If you have droopy heavy eyelashes that grows straight likes ours do, then you probably well know the struggles of finding the right mascara for your eye. It comes to no surprise why lash lifts and extensions are becoming an immensely popular treatment in Asia. Not only do our eyelashes have the flexibility of a stick, they also tend to grow downwards, making our eyes look tired and washed out. But there are days when we want to flaunt our lashes the most natural way possible – with some confidence boosters of course! To give your lashes a little oomph factor, we’ve listed six mascara’s that’ll give you just what your lashes are lacking through a series of products we’ve tried over the years.
But first, let it be known, to have nice set of lashes preparation is key. So, make sure to use an eyelash curler that works in compliment to your eye shape and that your lashes are completely dry as your lashes won’t curl if they are wet. Also, remember to curl from the root and work your way upwards to get the optimal C-curl for a lash lift effect. Now that we have the foundation ready, its time to start lifting away with these mascaras!
To Prime: Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer for Perfect Lash
If you’re a fan of K-beauty the brand Etude House should come to no surprise to you. While they have a glorious array of colorful eyeshadows and blushers, there’s a hidden ace product that resides in many Koreans makeup bag. That is, the Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer for Perfect Lash. This primer mascara is applied before your normal mascara after you’ve curled your lashes to maintain the longevity of your curls (kind of like a hairspray for mascaras).
This holy grail product will ensure your mascara doesn’t smudge during the day and may even go so far as to prevent fall outs. Some tips from us is to make sure you give the primer some time to dry before applying your normal mascara so the curl is fixed. Etude House Dr. Fixer Mascara can also be worn on its own to hold your lashes in place for a natural no makeup, makeup look.
For Durability: KissMe Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara
KissMe is the one of the leading brands of J-beauty and a drugstore favourite for many. The formula itself uses 5mm extra-long fibers that mimics the look of extended eyelashes. The mascara wand is also very fitting to the eye as the as the curved brush head fits closely to the shape of the eye allowing as much of the individual lashes to be coated with the mascara formula.
When we tried it for ourselves, we were amazed at how durable it was. Not an adjective we’d commonly used for mascaras but it proved us to be very appropriate. Despite the humid Hong Kong weather, it stayed on all day and we even found it difficult to remove with normal makeup remover! The especially thin mascara wand also helped the application process more easier and smoother.
To Lengthen: Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing
Although commonly known for its skincare products, Clinique is no stranger to the makeup scene. If you’re looking for some extra length to add to your lashes, Clinique Lash Power Mascara is the way to go. Clinique promises to stay put for 24 hours without smudging or smearing which will last through rain, sweat, humidity and tears (let’s hope they’re happy tears)!
Lengthening mascara’s are a good option to wear on the daily as they provide the most natural looking lashes with an added lift. If you’re one to habitually rub your eyes (although we recommend you don’t or else all the efforts of eye makeup will be lost) Clinique’s mascara may be to your advantage as it has been allergy-tested and ophthalmologist-tested . While we’re on the talks of transparency, the mascara formula is free of SLS, mineral oil, and gluten, and is also 100 percent fragrance-free.
For Volume: Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara
If you’re on the hunt for a volumizing mascara, look no further than Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara! Picked as our editorial team’s favorite we have nothing but praises to say about this product! As scandalous as the name is, this intensely black voluptuous mascara provides definition and perkiness, perfect for an intense eye makeup look.
Inspired by the curves of a woman’s body, the hourglass application brush was designed to maximize the performance of the mascara formula. Don’t let the size fool you as it helps to evenly coat the lashes leaving minimal room for mistakes. You’ll find your lashes looking more and more voluminous and dramatic with every coat so apply accordingly to your eye makeup look! Although with this mascara, we say, go big or go home!
All-in-One: Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara
Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara embodies all the features you’d want to have for your lashes. Lengthening, volumizing and lifting, Hourglass is the perfect pick for when you want to have the best all-around effect for your lashes. It’s 4Damplifier application brush combines two brushes in one to deliver all three effects mentioned above for the most defined extreme lash look.
This powerhouse mascara has a buildable formula for which you can apply as many coats as you want to achieve the lashes of your dreams. If you’re a newbie to using mascara, this mascara is a good place to start as the tapered end of the application brush makes application a lot easier and makes sure to get all the crevices coated. The formula is also vegan and cruelty free so you know you can use it with some peace at mind.
Waterproof: Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes 4-in-one Waterproof Mascara
The texture of waterproof mascara is denser than normal mascara formulas in order to withhold the curl of your lashes through different environmental factors. However, this doesn’t resonate well with Asian lashes well as it weighs down our already droopy lashes. Which makes finding a lightweight mascara the more important.
Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Splashes 4-in-one Waterproof Mascara is one of the most versatile mascaras in the market. Offering curl, lift, volume that you can even wear in contact with water. Waterproof formulas are not just good for rainy weathers but also for days when you know you’re going to be wearing makeup for a long time. Just be sure to use an oil-based makeup remover to really erase all the pigment off your lashes before heading to bed!