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essieness's avatar

Regular or waterproof mascara and why?

Asked by essieness (7693points) June 3rd, 2009

I’m a faithful waterproof user.

1. My eyelashes are so long that if I wear regular, they just fall when I curl them.
2. Why risk runny mascara? You never know when you might get watery eyes.

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Ummmm's avatar

Regular so u can wash it off if u mess up lol

_bob's avatar

Neither. Go natural.

Okay, maybe red lipstick.

cyn's avatar

I use 2 mascaras: one to give me the volume or look I want for my eyelashes(non-waterproof) and the other waterproof because, well you never know when you are going to get wet…

cyn's avatar

@bob_ lotfflol4rl Wow you know nothing about make-up….(lurve)

_bob's avatar

@cyndihugs Guilty as charged.

essieness's avatar

@bob_ There’s an interesting look… zero mascara and bright red lipstick.~ ;)

mangeons's avatar

I use waterproof only because:

a) My eyes are itchy all the time (especially in allergy season) so when I rub them it won’t come off.

b) I never know when I’ll want to go the the pool and swim. :D

cak's avatar

oh, red lipstick can be so bad on some people!

Something odd happened to my eyelashes after my hair grew back in after chemo (the last time!). My left eyelashes are full, long and have a natural curl – and dark. Nothing necessary. My right eyelashes, lighter, thinner and not as noticeable. When I do decide to wear mascara, I wear regular, and only on the top right eyelashes.

I can’t do waterproof, it stings my eyes.

I’m not really big on make-up, anyway!

Blondesjon's avatar

It all really depends on how much crying I plan on doing.

or cliff diving

hearkat's avatar

Years ago, Estee Lauder made a waterproofing topcoat for mascara, called Raincoat. It works, I still have my tube; but I just checked, and they don’t make it anymore. It’s a shame because I thought it was so clever!

mangeons's avatar

@hearkat steals I need that. :K

My eyelashes are full, long, and dark, but I still prefer to wear mascara. I don’t know why. ; )

cyn's avatar

@bob_ You have that right…. :)) Que chistoso eres…

cyn's avatar

@bob_ Both :)))
/are you going to do a little dance?

mangeons's avatar

@bob_ Explosm comics are hilarious. Lurve for that one. ^ ^

asmonet's avatar

@bob_: Says the guy on the thread. Do you know how weird I look with super long and COLORLESS lashes? I’m a natural blond. That shit don’t look right. I have big blue eyes too. If I don’t slap on the mascara I look like a frickin’ child of the corn.

If you’re faithful about removing your makeup and do not rub your eyes a lot, you should go with waterproof, it holds the curl better if you curl, lasts longer, and will not flake off and land under your eyes or cause nearly as many smudges.

If you touch your eyes and face a lot, or never remember to wash your face at night you want to go with regular mascara. It is not as rigid on the lash, and some people find that waterproof mascara can cause their lashes to break off. Though it doesn’t happen to many people.

And if tut tut it looks like rain, you better have waterproof.

_bob's avatar

@cyndihugs $20. Same as in town.

@mangeons Yes. Yes, it is.

@asmonet Blue-eyed natural blond? How you doin’?

cyn's avatar

@bob_ You know what they say about blonds….
[edit] @bob_ Do accept credit cards?

hearkat's avatar

@asmonet:
I’m just a little black rain cloud
Hovering under the honey tree
I’m only a little black rain cloud
Pay no attention to little me
Everyone knows that a rain cloud
Never eats honey, no not a nip
I’m just floating around, over the ground
Wondering where I will drip.

mangeons's avatar

@hearkat Lurve for Winnie the Pooh reference! ^ ^

asmonet's avatar

@mangeons: Hey! I made it first!

hearkat's avatar

@mangeons: it was asmo that brought it up! I can’t help but sing it whenever anyone says, Tut, tut, it looks like rain!

asmonet's avatar

Thank you. :P

hearkat's avatar

@asmonet: You’re welcome. I give credit where it’s due. That’s why the song was directed @ you. :-)

asmonet's avatar

Rhyming!
/swoon.

mangeons's avatar

Oh, I totally saw that. Lurve to you too ‘Mo. smooch

hearkat's avatar

@asmonet: HaHaHa!! It was completely unintentional, too!!

asmonet's avatar

Ah! I finally found what I was looking for.

