I have naturally short lashes that graduate lighter towards the tip, which means I need one hell of a mascara to accentuate the little that I possess! I have been through many mascaras over the years but keep coming back to a select few. So here’s the breakdown:
PRO: In my kit I need a mascara with a good formula that doesn’t necessarily rely on the brush to do the hard work (as I use disposables or a flat brush to apply). So for this purpose, I use DiorShow mascaras, both original and waterproof. I find it quite black and easy to apply with no flaking. I would possibly use this for myself if it weren’t for the price tag. Remember – these need to go in the bin after 3 months. I also carry a selection of other mascaras (see image above) in my kit now as I tend to find I need a few depending on the client and also, some people simply like me to have options.
LUXE – For myself, I use Benefit Bad Gal Lash (original) $36. I used this mascara for years, though I tried others in between that had good reviews just to see what the fuss was about. I still kept coming back to benefit. The brush is HUGE and works really well for me having lashes that need volume, length and depth. Its super black and even after 3 coats it still looks lush, not clumped together like mud. I did have a couple of tubes recently that flaked when dry but after persisting with what could have been a bad batch (it happens), its back in my makeup case. I do not, however, like the waterproof version of Bad Gal or the brush. I have found it’s not very waterproof yet hard to remove and the head of the brush is a lot smaller than the original so it’s not a selling point for me. Sorry, but it doesn’t do me any favours. It won’t deter me from the biggest, baddest mascara in my eyes though…i’m still a Benefit fan!
I have also recently gotten into the MAC Haute’n’Naughty lash. Wowzers – check out the pics below to see why I am so excited by this one! Was reluctant to buy it with a $42 price on this one, but I now constantly get asked what mascara I am wearing (obviously my lashes have gone from drab to fab!). It’s quite black, doesn’t flake and the best part… has a two-in-one brush for different decantation of the product. What this means is the top bright pink section of the tube (aka ‘day-wear’ wand) twists off to reveal a large fluffy brush with minimal product on it – AWESOMMMMEE for my bottom lashes as they are quite long and curly and I hate getting mascara-mess under the eyes. You then replace the wand into the tube and twist of the second sparkly purple section (aka ‘night-wear’) which reveals the same big brush but with more product decanted on it for a fuller, richer volume. I tend to use the ‘night-wear’ twist for my upper lashes and the ‘day-wear’ twist for my lower lashes. One coat and I’m done!
LESS – Maybelline Falsies Black Drama approx. $19 is exceptionally good for a ‘pharmacy brand’ mascara. A few of the BBB’s were talking about this so I knew I had to try. It’s quite black in pigment – more so than some other expensive houses that charge over $50 for a tube of their concoction. The brush has a medium/large head with bristles that are rubber like so the product gives instant visible results – I always have one of these on hand now!
Need any tips as a ‘domestic’ or ‘professional’ artist on the best ways to apply your mascara? Just comment below and I will give you some extra hints.
What’s your must-have mascara?