Tuesday, 1 October 2013
The Starting Off Project: Week 6 - Mascara
It's all about Mascara for week 6 of The Starting Off Project, and it's a staple in my makeup bag. So let's take a look at this little makeup wonder!
For many a beauty beginner, mascara is one of the first products that starts the wonderful makeup journey. It doesn't requite any real skill and only the smallest bit of time, but mascara can make or break any makeup look. I wouldn't be without it, especially on days when I pop to the shops but don't want a full face of makeup. I swear I'm living with just mascara and concealer most days lately! Opening up the eyes, thickening the lashes and adding length are all benefits to using it, but what mascara should you pick?
Mascara comes in liquid, cake or cream formulas and generally gets packaged in a tube with a wand applicator. A coat of mascara and the impact should be instantaneous, apparent and make you feel a million pounds. Depending on the mascara, you can build up the layers to add more volume and length. Just avoid putting on too many coats and getting the dreaded spider legs lashes!
To keep natural, most brands produce a basic range of colours ranging from black to light brown, but other brands go all out and offer some fairly wacky colours to spice up your night out! I've definitely been through the neon blue mascara phase in the early 2000s, but it looks set to come back with pink eyes being a key trend over the coming months. Going on holiday? Pick up a waterproof formula to ensure long and gorgeous lashes even after taking a swim. You need a little elbow grease to remove the product fully, but can be well worth the effort for something that won't budge no matter what strain you put it under.
Speaking of removing your mascara, the best way is to either get a dedicated eye makeup remover or use a good quality cleanser with some large cotton pads. I like to use La Roche-Posay Physiological Eye Make-Up Remover as it's very gentle and gets off even the toughest caked on mascara and is suitable for all skin types. Perfect to pop in your bag for overnight stays at a friends house and super easy after a night out to use. When I want to be sure every last molecule of mascara is gone from my lashes, I'll use a very in-depth process. Take a cotton bud and a cotton pad and put a little cleanser on the back of your hand (just make sure that the cleanser you use is okay to take off eye makeup). Dip the cotton bud in the cleanser and proceed to gentle wipe the lashes onto the cotton pad. It's fairly time consuming but it definitely stops you accidentally pulling out any lashes and I tend to do this every now and again just to keep my eyes happy.
Some of my most favourites are Lancôme Hypnôse Star Mascara which gives such fluttery lashes that I sometimes wonder why I even use anything else. For lashes that are so long they look fake, I go for a few coats of Benefit They're Real Mascara. The lovely little spiky ball on the end of the applicator works really well at getting all the smaller lashes on the inner corners of the eye. Lastly, I caved and bought Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara a while back and, when I do decide to define my bottom lashes, I only use this. For those of you with weirdly long lashes, this stuff saves me getting those lovely black or brown smudges everywhere and ruining all my hard work concealing my sleep deprived eyes.
I'll leave you on a helpful tip. If you don't use mascara on your bottom lash line, it will actually make your eyes brighter. Mascara darkens the under eye area, so something to bear in mind if you spend a lot of time concealing dark circles like myself! What's your top tip for mascara use?