When I’ve done makeup for friends and they’ve asked for tips, I would tell them to just skip the bottom lashes. If it smears, you’ve got a mess that’s hard to fix. If it flakes, you get little black stuff under your eyes, and it’s hard to apply without looking like you’ve got little spider legs under your eyes. And yeah, that’s so attractive. “Hey, is that a spider trying to escape from your eyes? I can see the legs emerging.”
But lo and behold, I have changed my position after trying two new mascaras. Now I’m doin’ up those little lower lashes with ease and getting a whole new look that really draws attention to my eyes. Here are my discoveries and how they rock my lashes…
Up Lower Lash MascaraTarte has devised a killer combo with Bottoms Up Lower Lash Mascara. It has a brush designed just for bottom lashes and a water-resistant formula that really stays put without flaking. The brush is totally unique. It’s short and tapered with wide-set bristles. This makes the mascara so much easier to apply than with a regular, longer brush. It took me a little practice to get it right, because I haven’t applied mascara to my lower lashes in eons. But once I got it down, I loved the look – no spider legs, just longer, more defined lashes that play up the eyes.
Beauty Bonuses: The colors and dyes are derived from natural minerals that soothe and soften skin. It also contains olive esters to condition, treat, and protect lashes. And the formula is free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, phthalates, and junk like that.
Available at tarte.com, beauty.com, sephora.com, Sephora, Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman for $16.
Estee Lauder TurboLash
A new trend in mascaras is the vibrating brush. Estee Lauder’s mascara in motion is called TurboLash. As a gadget geek, I was very curious to check this out. I had to laugh when I used it. It was so bizarre to install a battery and then have the brush start vibrating. I was skeptical that it would make a difference but discovered that it’s perfect for applying mascara to bottom lashes really easily. I just hold the tip of the brush up to the lashes. I don’t have to move it. It creates just enough movement, as it vibrates, to add color with no spidey-lash effect.
Along the top lashes, the mascara gave me a fantastic, dramatic look with lots of volume and length – almost to the point where it looked like I was wearing false eyelashes – with no clumps. I’m not sure if this was due to the vibration or the formula or both. But the vibration did seem to eliminate the need to wiggle the brush as I pulled up along the lashes, which is an excellent trick for getting extra volume and no clumps. The formula also stays put. Even when I accidentally rubbed my eyes, the mascara didn’t budge and yet it was easy to wash off.
Mascara Beauty Tip
When you first get a tube of mascara, there tends to be a lot on the brush, which makes it hard to apply without applying too much, especially along the lower lashes. I find that it really helps to wipe off the excess mascara. Wipe the entire brush along the top of the tube or even on a paper towel (not a tissue – it’s too thin and will get caught in the bristles). There will still be plenty of mascara on the brush, and it’ll be a heck of a lot easier to apply without the clumps. The mascara eventually begins to dry out and wiping is no longer necessary.