If you have a lash obsession, like me, you’re going to want to keep reading this. I’ve had a love affair with big, beautiful lashes for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, mine are pretty much translucent (aka blonde) and seemingly microscopically small, so I’m always on the hunt for the best mascaras and treatments to make my lashes stand out. And if you’re NOT blessed with naturally big, round eyes (like me!), it’s even more important to elongate your lashes so your eyes appear bigger.
With what seems like zillions of options out there, I wanted to share some of my favorite mascaras —and one mascara alternative— that will have your lashes go from frail to fab in no time flat!
Illamasqua Mascara in Raven: Formulated to define, lengthen, and thicken your lashes in one easy sweep, Illamasqua’s mascara is one of my makeup bag essentials. The uniquely designed brush is perfect for building coverage, so you can easily go from a subtle daytime eye to a more dramatic evening look.
Hot Makeup Professional Curly Kiley Mascara: Achieve mega curl with this coil-loving mascara! The unique formula holds curls longer so lashes won’t fall flat
Gorgeous Cosmetics Madison Avenue Mascara: The thick, bristle-packed “belly brush” wand gives lashes glamorous levels volume, length, and curl, and creates an “eye-opening” effect through three sections of hollow-fibre bristles.
Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara: This mascara is for those who want it all: well-defined, longer-looking lashes and buildable volume! It comes in a variety of shades so you can pick the best one for you.
The Lash Project Mascara: A high-performance, 2-in-1 conditioning mascara that’s vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, and free of harsh chemicals? Yes! This contains powerful conditioning ingredients that work to bring your lashes back to full health. Since this is water-based, as opposed to oil, you don’t ever have to worry about clumpage!
Benefit Roller Lash: It’s like hair rollers… for your lashes! The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush grabs, separates, lifts, and curls…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: The wand of this mascara brush is inspired by the curves of a woman’s body, which maximizes the performance of this carbon black, collagen-fueled formula. One coat and lashes are full and defined. Two coats and lashes are even more luscious, curled, and dramatic. Three coats help you achieve the most intense, black, multidimensional lashes possible.
Tyra Smack My Lash Mascara: Did you know Tyra Banks has her own makeup line? Well, she does and it’s fabulous! The dual formula of this mascara fuses blue volumizing and black extension technologies to create the fiercest black.
Hard Candy Ginormous Lash: The name speaks for itself’; plus this mascara is super affordable! The intense formula works together with an improved brush that has longer and thicker bristles to add extreme volume and length to each and every lash.
YSL Volume Effet Mascara: It’s a No.1 best-seller because this is the original false lash effect mascara, now with an all new Lash Care formula. The secret is the Triple-Intensity Formula: intense volume, intense color and now intense care. The nylon fiber brush coats each lash in deep color and maximum volume from root to tip, while B5 Pro-Vitamin strengthens and protects lashes. It’s available in six signature YSL shades to compliment eye color or to create a customized look.
Lash Extensions: If you’re looking for an alternative to mascara, and for something a bit more permanent, lash extensions will be your new BFF. Trust me! I popped my lash extension cherry and had my lashes done by one of the best here in NYC — Morgan Hawes of Primp Daddy.
I opted for a more natural look, so I requested a graduated length with some space between the longest lashes with slight volume and curl. Plus since I’m fair, we decided to do dark brown lashes instead of black.
Morgan uses SugarLash Eyelash Extensions, a luxury eyelash extension service, because he’s found that these are the best for his clientele. After assessing my eyes, our two-hour journey began and I left with the most glamorous set of natural looking lashes, ever.
Almost FOUR WEEKS went by until I needed a fill, so it’s obvious that Morgan’s magical hands and the lashes he uses are top notch. Some really helpful tips Morgan gave me to help from fall out are only wash lashes with water and avoid creams on the lashes. The oils from the soaps and creams will loosen the extensions and cause fall out.
Primp Daddy is located at 122 W 26th St #1205, New York, NY 10001 and you can make you appointment by calling Morgan at (646) 707-5274.