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Mascara 101

As a Beauty Expert, I get asked all the time what’s the best mascara to use; drugstore or department store brand?  In this case, more expensive does not mean better. Mascara comes in several different formulas and brush sizes. It’s a matter of finding the right combination of formula and brush design that works for you.

Whether you’re looking to lengthen, voluminize or curl your lashes – there’s a mascara formula to suit your lash needs. Another important factor is brush design.  Mascara wands come in different sizes and shapes.  Some wands have short dense bristles, which help pack on a lot of product.  A brush like that would be great for adding volume to your lashes.  Some brushes have a curved shape, which is great for lifting and curling the lashes.  If you have smaller eyes and short lashes, pick a wand that is smaller in size.  And the opposite goes if you have bigger eyes and longer lashes.

Mascara tips
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Make sure you never share your mascara!  Sharing your mascara brush can lead to serious eye infections.
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Toss your mascara after 3 months (or sooner if you notice a funky smell) to avoid any infection-causing bacteria.
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Use a waterproof formula if you have extremely oily skin or oily eyelids to avoid any smudging or running throughout the day.
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Remove your mascara with an eye makeup remover before going to bed to keep your lashes healthy.

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Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara, $24 CAD

CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara, $9.99 CAD
Lancome DÉFINICILS High Definition Mascara,  $34 CAD
Maybelline Full’N Soft Mascara, $8.99 CAD

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Reader's Comments

  1. Great tips! I just picked up Covergirl Lashblast from Shoppers for $5.99 – it’s definitely my go-to mascara :)

  2. Lash Blast is definitely amazing! Must-have. I’d also add to this list Dior Show and Mary Kay Ultimate, the latter of which I’ve had several people ask if I’m using falsies while wearing it!