There are do-all mascaras that promises thick , defined , mile-long lashes with the swipe of a wand-but these aren't the way to go . A single tube can pack only so many effective ingredients , and formulas usually have to sacrifice one benefit for another . '' If you want a specific effect , look for a specialised type ,'' says makeup artist Troy Surratt .
The resins and waxes in a curling mascara lift and bend stick-straight lashes , while a lengthening formula's nylon fibers act as extensions on short ones . And the brush matters too : if it's big and bushy , that's how your lashes will look . A brush with spiky plastic bristles separates .
2. BLACK WORKS FOR EVERYONE
Everyone can pull off black-even blondes . ''The whole point of mascaras is to enhance the shape of the eye and define the lashes , and it should be visible , or you won't get that effect,'' says makeup artist Susan Giordano . But that's not to say you can't experiment with colour . A swipe of purple is gorgeous on green , blue and hazel eyes . while blue and green mascaras offer a gorgeous contrast against brown .
3. SAVE WATERPROOF FOR WHEN YOU REALLY NEED IT
Waterproof formulas are too tough to remove for everyday use , you'll have to rub hard to loosen the colour , so there's a chance your lashes will break . Save it for your best friend's wedding-and even then , try something that's water resistant.