Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lashes again!!!

Mascaras are one of "the" products that add a glamorous edge to the overall makeup experience. It's the mascara that makes our eyes pop and look dramatic and makeup looks incomplete without mascara. Btw summers and mascaras don't gel well and mascara can run faster on your face than a marathon. So in this post I'm going to talk about some amazing mascaras for the summer, cult favorites and mascara application (maybe a revision for some).

Best mascaras for this summer

  • Estee Lauder Double wear zero smudge lengthening mascara Rs.1380, lashes are lengthened, defined and last longer.
  • MAC Dazzle lash mascara Rs.750, for curl, definition and length. One of the best mascaras I saw in MAC after Zoomlash.
  • Clinique High Impact Curling mascara Rs.1075, lashes were never curled so well without a curler.
  • Clinique Lash Power mascara Rs.1075, the perfect lengthening mascara that along with the above one is cold water proof.
  • Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Rs.1550, dramatic lashes in a jiffy.
  • Shiseido Perfect mascara Rs.1450, again an all in one formulation with thermal technology.
  • Dior Blackout mascara Rs.1860 in its waterproof version for a strong impact.

I also thought of putting some budget buy mascaras for the women of value for money.

  • Maybelline Colossal Volume mascara Rs.260
  • Oriflame waterproof topcoat Rs.198
  • Oriflame Giordani Lash Fascination mascara Rs.590
  • Max Factor False Lash effect mascara Rs.610
  • L'Oreal Collagene waterproof mascara Rs.550
  • Oriflame Revelation mascara Rs.379
  • Bourjois Pump up volume mascara Rs.490

Also good are some lash primers that amplify the effects of the mascara like

  • L'Oreal Beauty tubes mascara with primer Rs.770
  • MAC Prep n Prime lash primer Rs.750 approx.
  • Clarins Lash Fix Mascara Rs.950 approx.

Mascaras that made ripples abroad…….for my foreign readers

  • Benefit cosmetics BadGal mascara
  • Covergirl Lash blast fusion mascara
  • Smashbox Bionic mascara
  • Urban Decay Big Fatty mascara
Mascara application

This summer its all about being playful with eye makeup yet elegant. Its not about strong eyeshadows or Arabic eyes, this time. Its about strong and bold eyeliners in the most electrifying colors like bright lilac, teal, blue, sparkling emeralds etc. with defined and lengthened lashes. Its also about different ways to stop mascara from running and collecting around the eye sockets.

I like mascaras with stretchable Nylon 12 fibers that are quite water resistant and when removed come out in bits without staining the under eye area. You'd see them in most of the mascaras above.

Wiggle the mascara brush or comb at the roots of lashes. The formula collects there and adds body to the lash hair, faking defined eyeliner and amplifying the lashes. This is where you add volume to lashes at the roots and not on the tips or anywhere between. Before wiggling the mascara, see to it that you wipe the dried flakes over a tissue paper as mascaras with dried formulas can get clumpy and irritate eyes. Also while wiggling the mascara hold the little finger against the mascara wand over the lashes so that you don't stain the eye area and also get a natural lash curler. You could also use the backside of a spoon to do that and save Rs.1000 on your Shiseido Lash curler. For getting the perfect length and definition comb through the lashes or brush through the lashes from root to tips and let the Nylon 12 fibers do their work of extending the lash length. Do not over do or else the lash tips bend downwards and look flimsy.

For a curl without curler buy a mascara with curved brush like Clinique High Impact Curling mascara Rs.1075 or Max Factor 2000 calories curling mascara Rs.550. after brushing through the lashes hold the convex side of the brush against the lash tips for 5-10 seconds and let the formula dry. The curl sets perfectly. Btw curling mascaras have wheatgerm protein that shrinks in size on drying and pulls the lash backwards to make an upward turn. How scientific!!

Some mascara tips to end the article……..
  1. Waterproof mascaras have resins that make the whole thing waterproof. Sometime silica particles do the job too. If your mascara contains resins, it gives a plastic appearance to your lashes, does not come off easily and lashes break in the process. Instead I recommend using water washable or water resistant mascara and if you are not too sure then apply a waterproof top coat. These top coats have waxes that coat the lashes and protect the mascara from running, melting and settling in the under eye area.
  2. Use high quality waterproof eye makeup removers like Clinique Take the Day Off makeup remover for lids, lashes and lips Rs,1025, that removes all the traces of mascara when used with a cotton pad before you rinse your face with water.
  3. To prevent the mascara from clumping, wipe the wand over a tissue paper and re-insert in the tube. Do not rub against the opening of the mascara tube or else the flaking and drying would happen at the mouth of the tube and your brush may try to deliver that to your lashes. Try to throw your HG mascara in the dustbin if it is 3-4 months old. The drier the mascara formula, the higher the chances to clump. These clumps brush against your eyes and may cause abrasions to permanent blindness.
  4. Another tip to get your mascara from clumping is apply the second or third coat of mascara immediately before the lash primer or the first coat of mascara dies. When the mascara sets, it does not budge.
  5. Apply mascara on lower lashes first. This prevents the lid staining when you apply mascara on the lower lashes after applying mascara on the upper lashes. This trick was introduced by Pat McGrath for Max Factor.
  6. You could apply a smidgen of color mascaras on upper lash tips or lower lashes. If you don't want to invest in one and if you own gel liners in vivid colors then take a spoolie brush and apply the liner on lash tips. It really looks funky and we tried it out in MAC.
  7. While doing eye makeup, apply a thin layer of mascara before you start applying the rest of the products. Then reapply the mascara in the desired number of coats. If done rightly this thin layer of mascara applied before the eye makeup acts as a very good lash primer and saves a lot of time.

Mascaras can be overlooked but they are the best eye furniture you could ever get!! Let me know when you try it.

Till then,



  1. Awww...ur every post is such a treasure :) now, its a mascara guide!

    frm budget buy list, which one do u prefer the most?

    GOSH...the lashes in the picture are to die for...

  2. Really gr8 article! I have both Maybelline collosial volume as well as the Oriflame Top Coat.

    BTW my Oriflame top coat is white in color and when applied colors my lash tips white??? Am I doing something wrong?

  3. Eye Furniture? ROFL... Did u just call Mascara's Eye Furniture? :D :D... Tht is the most creative description I have read in a long time.. Wow, just loved it. :)


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