June 15, 2006

Natural-Looking Mascara

Since my makeup fast is now over, not to mention I haven't bought a mascara since last summer, I am now in the market for a new mascara. Last summer I was into the whole dramatic eye look. This summer, I've decided to go for the ever elusive natural look. Some inspiration:

I love the natural look from the Derek Lam SS06 runway.

Marc by Marc Jacobs and Lanvin SS06 runways also have fantastic natural looks. To make the face look 'natural' instead of 'plain', lengthening mascara is a must. So I have been doing a bit of research to see which mascara people think are good for everyday use:

The No. 1 favourite mascara for natural-looking lashes seems to be Shu Uemera Mascara Basic. I am very tempted to try this, but at US$27, it was a bit too pricey.

The Shiseido Natural Finishing Combing Mascara is one of the quite-good mascaras I have used before. It's great for lenthening lashes to look naturally long. Unfortunately it wasn't as water/oil-proof as I would have liked it to be.

When I tried the Maybelline Sky High Curves Mascara, I thought it was another quite-good mascara. It gave some length and slight volume, which means the lashes weren't quite natural-looking. But it also left me with racoon eyes at the end of the day.

Another pretty good 'natural' mascara MUA users seem to think is the Clinique Natural Glossy Mascara. This one I'm considering at the moment.

When Lancome L'Extreme was launched last summer, Barneys Girl and I went to try it out, and I thought it was one of the best lengthening mascaras I have ever tried. Obviously my lashes didn't look as amazing as the lashes in the L'Extreme ad, but the lengthening was still pretty darn amazing. So L'Extreme is high up on my possible-buy list.

If you have any favourite mascaras for lengthening lashes and the natural-look, or you have used a mascara I wrote about, please let me know what you think!


Blogger momo said...

I love Lancome L'Extreme!

6/14/2006 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought the clinique mascara because I liked the name of it, and was disappointed. It is not "naturally glossy" at all!

6/14/2006 9:17 PM  
Blogger Corinne said...

maybelline lash discovery. waterproof. holds a curl. not that my lashes need any more length -- but it does add length.

6/14/2006 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

I just recently bought Max Factor's "masterpiece" mascara, and I love it. Depending on how many layers you put on, it can go from natural to party. Def. recommended.

6/14/2006 9:54 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

If you want natural looking lashes, you should definitely try Covergirl Lash Exact mascara or Max Factor Lash Perfection mascara. Both have a revolutionary new brush design, that personally, I think is the best invention EVER!!

6/14/2006 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I swear by Maybelline's Great Lash, they have a nice brown-black which is very natural-looking. I have naturally long eyelashes, but it makes my eyes look great. In addition, I use the curved brush, which makes them look fab, and I have no need to use any eyelash curler at all!

6/14/2006 10:26 PM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

I have actually tried Maybelline Great Lash before and didn't really like it. It clumped my lashes a bit, and didn't really lengthen.

6/14/2006 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since you are in Hongkong right now, i suggest you get the RMK double sided mascara. IT IS THE BEST!!!! i stock up on tubes of it when i am back in Hongkong. Its white on end and black on the other. It lenghtens and thickens and gives a real pretty full set of eyelashes. You won't need eyeliner ever if you use this. The mascare when applied last all day and never ever smear or smudge( common problem with asian eyes)
Only drawback it doesn't last that long and the mascara (in the tube)dries up exactly after 5-6 months

6/14/2006 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm using the Lancome L'Extreme now and I agree, it is one of the best lengthening mascaras ever! I think the length is so amazing, my lashes sometimes hits my sunglasses when I wear them!
Downsides are: of course, makes my stubborn lashes hard to curl and also may smudge by the end of the day

6/15/2006 12:32 AM  
Blogger Kine=) said...

Thanks for the tips!
I'm also looking for a new maskara, not the type which is too dramtical.

Kine :)

6/15/2006 12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like lancome defincils-- great if u wear contacts too!!

6/15/2006 12:41 AM  
Anonymous WeiJing said...

Shu Uemura's mascara is the best. The waterproof stuff stays on forever and it looks quite natural. Absolutely NO globby bits.

6/15/2006 12:44 AM  
Blogger Andie said...

I agree with 5:41, Lancome Definicils is amazing :) Its a bit pricy but every bit worth it, and it's very easy to go from 'why yes, my lashes really are (almost) naturally this gorgeous' to 'they're not fake! I swear!' with it. Plus it holds curls very well. I would just suggest wiping the brush slightly for the first few applications; the new bottles of it tend to be a bit heavy! Otherwise it's great.

6/15/2006 12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found naturally glossy too natural...so natural that i don't really see a difference except for a slightly defined/darkening effect, so if that's what you're looking for, i recommend it..but on my short/thin chinese lashes...it looks no different than having no mascara/makeup on...in a bad way
-Lash Exact by Cover Girl is affordable and the brush is amazing! I really like it, but if you find out you don't like it, it won't be a waste of $ even if you dump it in 3 months.
-I also like Lancome's Hypnose.I know..it's a volume mascara but w/ my short and thin chinese lashes, if you just use one coat of it and skip the eyeliner, you will still be able to look 'prettier' in a natural way.

