By Jessica Padykula
Long, thick lashes are essential for many reasons. How else can you lure him with come-hither glances, wink seductively or flutter your eyes at him successfully? Long, lustrous lashes help define and open up your eyes, and help complete any eye makeup look.
Mascara is also one of the products you can turn to in a pinch, when you don’t have time to apply much else. It’s not ideal, but with some lip gloss, concealer and mascara you’ll be able to achieve a simple, pulled-together look. Here are some of our favourite mascaras for long, luscious lashes.
1. Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara
This lash-defining mascara works to separate each lash, while also providing noticeable length and volume. It’s not too thick, which means clumping isn’t a problem and it’s comfortable to wear even for those of us who wear contact lenses. It also goes on smooth and makes our eyes really pop.
2. Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara
If you have sparse lashes and need a serious volume boost, Clinique just might have the mascara for you. It does a good job of thickening lashes with just one coat and doesn’t smudge or flake, even at the end a long day. We found this feature particularly helpful because there’s nothing worse than having to meet someone for an after work date with the beginnings of smudgy, racoon eyes.
3. Dior DiorShow Mascara
Not only does this mascara lengthen and add volume, it also leaves lashes with a subtle curl to even further emphasize and define. Get even more curl out of this mascara by using an eyelash curler before application. It goes on smooth, doesn’t dry out and washes clean away without having to scrub with makeup remover.
4. Smashbox Lash DNA Mascara
The double helix shape of this mascara brush had us skeptical at first, but we were won over by how much length and separation we were able to get from it. The brush is shaped to coat every lash, even the tiny ones that sometimes get left behind with other mascaras. This is important because the key to lashes that stand out is making sure that each and every one of them gets a coat of mascara.
5. Yves Saint Laurent MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS
We were seriously impressed with how much volume this mascara created with only one coat. Lashes are lengthened and thickened without clumping or sticking together. The creamy texture leaves lashes flexible rather than stiff and the effect is pure drama.