Tuesday, 1 October 2013

#theSOproject: 06 Mascara




Mascara is one item of makeup that I would really struggle without. Of course I have my no makeup days, but when I am wearing very little makeup I will probably use concealer and mascara. It just makes such a difference; I look more awake, my eyes look bigger and I instantly feel more 'done up'. If you're a newbie to mascara then here are some things that you may want to keep in mind.


What

Mascara is that tube of (usually black) liquid-y stuff that you apply to your eyelashes with a wand (aka spikey brush thing). I'm sure that most of you are at least a little familiar with this stuff, even if you've never used it before yourself. The main things that people tend to wear mascara for are to make your lashes look longer, thicker and curlier. Depending on which aspect is more important to you, you can pick a mascara that is best for you. Having said this, most of the mascaras that I've tried tend to try to make lashes appear longer and thicker. Personally I tend to always curl my lashes before applying mascara, anyway - but more about that in our beauty tools post in a few weeks!


N.B. Ugly mascara-putting-on face is not optional


HOW TO APPLY

This may be pretty self explanatory to some of you, but it can be tricky and even a little scary if you've never used mascara before. For a perfect application follow these simple tips:

  • 01 Brush any excess mascara on the wand back into the tube to avoid clumps
  • 02 Position your mirror so that you can tilt your head back and look down into it
  • 03 Apply the mascara slowly from root to tip - try to avoid the tendancy to blink!
  • 04 For a more cat-eyed effect gently pull your lashes outward with the mascara wand as you apply
  • 05 For bottom lashes use any mascara left on your wand and gently wiggle onto lashes working from the outside of the eye inward


Remember, if your mascara still isn't giving you your desired look then it may be worth having a look into false lashes. They come in all shapes and sizes, and once you work out how to apply them they are a quick way to totally transform a look. Other ways to pump up your lashes include using a liner close to the lash line to create the illusion of thickness, or to even clump your mascara up a little near the root with the old wiggle trick.


Picking a mascara

Personally I've always thought that mascara is one product with which you're fine to go drugstore - with mascaras the gap between low end and high end is being filled, although you will notice that a couple of high end mascaras have really impressed me.

I always go for black mascaras, as although I'm very fair I find that they bring out my eye colour best even for everyday use, and I would encourage you to do the same although mascaras are readily available in browns and even bright colours like blues and greens! Like I mentioned earlier, you're going to want to think about what you want your mascara to do for you, but a lot are multipurpose these days and there are some pretty good options out there on the market! Here's my list of tried and tested which I think would be good for just about anyone!





Tried and Tested

  • Benefit BADgal Lash - This was all the rage a couple of years ago, but it has a huge wand. Not ideal for bottom lashes or if you have small eyes/clumsy hands.
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara - This has sort of overtaken Bad Gal Lash and, well, most mascaras in terms of popularity. It is fantastic for volume and length, but it's also fantastically pricey at £19.50.
  • Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara - I've only ever had one of these, but it went on smoothly and really was good at pretty much everything; it was lengthening and thickening and there was no flaking - all in one tube!
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara - This was my absolute favourite for a very long time. It does wonders for volume but as I have pretty long lashes already I'm not sure how it performs in terms of lengthening.
  • Maybelline Falsies Mascara - This is my current favourite as the wand helps to curl the lashes as well as adding volume and length. It's also intensely black, which I like, and doesn't cost a fortune.
  • Mac Haute and Naughty Lash - This was a gift a few years ago. It had a wand filtering system (not sure if that was what it was really called) so that you had a fat wand for creating volume and a little more clump, while the smaller wand was great for brushing clumps out, lengthening and coating bottom lashes. Not sure if I'd repurchase though.


As you can see, I had pretty positive things to say about most of these mascaras. Don't get me wrong, I've tried a few rubbish ones too, but those don't really tend to stick in my mind as much!


What's your favourite mascara?

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