How to Pick the Best Mascara


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Clumping, smearing, breakage–ack! Ditch your fringe frustration with the latest mascara innovations and these tips from celeb makeup artist Suzy Gerstein.

If your mascara goes on clumpy

You need: A lengthening formula with a moisturizing ingredient like rice protein (scan labels); it prevents lashes from bunching.

A good pick: Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascara ($9; mass retailers)

If your mascara always runs
You need:
One of the latest waterproof formulas. The film they form around lashes seriously repels moisture.

A good pick: Maybelline New York The Colossal Cat Eyes Volum’ Express Mascara ($8; mass retailers)

If it’s hard to apply mascara to stubby lashes
You need:
A formula with synthetic fibers, which cling to hairs (check for the word fibers on the label).

A good pick: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara ($9; mass retailers)

If thickening mascara flakes into your eyes

You need: A formula made with wax, which thickens lashes and adds lushness without fallout (look for paraffin, carnauba, or beeswax on labels).

A good pick: Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara ($28;

If mascara makes you lose too much lash
You need:
A formula with conditioning vitamin E or rosemary extract to prevent brittleness and breakage.

A good pick: Origins GinZing Brightening Mascara ($18;


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