It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul, so why not make the window look as glamorous as possible with this beauty mainstay, especially as we hit our 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and notice our lashes thinning little by little. Mascara can help lengthen, volumise and curl lashes, and highlight your eyes, and set your whole beauty look. But, which type should you use?
If your lashes are on the short, stubby side, a lengthening mascara is perfect for you. The mascara will cling to your lashes and extend their length, giving you the sultry long lash look. Look for a mascara that is gentle on your lashes and won’t damage your existing lashes. Lancome Definicils has special polymers that coat each lash from root to tip to lengthen lashes. The unique brush applicator has grooved bristles that allow gradual, even application. RRP $54.00.
If your lashes are looking a little thin and sparse, then a volumising mascara will suit your needs. Some are so good, you will even look like you’re wearing false lashes!! Just like a lengthening mascara, volumising mascaras coat the lash fibre in colour and build upon the thickness of the lash, making it appear fuller and more lustrous. Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara has buildable fibres that coat each lash to build mega volume. Perfect for sensitive eyes, and won’t smudge or flake. RRP $21.95.
For movie star lashes – think Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie, and of course Bette Davis Eyes, a curling mascara is a gift from heaven. Curling mascaras have a curved application wand that lifts lashes up (or down for lower lashes) and curls the tips. I love Rimmel London 24HR SuperCurler Mascara, which curls and thickens lashes, and lasts up to 24 hours. RRP $17.95.
If you exercise a lot, or are attending a wedding where a few tears may escape, a waterproof mascara will keep your eyes looking fresh, and avoid the dreaded panda look. Containing special ingredients to coat your lashes and repel water, they are great for a long lasting look, when you really need your mascara to stay in place. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara Waterproof coats lashes to create volume, lift and curve, in a waterproof formula that lasts up to 10 hours. RRP $50.00. Maybelline New York Colossal Volum’Express delivers the benefits of creating extra volume on the lashes, in a waterproof formula. One coat is all you need. RRP $19.95.
Of course some mascaras offer multiple benefits, such as lengthening and volumising, lengthening and curling and are great if you have multiple concerns such as short and sparse lashes. Some great ones to try are Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara, which provides volume and curl benefits in one formula. The special formula won’t dry lashes, is non-clumping, and is also available in a waterproof version. RRP $19.95. L’Oreal Paris False Lash Architect 4D Mascara promises to add volume, length, texture and curl all in one product. Creating a false lash effect, lashes are perfectly separated and super long. Also available as a waterproof formula. RRP $21.95.
Eye Makeup Remover
As waterproof mascara is designed to stay in place, make sure you use an eye makeup remover to remove your mascara. This actually goes for all mascara’s – so as not to damage delicate lashes you should always use an eye makeup remover to remove mascara – Simple Kind to Eyes Make-up Remover has been an Australian beauty mainstay for ages. It is a fabulous and inexpensive product that removes all mascara, including waterproof, and won’t sting eyes. It’s opthalmologically tested, and can even be used by contact lens wearers. RRP $9.99
Just as serum for the face and body repair your skin, so to do lash serums repair and protect your delicate lashes. Containing peptides to strengthen, and nourishing ingredients to prevent breakage, when applied to lashes before mascara during the day or alone at night, these little beauties really do work. Shiseido Full Lash Serum promises to make lashes look fuller, longer, and denser. RRP $60.00