How to choose the right mascara for you.

Do you have hooded or deep set eyes? Are you prone to wearing mascara all over your eyelids? Do you wonder what the "bleep" is the difference from one mascara to the next? Are you seeking a really good non-toxic mascara that won't make you look like a panda? Read on Sister!

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Let's demystify and simplify. So you can make the right mascara choice for you. Because oh how I do love mascara and the magic it works for opening up and defining your eyes.

WAND SHAPE & TYPE

It's not just about the formula. It's about the wand baby. The plastic wands make your life easier. They do a LOT of the work for you. If you're not confident with mascara, definitely choose a mascara that;

a) has a plastic wand, and

b) has a "skinny" or at least tapered wand.

HIGH-STREET VERSUS PREMIUM BRANDS

You don't need to spend a fortune. High street mascaras are as good as, if not better than, a lot of the premium brands. PLUS you do - yes, you do - need to replace mascara very frequently. The official word is 3 months. I still think 3 months is too long as mascara is a bacteria hot-bed. I'll leave that with you.

HOW TO APPLY MASCARA

Watch this little 2 minute video on how to apply mascara - I've one very simple - somewhat unattractive solution - to help you avoid mascara blobs on your eyelid. Plus a quick tip on how to remove the little blobs - don't worry, it happens to alllll of us .. and it's simple to fix without ruining your beautifully blended eyeshadow.

TO DO THE BOTTOM LASHES .. OR NOT

Mostly I say not. Gasp! Why? It can throw a shadow under your eye - making you look more tired than you actually are. Mmmmmm, probs not the look we're going for?

This is the single biggest road to ending up with blackened under your eyes. If you have really small eyes, yes, it can really open up your eyes.

So if you

✔️ don't tend to rub your eyes a lot

✔️ don't have watery eyes

✔️ don't have dark circles under your eyes

✔️ and you want to really open up small eyes,

then YES, you can have a go at applying mascara to your bottom lashes.

WHICH COLOUR MASCARA?

Choose Black. Always choose black. Don't mess about with brown ... go for black. If you want to bust out of the box, try a coloured mascara. I know some of you may think I've gone mad but remember, it's only makeup. Have fun. Let loose. Coloured mascara is a great way to try colour - when you don't want to look over done or like you've tried too hard.

Have a favourite mascara that you think I MUST try - please share. Click here to send me an email. I'll need your eye shape and the name of your favourite mascara.

My TOP MASCARA PRODUCT PICKS:

FOR THOSE SEEKING LENGTH - BEST FOR SHORT LASHES

HIGH STREET L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara $26.95 at Priceline

HIGH END Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara $41 at mecca.com.au

FOR THOSE SEEKING VOLUME - BEST FOR WISPY LASHES

HIGH STREET L'Oreal Miss Manga $21.95 at Priceline

HIGH END YSL Shocking Mascara $57 at mecca.com.au

FOR THOSE SEEKING DRAMA - THE MASCARA OBSESSED

HIGH STREET - L'Oreal Voluminous Paradise $24.95 at Priceline

HIGH END - Benefit They're Real $42 at sephora.com.au

EASY TO USE - BEST FOR DEEP-SET HOODED EYES

My fave mascaras with a narrow wand.

HIGH STREET - Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara $24.95 at Priceline

HIGH END - MAC Cosmetics Extended Play Mascara $35 at MAC and mecca.com.au

NON-TOXIC ETHICAL BEAUTY OPTIONS

Natural mascaras are like music to all you sensitive-eyed girls. Don't skip mascara, it works wonders to really define & open up your eyes. There are some fabulous high-performance natural non-toxic mascaras. My favourites are below:

MySappho New Paradigm Mascara $49.95

The wand is really hard to beat.

Click HERE to buy. Use the code amandaramsay to get 10% off your first purchase.

www.cleanbeautymarket.com.au

Lily Lolo Vegan Mascara $29

A fabulous, really well priced mascara.

Click HERE to Buy.

www.beautifulbecause.com.au

Beautiful Because is a clean beauty online retailer. They have an epic loyalty rewards program where you get 10 - 15% off the RRP.

INIKA Long Lash Organic Mascara $45

A fantastic Australian Certified organic allrounder.

Click HERE to Buy.

www.beautifulbecause.com.au

Beautiful Because is a clean beauty online retailer. They have an epic rewards program where you get 10 - 15% off the RRP.

ARBONNE It's a Long Story Mascara $50

High-performance lengthening mascara with a fabulous wand, that helps create drama and length. Clinically tested and formulated to be water-resistant and longwearing.

Click HERE to Buy. Get $10 off right now!

What's your favourite, must-have mascara?

Click HERE to send me an email. I would love to hear from you.

Love and luscious lashes,

Amanda x

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