If you’re doing something fancy with your eye makeup, you really should go waterproof to prevent everything mixing together and melting in heat or humidity. When I do my eyes up somethin’ fierce, I refuse to use regular.

I did this with waterproof, because an hour later with regular it would have been smudgetastic.

Ignore my horrendous blotchiness. My car has no A/C and broken windows and I’d just been running errands. :P

Waterproof, FTW.

Facade's avatar

I wear false lashes on the top and regular mascara on the bottom ones.

Allie's avatar

When I have the time and energy to put make up on I use regular mascara. If someone makes me cry I want them to know it, damnit! (That second part is a joke, fyi.)

asmonet's avatar

Link broke, new link.

Allie's avatar

@asmonet The pointillism one turns me on. (blush)

cak's avatar

Am I the only one that doesn’t wear mascara on the bottom eye lashes?

aprilsimnel's avatar

I only wear makeup for job interviews, meeting with bigwigs where I’m expected to look like an adult female and special events, like the retirement party I’m going to Friday at some swank joint. And for mascara, I use Maybelline Great Lash, and have for years. It rocks.

asmonet's avatar

@cak: It depends on the look I’m doing. If I have a lot of color on my lid, I have to put it on the bottom or it looks top heavy to me. If I’m going for the big baby blues, I do them all as well. But for a casual everyday, I don’t. Occasionally, the outside corners to accentuate the shape.

cak's avatar

@asmonet – That makes sense. I took a long break from contacts, so I went very light on mascara. Now that I wear my contacts more, I’ve started to venture back into the world of mascara.

asmonet's avatar

Come back to the dark side….full force, darling. We’d love to have you.

MissAusten's avatar

My lashes are invisible without mascara. I also tear up like crazy whenever I laugh. I don’t even have to laugh very hard to cry. Waterproof is the only mascara I can wear. Black is a bit harsh for me (redhead), so I use the dark brown variety.

I am very jealous of my daughter, who has beautiful blue eyes and long, thick, dark lashes. She’s blonde now, but I think her hair will darken by the time she’s in her teens. She will never “need” mascara.

@cak, I don’t do mascara on the bottom lashes. It looks too freaky and unnatural on me for some reason. Maybe my lower lashes are too thin or something, because mascara on them looks spidery.

essieness's avatar

@cak I usually wear a little on my bottom lashes, but not always. I’m the same as @asmonet. If I don’t wear at least a little on the bottom, it looks top heavy. Especially because my lashes are SO long.

hearkat's avatar

My lashes are long and have natural curl, but they are very fine and light brown. I wear mascara for work and going out, but I rarely wear any other makeup.

@cak: I find it looks odd on me if I don’t coat the bottom lashes.

@MissAusten: As a fellow fair-skinned person, I use the brown-black rather than dark black, because black is too harsh. I have green-blue eyes, which I also accentuate with the green eye mascara from Almay or ‘raisin’ tones that some other brands make. They really bring out the eye color without looking unnatural.

cak's avatar

@MissAusten – me, too! Spidery is definitely what it looks like on me!

hearkat's avatar

@cak: ‘Spidery’ makes me think the mascara may be too clumpy or dark. I also love the new brushes that are made of silicone (I guess) because I get better separation and smoother application. Also, if you have contacts, make sure you avoid ‘lengthening’ mascaras, as they have fibers in them that can flake off and get in your eye.

chyna's avatar

So while we are at it, what do you guys think of the new medicine Brook Shields is pushing for growing eyelashes? I can’t think of the name of it right now.

cak's avatar

@heartkat – you know, I’m really careful about apply the stuff – it just doesn’t work. or I am just that bad at mascara! I just use plain old regular mascara – I try to avoid any of the stuff that does the extra stuff! I didn’t know that, though…about the stuff that flakes off into your eyes. I just learned something new! Thank you. :)

