Posts Tagged ‘Best Mascara’

“Little Miss Makeup, my mascara flakes and smudges!”

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Dear LMM,

Oh, the woes I have had with finding a mascara that doesn’t blink down! I am very busy during the day – often too busy to catch a glimpse in the mirror, and it’s not until I’m finally home in the evening that I notice I have black smudges and flakes of mascara beneath my eyes – a fantastic look. Not! I have started to rub under my eyes during the day to clean up the offending matter, but am wary about pulling and stretching the skin! I don’t want to encourage premature lines and wrinkles. How I would love a mascara that stays put! I have tried many (some make my eyes itch – a gripe for another day!), but I’m yet to find one that doesn’t end up below my eyes.

Thanks LMM, I look forward to your help!!! Fiona.

Dear Fiona,

You are not alone! Panda eyes are a common phenomenon, but unfortunately there is not a one-size-fits-all answer. There are many reasons why mascara can flake and smudge. The quality of the product and the formulation are factors to consider, but often what works for one person doesn’t for another, so it can also be somewhat personal (with things like eye shape and lash size playing a part). For the basics on mascara malfunctions and some handy tips and tricks, read on.


An oily eye area is a common reason why mascara smudges. Basically, the oil dissolves the mascara (which is typically made of wax and pigment), causing it to smear and leave behind those characteristic black blotches. An oily eye area can be caused by natural oils in the skin, or product residue that has been left behind after cleansing or moisturising, for example.

A tell-tale sign that oil could be the issue is your eyelids getting shiny throughout the day. To keep the oil at bay and help your mascara last all day, oil-proof your eye area (both top and bottom lids) with a layer of matte eyeshadow, matte loose powder or eye primer. Also, think about the products you are applying in and around the eye area that could be contributing to your mascara’s demise. Eye cream, foundation, sunscreen, etc. could all be culprits, and the reason your mascara is sliding off your lashes. To help your mascara keep a strong hold, avoid getting these products on the lashes, try applying them more sparingly (particularly around the eyes), or set them in place with a sweep of matte loose powder before you apply your eye makeup.


If your mascara is flaking, the first thing to check is its age. Mascaras that are past their use-by date often dry out, which increases their tendency to flake. The general life expectancy of a mascara is 3 to 6 months (depending on how often you use it). If age isn’t the issue, it could be the amount you are applying. Always wipe the brush off on the neck of the tube or a tissue before you apply it to your lashes. If you apply too much, the excess drops off once it dries … leaving flecks on your face. Another thing to make sure of is that you are removing your mascara properly at the end of each day. If you’re not, any remnants left on the lashes will cause future applications to clump, flake and fall. (more…)

The latest hit in my kit: Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Clinique Lower Lash Mascara

One of the most common questions I get asked is how to make small eyes look bigger.

In my opinion, one of the simplest ways to create big, beautiful eyes is to apply lots of mascara to the top and bottom lashes.

Sounds simple, right? In theory it is, but up until now it has been a logistical nightmare for many. Here’s why. Big brushes and little lashes don’t mix.

Many of the mascara applicators on the market today are massive, and while they do a fabulous job on the top lashes – giving the user a false lash effect in a few simple strokes – maneuvering a monster brush over the lower lashes, which are smaller and sparser, can be a nightmare. Even with a well-practiced hand, black smears beneath the eye and clumpy, overloaded bottom lashes are commonplace.

Clinique High Lengths Mascara

But thanks to Clinique, those days are over. Meet the latest hit in my kit: Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. It’s genius! Simply use your regular mascara on the upper lashes and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara on the lower ones. Too easy!

I have road tested Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara on a number of photoshoots recently, and I’m happy to say I’m hooked. Actually, it was love at first swipe!

The small brush, which was specifically designed for the lower lashes, is super easy to manage and allows the user to achieve a mess-free mascara application every single time. Due to the precision-perfect bristles, even the littlest, hardest-to-reach lashes can’t escape. The formulation is long-wearing, flake-free and smudge-proof, so finally you can kiss under-eye mascara malfunctions goodbye.

For a wide-eyed, womanly gaze, try this dynamic duo: Clinique High Lengths Mascara (up top) and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara (down below).

Go for it, girls: bring your lower lashes to life with Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara! Buy it online at:, and

The best in beauty: My top ten product picks

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Introducing … the ten beauty products you must try! Happy shopping!

Daily Microfoliant

1. Exfoliant: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant.

  • Amazing facial exfoliator.
  • Simply add water to convert the powder into a creamy, non-abrasive paste.
  • Removes dead skin cells, leaving the face soft and smooth.
  • Gentle enough to use every day.
  • Hot tip! For a flawless-looking complexion, exfoliate your face prior to moisturizing; then apply your foundation.

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2. Eye makeup remover: Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover.

  • Excellent eye makeup remover.
  • Takes off the darkest, smokiest eye makeup in a few sweeps.
  • Cleanly wipes away waterproof formulations.
  • Great for sensitive eyes.
  • Hot tip! Because it is a duo-phase liquid, shake well before use.

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How to Apply Mascara

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

There are a multitude of mascaras on the market today, promising an array of lash-enhancing qualities. Whether you seek extreme length, maximum volume, intense curl, or a combination of these things, there is a smorgasbord of choice. Most mascaras are available in a variety of shades too, and many companies also offer waterproof versions.

As important as the mascara formulation itself, is the wand that it is applied with. Recent advances in technology have given rise to innovative wand designs, with features such as in-built battery-powered vibration, curved brushes, and perfectly slanted and spaced bristles. The latest generation mascaras boast 360° lash-by-lash coverage, and promise to provide users with the ultimate application experience.

For hygiene reasons, mascara is one of the most difficult products to trial properly before purchase. Disposable mascara wands often accompany testers, but if they are not an exact replica of the original brush, many of the benefits of the complete package may go unnoticed. (more…)