When people find out I am a makeup artist, the one question I get asked more than any other is “What is your favorite Mascara?” You asked, I answered and today I am sharing some of my personal favorites and the top 12 mascaras on the market right now. Mascara is such a unicorn products. It is like trying to find the perfect nude lipstick – almost impossible. Personally, I don’t believe in spending a lot of money on mascara, but I have included some of the pricier versions that people love, because if you choose to spend your money there, who am I to judge?
The main difference between Mascaras
If you have had bad luck with mascara in the past and you can’t find one that works for you, chances are you are choosing the wrong formula. Chances also are, that you didn’t realize that there were different formulas. It is one of those things that seems obvious, once you know about it but didn’t occur to you before. It is one of those AHA moments.
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PRO TIP: When choosing a mascara, it is important to note that there are 2 types of mascara – fiber based and gel based. There is a huge difference between the two. A fiber based mascara contains small fibers to bulk up your lashes and build volume. When shopping for a fiber based mascara, you want to look for words like “volumizing”and “drama”.
A gel based mascara is primarily used to cover the lashes with color and lengthen them without the bulk and build-up of fibers. Words to look for when looking for a mascara like this are are “natural” and “lengthening”. If you think your mascara looks “clumpy”, you are probably looking for gel based mascara. In turn, if you think your lashes look puny, you will probably prefer a fiber based product. Knowing this difference will have a big impact when choosing a mascara and will help you find one that you love. I have rounded up some favorites of each category for you below:
TOP 12 MASCARAS ON THE MARKET RIGHT NOW:
L’oreal Voluminous Mascara (also the best waterproof mascara. It stays glossy and rich looking and doesn’t flake off.)
Lancome Definicils Mascara (lengthening and thickening)
Best Green Mascaras:
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If there is a mascara you love that I didn’t mention, would you please leave a comment below? I always love to discover new things. Thanks so much.