Not all mascaras are created equal. Some wands might lengthen but not plump, and some formulas might leave your lashes dried out. Whatever your mascara woes may be, finding a product that fits your needs can be tough. To make life a little easier — and your lashes a lot more lush — we've rounded up the best mascaras for every issue imaginable. Click through to find one that will work for you.
Does your lower-lash mascara always get smudged or clumped? Allure has all the tips for taking the guesswork out of under-eye enhancement techniques.
Ah, the lower lashes: They're so little, but they can go so wrong. Add a smidgen too much mascara and they clump. Two smidgens, and you've got scary spider-lash syndrome. The only people who seem to be able to pull this off are makeup artists, so we asked them how to apply bottom-lash mascara like a pro. (Or at least like a noncrazy-looking person.) Get their expert tips when you keep reading.
When CoverGirl Clump Crusher ($7 at drugstores) arrived, it had a high bias to surmount. Claiming to stave off clumps even after 30 strokes and create 200 percent more volume, this mascara is the latest addition to the iconic LashBlast line. Well, it works. The clump-crushing happens through the brush, which has closely spaced bristles that won't allow clumps to form. Lashes were perfectly separated, not spidery after about 35 strokes (and three dips into the tube). This formula is perfect for the mascara beginner who doesn't care to use special tricks to achieve lengthy and full lashes. Experts will love it, too.
Sometimes one mascara isn't enough to get the faux-lash effect. Don't settle for second best, though. Double down on your formulas instead. Combine a lengthening lash-enhancer with a thickening formulation, or top a defining mascara with a curling one. The combinations are endless. For lashes even Snuffleupagus will envy, find a few top mascara pairings when you keep reading.
It's likely you apply mascara every day, but are you doing it the right way? Like many different makeup techniques, there are multiple ways to do them to achieve similar results. But there's one tried and true secret to full and far-reaching lashes: the wiggle. Learn how to pull off this mascara method and more after the jump.
Waterproof mascaras can be a girl's best friend or her worst enemy. Sure, they stay put all day and don't melt down your face (if you're lucky), but they can also leave you with dried-out, flaky lashes. But somehow Stila has given these major mascara faux pas the one-two punch. The brand's Stay All Day mascara ($22) clings to your lashes for hours while leaving them soft and supple. No crunchy, spidery eyes here.
Not only does the mascara stay budge-proof from morning to night, it brushes on without any clumps. The triangular brush also lifts and lengthens, leaving you with lashes that frame your eyes in a glamorous, flattering way. Sound too good to be true? There is a small downside; the wand traps a lot of the product, pulling more out of the tube than you need. This can lead to a messy application if you don't wipe the excess off before you swipe it on. But for long, thick lashes that last and last? We'll take the extra step.