Among the hundreds, and maybe even thousands, of beauty products women buy, test, use, reuse, love, hate, hate to love, there is one that is on the top of the list. Mascara is one of those beauty products where there isn't a #1 mascara proven to solve every eyelash problem or even agreed to be the best among women.
Have no fear, ladies -- the Glendale Beauty Examiner is here to let you know what the experts -- and by experts we're talking about professional and celebrity makeup artists -- love to use on their clients. Don't worry, this isn't going to be a list of all high-end products. The pros love drugstore makeup too!
Professional New York makeup artist Josephine Fusco of Makeup by Josephine absolutely loves Max Factors 2000 Calorie Curved Brush mascara. But before you go running to a department store, Fusco says the mascara is no longer available. The one she found that does the closest job, is Eyes to Kill by Giorgio Armani. With a name like that, this mascara is bound to do wonders for your lashes. Fusco says the mascara livens up the eyes and makes it look like you're wearing false lashes. "It contains a microfil technology combined with micro-waxes -- exclusive to Armani -- allowing for a smooth, smudgeproof application," says Fusco. With a price tag of $30, you don't have to break the bank to get the fierce lashes you've been dreaming of.
Florida makeup artist and esthetician at Spa Oceana at Loews Don CeSar Hotel Beverly Simon loves using Jane Iredale products. She says the Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening mascara is designed to make lashes look naturally thicker and longer. You can even layer on the mascara to achieve the fierceness you're going for. It also conditions the lashes, protecting and moisturizing them which reduces splitting and breaking.
Celebrity makeup artist Sara Kosmyna loves Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara. If the name doesn't give it away, we don't know what does. Kosmyna praises the mascara, saying that it adds volume and depth to the lashes without clumping or flaking off. "If I had to choose one mascara to create both day and evening looks, this would be it because of its top performance," says Kosmyna.
A woman's wedding day can be the one day in her life where she wants to look her absolute best. Colorado wedding makeup artist Malia Britton loves using Benefit's They're Real mascara, found at Sephora and Ulta. She says that her brides love it because it makes even fine, thin lashes look enormous. No need for wedding day falsies.
If you're on a super tight budget, there is one mascara just about every makeup artist loves. L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black is the ultimate standout for drugstore mascaras. Fusco says it gives the same lushness to your lashes as do most higher-end brands. Makeup artist and lash expert Mikki Bey of Mikki Bey Eyelash Extensions agrees with Fusco, saying "ditch the pricey mascara in favor of one that performs just as well but is much lighter on the budget." She adds that L'Oreal's Voluminous mascara minimizes clumping, but maximizes length and volume. Los Angeles makeup artist Lindsey Rivera also loves L'Oreal saying that it gives perfect definition to the lashes. She uses it for both day and night looks. "One to two coats in the day elongates and defines the lashes," says Rivera. "Add three to four coats in the evening and you can skip the false lashes completely." She even says that many of her celebrity clients request that specific mascara. Hey, if it's good for the rich and famous, it's good for anyone.
With the obvious best pick for drugstore mascara being L'Oreal Voluminous in Carbon Black, there still has yet to be a winner for the higher-end wands. Now go out and try these babies and let us know below if they made a big impact on your life -- or, simply, on your eyes.