6/15/2006 1:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CoverGirl's Lash Exact is amazing at lengthening lashes. They look natural and have absolutely no clums.

Good luck!

6/15/2006 1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

having tried some brands, HR (helena rubinstein) is so far the best!

6/15/2006 1:24 AM  
Anonymous closettherapy said...

I held back from buying the Shu Uemura basic black mascara for the exact same reason... it seems to be the priciest in the group. I went ahead to try on maybe about 5-6 other different mascaras, disappointed with each. Finally I gave in and bought the Shu Uemura and it really stood above the rest. It was easy to use, no clumps, perfectly natural look and didn't smudge. I really wasted my time with the others.. I tried Maybelline, Smashbox, Stila, Vincent Longo, Bourjois and a whole bunch of others.

If only I had bought it in the first place!

6/15/2006 2:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, I love MUA too! Such a helpful site. As for lengthening, I use the Shiseido mascara base before applying Lancome's Definicils. The combo definitely makes my lashes longer but it's also somewhat dramatic and not a very "natural" look at all.

6/15/2006 3:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fasio! I am not too sure if HK has it, but Fasio's mascara never gives me racoon eyes when every other mascara I've tried does. The lengthening+curl mascara is more natural whereas the volume+curl mascara gives a more dramatic look with 2 coats. The latter is my Holy Grail.

6/15/2006 4:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree I hate Lancome Definicils! My eyelashes clump together so much and they straighten out with it! I'm very disapointed with it

6/15/2006 6:47 AM  
Blogger Bella said...

I use Maybelline "Volum' Express" mascara which is really good at lengthening (when applied properly) but still maintains the naural look! Sounds perfect for what you're looking for...

6/15/2006 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must try Maybelline XXL...it is freaken amazing! If you're going for the natural look....this is the only make-up you need. The white side is for lengthening and the black is for volume. Just put it on and your eyes become the focal point and no other make up is required...I absolutely love it.

6/15/2006 8:18 AM  
Blogger supergirl said...

I thought maybelline's XXL mascara is pretty good too! (:
On the other hand, fasio was really bad. I had racoon eyes in a matter of hours! And its not even the end of the day. Caused me so much trouble, ughhh >:\

6/15/2006 11:21 AM  
Blogger Yang said...

all the max factor mascaras are divine! i'm using lash perfection right now but i've used 2000c before too and both are really good - no clumping, no smudging, stays put all day but easy to remove. great stuff. plus comes in dark blue ^_^

6/15/2006 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm all for the natural look! Great post! I have a request...Could you do something for us girls who can't wear heels because of short boyfriends? I'm dying because I miss my variety of shoes!

6/15/2006 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the fall I went on a quest for new mascara after falling out of love with my former favorite. I tried tons of brands and discovered Maybelline Full'n'Soft is great. For a natural look, I use it in brown. I like that it's cheap because I'm going to toss it every 2 - 3 months anyway.

6/15/2006 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Casey said...

When I am going for the natural look I use my Paula Dorf mascara. I love it!

6/15/2006 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Max Factor masterpiece - it's the best ever- i got so many compliments about my lashes when i used it (even from girls:) They advertise it here in Romania as the one used in the Memoires of a geisha movie...

6/15/2006 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like Lash Excact. The comb is pretty cool to touch. Well anyway-just a few swipes and... voila! Natural lashes! Kudos! My life would end if I forced myself to be on a makeup fast. :)

6/15/2006 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you do a bit on concealer? i have the worst time finding a concealer that actualy sets in my eye area. thanks!!

6/15/2006 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've found that after a certain duration of wear, lancome mascara affects my eyes. it makes them itchy and irritated. another friend agreed. however in response to the comment above about concealer... lancome has pretty darn good concealer.

6/15/2006 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YSL Faux Cils Volume Effect mascara is amazing even on my stumpy bown eyelashes. Even my boyfriend noticed something was different.

6/15/2006 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People diss Dior for Mascara but I have nothing but praises for it. The Maxi-eyes mascara is great for subtle day time look and my favourtie is the DiorShow Mascara the waterproof one is amazing! Sienna and Kate are fans x

6/15/2006 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prescriptives Beyond Long Lengthening Mascara works very well! It lengthens my lashes a great deal, while still keeping them soft and natural looking. It's 18 dollars I believe, which is a bit pricey but it works so well that it's worth it!

6/15/2006 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love Lancome L'Extreme and my girlfriends love YSL. but get lash extensions, they are so fun!

6/15/2006 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Doryn said...

I've tried the SHU, it's really clumpy on me, but it's all personal. The never ending mascara dicussion ;)

6/15/2006 11:23 PM  
Anonymous erinsngl said...

