Flip through the pages of your favorite glossy mag, and you'll find no shortage of advertisements for mascaras that promise to give you long, thick lashes. But some mascara manufacturers seem to place more importance on creating pretty pictures than creating top-notch products. (I automatically dismiss any mascara ad featuring models with lash extensions — it's the principle!) This week, I've rounded up the top three mascaras on the market that really work; making real lashes look faux fabulous.
Makeup artist Scott Barnes, who has worked with the likes of Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé, used to recommend that clients wipe excess mascara off the applicator. But with LashControl, which Barnes declares "a genius concept," one can customize the amount of mascara on the brush.
LashControl's patented squeezable applicator takes excess product off — or leaves it on — thanks to a built-in wiper sleeve at the mouth of the mascara tube that leaves as much, or as little, product as you like on the brush. Color coded and available in black lengthening, black volumizing and clear, LashControl is available online for $20 at lashcontrol.com and at upscale salons, spas and beauty boutiques.
Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer
This mascara-like lacquer is an amazing product, for those who know how to use it. Designed to be applied over mascara, Film Noir Lash Lacquer is ideal for amping up lashes from work to play or just adding "wow" anytime.
The key to loving this lacquer is getting the application right. First apply mascara as usual. Next, get set to apply Lash Lacquer, being sure to remove any excess product from the long, flat brush. After many attempts, I came to the conclusion that I loved Lash Lacquer most when I apply it in short strokes to the lashes in the outer corner of the eyes as well as lash tips. Used properly, Lash Lacquer gives impressive length and a shiny, dark black coating that is hard to replicate with just traditional mascara. Get it for $28 at Sephora.
Make-Up Designory Volumizing Mascara
File this under "new to me." Make-Up Designory (MUD) has a Volumizing Mascara that is amongst the best mascaras I've ever tried (and we're talking hundreds upon hundreds here).
Rich in pigment and replete with fibers that coat lashes for va-va-voom volume, this easy-to-apply mascara goes on smoothly and doesn't transfer to lids, even with long wear. I also adore the squeezable tube, which aids in even application. Get it for $14 at mudshop.com or at upscale salons, spas and beauty boutiques.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampa baypretty.