It's a little hobby of mine to write (or talk!) about anything related to making you feel more confident in front of a lens. When I opened a note asking which mascaras photograph best, I grabbed Jaclyn and we rolled up our sleeves and got to testing.
We hear this question often, so we've compiled a short list of versatile mascaras (both drugstore and name brand) for many or few lashes and lengths.
Mascara options are endless but for the purpose of wearing for a photo shoot, we keep these options close.
If you have a mascara you love that isn't on our list, tell us about it!
Tips to try before mascara :
Remove your mascara to allow your lashes to breathe whenever possible. We suggest using coconut oil to remove your makeup. These oils will moisturize your lashes and keep them from getting flaky and dry.
One of Jaclyn's best kept secrets is to apply castor oil overnight to promote new hair growth... I mean, check out these lashes and brows!! Clearly just looking at her pics, its working.
Use a Q-Tip or clean mascara wand to apply castor oil (I've just bought it for under $10 at Whole Foods) to your lashes or eyebrows. Specifically sparse areas or gaps.
Remember, consistency is key. Apply faithfully every night and expect to see obvious increase in growth within 4-6 months.
*Clean length, what's that? Typically, when you're having a portrait taken the focus is on your eyes. When your mascara is messy, it's distracting. That little bit of mess on your lids takes away from the sparkle in your eye. Here's a few ways to get clean length.
2 simple application tips, for more realistically thick lashes in less then 30 seconds:
When applying mascara, start at the base and wiggle your wand upward instead of straight swipes.
You're not done yet!
Don't allow your lashes to dry then coat, instead continuously apply for 30 seconds and keep that slight wiggle going the whole time.
Mascaras : The short list
Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber lashes - for a bold, dramatic look. Application is three part; gel base, fiber coat, then gel finish coat. Fibers will fill in sparse lashes, leaving a fuller end result. This application is buildable, so take your time applying. We noticed with more than 2 coats you may begin to see the fibers on the ends of your lashes.
For our favorite results using only Moodstruck; apply a light coat of gel, a heavier fiber coat from the lash base for a dramatic lash. We prefer not to do as many coats towards the end of the lash. From a photography perspective, the most natural look was achieved with one application from base to tip and then adding additional layers near the base.
Keep a clean medium sized brush handy to clean up any stray fibers on your face!
Telescopic - a drugstore favorite we suggest for precision and length. Telescopic is a good choice if you have thicker, closely lined lashes. The wand looks like a wide tooth comb. This brush allows you to comb mascara threw your lashes and avoid those ugly clumps. This wand it's not great for sparse lashes. If your lashes are thin consider pairing this wand with a fiber mascara to comb threw for a "clean" lash.
Wet n' wild, Mega Length - this wand has a few more teeth then Telescopic's and I like best for average to thick lashes. This mascara stays wet longer then most and allows easy manipulation and long length. Again the wand is more comb like and will give you "clean" length like we've been talking about.
This is my cheapie favorite for medium lashes. I've used it for years in between more pricy mascaras and keep going back.
Notice I've curved my Mega Length wand to match my eye shape. It's not difficult to do if you have a pliable wand. Simply pull the wand out of the tube to the brush base, then bend to mimic your eye curve. This will allow you to get closer to your inner eye comfortably.
They're Real - I always keep a tube in my bag. Benefit has built a nice (not so little) mascara empire for themselves, boasting length and volume for all. I'm among the believers as this brush grips lashes, adding fullness and length but few clumps. There's a extra long comb on the tip of the wand that lets you get to each lash, even the corners.
Side note, I would not recommend the purse sized version of They're Real. Using the miniature wand and brush head I'm never able to get the same effect.
Special note, we have been asked to write this review but the opinions are 100% our own and based on how we feel looks best in photos. We have not been paid to promote any one brand, but rather items we love and think you will too. - Laura + Jaclyn