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Everyone wants beautiful, silky, long lashes, don’t they? Well, it’s no surprise, then, that mascara is the most sought after cosmetic product you can buy. Even with foundation, lipstick, and some striking eyeshadow applied, mascara adds that dramatic finishing touch to a look that many wearers just couldn’t do without.

For those of us not blessed with endless lashes, there are several types of mascara to chose from to enhance what God gave you.

Types of mascara

All mascaras may look the same, but when it comes down to it, one wand is completely different to the next, and it’s worth your while to know a little bit about the different mascaras on sale:

Lengthening Mascara

Densely bristled wands are perfect for drawing the mascara all the way along the lash to the tips, and for coating them with a much thicker layer than regular wands. New lightweight mascaras are much better than cheap imitations, so splash out a bit to avoid clumps and flaking when the lashes dry. Mac Cosmetics offer a line in lengthening mascaras, for under twenty pounds. Make-up artists and wearers all over the world swear by the lengthening effects of this kind of mascara, if you’ve got stubby little lashes, this is the one to go for.

Thickening Mascara

Thinner lashes can’t always cope with lots of layers of mascara, so invest in a thickening product that will do the job in one application. Waxes and silicone polymers grab onto the hairs and coat them from root to tip, giving the appearance of a thicker lash. Laura Mercier Thickening and Building Mascara, is a great product for this purpose – and not too expensive either, at around fifteen pounds.

Non Clump Maascara

Ingredients such as glycerin and silk extract make sure you don’t end up with unsightly clumps anywhere on your eyelashes. They also usually include a longer wand to allow for application that spreads the lashes and coats them evenly. Maybellines Full ‘N’ Soft mascara keeps the lashes looking thick and shiney, but doesn’t clump them together.

Waterproof Mascara

Designed to do exactly what it says on the tin. If you’re going swimming, taking part in outdoor activities where it’s likely to rain, or you’re just one of those people who needs good cry now and again, there’s nothing to worry about with this mascara. Thanks to synthetic ingredients that repel moisture, the mascara will stay firmly on your lashes, and won’t slide down your face – giving you those dreaded ‘panda eyes’. Lancome and Max Factor are two fairly reliable names in this market, and they sometimes combine the waterproof technology with lengthening or thickening too.

Mascara Tips

Applying mascara, especially for the first time, can lead to a messy situation, so practice, practice, practice! It’s a good idea to have some cotton pads and make up remover nearby, so you can have two or three attempts. Here are some helpful tips to make your eyes really stand out:

1.Use a curler. Eyelash curlers enhance the natural curl of the lash and will open up your eyes no end, before you’ve even touched a mascara wand. Firmly press the lashes using the curler; until it has the desired effect, a steady hand is advised at this point, you don’t want to tear any out.

2.Make sure the wand isn’t coated in lumps when you take it out of the bottle, try wiping it on a piece of tissue if you need to, that way they won’t be transferred to your lashes when you apply.

3.Start with your upper lid. Hold the wand at eye level with your eye open, and then slowly blink, dragging your lashes across the applicator. This won’t cover all your lashes, and you’ll probably have to add a little along the edges, but it’s a good way to get that initial coat done evenly.

4.On your bottom lid, hold the wand vertically and run it over the lashes gently, avoiding clumping them together.

5.Be sure to remove it properly at the end of the day, flaky, smudged mascara from the night before will age your face considerably and it’s no good for your lashes either.