10 Top Mascaras

This article was first published on Stylizen on July 21 2014

Mascara really is a magical product! Whether you’re having a bad hair/skin day, pressed snooze one too many times, or had that extra glass of red wine at dinner last night, a few coats of mascara is all you need! A coat and a curl instantly frames your face and pulls your look together, making it seem like you’ve made that effort you had no time for.

It can lengthen, thicken and darken (oh my!). Some say they’d never leave the house without it. But let’s face the facts, some mascaras aren’t as good as others. There’s the smudging after a hard days work, and the running when we’ve had a little teary (common, we all have them). So we’ve hit the lab, and done the research to find the 10 best of the lash pack and tips for perfect application. One for any budget, it may just be the best wand you ever buy (Sorry J.K. Rowling!).

Applying Mascara

Step 1. Always curl your lashes with an eyelash curler before applying mascara.
Step 2. Try and avoid pumping the wand in and out of the mascara tube. It actually has no benefits but contaminate the tube and cause it to dry out faster! And we certainly don’t want that!
Step 3. Apply mascara starting with the wand at the base of your lashes and working out to the tips.
Step 4. Applying with a gentle wiggle will make your lashes look thicker and help avoid clumps.
Step 5. Keep eyes wide open for a few minutes before blinking to reduce smudging.

Despite the fact that most of us keep a mascara for years, it’s recommended you replace it every three months, or sooner if it looks dry or smells ‘off’ (you’ll know when you smell it).

The Top 10 Magic Mascara Wands

Tom Ford Extreme Mascara, $60, available at David Jones
Clarins Wonder Volume Black Mascara, $33.44, available at Facial Co.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $10.36, available at Priceline
L’Oreal False Butterfly Wings Waterproof Mascara, $25.95, available at Priceline

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, $38, available at Adore Beauty
Smokey Eye Mascara, $44, available at Bobbi Brown
Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Singulier, $52, available at David Jones

Fat Lash Volumising Mascara, $20, available at ModelCo.
Napoleon Perdis Madame Fantasia Peep Show Mascara, $32.68, available at Facial Co.
The Balm The Bodybuilder Mascara, $24.95, available at David Jones