Limp. Straight. Droopy. These are all the words I'd use to describe my lashes after trying a new mascara that fails to hold a curl. Because of my short, downward-pointing lashes, I use
curling formulas almost exclusively. Why? Because a pair of lifted lashes is the easiest way to fake eight hours of sleep — and I need a strong formula to keep mine up all day.
Why not just use a lash curler, you ask? I do, but think of these as the firm-hold hairspray that sets those crimps in place. Check out my favorites, ahead.
According to our beauty director, Cat Quinn, this mascara made her
throw out her lash curler all together. The formula contains constricting tubes that coat and lift lashes — and it really works. Benefit Roller Lash, $24, available at Sephora.
This mascara from
K-beauty brand Etude House features two different lengths of bristles designed to reach and curl even the shortest lashes. Etude House Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara, $14, available at Sokoglam.
Straight-lash ladies know that waterproof mascaras are some of the only formulas that actually hold a curl all day. This tube features a ridiculously long-wearing formula that'll keep your lashes crimped for hours — whether you're spending the day in the office or zip lining in Singapore (we tested).
Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara, $20, available at Urban Decay.
This Japanese export has a dense, three-bobble wand that lifts lashes in just a few swipes. As for its curling ability? The waterproof formula keeps hairs sky-high all day.
Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara, $30, available at Asos.
The curved wand gets lashes moving in the right direction; the volumizing formula keeps them on the up and up.
Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara, $27.50, available at Sephora.
Similar to Benefit's Roller lash, this mascara also contains tubes that wrap each lash to lengthen, define, and curl. When you're ready for bed, it comes off with warm water.
Trish McEvoy Lash Curling Mascara, $31.50, available at Trish McEvoy.
Thanks to this mascara's cup-shaped bristles and hefty plastic wand, it can grab every single lash and push them up for a wide-eyed effect.
Maybelline The Falsies Push-Up Drama, $9.49, available at Ulta Beauty.
This mascara has a unique hourglass shape which makes it great for lifting inner- and outer-corner lashes.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof, $23, available at Sephora.
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