Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Starting Off Project: Week 6 - Mascara

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The Starting Off Project
Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 Week 5 | Week 6

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?

28 comments:

  1. I love this starting off series.
    That Lancôme mascara is my favourite too. But I really don't get along with "they're real". I don't even consider myself to have extremely long lashes but half of it always ends up under my eyebrows when I wear it.

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    1. A lot of people are mixed on 'They're Real!, which really surprised me. It took a second go around for me to really take to it.

      xo

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  2. I've not tried this Lancome mascara but it looks very similar to the bushes I like, slim ones with little bristles, so think I'll give it a try!

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. It gorgeous, and great for a touch of luxury on a weekday morning.

      xo

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  3. I love the benefit mascara and also the Diorshow Extase. Two of my favorite higher end mascaras.

    katespitz.blogspot.com

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    1. I haven't tried the Dior one, looks amazing though.

      xo

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  4. I think I need to try Lancôme now...I love fluttery lashes! Benefits my current fave though :) xxx

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    1. Go for it, they do gift sets through the year.

      xo

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  5. I love Clinique bottom lash mascara - my saviour! Im a huge fan of max factor mascaras! Love them!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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    1. It really stops those smudgy black particles making a mess of your look!

      xo

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  6. i do like the clinique bottom lash but have struck out on all the lancome ones. they are just way too wet for me and i always end up smudging a bit onto my lids when i'm done applying :(
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear that lovely!

      xo

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  7. Mascara is definitely the one make up item I can't live without. Weirdly though, I can't sand Benefit's They're Real mascara - it seems to be everyone's favourite! xx

    Squares - Bookworm and Beauty Enthusiast

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    1. It's so mixed, I'm quite shocked by it actually. Haha!

      xo

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  8. I really want to try the Lancome Mascara, I have heard so much great stuff about it! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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    1. I was so glad to receive it and love the look of it too.

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  9. I've recently discovered the wonder that is Maybelline's The Rocket, and don't think I'll ever look back! It's seriously so amazing! I was using the Falsies before, and hated it. Never thought about bottom lash mascara darkening the under eye area before! Will definitely bear it in mind from now on though! :)

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    1. I love it too! It's a little life saver on days when I have to rush out the door!

      xo

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  10. I love using mascara :) definitely one of my favourite make up products! I use Maybelline's Rocket Volume Express! xx

    Now following you on bloglovin.
    www.allthingsbeautiful-x.blogspot.com

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    1. That little indigo tube is amazing. I am with you on that one!

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  11. Love your blog! glad to have found it :)
    Love the name!

    http://lifeslikearoadwetravelon.blogspot.com/
    xx

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  12. i really want to try the clinique bottom lash mascara i would save me a lot of messing around in the morings

    beautiesunlocked.blogspot.co.uk

    Lx

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    1. It's very good. Have found it has a very small amount of product on the brush though, so you have to dip again to get the desired look.

      xo

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  13. Hello! I have tagged you in the autumn tag on my blog! Hope you are well!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  14. I love the Benefit They're Real mascara too!

    Beth | BeautyBubbles xx

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