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Make Your Eyes Pop with the Best Mascara

Have you ever walked into the drugstore stared in awe (or confusion) at all the mascara options? There are SO MANY CHOICES! How do you know what’s best?  Thick bristles, a curved wand, a mascara for length… OMG. And you thought purchasing mascara was easy! 

Well, the time has come for you to learn about your options and more importantly, which one is best for your lashes. Say goodbye to decision fatigue, we’re going to tell you exactly what you need to know. You’re going to love the way your lashes look!

Before Buying That Mascara…

 lash type

Before you go in search of the perfect mascara, there’s one thing to establish first, and that is your natural lash type. Knowing this will actually make things much easier and steer you in the right direction so you can choose the best mascara for you.

  What are you working with? Are your lashes long but thin? Or are they short and thick? Perhaps just short and straight, but maybe they could use a little bit of body? Whatever the case might be, knowing what you’re starting with is your first clue. Now we just need to decide what problems you’re trying to solve.

If your natural lashes are short but thick, you need a lengthening mascara. For long and thin lashes, you’ll need a mascara that helps to create lots of volume, giving the appearance of thick full lashes. For curly lashes, a lengthening mascara is best.

Get to Know Different Mascara Wands

Mascara Wands

Now that you’ve examined your natural lashes, you can get familiar with different mascara wands. Getting a mascara that doesn’t suit your lash type could ruin your dreams about perfect eyelashes. Because without the right tool you won’t be able to achieve that breathtaking look.

Here’s what you need to know about different mascara wands.

  • Thin Brush

If you’re after a lengthening mascara, a thin brush might be the best choice here. Thanks to thin bristles, you’ll easily reach into the inner lashes as well as lower lashes. You can also use it vertically to reach into every lash. However, keep in mind that length is all you’ll be getting from this type of brush.

  • Thick Brush

A thick brush is really big, usually twice the size of a standard brush. A thick brush features lots of tiny bristles and can carry a lot of product. It’s the perfect tool for creating volume and getting big, full lashes. So, if you’re after voluminous look, this is the way to go.

  • Tapered Brush

A tapered brush is thin on the tip and thicker at the base. Meaning, you’ll easily achieve that dramatic look by getting product applied to the roots, middle and tip of your lashes. This wand is also perfect for lower lashes.

  • Curved Brush

Getting into the inner lashes might be a challenging task with a straight wand, leaving your lashes looking half-done. Try achieving this with a curved wand, you’ll notice an immediate difference. This will give you a nice look all over your lashes adding a bit of curl and creating drama, ideal for a night out.

  • Hourglass Brush

An hourglass-shaped brush works like a charm when it comes to handling straight lashes. If the mascara has polymers in it, it will lock in the curls and hold that curly, movie-star look for longer. In addition, an hourglass brush will help you to define lashes while separating them. This is one of the best mascara wands out there.

Find Your Color

No need to pick just one. Mascaras come in pretty much any color you could imagine, purple, brown, blue, orange to name a few.  You can use a bright mascara to really make your eyes pop. Or play with different techniques like  applying black mascara, then topping it with a coat of colored mascara. Or you can add extra drama by placing black mascara on your lower lashes and a color on upper lashes. Play with colors and create a unique look that will catch attention!

Waterproof or Not?

Another thing to keep in mind when searching for the best mascara is whether to choose waterproof or non-waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascara is perfect for holding the lashes the whole day, or when you’re going for a swim and still want to have mascara on. It’s also great for weddings or similar occasions when you know there’s a chance you might shed a tear. You don’t want to ruin that makeup, do you?


If you’d like to get curls and length, don’t be afraid to apply two different mascaras. (Make-Up artists do this all the time, just use light even coats.) Of course you could just choose an all-in-one mascara that will lengthen, add volume and curl your lashes. But don’t be afraid to experiment to find the perfect match for your lashes.

A Final Word

We hope that after reading you feel armed with information to find the perfect mascara match for your lashes, happy shopping beauties!

Christy is a licensed cosmetologist with 10 years of experience working for one of the top 20 Paul Mitchell Salons in the US. She is also an experienced Brand Advisor, and Beauty Blogger.