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
Roller Lash, $24, available at
This mascara from
K-beauty brand Etude House
features two different lengths of bristles designed to reach and curl even the shortest lashes.
Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara, $14, available at
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).
Cannonball Mascara, $20, available at
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.
Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara, $30, available at
The curved wand gets lashes moving in the right direction; the volumizing formula keeps them on the up and up.
Hypnôse Drama Mascara, $27.50, available at
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.
Lash Curling Mascara, $31.50, available at
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.
The Falsies Push-Up Drama, $9.49, available at
This mascara has a unique hourglass shape which makes it great for lifting inner- and outer-corner lashes.
Better Than Sex Waterproof, $23, available at
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