I often get asked for mascara recommendations, so I’m sharing my picks for the best cruelty free mascaras that you seriously need to try now. Why wait to have thick lashes?
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
I’m now on my second tube of this stuff and I love it as much as I did the first time I used it. It gives me some seriously gorgeous lashes. See my super detailed review.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
This is a great volumizing mascara. Use a lash comb to separate your lashes with this one as it is prone to clumping up on me otherwise. If you’re a size queen, you will love the brush on this one. See my review.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius
This is a mascara must have in my book! It’s a clear topcoat that you can use before or after mascara that makes any mascara waterproof. So you can use your favorite mascara and make it waterproof and not have to worry about flaking or smudging. See my review.
Perversion, Better Than Sex and Lash Genius are my all-time top 3 favorite mascara products and Subversion primer (below) will soon be added to that short list.
Eyeko Alexa Chung Lash Enhancing Eye Do Mascara
With an oversized brush and a water-resistant formula, this promises a doe-eyed sixties look.
Paula’s Choice MegaLength Mascara
This mascara swears not to smudge, flake or clump. It’s also supposed to give you longer and stronger lashes.
Ardency Inn PUNKER Volume and Curl Lash Wax
With a super-sized curved brush, this mascara is supposed to give you lots of volume and curl with a wax-based formula. It’s inspired by hairstyling pomades.
tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara
With lofty claims of lengthening, curling, volumizing and conditioning, this mascara vows to give you everything you need. I’ve found it does a good job of lengthening.
tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes™ Statement Mascara
This one claims to lengthen, curl, and amplify volume by up to 752% (crazy claim!) However, I have achieved some super lush lashes with this mascara and I especially like the brush that comes with it.
bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara
I love the short hard rubbery brush and the ultra black formula for this one.
Urban Decay Subversion Mascara Primer
This stuff is awesome for me. Since I can’t use fiber type mascaras (they always seem to get into my eyes and under my contacts and it’s uncomfortable), I love a good primer.
Cargo LashActivator Mascara Primer
This is the best black mascara primer that I’ve ever tried. It’s also supposed to help your lashes grow thicker and reduce lash loss.
Cargo LashActivator Night Treatment
This is supposed to help you grow longer, fuller and more lush lashes. My problem is remembering to use it every night. It doesn’t burn my eyes or irritate them the way other lash serums have in the past.
HOW I APPLY MASCARA
- Work on one eye at a time.
- Curl my lashes. I use an Urban Decay Cageless Lash Curler that I purchased a few years ago but they no longer sell it. Here’s another cageless lash curler from Amazon that looks great.
- Apply my mascara primer.
- Apply 1 to 2 coats of mascara.
- Finish with a coat of Anastasia Lash Genius.
- Comb through lashes with a lash comb if you need to. I use this Sonia Kashuk Lash Comb.
I use Paula’s Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover. I saturate a cotton round and hold it against my eye for 15 seconds or so and then wipe downwards.
What are your must-have cruelty free mascaras, primers, treatments and tips?