When you stand at the makeup counter or aisle, it can be confusing. Should you get lengthening, curling, thickening or non-smudging? And what, just what, is the difference between each of these anyway? (Is there a difference, or are these mascara types all hype, designed to get you to buy more than one type?)
There are different types & compositions of mascaras available in the market which change your entire eye look in a second.
Short lashes? Try a lengthening mascara.
Thin lashes? Try a thickening mascara.
Straight lashes? Try a curling mascara.
All three? Try a volumizing mascara.
All you need to know is how to apply mascara in the right way.
Apart from this broad classification Mascaras are sub categorized again Into powder, cream and liquid mascaras.
1. Powder Mascara
Powder Mascara is very different from wet and dry mascara. You add a few drops of water into it and use it with a wand. The mascara sets to give a false eyelash kind of a finish.
2. Cream Mascara
Creamy Mascara provides volume to thin and sparse eyelashes and adds depth to the eyes. But this can smudge easily so you will need a special kind of applicator for it.
3. Liquid Mascara
These mascaras are easily found and the most common of all and are mostly used by women who have slightly curled lashes. It enhances and sharpens the lashes. These are available in both water resistant and water-soluble variants.
Different Formula Mascaras
You can tell a lot by a mascara by the shape of the wand. Fat brushes (like Lancome's Hypnose mascara, my favorite),create voluptuous lashes, while skinny brushes (such as Lancome's Definicils)will coat each lash perfectly without clumping or adding much oomph. Curved wands will help curl lashes.
Now onto the different formulas.
My favorite mascara is Lancome Definicils. It's touted as a lengthening mascara and beauty editors swear by it. Lengthening mascaras have dense bristles that allow you to get more mascara on your lashes and especially on the tips of your lashes.
When you want bulk, you do want to buy the mascaras touted as"thickening." These products contain a thicker formula of waxes and silicone polymers that coat lashes and make them appear bulkier. The most popular thickening mascara on the market is Christian Dior's Diorshow (about $24).
Obviously these "non-smudging" mascaras contain special synthetic formulas meant to repel moisture. But these can be harsh on your lashes (to prevent breaking lashes, you can put Vaseline on them before you go to sleep). A great waterproof mascara is Maybelline Lash Discovery. (cost about $5.49)
These contain ingredients like silk extract and glycerin. The applicators also have longer wands which allow for a more even application. COVERGIRL LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara promises no clumps - up to 30 strokes. (costs about $6.99)
What is your favorite mascara?