Hey guys! Today I have another basics video that I wanted to share. Today's topic is on mascara, one of the most elementary steps to putting on makeup. Even girls who rarely wear makeup will venture into the world of mascara since its obvious benefits of framing the eyes is simple to see and frequently has a high instant-gratification rate.
Blessed are those who were born with long, curled, thick lashes naturally but unfortunately I am definitely NOT one of those girls! Instead my short, downward-pointing, stick straight lashes have always taken specific tools and tricks to make them visible enough to greet the world. ;) Thankfully, I have tested plenty of mascaras and I'd love to share everything I've learned with you. If you'd like your lashes to be va-va-voom instead of droop city, read on!
Shiseido Eyelash Curler
Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara
Panasonic Heated Lash Curler
Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama Waterproof Mascara
Covergirl Lashblast Waterproof Mascara
YSL Babydoll Mascara
YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara
top - H&M (old)
necklace - Dailylook
nails - Urban Decay Vice (Mani Monday)
As you can see, my "Before" lashes are quite sad since they are pushed down by my monolidded (non-creased) eyes. Unless you are looking for them they are virtually invisible! Because of this, it's imperative that the right combo of lash curler + curl-holding waterproof mascara be used.
Us monolidded girls are at a disadvantage here because the lash length is hidden by the lid causing lashes to look even shorter than they may actually be. I know many girls with creases like to say "Oh, I love monolids! They are so beautiful and I'm jealous!" but the fact of the matter is that we do have a unique set of makeup challenges due to the natural shape of our eyes, however beautiful they may be.
Here you can see what a dramatic change the lashes have achieved using my Shiseido lash curler, UD Cannonball Mascara (left), Maybelline Black Drama Mascara (right), and my Panasonic Heated Lash Curler. The lashes look incredibly longer and curled but not unnaturally so. You can always add more layers of mascara to create a thicker lash look, but I personally dislike the spider lash effect on most days so I stick to the 1-2 layers shown here.
For a quick product showdown, here is the profile view of both mascaras I used in my tutorial:
Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara (left) \ Maybelline Black Drama Mascara (right)
My current favorite mascara is Cannonball which gives a long, clean look that holds lash curl very well and doesn't smudge everywhere on me. Maybelline Black Drama waterproof is a great option too, but in this macro shot you can tell that the formula is a bit clumpier in comparison. It's still one of the best drugstore mascaras I've tried in a long time though and is definitely worth checking out.
If you are looking for more mascara options for short, straight lashes, here are my favorites:
I hope this was helpful for those of you who have been frustrated finding the perfect mascara! I know it's always a constant search for the "perfect" one. Maybe with enough trial & error we'll eventually find it!
Readers, what do you look for in a mascara? Do you have a favorite mascara you swear by? Let me know in the comments below!