There are a lot of reasons why mascaras are a makeup essential in this day and age. They add volume, tint, and length so you look wide awake and alert. But since we’ve been wearing masks as a new staple in our daily going-out looks, it was only a matter of time before the “Mascara Index” would become a reality. A play on the term “Lipstick Index” coined by the chairman of Estée Lauder Leonard Lauder, the Lipstick/Mascara Index represents women choosing to buy less expensive treats (like makeup) to get the luxury fix they want during a crisis.
We saw that in the increased sales of eye makeup products like eyeshadow palettes, eyeliners, and mascaras last year. We don’t see it stopping anytime soon, so we’ve rounded up some of the best mascaras for short lashes that will give you the full wispy lashes you've always wanted.
Cezanne Separate & Long Mascara
If you like your natural eyelashes but want to add some length and colour, Cezanne’s popular Separate & Long Mascara now comes in a beautiful brown shade. It adds the length and separation we love, but we now also have options when it comes to colours. The chocolate brown matches lighter brown or warm coloured hair.
It’s perfect if: you just want to enhance your natural eyelashes. Why not try your hand at doing the “red tea” makeup trend too?
Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Magnet Mascara
You’ve heard of magnetic lashes and eyeliner, but now you can have full wispy lashes with just one step. Benefit Cosmetics’ They’re Real! Magnet Mascara contains Magnetic Mineral Enriched Mixture with iron oxides that are attracted to the magnetic core in the mascara wand. This reaction gives your lashes intense clump-free lift and length that’s supposed to last up to 36 hours.
It’s perfect if: you struggle with straight Asian eyelashes. You can even get away with it being your only eye product of the day.
Victoria Beckham Beauty Future Lash
We all know Victoria Beckham is about the smokey eye makeup — from the eyeshadow shades and texture to the right mascara. That’s why we’re pretty excited about the Victoria Beckham Beauty Future Lash. It has a curved micro-bristle brush that clings to and coats every eyelash, creating the look of lifted, fanned lashes straight from the ‘90s. The long-wearing and smudge-proof formula contains a plant-based C2 Complex that nourishes and strengthens your lashes too.
It’s perfect if: you deal with fragile eyelashes and want to add more volume. Pair it with a nude eye makeup look or channel Posh Spice with a smokey eye.
Burberry Ultimate Lift Mascara
Willing to splurge on a mascara for short lashes? We have our eyes on the Burberry Ultimate Lift Mascara, which is part of their In Bloom Collection. The concave micro-bristle brush perfectly catches, curls and lifts every eyelash and deposits the lightweight clump-free formula for the look of naturally wispy lashes.
It’s perfect if: you hate the look of spidery eyelashes. Wear it with a light dusting of light brown or peach eyeshadow for a natural eye makeup look.
Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara
If you’re on the hunt for a mascara for short lashes that will hold up to flaking, smudging, and sweat, the Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara deserves some consideration. The mascara has a lightweight and long-wearing formula that clings on to the lashes to add intense volume and length to the shortest of Asian lashes.
It’s perfect if: you’re prone to tearing up while watching your K-dramas. As for the eye makeup to pair it with, take a cue from the bright packaging and add some pops of yellow or gold on your lids for a bit of fun.
Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash
With their signature Hook ‘n’ Roll™ mascara wand that gives your lashes amazing lift and curl, expect awake-looking eyes in a jiffy with the Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara. It also has a curl-setting formula that ensures extra hold even as you party for 12 hours straight.
It's perfect if: you want a lasting curl. For better results, use an eyelash curler beforehand! You can pair this will any makeup look, but you can't go wrong with a natural peachy eyeshadow that echoes the mascara's pink packaging.
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara Drama and Curl
Maybelline Hypercurl Volum' Express Mascara
If you're looking for a drugstore find that works wonders, the Maybelline Hypercurl Volum' Express Mascara will definitely give your lashes the lovin' they deserve. Besides a gorgeous curl that gives that natural flutter to your lashes, it's also one of the best mascaras for short lashes since it really delivers on volume and length. Plus, did we mention it's also waterproof? It definitely a bang for your buck!
It's perfect if: you want an affordable mascara that adds volume and length to your lashes for a short period of time. Keep the rest of your eyes bare for a natural eye look.
Kiss Me Heroine Make Long And Curl Mascara
Have you ever bought a product that a Western beauty guru recommended only to find out that it doesn't work well with Asian features? Well, you wouldn't have a problem with the Kiss Me Heroine Make Long And Curl Mascara! If your issue is short, sparse lashes, prepare to be amazed by this fiber-in, pure black mascara that lengthens, curls and stays in place like crazy. It even moisturises your lashes with chamomile extract to make sure they get stronger and smoother through time. This one is HG material, we're telling you!
It's perfect if: you want a heavy-duty mascara that will hold up to humidity, sweat, and tears. This mascara for short lashes is well-known for its lasting power, so you definitely need a special eye makeup remover to remove it at the end of the day.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you probably have already heard of the cult fave Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Almost everybody's obsessing about it for all the right reasons. Coat your lashes dramatically without ending up with clumps over your eyes. Expect a natural 'falsies' finish that will hold up until the end of the day.
It's perfect if: you're looking for volume and lasting power. You can pair it with a pastel eye makeup look for a fun makeup day.
(Cover photo from: @benefitcosmeticssg)
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