The Magic of Mascara

Recently I found a few more mascara’s on my desk than usual… which made me think that it might be time to do a little post about the “Magic of Mascara” and which of the many might best suit you.

Mascara is one, if not THE, must-have makeup item for every woman to own. And if you don’t I would beg to ask you why not?

The difference just one slick of this black beauty can make to your appearance is undeniable. It’s a sure fire way to open up your eyes and make you look more alive and younger within seconds.

 How to apply Mascara

To ensure you get the most out of your mascara you need to apply it using the proper technique. Mascara needs to be applied from the root of the lashes, especially if you have light lashes, right up to the tip.

To apply to your upper lashes, wiggle the mascara wand back and forth at the base of the lashes to deposit colour there, then “roll” the brush through the lashes to the very tip. Allow the first coat to dry for a few seconds and then coat the lashes one more time from base to tip. Don’t do this too often as your lashes will start to stick together and “clump” – not a pretty look! You can also choose to bend the brush of your mascara to be 90 degrees to the handle, making it easier to hold and control and therefore apply, especially to the tiny lashes in the inner and outer corner of your eye.

To apply to your lower lashes, hold the brush vertically and run it across the smaller lower lashes from side to side. Be careful not to smudge underneath your eye.


Mascara is a hugely effective makeup tool especially created to emphasize eyelashes. There are so many different formulas out today that apart from darkening lashes one can choose from an array of mascaras designed for lengthening, volumising, conditioning, thickening, defining or creating unique fashion looks that stand out from the crowd.

Besides the different formulas there are also a vast array of different mascara brushes that each create a unique effect.


Tips for Wearing Mascara

  • Before applying mascara, wipe off excess onto a tissue to prevent overload of product and clumps!
  • Coat both sides of your lashes to make them appear thicker
  • For thicker looker lashes use the brush horizontally, for more natural lashes use it vertically
  • Hold a tissue or spoon under your bottom lashes when applying mascara here to avoid smudges on your skin
  • Apply fine face or baby powder to your lashes between the first and second coat of mascara to give them a volume boost
  • Only keep an open tube of mascara for 3 months.
  • Use cotton ear buds to remove mascara smudges
  • For more definied curl to your lashes blast your eyelash curler with your hairdryer for a few seconds before using it. Rotate the angle of the eyelash curler for a more defined curl.
  • Throw mascara out as soon as it starts to smell. This indicates that bacteria are breeding and you no longer should use it. Mascara shouldn’t have a small at all.


Now that you know all you need to about mascara and it’s magical powers here are a few of favourites that have found their way across my desk recently…


Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Mascara

This is a pretty everyday mascara, it applies easily and leaves my lashes looking natural. The brush is quite big with the bristles located quite far apart Unfortunately it doesn’t stay put and tends to smudge slightly by the end of the day.

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Maybelline The Rocket Volum Express

This large brush is unique in that the bristles are tiny little plastic-like hairs. The mascara promises massive volume in rocket time with no clumps and it delivers just that although I found my lashes stuck together a bit more than some of the others.

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Rimmel Volume Flash Scandal Eyes

This massive brush gives massive volume and length. My lashes looked well defined and much more obvious than they did when wearing many of the other mascaras. They even appeared to have more curl to them although I didn’t use an eyelash curler. The brush is a bit too big to use accurately for lower lashes unfortunately.

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GOSH Volumateur Waterproof Mascara

Another “naturally pretty” mascara. I loved the long elegant feel of the brush. The bristles were once again very tiny little silicone like ones that don’t seem to give us much length as proper bristles but I enjoyed using this mascara and would recommend it for every day use.

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Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme

This is another massive brush that promises extreme volume and a double pump wand. I found the brush to be too large to use on my lower lashes.  Loved the depth this mascara created at the base of my lashes and found it to give quite good length with only a hint of clumping.

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Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme Black Perfection

Virtually identical to the mascara above with just a little bit more volume created around the base of the lashes probably from the blacker mascara formula used.

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L’oreal Mega Voluma Miss Manga Punky

This is definitely the most unusual of all the mascara’s I tried. Miss Manga Punky is a high fashion option for those looking to take some risks with their look. The unique brush and formula work together to create funky, spikey lashes with mega volume. Not necessarily the one to wear everyday but certainly quite fun for a night out on the town!

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Which is YOUR favourite mascara? Obviously there are hundreds on the market that I haven’t had the chance to try myself but maybe you can leave a comment below to let me know which ones you recommend….



Images: Kathryn Rossiter

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

  1. This is the one item that I would spend a lot of money on. I use the lancome mascara and it is awesome. I don’t even want to try another one, after using this product nothing seems to match up.

  2. I love a Boots No7 mascara that I got in the UK. But when I can’t get someone to bring it over for we I use Revlon Photoready 3D volume. My main problem is finding the mascara I like in Brown/black rather than black. I’m very fair skinned and black mascara is too harsh on me.

  3. I have used Maybelline, Loreal, Dior and other brands…but I have to say the new Lancome Grandiose just wins my heart (and lashes). Sometimes I don’t even need to curl my lashes and it gives a big wow effort. Stay on for hours and never melt or smudge once. I don’t know if there is any mascara that can beat this one.
    You definitely have to try it!

    1. Ooooh yes I definitely do. I love Lancome Hypnose but recently finished by tube so didn’t have it on hand to review. Will look out for this one next time I’m in the market for a mascara

  4. I swore by Revlon’s MegaLash for years (since high school), but received Rimmel’s Volume Flash Scandal Eyes at an event and it was love at first application <3 Lots of length and volume on top, and works fine on bottom lashes if you keep a tissue underneath when applying 🙂

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