Look At Me Lashes – How to Choose the Best Mascara

March 24, 2010

Credit: Lauren Gaba

As many of you already know, I’m all about lash extensions. They are individual tube extensions that create beautiful, long, voluptuous lashes for 4 weeks. However, not everyone has the time to spend maintaining this look. So, for all of you out there with natural lashes, here is how to get that soft, glamorous lash look without extensions.

When it comes to mascara, the formula doesn’t really matter – it’s all about the wand. It’s what shapes your eyelashes and really makes the look. People seem to think that really fat, big brushes work best for lashes, but the opposite is true – they don’t work at all. When it comes to mascara wands, find brushes that are sparser and the more comb-like the brush is, the more evenly your mascara will coat with less clumping.

Of all of the mascaras on the market today, these are the ones I have tried and approve:

Overall, I have just found that L’oreal’s mascaras are the best, so first is L’oreal’s Telescopic Mascara which comes in both Original and Carbon Black. It makes lashes ultra-long with an odd tip at the end of the mascara wand. I especially recommend the Carbon Black because its brush is smaller, but if you get the Original, go with the Blackest Black color. If you want really long and really voluminous lashes, layer Telescopic over L’Oreal’s Voluminous.

I’ve also been trying out L’Oreal’s Telescopic Explosion and that works great too. It has a ball on the tip of the wand that helps make your lashes extra long.

Maybeline’s Lash Stylist has been discontinued, but it is still available online. The comb brush is perfect for creating long lashes without clumping. I recommend buying a tube online, and once you run out, clean off the wand and reuse it in another tube of your favorite mascara. That way you can use the formula you like with the wand that works.

If you want something a bit edgier than your drug store’s selection, Bourjois’ Volume Clubbing Mascara is great for creating those sexy, voluminous lashes you’ve always wanted with a hip look. It’s a bigger sized brush for that added volume with fewer bristles. I haven’t been able to find this product in stores, but it is available online.

Before you go out and buy yourself some new mascara based on my recommendations, here are some of my tips to making sure you get the best lashes possible:

  • No matter what your hair color is, always go with the blackest black mascara you can find! It will accentuate your eyes the most. Don’t buy brown mascara.
  • Don’t bother with lash curlers; they can pull out your lashes. Instead, what I recommend is placing your finger underneath your eyelashes right after mascara application for a few seconds while lifting up to create a nice curl.
  • Layer your mascara while it’s still wet. That way there is no clumping and you get those perfect lashes you’ve always been looking for.
  • Those new vibrating mascaras on the market are just gimmicks. Don’t bother to spend your time or money on them.

I hope my mascara recommendations, tips and tricks were helpful. Any rave reviews on the mascara you’re using right now?