How To Find The Perfect Mascara

Hey Guys! About a month ago I uploaded a blog on how to find the perfect lipstick and it seemed to go down pretty well with you guys. And if there's anything more hit or miss than lipstick, meet mascara. So, voila - I present to you part two of this mini (hopefully helpful) series.

Before I get into the more intricate detail about what to look out for to find the perfect mascara, here are a few of my suggestions based on these factors:

The wand

Like people, mascara wands come in all different shapes and sizes.

Like Harry Potter, we all have our best suited wands.

Essentially, it’s all good and well having a magnificent mascara formula, however, at the end of the day it’s the wand that’s the game changer. 

Makeup is expensive - the cold, hard truth. So, unless you’ve already collated a broad collection of mascaras or possess an abundant overflowing bank account, then  the hunt to find the perfect mascara wand may seem evitable. 

I bring good news. There’s away around this. Shops such as Primark and Amazon will offer packs of disposable mascara wands containing a variety of different styles to try out. I got a pack of 15 for £1.50 from Primark - a steal or a steal?

The formula

Ahh... the formula. The wand’s partner in crime. This one's fairly simple. 

The big question. Do we go water proof? Or nah?
Cosmopolitan states that ‘waterproof formula is great at holding curl’. So, if your aim is to maintain a curl or you’re prone to a lot of rain or swimming then ‘to waterproof’ is your best bet.

Top rated waterproof mascaras:

Alternatively, if none of these apply to you, ‘not to waterproof’ is the way to go (waterproof can be a hassle to remove).

My favourite non- waterproof mascaras:

Get those freebies

Before cashing in ridiculous money for a mascara that might not even work, perhaps ask for a sample mascara. Or if that's not an option, maybe give the travel sized version (if they sell it) a go.

Curl those lashes
For those straight, stubborn lashes - an eyelash curler will be your best friend.

Although, what some people don't know is that there's a technique to the whole curling process. 

You're going to want to pump the curler from the root of the lashes, then make your way to the middle (regularly pumping) and finally the end of your lashes. This is as opposed to curling just the root of the lashes.

This will really benefit the longevity of the curl.

And that pretty much rounds this up. After what may seem like an everlasting game of trial and error, you'll find your perfect mascara.

Thank you for reading!

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  1. Thank you so much for this post! Usually when I go to the store to buy a mascara I just pick whatever looks nice but I don't go into the technical stuff like the wand and the formula.

    Samara // The Marshall Wardrobe

    1. You're very welcome, thanks for reading! It's very easy to not really think about all technical stuff but it does help to know what works best for you:)

  2. Such a useful post! The idea of using disposable wands is so clever, I had never thought about that! I've always shied away from waterproof mascaras because they are SO hard to get off. I'll save some of the non-waterproof recommendations you've listed for the next time I'm looking for one. :)

    Sneha |

    1. Glad it helped. I was really impressed by the disposalable wands too, came across them in Primark and thought it was the perfect way to try some different styles out!😊

  3. I have to say the Benefit roller lash has always been my favourite!! Loyal fan right here!! I get through so many bottles and absolutely love everything from the wand to the formula!! It doesn't budge or smudge is so so good at lengthening, curling and separating lashes!! Plus the packaging is super cute! The plastic wands are always my favourite though!! xx

    1. I know so many people who swear by roller lash and I get where they’re coming from! It’s super curling and lengthing and never seems to clump which is always a winner for me! I agree, the packaging is adorable. Same here, plastic’s definitely my fave!xo

  4. Great post! Although I think finding your "type" of mascara really comes with a lot of trial and error, experience over the years and finding your preferences. I know now that I practically hate all plastic wands, and will much prefer a bristle brush applicator, and I sometimes can already tell from the shape of the wand if I will like it or not. Obviously the formula plays a big part too, and sometimes it can make your lashes clump together, which I hate. I guess you can only really tell if you actually buy it and try it. That's why I usually stick to mid-range drugstore brands for mascara, as they are still affordable enough to have it not work out sometimes. I'd hate to try a very expensive mascara, then ending up not liking it!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog  

  5. Thankyou! I agree, although knowing what suits you well, at the end of the day it’s all down to trial and error. I always like to try the travel/ mini sized mascaras if they’re high end to save any disappointment from wasting all my money haha - thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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