Mascara – Lash Me Up
For those who do not have luxurious long dark volumous curled lashes, mascara is a lifesaver in the beauty world. It frames the eyes while giving it an instant lift. It has been around for over a century and since then original mascara, black kohl and wax, has evolved.
Modern Mascara Ingredients
Pigment – Carbon black or Iron Oxide
Coating – Polymer which form a film
Ingredients depending on type of mascara – water, wax (castor oil, carnuba wax and candelilla wax) or oils (lanolin, mineral oil, paraffin and petrolatum)
Preservatives – The one to avoid is thimerosal (causes conjunctivitis and eyelid dermatitis)
Types of Mascara
It is not just the ingredients that set them apart it is also the brush
Best for: Short lashes
Lengthening mascara brushes are short with thicker and longer bristles, allowing the product to reach more lashes. It is also easier to handle when trying to reach the tight corners.
Best for: Volumous lashes that need separation and definition.
Ingredients difference: Plastic polymers which adds to the tips of the lashes – lengthening. Glycerin and silk extracts allow a less clumpy look.
The brush is long with fewer bristles similar to an eyelash brush. It helps to separate and with the pigment define the lashes. For extra definition achieving a more precise look – Givenchy’s patented mascara, ‘Phenomenen eyes’.
Best for: Thin lashes
Ingredients difference: More polymers and waxes which helps thicken the lashes.
The brush will be long with a thick head and closely compacted bristles which makes it easier to tint every single lash and give more pigment and volume.
Best for: Avoiding smudge and or dissolving in water
Ingredients difference: These two types of mascara differ from the others in that they contain no water but wax and oil.
The ingredients above make them therefore waterproof/smudgeproof. However with great power comes great restraint – use sparingly for they can dry the lashes and be difficult to remove demanding an oil based remover.
Best for: Straight lashes
Ingredients difference : Filmifying polymers which lift the lashes and support it.
The brush will be curled which aids the action of curling the lashes especially when applied from the top side.
Best for: Brushed up eyebrows
Ingredients: water, emulsion, Isoprophyl, silicon and or gel
Similar to mascara brush yet is for eyebrows. Combs while keeping the hairs from limping. Great for a groomed look. Think actress, Lily Collins.
A primer mascara helps to protect and nourish your eyelashes. A primer layer over your lashes prevents the product from clumping, achieving an even application and not damaging them. And of course makes the product longer lasting.
*For a more natural look aim for a mascara with a rubber wand with evenly spaced out bristles that will just give a hint of color more than anything else.
Aim: Match your lashes with the right mascara