All the products you need for gorgeous, glossy lashes - whatever your length
For most women, mascara is the desert island saviour their make-up bag can’t do without. With it’s ability to lift, lengthen and curl lashes, the best mascaras can lift your whole look.
The trick to applying mascara properly is not to get over zealous. Old habits die hard but don?t be tempted to pump the wand repeatedly in and out of the bottle, this pushes air into the tube which cause the product to dry out prematurely and lead to flaky lashes. Equally important is not to overload the wand with too much product – this results in clumps. Instead, twist the wand back and forth to ensure the formula is spread evenly across the applicator. For maximum impact, start at the root and wiggle upwards, this creates a natural lifted and curled effect ? for best results do this 2-3 times, without waiting too long between coats.
How often should you change your mascara? Experts say that we should invest in a new one every 3 – 6 months, even if there’s some left in the tube. This is because even the best mascara bottles harbour bacteria from the eye, which over time can fester in the tube and cause aggravation or even infections. Yuck!
So, now that you?re in the market for a new mascara, why not update your makeup bag with one of our favourites? From cult classics that have enjoyed best-selling status for decades to the latest innovations trending now, these are the best mascaras your beauty arsenal is calling out for.
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To say Dimensions De Chanel is a good all-rounder is not to damn with faint praise - it does just enough of everything and does it very, very well. It won't overload with unseemly volume, the fluffy, flexible brush has neatly spaced bristles to grab just the right amount of waxy fibre-enhanced formula and evenly coat lashes. The colour is a deep glossy black - not too sooty - and stays put against humidity or oily, hooded lids. The result is long-lasting lengthened, naturally pretty lashes that'll make you want to wear it every day.
The clue is in the name with Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara, it's big and bold - perfect if you love look-at-me lashes. The wand is an hourglass shape with fat, spaced-out bristles of various lengths to deposit plenty of the inky black, glossy formula on every lash. It can feel a little wet, which is a good thing for building up plenty of layers without it drying out or clumping, although we doubt you'll need more than two coats for a suitably dramatic look.
At first glance there seems to be a LOT going on with the wand of Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect Mascara, but don't be put off. That helter skelter shape does two things at once with no extra effort. Start by pushing the wand very roots of your lashes and pull upwards so the little fin-like bristles push product on and lift lashes, and the longer ones comb it all through and curl. Practise makes perfect with this one, so expect a few smudges on your first attempt, but once you've got the knack you'll be rewarded with beautifully thick, long matte black lashes.
Sometimes a beauty innovation comes along that is just so useful, it makes you wonder why nobody thought of it sooner. This is definitely true of Lancome Grandiose Mascara. That curvy 'swan neck' wand is not just a pretty gimmick, the angled brush means that you can apply your mascara equally well on each eye, without having to perform wrist contortion or leaving mascara blobs on the bridge of your nose. The formula's great too, with Lancome's typically luxurious, glossy black finish that won't smear or flake.
They say don't judge a book by it's cover, but the glamorous 3D studded tube of Givenchy Noir Couture Volume Mascara tells you a lot about it's contents. Think dramatic volume, the sootiest of black pigments and lashings of glamour from lash-nourishing rice peptides. Outer beauty isn't everything, but this is one mascara you'll be proud to reapply in public.
The world's first refillable mascara is here. Guerlain's Mascara Noir G de Guerlain features it's own compact mirror, making it perfect for afternoon and evening touch-ups. Plus, the conditioning formula makes for long, defined lashes that really open up the eyes.
Don't risk panda eyes on your next holiday - invest in a good waterproof mascara that you can even swim in. Clinique's High Impact Waterproof Mascara will really last the day at the beach, giving natural-looking, definied lashes that withstand the sea and the pool. Remove with an oil-based eye make-up remover in the evening.
This luxury mascara really delivers on it's promise: Thick, long, luscious lashes can be yours. Snap it up now - it really is worth the extra money.
If you suffer from short, brittle or sparse eyelashes (as we so often do as we age), you need to invest in RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum. Apply to the base of lashes once a day to see longer and thicker lashes within one month.
Easier than applying falsies, but with the same effect, Maybelline's new Illegal Length Fibre Extensions Mascara is our go-to mascara for a dramatic, false lash effect. The special formula contains fibres that wrap around the lashes, stretching and sealing to give a longer, bigger look.
We believe that budget mascaras are just as good as their high end counterparts. Rimmel mascaras are a particular favourite of ours - the new Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara is top of our list for super-long lashes.
The latest mascara from YSL - the Baby Doll - is their best yet. The conditioning formula really seperates lashes, opening your eyes for a more youthful appearance.
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If you prefer to save high-impact lashes for evening and work a more natural look for day, Bobbi Brown's Everything Mascara will become your new staple. An easy-to-wear mascara that gives natural definition, rather than overt length or volume, this no-smudge formula is a must-have for busy days and off-duty weekends.