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Ultimate Guide to Mascara

Mascara has always been a favorite part of my makeup routine. I, like many others, save mascara for the last step in my process, and it always amazes me what a difference lashes make in completing a look. Below you'll find a list of some great mascaras and discover which ones might be suited for you.

CURLERS/PRIMERS

Just as you would apply a primer before doing your makeup, you should also apply a primer for your lashes before applying mascara. Eyelash curlers and mascara primers will help your lashes stay curled, create a deeper color and aid with long wear. My favorite lash curler is the Tweezerman ProMaster Lash Curler. I love this one because it's gentle on the lashes and elongates them without causing breakage. After curling my lashes, I like to apply the L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara. Once I apply this, I let it dry for about 15-20 seconds before applying mascara. I find that this primer helps my mascara to not transfer onto my eyelids and also prevents it from flaking throughout the day.

Shop Curlers & Primers

SEPHORA COLLECTION - Sephora Collection x Utowa PRO Universal Curler
Opening Act Lash Primer
Photo Finish Lash Primer
CHANEL La Base Mascara Volume And Care Lash Primer
Charlotte Tilbury Life Changing Lashes Eyelash Curler
Curl 38 Eyelash Curler
SEPHORA COLLECTION - Sephora Collection x Utowa PRO Universal Curler
Opening Act Lash Primer
Photo Finish Lash Primer
CHANEL La Base Mascara Volume And Care Lash Primer
Charlotte Tilbury Life Changing Lashes Eyelash Curler
Curl 38 Eyelash Curler
SEPHORA COLLECTION - Sephora Collection x Utowa PRO Universal Curler
Opening Act Lash Primer
Photo Finish Lash Primer
CHANEL La Base Mascara Volume And Care Lash Primer
Charlotte Tilbury Life Changing Lashes Eyelash Curler
Curl 38 Eyelash Curler

LIFTING MASCARAS

I love using lifting mascaras, especially when I'm not wearing any other type of eye makeup (i.e. eyeliner, eyeshadow). This helps open the eyes and makes you look more awake. My all-time favorite lifting mascara is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara because of how it holds the curl and makes my lashes appear fuller and longer.

Shop Lifting Mascaras

Better Than Sex Mascara
Voluminous Superstar Mascara
Grandiose Multi-Benefit Lengthening, Lifting and Volumizing Waterproof Mascara
Sumptuous Rebel Length + Lift Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara
Better Than Sex Mascara
Voluminous Superstar Mascara
Grandiose Multi-Benefit Lengthening, Lifting and Volumizing Waterproof Mascara
Sumptuous Rebel Length + Lift Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara
Better Than Sex Mascara
Voluminous Superstar Mascara
Grandiose Multi-Benefit Lengthening, Lifting and Volumizing Waterproof Mascara
Sumptuous Rebel Length + Lift Mascara
Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara

LENGTHENING MASCARAS

My mascara drawer is mostly made up of lengthening mascaras. I love wearing these types of mascaras on their own, even with a bare face, because allows for a polished, put together look with minimal effort. Some of my favorites are below!

Shop Lengthening Mascaras

SEPHORA COLLECTION - LashCraft Length & Volume Mascara
Perversion Mascara
Extended Play Perm Me Up Lash Mascara
NUDESTIX - Lash Lengthening Mascara
Julep Length Matters Buildable Lengthening Mascara
SEPHORA COLLECTION - LashCraft Length & Volume Mascara
Perversion Mascara
Extended Play Perm Me Up Lash Mascara
NUDESTIX - Lash Lengthening Mascara
Julep Length Matters Buildable Lengthening Mascara
SEPHORA COLLECTION - LashCraft Length & Volume Mascara
Perversion Mascara
Extended Play Perm Me Up Lash Mascara
NUDESTIX - Lash Lengthening Mascara
Julep Length Matters Buildable Lengthening Mascara

VOLUMIZING MASCARAS

Volumizing mascaras are great when you want to achieve a bolder look. Bold lashes are my favorite paired with a statement lip (deep reds, burgundy, etc). I love using the Dior Diorshow Pump’N’Volume Mascara, and Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara to help tie everything together.

Shop Volumizing Mascaras

Diorshow Pump'N'Volume Waterproof Mascara
Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Monsieur Big Mascara
Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Volumizing Mascara
Chanel LE VOLUME REVOLUTION DE CHANEL Extreme Volume Mascara with 3D-Printed Brush
Diorshow Pump'N'Volume Waterproof Mascara
Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Monsieur Big Mascara
Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Volumizing Mascara
Chanel LE VOLUME REVOLUTION DE CHANEL Extreme Volume Mascara with 3D-Printed Brush
Diorshow Pump'N'Volume Waterproof Mascara
Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Monsieur Big Mascara
Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Volumizing Mascara
Chanel LE VOLUME REVOLUTION DE CHANEL Extreme Volume Mascara with 3D-Printed Brush

You can also find great mascara options at your local drugstore. The two mascaras that I keep on me are the Rimmel ScandalEyes Retro Glam Mascara and the Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Washable Mascara.

Clean Alternatives

I try to incorporate clean beauty products into my routine every so often, but sometimes find they aren't as pigmented as their alternatives. However, after some searching, I've found a few brands that are both clean and extremely effective.

Shop Clean Mascaras

Lash Slick + Bubblewrap
Online Only Expressionist Volumizing Mascara
Expressionist Mascara
Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer - 0.27 fl oz
Nightfall Mascara by ILIA (0.22oz Mascara)
Lash Slick + Bubblewrap
Online Only Expressionist Volumizing Mascara
Expressionist Mascara
Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer - 0.27 fl oz
Nightfall Mascara by ILIA (0.22oz Mascara)
Lash Slick + Bubblewrap
Online Only Expressionist Volumizing Mascara
Expressionist Mascara
Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer - 0.27 fl oz
Nightfall Mascara by ILIA (0.22oz Mascara)

What are your go-to mascaras? Comment below!

 

xx

Brittany

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