You’ve just found yourself in the mascara aisle of your local drugstore.
The mascara will probably look similar to the ones you already own.
But what you need is something different.
You’ve heard the advice: don’t go overboard with the product, and don’t try to match your eye color.
It’s easy to get carried away with this idea, says Jody Eller, a cosmetic dermatologist and author of “Beauty Secrets: How to Find Your Perfect Lashes.”
“We’re all familiar with the ‘do it your way’ mantra.
But if you’re trying to do something completely different and don.t really know how to do it yourself, then that might be a bit of a red flag,” she says.
“And that’s a big problem.”
You’re probably already doing a lot of thinking and thinking about what to do, says Eller.
“What do you need?
What do you want?
You’re already thinking about how to apply it, but you’re not quite sure how to match it.”
To get started, find your ideal lash color, says Melissa Dutton, a registered nurse, personal care expert, and author who blogs at My Nail Life.
She recommends the following products: A gel-based mascara, like L’Oreal Rouge, or a highlighter-based product, like the brand Igloo Eye Shadow.
You might be able to find mascara for your eyelashes from Sephora, but be wary of products that don’t have a waterproof finish, which means they won’t stay put.
A waterproof mascara can be waterproof for up to two hours, so it’s best to use a waterproof mascara if you want a waterproof-to-waterproof finish, like a mascara with a gel base.
“This is an extremely important factor,” says Dutton.
She suggests buying a waterproof liner to keep your lashes from getting soaked.
A mascara with more than one product can have a higher price tag, because the cost of making each product is greater than the price of the product itself.
You may also be tempted to buy a mascara wand.
You want the mascara to make your lashes look longer, longer lashes, and a mascara can make your eyelids look even longer, says Duthie.
“But if you are a long-term mascara user, then you may want to buy your mascara wand separately, or even to buy separate mascara for the entire length of your lashes,” she warns.
A good mascara wand will last you a long time.
But it can be tricky to choose one that looks good on all lashes.
To find the right mascara wand, Dutton suggests starting with the most basic product, such as an eyeliner brush.
“Make sure the mascara wand is designed to be easy to apply,” says Ellers.
“A lot of people use the wand as a base for a brow brush, or they might use it as a brush to comb their hair, or make their eyelashes appear longer,” she adds.
You also need to choose a mascara that doesn’t clump together.
“To get the best results, you should apply the mascara at the end of the day, not just the next morning,” she recommends.
This is especially important when it comes to the more dramatic products, like eyeliner.
Dutton recommends a product that “will clump up and form a hard, lumpy mass, which will make the mascara look more defined and less dramatic,” which means you should choose a product with a longer, thick wand, like an eyelash clipper or a curler.
“If you have thick lashes, the mascara will fall off more easily, so you might want to make sure that it’s not too thick, or you can apply it in one go,” she suggests.
Make sure you know how long your lashes will last.
“Lashes don’t last forever,” says Frits Tordola, a beauty consultant and author.
“They are not just a way to stay in shape, but a way for you to build up your lash length.
But they’re also a very natural, natural product, so they should last longer than a mascara.”
To find mascara that works on your entire lashes, Duthies suggests using the mascara with the highest-pigmentation product, which is a product like the company Sephore Eye Liner or the brands that she’s personally used.
You should also consider applying a mascara after your foundation, since the product that will make your eyes look longer and more defined will also build up on your lashes, says Tordolae.
You can also try a high-end mascara like Lashes & Shines, which claims to make lashes “more defined, longer, and more dramatic,” says Tostolae, author of the book “The Perfect Makeup.”
You might not be able or willing to wear your natural lashes out and about at home,