A Guide To The Best Mascaras

A Guide To The Best Mascaras

A tube of mascara is probably one of the very first makeup items we bought in our teenage years. And we most likely think no makeup look is complete without it.

Indeed, it can really make your eyes stand out, if you apply it correctly and use the mascara that suits your needs. We’ve put together the best mascaras we swear by, as well as our top tips to make the most out of them.

How To Perfectly Apply Mascara

Prep Your Lashes

Starting with an eyelash curler can give a lot more definition to your eyes, especially if you have straight lashes. To use it, just open the curler, insert lashes through the opening and squeeze it gently but firmly. Hold a few seconds and move on to the other eye. The Super Curl Eyelash Curler from Tweezerman is the perfect tool for beginners with its extra wide opening and silicone pads, to minimise the risk of pulling.

Also, just like face primers set the perfect canvas for makeup application, mascara primers boost your mascara’s benefits. Also called eyelash primers, they are like a base-coat that replenishes lashes and give you a more intense look. We recommend the Lash Building Primer from Clinique. It extends the wear of mascara and doubles the volume, thanks to its unique Polymer formula.Our other favourite is the new Magnifibres Treatment Lash Primer. This conditioning formula makes your lashes look longer and thicker. You can use it alone or prior to your mascara.

Master The Mascara Application

The most efficient way to apply mascara is with a zig-zag movement, starting at the roots of the upper lashes. You can coat both sides of the lashes in order to set the mascara for the day and get more volume. Repeat on your lower lashes if you want a bit more of an intense look.

Some others prefer to apply mascara with their eyes closed. The trick is to hold the eye tight at the corner, as if you were putting eyeliner on. Give your mascara some time to dry before opening your eyes.

  • Pro Tip: In case of clumps of mascara, just gently brush your lashes with a clean wand.
  • Pro tip: instead of pumping the wand, swirl it into the tube. It will allow you to coat the bristles without pushing air into the tube, which would dry our mascara very fast.

The Best Mascaras For Superstar Lashes

When choosing your mascara, it’s important to keep in mind what final look you want to achieve. Whether you want longer, voluminous or curly lashes, we’ve got you covered with our selection of the best mascaras.

For Long Lashes

If you think your lashes are a bit short, go for a lengthening mascara that will instantly make them look longer. Mascaras that serve this purpose have a specially designed brush that help to separate each lash and extend them from the root to the bottom.

  • There’s no need to introduce the well-known Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara from L’Oréal Paris. Its unique multi-comb with flexible Elastomer bristles allows a very precise application and delivers thicker lashes that look up to 60% longer. Plus, it’s a very good mascara for sensitive eyes.
  • Another of our top picks is Lancôme’s Definicils Mascara. Its patented brush with grooved bristles evenly distributes product and lift your lashes, for a natural-looking yet incredible result.
  • If you’re looking to strengthen your lashes, your best option is the ‘No Mascara’ Mascara from Perricone MD. This 2-in-1 lash treatment and mascara features Neuropeptides and Biotin, known for their regenerating and nourishing properties. As you use this mascara, your lashes get stronger, fuller and longer day after day.

For Voluminous Lashes

Those whose main goal is to boost the volume should look for a plumping mascara. It will enhance the size of the lashes, making them look thicker. For a clump-free result, take a look at our favourite volumising mascaras.

  • We love the Mega Volume Miss Hippie Waterproof Mascara from L’Oréal Paris for the bold and feathery finish it delivers. Its Collagen-rich formula increases the volume of lashes without clumping or smudging. Plus, its fuzzy brush has kaleidoscopic bristles that coat each lash, layer by layer.
  • Clinique’s High Impact Mascara is another great option. The secret behind this thickening and volume-boosting mascara is its innovative formula and unique brush. They both work to thicken and separate lashes, for a dramatic eye-makeup look.
  • Another absolute staple is the Falsies Big Eyes Mascara from Maybelline. This amplifying mascara features a dual-ended wand for a more precise and smudge-free application, and a striking look. 

For Curly Lashes

Nothing works best than incredibly curly lashes to make your eyes pop and turn heads. Lucky are those who have natural, curly lashes but most of us need the help of a specific mascara.

  • We love Stila’s Forever Your Curl Mascara for its revolutionary formula: its Lash-Curl Memory technology gives the impression of permed lashes with a perfectly defined curl. While drying, its Curling Resin holds the curl and delivers a long-lasting result.
  • You can also take a look at Lancôme’s Hypnôse Doll Eyes. Its formula, enriched with Nylon Powders, offers a double curling and volumising effect. Plus, the longer bristles coat lashes evenly, for a full-bodied result.
  • If you haven’t experienced yet the super-curling powers of Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara, you’re missing something out. It’s incredible brush features a 30-degree curve and tiny hooks on the bristles, allowing you to catch and curl every single lash. Plus, the formula is infused with Provitamin B5 and Serin that strengthen lashes. This mascara is everything you need for a striking look.



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