I'm very picky when it comes to mascara. My lashes seem to be very eager to clump, so I have to be particular about what I use and how I apply it. Usually I find one mascara I love, use it to death for months, and move on, but recently I've been rotating between three depending on my mood and the rest of the look I'm wearing.
My go-to, everyday, ride-or-die is the Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara. One coat gives the most beautiful wispy, fluttery lash look. It's quite lengthening and makes it look like you have tons of lashes by fanning them out. It holds a curl pretty well on me throughout the day, and it doesn't smudge despite not being a waterproof formula. It has a curved wand that catches every lash and coats them with the perfect amount of product. I wear this on minimal makeup days, but it builds up extremely well for slightly more dramatic looks.
When I want something a bit of a step up from the Wander Beauty, I've been reaching for the Givenchy Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara.* I just love the brush on this - it's three ball shapes stacked together that also really catches and coats every lash without smudging all over the place. This one also fans out my lashes, but it gives a great hit of volume as well. It definitely gets you on your way to the false lash look. It doesn't smudge all day on me, and it isn't waterproof - another win.
When I want my lashes to really stand out, I of course turn to the L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara. This is the first drugstore mascara I've found where I don't need to use the waterproof version for it not to smudge. The hype is real with this one - it really bulks and builds up the lashes without looking clumpy or spidery. It gives great length, and it curls so well that my lashes still won't hit my glasses even if I forget to use a curler on them first. I've been so pleasantly surprised with this one, and if you haven't tried it yet, I'd highly suggest booking it to the drugstore ASAP to get one.
What's your favorite mascara? I'm super happy with these, but I'm itching to try more again - I just tried a sample of the new Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara and am loving it so far.
*The Givenchy mascara was sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for more information.