Beauty · Makeup

Top Shelf Mascaras For Bottom Shelf Prices

Hey all,

Mascara is probably the one product any makeup girl would take to a desert island. It’s the one product that can transform your look from blah to va-va-voom in a second. But how to get that designer look for a more affordable price? I am here to shed some light on drug store mascaras that can measure up to the big budget brands.

1. Length – Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara in Very Black

This mascara is one of the best I’ve found that provides major length. If you’re looking to elongate those lashes, this is the product for you.

2. Volume/Length – Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up! Colossal Waterproof Mascara in Classic Black

This is a great mascara for both long and voluminous lashes. Make sure you get the waterproof kind because the washable version leaves major crumb fall out on your cheeks throughout the day. Which means if you wipe your cheeks absent-mindedly it can leave black lines on your cheeks. Not a cute look.

3. Volume – NYC New York Color Big Bold Curl Extreme Black

This is a great mascara if you are looking to pump up the volume on those lashes. However, its not amazing at providing length.

4. Length – Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Waterproof Mascara in Very Black

This mascara is comparable to Illegal Length and since it’s waterproof it can provide less crumb fall-out throughout the day.

5. Definition – Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Waterproof 

This definitely gives you that retro Twiggy defined lash look. Make sure you get the waterproof because the washable kind leaves intense crumbs.

6. Volume/Length/Definition/Blackest – Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Flared Waterproof in Very Black

My holy grail of mascaras. This all-in-one product provides volume, length, definition and major blackening. Just make sure you get the waterproof because the washable kind leaves the worst crumbs of any mascara I have tried.

Other mascara tips 

-Waterproof  = no crumbs on your cheeks throughout the day

-Eyelash curler – provides length before you even put on your mascara. For even better curl, blow dry the curler to heat it up for 15 seconds (be careful not to burn yourself!)

-Use more – for that intense falsie-like look keep coating until you reach your goal. Be sure to use a lash comb to get rid of any spidery clumps. Not tackling clumped lashes can really take your look from hot to hot mess, real quick.

Comment your favourite mascara and what makes it great!

Happy primping 🙂

photo credit: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/570972058981675590/

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