Hey, I agree on the Clinique mascara, I have never been disappointed with their mascaras (especially the Long Pretty Lashes!) I am obsessed with getting my lashes insanely long and I recently discovered:

Prescriptives Beyond Long False Eyeashes Mascara

It totally does what it claims, long, beautiful lashes, AND it totally stays put - its worth the US$20!

6/16/2006 12:47 AM  
Anonymous may said...

i have been using dior sow for over a year and i love it!!! lengethening but NO clumps!

6/16/2006 4:07 AM  
Anonymous pj said...

maybelline unstoppable is pretty good, no clumps, no racoon eyes after 12 hrs... easily washed off

6/16/2006 8:05 AM  
Anonymous patty said...

did you see the globby mess that was miss britney's lashes on NBC with matt lauer tonight? eek!!

6/16/2006 11:11 AM  
Blogger Velma said...

Ladies, I have to tell you the ABSOLUTE BEST MASCARA I have EVER used is Kiss Me Mascara by Blinc. It's sooo GREAT b/c it is not an oil-based paint like most mascara and therefore NEVER EVER smudges or wipes off. You can sleep in it, exercise in it, fly in an airplane for hours, have sex, etc. in it and it does not smudge, run, clump, or flake. It is great for us ladies who wear contacts or have oily eyelids too. Trust me, I am a huge produce junkie and have tried everything out there - this stuff is good for everyday wear. If you want the natural look, wear it alone. If you want a fuller look you will need some eyeliner. Run, don’t walk girls - you will not be disappointed.

6/16/2006 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi :) theres this great mascara that i tried recently,it really gives a natural look..its called Kate Natu-Lash its from japan, i dont know if its available in your country.the best part is that theres no clumping at all because theres no brush,i dont know how to describe it but its like more like a spiral wand.hope this helps.its only about usd6.try it :)

6/17/2006 12:43 AM  
Blogger ellecat said...

EW! You didn't buy mascara for a whole year? So... you used the same one for 12 months? Dude, that is a monogrammed invitation for an eye infection. Toss 'em after 6 months, no exceptions.

6/17/2006 10:09 AM  
Blogger Harrods Girl said...

Thanks for everyone's suggestions! I ended up buying Lancome L'Extreme anyways and the saleslady even did this mod-looking eye shadow thing for me. It was fun. I started wearing L'Extreme last night and it totally lengthened my lashes and did not smudge. I totally recommend it for people looking for a lengthening mascara.

Lauren: I haven't bought a mascara for a whole year, but I didn't open my last one till December. So technically, I still only used it for 6 months.

6/17/2006 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Lancome's Hypnose!! said...

Lancome's Hypnose is seriously the best. you can't go wrong. I picked mine up at a warehouse sale. AUD$10!! brilliant.
It looks natural on me, and I have pretty long eyelashes.

no clumps and best part is that my eyelashes are still soft after applying and curling.
Esp good cos i love to flutter my eyelashes on my boyfriend's cheek. :-P

I've tried the Definicils before. but it wasn't as great as this one.

Maybe try a clear one if you wanted a seriously natural look.

6/19/2006 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Heaven said...

Hmm good question. I just curl my lashes since they are natuarally black. You could always try a lash tint. You can get them tinted at a salon or buy a tint in a tube. I would like a new mascara though, for when I want to look a little dressier. But I hate the feeling of dry crusty (ew) lashes at the end of the day.

6/20/2006 7:10 AM  
Blogger christineblay said...

Wow..great posts..I just got back from Paris and found this new
Hot Lashes curling system with their own patented mascara.
Best I have ever tried..alot like Shu and less expensive than the Shu one.
It has a quick drying ingredient so it helps keep the curl after using the
Hot lashes system.
No smudges and long curly lashes..I loved it, also water resistent which I have since learned is better for eyelashes. I got it in a makeup studio in Paris.
They do have a web site here in the states Hotlashes.com

Also, they gave me this sample of this Hot Lashes nourishing oil that they gave me that helps eyelashes stay healthy and grow. So far so good, I have been using for a few weeks.
I am impressed...

6/25/2006 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have tried so many different mascaras looking for the one that does it all- lengthening, defining, volume, and natural looking- and i've finally found THE ONE! Covergirl's Lash Exact is the best, and actually lives up to its advertising. It really does leave your lashes looking naturally gorgeous, and there are absolutely NO CLUMPING, whish is why I LOVE IT!!!! I definately recommend trying it!

4/22/2007 11:12 PM  
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Thanks to whoever recommended the Hot Lashes mascara and the Hot Lashes heated eyelash curler! I got it, tried it and loved it! Best by far...
My eyelashes stay curled and beautiful looking for along time. My husband noticed a difference.
I love this product.

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This mascara created much more volume than I would have anticipated. Previously the natural mascaras I have tried have coated the lashes in a heavy coat of smudgy, color which didn’t really aid to volume and length but this is very light and really stretches the length out equally to its mainstream competitors which use artificial fibers and other ingredients. Thanks for join with us.
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