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Beauty: 5 Mascaras to Brighten Your Eyes

When it comes to a quick beauty upgrade, nothing beats mascara. When you’re too young for or uninterested in the million-step process of foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadow, lipstick, etc., you can always throw on a coat or two of mascara and change your entire face. Why? It simply opens your eyes and gives you some boldness and definition right where people look. Your whole face looks brighter!

Of course, there are many mascaras on the market and they all help achieve different results. The best thing to do is to experiment with different options to get the best effect for your eyelashes. You know we think you’re beautiful as you are, but when you do decide to wear some mascara, here are five of our favorites for you to try!

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CoverGirl is a brand known and respected for their inexpensive and time tested beauty products. Their Clumps Be Gone: CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher mascara provides even coverage and a deep black shade. (Drugstore.com, $7)

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Looking to add a little sparkle to your lashes? While we can’t exactly recommend L’Oreal’s Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara for the classroom or church, it’s an awesome choice for a night out with friends or a special event (prom, anyone?). (Walmart, $7)

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If you have super thin lashes or just know that you like your mascara thick–like, really thick–then this is your pick! The Almay Intense i-Color Voluminizing Mascara also comes in a few colors, including purple and brown. (Soap.com, $8)

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Maybe you don’t care so much about darkness or thickness. Is fullness your concern? Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara has a super thick round brush that hits all your lashes evenly and really pumps them out. (Drugstore.com, $7)

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Mascara definitely ranges in price, and the while the four previous mascaras (all under $10) are awesome, if you’re willing and able to spend a bit more on an extraordinary tube, make it this one. It’s a classic favorite–Lancome Definicils. The iconic, award-winning lash formula provides the ultimate in lash separation and cleanness. (lancome-usa.com, $27)

Do you wear mascara? What brand? Are you loyal to one in particular, or do you like to switch it up? Which of our picks piqued your interest? Let us know in the comments below!

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42 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by guineapiggies on January 3, 2015 at 17:12

    I love clump crusher because it allows me to control how much mascara I want to put on. Plus, it has a good shade of brown (I can’t wear black mascara)

  2. annie9

    Posted by annie9 on April 4, 2013 at 12:33

    i only use this really pretty and cheap($3-$5)mascara but it’s really good it’s called like GloGirls or something like that(it’s organic-no bad ingredients!)

  3. Bekahswaim

    Posted by Bekahswaim on February 28, 2013 at 21:15

    Lancôme is very amazing but expensive:/ another great brand is stilettos by mabelyne

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by godlygirl on February 26, 2013 at 18:18

    I’ve never wore mascara. Mostly because my lashes are already super long! But these look like some great remmendations! 🙂

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by aqua9554 on February 23, 2013 at 23:39

    my favorite is Maybelline Falsies Mascara!! 🙂 it makes my lashes amazing really fast!! For higher end (which icant rly afford) i loveeee Lancome Hypnose mascara it’s AMAZING<333

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by juliatyson on February 23, 2013 at 13:07

    I usually get whatever is cheapest. 🙂 I have mostly gotten Covergirl though. It will be fun to try some other ones too!

  7. PureFashionLover

    Posted by PureFashionLover on February 23, 2013 at 11:27

    I’m loyal to CoverGirl and I actually just bought the new Clump Crusher mascara! I think I’m loyal to that brand b/c some of my fave celebrities are honorary CoverGirls, like Ellen DeGeneres and Taylor Swift.

  8. Saphira13

    Posted by Saphira13 on February 22, 2013 at 16:00

    Im using cat-eye mascara by Maybelline, but I also like to use full and soft by Maybelline as well, when I want a waterproof one. I also have recently reaaalllyyy liked Nature-luxe by Covergirl! They’re all great!

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by on February 22, 2013 at 15:53

    I think mascara makes me look to dark.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Addie_1598 on February 22, 2013 at 04:12

    I wear Bare Minereals mascara

  11. Tonialexis88

    Posted by Tonialexis88 on February 21, 2013 at 22:28

    Ultra has a great one! Can you do a video about drawing on eyebrows?

