A lengthening mascara is one of the most transformative cosmetics you’ll find in your makeup bag. In just a few swipes, it will lift your lashes and awaken your eyes – and who doesn’t want that?
For many, a mascara is considered a ‘can’t live without’ beauty product so, due to its popularity, there’s a continuous stream of new launches piling onto our shelves. With many to pick from, finding the right formula that will lengthen without clumping can seem like a never-ending task.
Luckily for you, I know my way around a good lash-lengthening tube and know of a few celeb MUAs who can spill the beans on their favourite formulas – from Dior to Diego Della Palma.
What should you look for in a lengthening mascara?
When you’re scouting out the options, a certain mascara will stand out depending on your budget or style – but there are a few finer details you should be aware of when finding the best one for you…
If you’re on a mission for longer lashes, Buster Knight – celeb MUA, with clients including Milly Bobby Brown – suggests looking for a mascara with a waxy formula. “Anything that’s too wet will print on the eyelids and won’t hold a curl,” he says. So, find yourself a thicker formula (that’s non-clumpy) that will grip onto each lash and lift them up to their full potential.
The magic doesn’t just lie within the formula – the size and thickness of the wand also make a difference. “I like a thicker brush with a fluffy texture,” says celebrity makeup artist Amanda Grossman.
“This gives you more control over the look you want to create. You can achieve a natural effect by applying the product with a light hand or go in with a second coat to get an evening look,” she adds.
Also, pay attention to the material of the wand. Silicone wands tend to have bristles which are further apart and will do a good job at separating the lashes (I also find they’re less likely to flick product onto your browbone). However, I will also back the corner of some soft bristles which do a sublime job and lengthening and defining too.
How should you apply mascara?
“We all look for a mascara that will lengthen and thicken our lashes. In my opinion, the way you apply mascara has more of an impact and gives you the results you want over what brand of mascara you choose to buy,” says Amanda.
The best way to apply mascara depends on the look you want to achieve. “For thicker lashes, I tend to wiggle the mascara at the root of the lash, but for lengthening, I suggest combing the lash with a mascara from root to tip, above and below the lash lash line,” says Buster. “This coats the lash whilst ‘stretching’ the hairs,” he adds.
Mascara tips you need to know about
- “The most important part of creating a thick, long lash is to always curl your lashes before applying mascara. I love Kevyn Aucoin lash curlers,” says Amanda.
- “I really recommend lash serums, like Revitalash, as they prevent breakage and therefore create longer, stronger eyelashes,” says Buster.
- “It’s also worth creating a ‘tight line’ liner [along your upper lash line] to help make your lashes appear longer without looking overly made up,” he adds.
If you’re now itching to get your hands on a tube with some serious lifting power, behold the best lash-lengthening mascaras that MUAs swear by – and that I rate, too.