_bob's avatar

@cyndihugs
“You know what they say about blonds….”
They’re preferred by gentlemen? :P

“Do accept credit cards?”
Actually, cash is better. For, um, tax purposes :P

asmonet's avatar

@cak: And, if you do continue to get flaked off bits, you might scrap mascara and consider a a stain or tint. :)

Not to be confused with the process by the same name.

cak's avatar

I love their cheek stain!

asmonet's avatar

@cak: Dude, me too. <3

augustlan's avatar

Waterproof, only on the top lashes, and very rarely applied. I have invisi-lashes, too, so putting on just mascara improves my looks about a thousand percent. If I curl the lashes first, it might even be two thousand percent! I’m just too damn lazy to put it on most days. My eyes water constantly (because I have ‘dry eye’ – how the hell does that even make sense?!?), so it’s got to be waterproof, and even waterproof isn’t strong enough to withstand the constant moisture on the bottom lashes so I leave them nekkid.

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof, for me.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

I personally don’t wear it except on rare occasion but guys I’ve known with light lashes have theirs dyed with great success.

augustlan's avatar

I would totally dye my lashes if I wasn’t scared I’d have some terrible skin reaction to it, or go blind. And, of course, if I could afford it.

_bob's avatar

Hey, it just hit me… I know it’s a “kind” of make up, but can someone tell me what the hell is the mascara? Is it the stuff that goes on the eyelids or what?

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

@bob_ Mascara is the liquid plasticky coating on a tiny wand brush that coats the eyelashes.

augustlan's avatar

@bob_ It’s the stuff that makes my invisi-lashes visible!

_bob's avatar

@hungryhungryhortence, @augustlan
Oh… and, us men are supposed to, you know, notice it?

augustlan's avatar

@bob_ Psh. Don’t be silly. Women don’t wear make-up for men. In my experience, women mainly dress and do their hair and wear make-up to look better than other women. Best case scenario, we do it because it makes us feel good. :)

_bob's avatar

@augustlan Ah, right, for a second there I forgot about the competitiveness among women :)

asmonet's avatar

I do it cause I feel pretty when I bat my lashes there’s so much you can do, why leave them blank more often than you need to?

:This is the difference. And yes, you should notice.

_bob's avatar

@asmonet That your eye? Nice.

essieness's avatar

@asmonet Lurve for the visuals! P.S. That gold ring in your blue eye is awesome!

mangeons's avatar

Right now, I’ve been using that Maybelline Stiletto stuff, I don’t know if it’s waterproof or not, but I like it. :D

And @cak, I rarely coat the bottom lashes because then I get mascara under them on my skin, and then mascara just becomes a whole big PITA.

hearkat's avatar

@mangeons: After my mascara dries, I wet a cotton swab, squeeze out the excess water and roll the tip to a point, and swipe away any smudges (which is a benefit if not using waterproof). I use Max Factor Lash Perfection. It’s the best I’ve ever used, and I’ve paid a lot more for mascaras in the past! I cry easily at movies and TV shows… I cried real tears at least 4 times during UP! (I’m a sap). This mascara does not run. I will use the Raincoat if I’m participating in water activities, but day-to-day I have no problems.

cak's avatar

@asmo – is bob flirting with your eye? ;~)

mangeons's avatar

@hearkat Thanks for the tip lurve

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Reading this thread has been eye-opening for me (yar yar yar, chica makes a pun)

I’ve used regular for years because I tried one or two waterproof ones back in the day, but they seemed to run just as easily, and then they were permanently stuck to my under-eye lids, making lovely dark circles a la the corpse bride. So, you guys are saying that they make mascara that isn’t like that anymore?

What products do yall use to remove your waterproof mascara?

