helps to hold the curl. This mascara is a great complement to the metallic eye shadows popping up in many holiday makeup collections.