  12. JesusFreak46256

    Posted by JesusFreak46256 on February 21, 2013 at 15:24

    I like Maybelline’s Falsies in the purple bottle

  13. applebypie123

    Posted by applebypie123 on February 21, 2013 at 14:03

    I use badGal Lash by benefit.. It is amazing!Also its $19, SO expensive, but not that bad. I also have used Lash Injection by too faced… I have actually never used drugstore brand mascara.

  14. SanctitysFlame

    Posted by SanctitysFlame on February 21, 2013 at 13:27

    I have been using CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume in Very Black. I like it a lot. It does a fabulous job at both volumizing and lenghthening.:) Actually it’s the first tube of mascara I’ve ever owned. I didn’t start wearing makeup until probably a year ago(used to barrow my mom’s from time to time). Even now, I only wear it to church or if I’m in the mood to try a new look. For a more casual look-going to the gym or errand running-I use Maybelline Great Lash. It looks more natural-less bold and dramatic. The Clumps Be Gone definitely piques my interest. I’ve never used that kind of curved brush before and clumps are such a common nuisance. 😛

  15. L1ttl3_Th1ngs

    Posted by L1ttl3_Th1ngs on February 21, 2013 at 08:49

    I use Maybelline Cat Eyes Mascara. It works tremendously to give you nice evenly long lashes to really dress up your look or you can apply lightly for a more natural look 🙂

  16. Gilliegrl4

    Posted by Gilliegrl4 on February 20, 2013 at 18:15

    My favorite is Lash Stiletto by Maybeline. Out of all the mascaras I’ve tried (it’s not a lot, but still), it makes my lashes look the longest. Sometimes I even get compliments on how long my lashes look. I’ll admit that it has a funny smell when you first put it on, but if you can get over that it’s great!

  17. Art

    Posted by Art on February 20, 2013 at 17:23

    My personal favorite is Maybelline’s Mega-Plush mascara because it is easy to remove after the end of the day, plus it makes your lashes really long and full. Me like!

  18. Melody4Him

    Posted by Melody4Him on February 20, 2013 at 13:42

    Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Mascara! <3

  19. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on February 20, 2013 at 10:08

    I have the Maybelline mascara with sparkles and real diamonds in it. I love it though it doesn`t look shimmery on your eyelashes…

  20. misstake

    Posted by misstake on February 20, 2013 at 09:10

    Sparklie mascara? Yes please! ^^

  21. SlinkyKitty88

    Posted by SlinkyKitty88 on February 19, 2013 at 23:22

    I’ve tried TONS of mascaras. I love mascara. The only one on this list I’ve tried though, is Almay i-color. I loved the purple and blue, but they tended to flake and get in my eyes a lot.
    I currently use Falsies by Maybelline. It gives great volume and length, and it isn’t flaky. 🙂

  22. brennaeskyler2

    Posted by brennaeskyler2 on February 19, 2013 at 18:21

    I use many different brands, like mary kay, clinique, and elf! Right now i’m using a clinique eyeshadow that makes my eyelashes look bigger!

  23. sha566

    Posted by sha566 on February 19, 2013 at 17:16

    I wear Maybelline the Rocket and its amazing especially on the bottom lashes.

  24. Ruthanne484

    Posted by Ruthanne484 on February 19, 2013 at 15:50

    I don’t really wear mascara–my eyelashes are naturally long & thick (or so I’ve been told). I’m more of an eyeliner girl myself. But I’ve heard that applying Vaseline on your lash lines makes your eyelashes grow longer & fuller. Just thought I’d share! 🙂

    • jade12

      Posted by jade12 on February 19, 2013 at 17:49

      Ohh, i think i might try that. Cool idea, and if it works ill share it with friends!

