Lashes with Attitude: Mascara Moxie

October 30, 2007 at 6:49 pm 1 comment

I just read an excellent how-to article on Makeup Moxie‘s website today on how to get the ultimate lashes with your mascara. The method that she uses is supposedly a “cosmetic trade secret” and is worth paying attention to.

First and foremost, you don’t need to buy an expensive mascara to accomplish this. The Makeup Moxie recommends affordable Maybelline brand mascaras. That’s right, mascaras plural. She suggests 2 mascara formulas: one to coat and lay a foundation on your lashes, and the other to ramp up the volume and length of your lashes. She also recommends the use of an Eyelash Comb to use promptly after applying your mascara, to ensure clump-free lashes. This is a somewhat tedious three step process, but seems to offer a very promising outcome.

The Makeup Moxie article recommends:

  • Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara (Waterproof Formula): For your initial first foundation coat
  • Maybelline Lash Stylist Mascara (Waterproof Formula): For your second coat to add volume and Length
  • Tweezerman Folding Eyelash Comb: Used promptly after mascara applications to ensure clump free lashes.

Personally, I am lucky to have time to apply mascara at all on at all most days.  Although, I suffer from lashes that are both very light and sparse. At times I am tempted to try more expensive mascaras promising thicker, longer lashes. But the price really bothers me. Mascaras have a relatively short shelf life. I cannot bear to spend a lot of money on a product that is going in the garbage in a few months anyway.

Do the more expensive cosmetic brands offer anything that you cannot find in a Drug Store Brand mascara? I would generally say no, unless you love a fancy container. I have tried a variety of brands: Dior, Lancome, Clinique, and just about every Drug Store Brand available. At one point I read that the formula used by Maybelline’s Full ‘N Soft Mascara is almost exactly the same consistency and quality of a very expensive department store brand. I wouldn’t be surprised if they all came from the same mascara processing plant, and they just pour the black goop into different cosmetic brand containers.

My almost 14 year old daughter’s favorite mascara is Cover Girl’s Volume Exact Mascara; she really loves the applicator brush. She did not like the E.L.F.’s brand mascara. Well, you can’t expect too much for a buck.

I personally use and like, Maybelline’s Full N’ Soft after hearing its praises from various reviewers. I have also heard extremely high praises for Dior’s DiorShow and Black Out (a little thick for me), Tarte Lights Camera Lashes, and Lola’s Ultimate Mascara. I have also heard that you can use some cosmetic primer to thin out a mascara that is too thick.

My advice, try the Maybelline brand mascaras, and then try Makeup Moxie’s Mascara technique, and see what happens.

Today, I will be off to Wal Mart to purchase these mascaras and follow my advice. If you wish to join me, let us know how things go! Not that I will apply this specific mascara technique daily, or on the days I need to chop onions (reference to Cecily’s Sunday makeup disaster).

However, I will use this, for that special night out. Just when I am wanting my eyes to have some lash attitude. Watch out Evan.


Mascara Update:  After trying both Maybelline Mascaras with this technique, I did note great lashes, however, I did not like the stiff feel or distress a waterproof mascara has on my poor eye lashes!  I probably will not use this technique with a waterproof mascara again… Sorry Moxie:)


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