Last week I blogged about my first Birchbox and I mentioned that I’m really picky about mascaras. Since I have like ten lashes on each eye-lid, I’m always on the prowl for the latest greatest mascaras. With help from my friend and make-up artist, Lisa Ryan, the Internet and some shout-outs from you, my readers, I’m going to tackle the best mascara for lengthening and volumizing those sexy lashes.
Lisa Ryan, owner of Love My Results Beauty, is my go-to for everything beauty. Lisa is a licensed esthetician, makeup artist, beauty educator and product researcher. At Love My Results Beauty, Lisa concentrates on skincare and cosmetics research in order to find the “best of the best” in terms of ingredients and benefits.
Here are Lisa’s “best of the best” mascara recommendations. These are private label mascaras, so you won’t be able to find them at your local drugstore or make-up counter, but you can always get them from Lisa! I personally use both of these mascaras in combination, and they take my sparse barely-there lashes and pump them up into glamorous luscious lashes. What until you see the before and afters!
Intense Lash Mascara
Test results for Intense Lash Mascara indicate it provides up to a 60% increase in lash volume and a 50% increase in lash curling in each application. The secret to the volumizing is the formulation. It’s made with fine mineral powder and natural polymers to make lashes look fuller and more plentiful. In addition, it contains Vitamin A, C and E to keep lashes supple. There’s no clumping and lashes hold their shape for hours.
Here’s a look at my lashes before and after a one coat application of Intense Lash from Love My Results Beauty (I’ve got guts moving this close-up on my eye wrinkles!:)):
Seriously, my lashes went from bland nothingness to vibrant “glamness” in one application. To pump up the volume for a night out, I add two coats:
The application wand is my favorite feature. It separates each and every lash.
If you’re one of those lucky women with thick lashes, this lengthening and defining mascara is for you. HD Mascara is made with panthenol, wheat proteins and vitamin E to not only lengthen and define, but also condition your lashes. The mini brush delivers unbelievable results without clumps. The bristles are close together, so the mascara glides on cleanly-combing, separating and building even the finest lashes.
Here’s a before and after look with one coat of HD Mascara on my eyes:
You can see the dramatic increase in length and separation. Since I don’t have an eyelid plump with thick lashes, I like to use Intense Lash first and then top off with HD Mascara for even more dramatic length.
Looking for a brand you can find at the drug store or make-up counter? Here are some MLWS reader favorites:
Cynthia’s Fav: They’re Real by Benefit
She says this mascara is great for thick, long lashes with no clumps.
Karen’s fav: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash (also one of my long-time favorites!).
She says they make her lashes bushy, but still natural looking.
Want more mascara reviews? I searched the web and found two great articles reviewing mascaras. The first is by Harper’s Bazaar: 10 Fabulous Mascaras We Love and the second is by Elle: Beauty Top Five: The Best Lash Lengthening Mascaras.
Hope you enjoyed this blog post on mascara. Next up: self-tanners (because I cannot take how pasty white I am right now!!!).