  25. Aragorn

    Posted by Aragorn on February 19, 2013 at 15:06

    I can wear it in march on my bd! I think I am going to use cover girl or L’Oreal

  26. lovelylove22

    Posted by lovelylove22 on February 19, 2013 at 13:36

    The Rocket Volume by Maybelline is a really good mascara. It gives a ton of volume and length and is reather inexpensive 🙂

  27. IronyQueen

    Posted by IronyQueen on February 19, 2013 at 12:57

    I wear mascara, but I am also in high school. Right now, I wear the cat eye stuff by maybaline. My only complaint with it is that the water proof version of it is not waterproof, so I have to remove it before swim practice. The clump crusher from Cover Girl has a similar brush.

  28. Dee

    Posted by Dee on February 19, 2013 at 12:03

    Do you know of any brightly-colored mascaras? I know that we’re only supposed to enhance our face with makeup, but I love being a bit different, and so I’ve been wondering for a bit if there are any odd-colored mascaras out there? Something to make people take a second glance, but that’ll still coordinate with or even brighten my eye color somehow… like- an ice blue, bright pink, evergreen, or maybe pastel purple. I plan to go crazy with color this spring. 😀 I do like the idea of sparkly mascara for a dance or a night out with the gals. Where would that be available?

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by on February 22, 2013 at 15:46

      There are so many great guides that recommend mascara colors that compliment your eye color (besides the regular black).
      I have brown eyes, and I got so many compliments with blue mascara! You can hardly tell it’s blue in dark lighting/indoors, but in the sunlight my eyes just popped!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by godislove on February 20, 2013 at 16:20

      Go to Sephora, they have tons of awesome colors!

    • atla_bee

      Posted by atla_bee on February 20, 2013 at 10:11

      Ice blue would be so cool! 🙂

    • Dee

      Posted by Dee on February 19, 2013 at 12:10

      Oh, and I don’t plan to do anything like this for church. Just for hanging out everyday stuff.

  29. dancer4jesus14

    Posted by dancer4jesus14 on February 19, 2013 at 11:12

    Rimmel London Scandal Eyes is my favorite and very similar to Maybelline Mega Plush mascara. I’m going to try clump crusher because its the best one on the market right now! 🙂

    • caramel_99

      Posted by caramel_99 on February 24, 2013 at 10:16

      I use Scandal Eyes as well. But not truly loyal to any specific brand.

  30. JayDee57

    Posted by JayDee57 on February 19, 2013 at 11:12

    I enjoy Christian Dior mascara. It’s so smooth 😀 Even though it is expensive that is my favorite kind. But I use different kinds when I can. I don’t use mascara that often only on sundays or when I’m meeting with friends or even when I am practicing make up techniques. But I try not to use make up that often. A good scripture I wrote on a paper in front of my make up case is
    1 Peter 3:3-6
    3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, 6 like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.

    • Bluej3

      Posted by Bluej3 on February 19, 2013 at 16:44

      That’s really cool I might have to steal your idea 🙂

  31. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on February 19, 2013 at 10:58

    When shopping for mascara, I try to get the most mascara for the cheapest price. Of course it’d be way to time comsuming to look at all mascaras in the store, but I find that Maybelline’s Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara is the best choice. I don’t like to spend too much on mascara, so I usually don’t buy any other brand.

  32. TheGirlWithWings

    Posted by TheGirlWithWings on February 19, 2013 at 09:27

    I’ve always used either Maybelline or L’Oreal. Currently I’m using Great Lash by Maybelline and although it isn’t my favorite, it does the job.

  33. atla_bee

    Posted by atla_bee on February 19, 2013 at 07:40

    I may have to try some of these. I usually only get the cheapest kid I see. I am relatively loyal to Elf and Covergirl but my loyalty can be swayed by price 😉 lol!

  34. hockeychick20

    Posted by hockeychick20 on February 19, 2013 at 07:20

    My aunt sells Avon so she gives me some mascara that she gets for “samples”. I like the curling mascara from Avon. I also really like the Avon mascara that you can change how much you put on the brush. I don’t remember what it’s called but I think it’s discontinued. I really want to try the sparkly mascara sometime! 🙂