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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

FINALLY!! Almost everything you need to know about mascara.

After promising for weeks, finally a little blurb about mascara!!

I would say anyone who wears makeup should absolutley wear mascara. It's easily my #1 beauty item. As said by "Getting Gorgeous" by Instyle, "Lush, darkened lashes not only exude femininity, but also brighten and enlarge your eyes."

In order to find your perfect mascara, you have to identify your lashes. Everyone's eyelashes are different. Some are short, some are thick, some are light, etc. I personally have long and thin lashes, seen here.

So how do you know your type of lashes? It takes a lot of trial and error. I know my lashes are long because whenever I use a lengthening mascara, they pretty much touch my brow bone, which isn't attractive in my opinion! I also consider them thin because you can barely see the damn things when they're naked!!

So now that you know your type of lashes, how do you know which mascara you should get? Get a mascara that offers what you don't have. Since I have long, thin lashes, I usually always get a volume boosting/ thickening mascara since I want thick lashes.

Types of Mascaras
  • Lengthening: The wands come with lenghtening mascaras have short, densly packed bristles that allow you to get more mascara onto each lash with every swipe. The design also makes it easier to touch up tips - the most important area to coat if you're trying to achieve the appearance of longer lashes. Lengthening mascara contains plastic plymers that cling to lashes and extend byond the tips of your lashes to add precious millimeteres. My top lengthening mascara is L'oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara. It's crazy.
  • Thickening: Mascaras that add volume have a thicker formula of waxes and silicone plymers that coat the lashes and bulk them up. They also contain darker, more intense pigment, which gives the illusion of denseness with just one or two layers. My favorite thickening mascara EVER is Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express.
  • Curling: These contain polymers that cause the mascara to contract once it's been applied, causing lashes to shrink and lift. "Fixing" plymers hold the curves in place. Curling formulas work particularly well on short lashes. A good example of this is Maybelline Sky High Curves.
  • Non-Smudging: Waterproof and water-resistant mascaras have special formulas that repel water and minimize smudging and running. The best ones are formulated to dissolve easily with oil-based makeup removers ot hey don't have to be scrubbed off. Waterproof mascara is best for swimmers and at the beach; water-risistant is easier to remove and therefore more appropriate for weddings and watching movies like Terms of Endearment. Use both types sparingly because they tend to dry out lashes. Try Lo'real Voluinous Waterproof.
  • Non-Clumping: Clump-free mascara keeps lashes from looking gloppy - t hanks to moisture-rich ingredients like silk exract and glycerin, which allow the product to glide on smoothly. Applicators with long bristles pull it evenly through your lahes. They contain fewer waxes and fibers than regular mascaras, so you won't get a lot of volume and length. The effect is more natural than va-va-voom. Maybelline Lash Discovery Waterproof is a good example.
A lot of the above is also from Getting Gorgeous by InStyle, it's a really good beauty reference book.

My absolute favorite mascara ever is Diorshow Iconic. It makes my lashes a tad longer, and adds beautiful beautiful volume. I love it. It's a bit pricey for $27 at Sephora, but I would pay that easily for this mascara. Some people have issues with it smudging, but I've had no problems with it. 

^That's a good close up of Diorshow's wand. It's beautiful lol. My absolute fave of all time. 

I don't use anything special to take off my eye-makeup. I use Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover from Neutrogena, it's the one in the purple bottle. It's an oldie but a goodie.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment and I hope I helped clear up those mascara issues!!

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