We've got a few too good to be true beauty products we just can't live without — mascara tops that list.
"Mascara is like a fabulous pair of heels to your little black dress. It's the finishing touch," says Toronto makeup artist, Allana Mirza. "Even if you're running out the door to the grocery store and not in the mood for a full face of makeup, a few coats of mascara some lip gloss and you'll look done."
A strong affinity for luscious lashes is as common today as it was in Ancient Egypt — for different reasons. Back then mascara was comprised of natural ingredients (burnt almonds, kohl or lead combined with honey and some not so appetizing crocodile feces) and was used to ward away evil spirits . The Victorian era witnessed the rising popularity of mascara as a cosmetic, but it wasn't until 1917 that the first packaged mascara was created by Eugene Rimmel, founder of Maybelline. Since then, mascara has shot to stardom. It has graced and enhanced the eye fringe of celebrities like Twiggy, Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry. These women know all to well that full, fluttery lashes don't just frame your eyes, they up the ante to va va voom.
Mirza reassures us that the lash trends of 2013 won't be any different from what we've seen in recent years — long, thick and full lashes are here to stay. "If you can't achieve them by mascara, buy them," says Mirza.
Check out the slideshow below for Mirza's top mascara picks (along with a few of our own tried, tested and true favourites!).
This mascara is wonderful for creating voluminous, thick lashes. Photo Credit: Lancome
This mascara creates a full fringe! Photo Credit: Sephora
"Oldie but a goodie! Great for both building and lengthening," says Mirza. Photo Credit: L'Oreal
We love this mascara! It's great at lengthening and separating lashes. Photo Credit: Sephora
"Like Dior it has a small tapered brush. Super black mascara, lengthening and buildable mascara," says Mirza. Photo Credit: Pretty As Peaches
"Love that it's a small tapered brush. This allows ease of use for all eye shapes and is great for both top and bottom lash. It's a buildable mascara for those who like a thicker application. It's also a lengthening mascara and a luxury brand for those who want to splurge," says Mirza. Photo Credit: Mama's A Rolling Stone
Mirza told us that this is a great mascara for lengthening lashes with a small brush, but it's not a very buildable mascara. Photo Credit: The Beauty Alchemist
1) Lancôme Hypnose Mascara
2) Dior DiorShow Backstage Makeup Mascara
3) L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara
4) Benefit They're Real Mascara
5) MAC False Lash Mascara
6) Dior DiorShow New Look Mascara
7) MAC Extended Play Mascara
Watch the video below to learn the best way to apply your mascara.