Luscious Lashes

Here’s one tip that every girl needs to abide by: mascara is the ultimate finishing touch to you make up routine. Brows are tinted, cheeks are contoured, lips are lined and lashes are coated in mascara. It’s the final accentuation on ensuring a face isn’t one-dimensional and makes the eye make up appear finished.

Where did this strange routine of coating the tiny lashes begin? Like lining the eyes and blushing the face, it can be traced back to the classical world after being used by Egyptians. However, it came to greater prominence in 1917 when Eugene Rimmel crafted the first packaged mascara consisting of petroleum jelly and black coal dust. Now, the item is a staple in many beauty bags and is perfect for changing sparse lashes into lush, defined follicles.

It’s a strange concept that comes with an overwhelming amount of choice all being advertised as the best on the market. There’s length, volume, gradual tint and colouring and then there’s constantly being informed that mascaras need to be replaced three months after being opened! With some coming in at over $100, that can seem extreme. To narrow your search for eyelash perfection, here’s our top five mascaras for lengthening, tinting, added volume, waterproofing and lash separation.

FOR LENGTHENING…

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara $42 available at The Myer Centre Adelaide.

FOR VOLUME…

MAX FACTOR False Lash Effect Velvet Volume Mascara 13.1 mL $27.95 available at Priceline, Myer Centre Adelaide

FOR GRADUAL TINTING…

Rimmel London Wondefull Colourist Mascara Black $12.99 available at Chemist Warehouse Adelaide Central Plaza

FOR LASH SEPARATION…

Nude By Nature Mineral Mascara, $17.95, available at Priceline at Myer Centre Adelaide

FOR WATERPROOF…

Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof Mascara $54 available at David Jones Adelaide Central Plaza

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