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Banish those Lumps & Clumps – Mascara Tips by June S

Picking the right mascara can be a confusing task.  All kinds of thoughts run through your mind as you stare at the vast selection of brands and wonderful claims by each brand.  You wonder if your lashes would look better if you picked the thickening mascara.  The truth is, lashes differ from person to person so you will have to decide what you want to achieve.  Well, here’s what you need to know about mascaras in general.

You can tell a lot about a mascara by the shape of the wand. Fat brushes create voluptuous lashes, while skinny brushes will coat each lash perfectly without clumping. Curved wands will help curl lashes.

Lengthening mascara

If you want long and luscious lashes then the lengthening mascara is the perfect choice.  The mascara wand has dense bristles allow you to get more mascara on your lashes and especially on the tips of your lashes.

Some great choices are:

Lancome Definicils

Maybelline lash Stilleto

Cover Girl Lash Blash

Thickening Mascara

Volume is what you get when you go for a thickening mascara.  They contain a thicker formula of silicone polymers and waxes that coat lashes and make them appear fuller.  This is if you have thin, sparse lashes.

Some great choices are:

Christian Dior’s Diorshow

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

MAC Plush Lash Mascara

L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara

Yves Saint Laurent  Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara

Waterproof mascara

These are “non-smudging” mascaras which contain special synthetic formulas that are meant to repel moisture. But these can be harsh on your lashes so to prevent your lashes from breaking, you can put Vaseline on them before you go to sleep.  This type of mascara is perfect for athletes and brides.

Some great choices are:

Maybelline Lash Discovery
Blinc Kiss Me Mascara
Lancome ÓSCILLATION – Vibrating Infinite Powermascara Water Resistant


Non-clumping mascara

These contain ingredients like silk extract and glycerin. The applicators also have longer wands which allow for a more even application.  The wand and bristles are longer and they promote an even distribution.

Some great choices are:

Cover Girl Volume Exact
Bare Escentuals Weather Everything Mascara
Maybelline Volume Express Mascara

Two in One – Lengthening & Thickening Mascara

Many brands now have two in one options. Sometimes you can find they may be a bit too heavy and end up clumping, they usually have double sided brushes, one which is more like a comb to lengthen and the other side being the traditional style of wand to thicken or they consist of two separate sides one white microfibre to build and lengthen and the other side consisting of the coloured mascara with thickening properties.  It takes a bit of practice but in the long run, they can create stunning results.

Some great choices are:

Maybelline XXL 

Rimmell Glam Eyes 

Boujois Coup de Theatre

Tips for Applying Mascara

Use a lash comb to remove clumps and separate lashes.

When applying mascara, wiggle the wand at the base of the lashes to deposit more of the product.

Thin, short brushes are great for applying the product in the corner of the eye and maintaining control.

Do not pump the wand in and out of the tube.  By doing this, you are pushing air into the tube which causes your product to dry out before it should.

If you want an extra coat without the clumps, apply it before the first coat dries.  This helps maintain a natural and fresh look.

If you want to separate your lashes, use a mascara primer before applying the first coat.

Bottom lashes can be difficult to get to but try placing a tissue underneath them before apply mascara.  This prevents smudging on the lower lid.

Remember, your lashes are an important part of your final look. They can create a real difference on your face even if you’re not wearing any other makeup at all.  So find the right product to suit your own individual style.. but what ever you do, avoid the dreaded spider clumps!!

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