By Shinead Cooke
Sometimes the search for a good mascara can be exhausting: it can be clumpy, smell funny or just run down your face at the first sign of moisture in the air. What is a girl to do?
Mascara is such an important tool in your make up bag. It can take you from drab to fab in no time at all, and with just a few quick sweeps of the brush, your face is instantly open and alive and refreshed. It is an absolute must for all women of all ages.
And the best thing is you don't have to spend a fortune. Here are our top 5 picks...
Maybelline Great Lash
A classic mascara, this is great for lengthening and curling. It is perfect for every day use as it is not overly dramatic or volumising but will frame your eyes perfectly and make them look awake. Maybelline's mascaras are popular because they don't clump and won't clog up your lashes making for easy application. A great addition to your make up bag.
L'Oreal cosmetics can be relied on to be great quality and provide fantastic results and their Voluminous Mascara is no different. It is a little bit more pricey than others but if you want to spend the money, it is worth it. Best suited for a more dramatic look, the Voluminous mascara will do what it says on the tin: volumise your lashes plus give you great length and curl.
Cover Girl Lash Blast
This is my least favourite of the 5, but still a great product. It can be a bit clumpy which is a little frustrating but the volume it gives to your lashes is fantastic! Unfortunately it doesn't seem to curl your lashes that well, but if your lashes are naturally curled then that shouldn't be a problem for you. It can be a little heavy so be sure to wipe excess off the brush before you apply it.
Maybelline Volum' Express
This is my personal favourite and a brand and mascara that I have used for years! You can get amazing volume, curl and length for a dramatic evening look, or go for a light, elegant look for daytime, it all depends on how much you apply. I have never had any problems with clumping and it gives such a beautiful finish that I always go back to it time and time again.
Revlon 3D Extreme Waterproof Mascara
I've included this mascara in the top 5 because it is one of the best waterproof ones I've found! If you already have thick lashes or if you don't want to go for too much volume, then this is a great option for you because it focuses mainly on lengthening, separating and curling. Flutter your eyelashes at your partner wearing this and you've got a good chance of being taken out for dinner!