This week it’s all about the lashes and the favorite product in my makeup case, mascara. I had my first brush with the stuff when my Aunt put some on me. I was only four, and I was hooked! I couldn’t believe how different it made my face look. I kept looking in the mirror and batting my eyes. I adore mascara, and outside of food, water, sunscreen and my husband it would be the one item I would want to take on a deserted island. I wore mascara while in labor with both of my girls. I don’t go anywhere without it. So here is everything and anything you ever wanted to know about this defining cosmetic.
My mascara never makes my eyelashes look like those models in the magazine ads or on TV. What am I doing wrong? Is it the formula or the application? I want great lashes!
Well, to tell you the truth, I once read that when they did Sarah Michelle Gellar’s eyelashes for that Maybelline ad, it took 3 hours. Yes, three whole hours just to get her eyelashes to look perfect. And they did look perfect, so perfect that I just wanted to stare at them. Not to mention it probably took three different types of mascara, a lash comb, a toothpick, and a tweezer to make each lash stand up just right. Did they look amazing? Yes, of course they did, and if you had a makeup aritst poring over your eyelashes for three unbelieveable hours then yours would, too. But let’s get real- that’s just insane! There are a few basic things you can do to make the most out of whatever mascara you are using, and I promise it won’t take anywhere near three hours:
What’s with all the different types of mascara, aren’t they all the same?
When buying mascara you really need to know what kind of lashes you want to have. If you like them natural with just a touch of color, then try a lash tint. Do you want volume because your lashes are sparse or thin? Then you need a volume building mascara. Do you have a lot of lashes and just want extra definition and length? Get a lenghthing mascara. Then there is the kind of mascara that gives you everything. These lashes are for people that want drama! Length, fullness, and definition -- here are my recommendations for every budget:
Lash Tint - Neutrogena Clean Lash Tint ($7)
Volume - Maybelline Volum’ Express ($6) or Prescriptives False Lashes Mascara ($19)
Length - Cover Girl Lash Exact ($7) or Lancôme Definicils ($23)
Everything, Bring it on! - L’Oreal Lash Architect ($8) or Lancôme Fatale Mascara ($23) (Warning! The products listed in this category are not kidding around. They are for serious mascara connoisseurs only. Wear at your own risk…you might get some extra attention!)
Black or brown mascara?
In my humble opinion, you should go with black mascara, always black. I don’t understand brown mascara. It’s just unnecessary. The point of mascara is to make your eyes stand out. Black does the trick in the best possible way. Here’s a little quick trivia for you that might come up in a Trivial Pursuit game at some point. The first mascara was invented by Eugene Rimmel in the 19th century. The word “rimmel” still means mascara in French and Italian. Early mascara was made from coal dust mixed with petroleum jelly; probably not very good for your eyes. It came in a cake form that a chemist made for his sister Mabel…which eventually became the company Maybelline. Don’t you just love makeup history class? The modern form of it didn’t get introduced until 1957 by the great beauty pioneer Helena Rubinstein. I don’t think any of the early inventors of mascara would have come up with a brown version. So in honor of them, go with black.
I have a wedding coming up and it’s black tie. I want to look extra-special. How difficult is it to use false lashes?
There are two different styles of false lashes you can try, the ones that come in a strip and single, individual false lashes. The individual false lashes are great for adding just a touch of natural, subtle drama to your lashes. They look very pretty on the outer edge of the upper eyelid. Plus you can fill in spots where you might have spaces between your own lashes. And it's much easier to attach just a few singles instead of a whole strip of lashes. Just dab a little eyelash glue on the tip of the single false lash and hold it on your lash line while it adheres. Do not put the glue directly on your lash line. The single false lash pieces are a fun alternative to add pizzazz to your look! Get ready to bat those eyes!
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