I was not blessed with long, luscious lashes, so when it comes to mascara I need all the help I can get. They’re also stick-straight, lucky me, which means I need a mascara that not only lengthens and defines but also holds a curl. That’s a pretty tall task for one product, but I’ve found four go-to’s that are up for the job. If you’re looking for a clump free mascara that you can swipe on and jam, I’ve got you covered.
Everyday Length & Separation
On a day-to-day, I want my lashes to appear naturally enhanced. “My lashes but better,” if you will. I look for a mascara with short, rubberized bristles that really get in there to define each individual lash.
COVERGIRL Clump Crusher ($5.60, Drugstore.com) has filled that need for over a year, but I recently received a sample of Benefit Roller Lash ($24, Sephora.com) as a Klout Perk and I’m obsessed. I mean, it can hold a curl. Don’t judge, but I fell asleep while testing Roller Lash and my lashes WERE STILL CURLED when I woke up. What more can I ask for?
When the vibrating mascara fad was happening in 2008 there were a lot of hits and misses, but Estee Lauder TurboLash ($38, Nordstrom.com) has stuck around for a reason. It’s great if you lack steady hands or wiggling a wand leaves black marks on your skin. That’s why I’ve been raving about it for 6+ years. I even have backups of my backups just in case they discontinue it.
Extreme Volume and Length
With lashes as sad as mine, I’m all for trickery when to comes to faking a full lash. However, I’m not usually in the mood to deal with applying falsies. Too Faced Better Than False Lashes ($35, Sephora.com) solves that problem. The three-step system includes a coat of lash-extending fibers. While I’ve tried other fiber-esque lash products, this one has given me the least contact irritation.
I picked up Better Than False Lashes during an ULTA 21 Days of Beauty sale and repurchased it since. Of course, now there is a new, improved version, Better Than False Lashes Extreme, that I totally plan to get when my current supply runs out.
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Application
- Bare, uncurled lashes
- Curled with one coat of mascara
- One coat of nylon fibers
- One final coat of mascara
What are your favorite mascaras? Have you tried a vibrating mascara or applied fibers for length? Do you plan to give any of my picks a go?