How to choose the best mascara for your lashes
Mascara is both a gift sent from the beauty gods and a pain like no other. While some people are blessed with long dark and curly lashes, the rest of us struggle with packing on tons of product only to turn yours into clump city. What’s worse is that no two sets of lashes are the same, and with a million and two mascaras on the market claiming to make yours #flawless, how are you supposed to know which one will work for you?
The quest to achieve the perfect set of lashes through other methods proves extremely challenging too. Falsies are time-consuming and are far too fake-looking to wear everyday and lash extensions are not a fun process.
Though a mascara might never give you the most beautiful, fluttery and thick lashes you’ve ever seen, with the right products you can get close enough to it — no matter how stubborn your eyelashes are.
If your lashes are blonde/non-existent
Brown is a great option for blonde and redheads. Because black is so stark in comparison to your natural, light colour, it can look a little much on a day-to-day basis. By Terry Mascara Terrybly in “Moka Brown” is the perfect go-to: it lengthens, curls and volumizes without leaving a single clump. Plus, it’s got an added growth booster.
By Terry Mascara Terrybly ($48, net-a-porter.com)
If your lashes are straight and long
Don’t you hate it when you know you have long lashes, but they’re so straight that no one notices? Try a volumizing and waterproof (not water resistant) mascara to help hold the curl that might be weighed down by the length of your lashes. Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof mascara is a classic formula and a favourite among beauty bloggers for a reason: it pumps your lashes with volume and curl that lasts all day.
Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara ($36, sephora.ca)
If your lashes are straight and short
YSL’s Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll is probably the best mascara with rubber bristles on the market. Its dry formula allows you to really manipulate the lashes to form curls and open the eyes up, thus resulting a doll-like effect. For an added boost, start with a lash primer (try Dior’s Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum) and let it dry before applying your first coat of mascara.
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Babydoll ($36, sephora.ca)
If your lashes are curly and short
If you’re lucky enough to have curly lashes, but they’re not long enough to make an impact, try Charlotte Tilbury’s Full Fat Lashes. With just a few coats, your lashes will look long and lush in no time.
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara ($34, holtrenfrew.com)
If your lashes are curly and long
You are blessed with the ultimate lash combination and don’t need that much to make your lashes pop. Still, nothing completes a smoky eye like a good coating of mascara. In this case, try makeup artist favourite M.A.C Extended Play Gigablack Lash for effortless and natural-looking lashes.
M.A.C Extended Play Gigablack Lash ($20, maccosmetics.ca)