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How to Choose the Right Lengthening Mascara

Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Good lengthening mascaras are difficult to find. Here are some things to look out for when buying the right mascara.
Thick, long, curled eyelashes are every woman's dream. However, very few women are naturally blessed with such beautiful eyelashes.
For the rest, a good quality mascara does the job.
Choosing an appropriate mascara can be a real pain as you have to take into account the growth of your hair and its type. If you have long lashes with sparse hair, then a volumizing mascara is what you need.
Short hair growth demands a lengthening formula, while the absence of length and density warrants the need of a lengthening and volumizing formula. There are a certain factors which differentiate the best one from the rest. Here are some tips to help you find the right formula.


It should always influence your cosmetic purchase decisions. Especially eye makeup, interact closely with your skin, you must settle for quality products derived from natural substances. Always look for natural proteins and waxes to condition your eyelashes.

Waterproof Formula

It is essential that your mascara stays on throughout the day. A waterproof formula keeps the makeup from smudging, and prevents it from entering your eyes.
A waterproof formula is necessary for a long-lasting effect. This formula contains synthetic ingredients which repel moisture. However, these ingredients can be harsh on your eyelashes, and make them susceptible to breakage. Therefore, it is necessary to apply petroleum jelly to your eyelashes before applying the mascara.

Anti-clump Formula

While looking for a lengthening formula, always go for one which facilitates smooth and even application. The mascara should clearly separate the individual hair and give proper definition to each lash.
Some mascaras just clump the lashes together, giving a 'spider legs' effect. Anti-clumping formulas have glycerin and silk extract which prevents the clumping of lashes.

Volumizing Effect

Finding a lengthening formula which also adds a little volume to your eyelashes will make for the perfect mascara. These products mostly contain waxes and silicon polymers which coat the lashes to make them appear thicker.

Tips for Application

After buying the right formula, it is equally important to apply it correctly. In fact, the proper makeup technique makes all the difference. Mascara should always be applied on clean, curled eyelashes. Use an eyelash curler to accentuate the curls of your lashes.
Ensure that your lashes are free of any residue. Dab the excess mascara from the brush on a tissue, and then apply it evenly on your lashes. It is a good idea to apply petroleum jelly first to minimize the effects of the chemicals on your lashes. It will also condition the lashes and help them to stay soft and smooth.
As mentioned before, your selection of mascara will depend upon your individual eyelashes and the desired effect. A lengthening mascara can dramatically increase the length of your eyelashes, and make you appear truly gorgeous.