@hearkat: You mentioned those new silicone applicators, and I think it’s so interesting how wildly different experiences people can have with a product. I tried one of those and it was the gloopiest, messiest, mascara I have ever had on my eyes. It turned my long dark many many lashes into just four really really thick tarantula looking ones. Really, it looked like I had exactly four, very very thick, lashes over each eye.

asmonet's avatar

@La_chica_gomela: I use on and off – depending on the look or which is ready, Great Lash and Full ‘N Soft. Both by Maybelline. I do not use fresh tubes ever. for the precise reason you mentioned – too gloopy. I buy them a month or so in advance of when I need them, open them up a few times and let the extra moisture evaporate and when I use it, I wipe off the excess on a stack of napkins I have from various fast food places. I keeps the gloop down, and in my experience almost completely removes the issue of flaking.

I have to say, of the two, Full ‘N Soft is my favorite, requires less ‘airing out’, has less gloop to begin with and has a fuller brush, something that I with long lashes and thanks to my Spanish heritage fricking insanely straight lashes helps a lot in picking them up and getting them all to do what I want, damn it. And because of the bristle placement on the wand, they are far easier to wipe off the excess with.

As for removal, while I wear waterproof I have never had the issues with breakage of my lashes or severe flaking so I tend to just fall asleep with it still on. Added bonus, it leaves some on in the morning so I can swipe and they seem even fuller. I recommend some experimentation on days off from being in the public eye to get your own routine down.

When I did remove my eye makeup when I was younger I used Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover Pads. But I never remember to do it, and only started because ‘you’re supposed to’. Once I gave up, I discovered I really didn’t need it personally.

For reference, in my avatar I used Great Lash the super black one. It hasn’t reached it’s peak in drying out to how I would like, but it’s getting there.

_bob's avatar

I wonder, am I the only man following this thread?

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@asmonet: So how do you not end up with it all over your under-eyes like I do? Whether it’s regular or waterproof, after like 12 hours, it’s all in my under-eye crease, not like flakes of it, like black-gray, stuck to my face grease (ick). So, if you don’t take it off, and it doesn’t get all over your face, where does it end up? I’m so intrigued (and jealous).

I used to use Full ‘n Soft too, actually! I liked it for the same reasons, it didn’t clump as much or flake off while I was applying it, sending those little black threads all over my cheeks and eyelids. Now I use Almay One Coat Lengthening, and I like it even better. It doesn’t make my eyelashes look like tarantulas, it just gives them a little more “oomph”, you know, a little longer, a little darker, a little more curve, without looking like a four-lashed freak.

@bob_ I love how you’re following the thread, making suggestions, and didn’t even know what mascara was until now! LOL! ;-)

_bob's avatar

@La_chica_gomela I’m all about helping.

asmonet's avatar

@La_chica_gomela: You can achieve th same effect of ‘oomph’ with Full ‘N Soft, and most mascaras by doing a double coat with about two minutes in between. Allowing the first coat to dry off completely.

Because you’re still getting smudges with waterproof mascara I’m fairly certain it’s due to your faces oil output. You can counteract it by using something like Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion on your lid, and just barely around your eye surrounding your lashline.

I cannot stress enough that I FUCKING LOVE that product. I bought it once, thinking it was too expensive but so popular I may as well try it once, I’m sold on it. It will make your makeup last for 12+ hours. And I have ‘oily’ eyelids. Enough that my eyeshadow creases within two hours of application without it.

I began using it just on my lid, then experimented with using it under my concealer as well. It’s amazing.

Buy it. Seriously. It’s the only beauty product I swear by for all women. And if you’re worried about the color, it’s pretty light in the tube, but once you work it around on your lid it becomes very sheer. And helps give a smidge of a lighter base under concealer for undereye circles and helps keep them hidden.

The tube will last you months, you barely need to use any of it on any given day, even if you’re using it on larger areas.

asmonet's avatar

I can do a quick YouTube tutorial if you want. :)

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@asmonet:

Yeah, I liked Full N Soft a lot, but I think Almay is a little smoother. It seems to go on a little better.

Cool! Thanks for the tip! I’ll definitely check that primer stuff out.

Okay, but you still didn’t answer my question: where does your mascara end up?

asmonet's avatar

Dunno, I never see it.

My pillow?

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Where can you find that stuff? Sephora? Or just the internet?

asmonet's avatar

Sephora.com and anywhere online. :)

asmonet's avatar

Or in the Sephora store.

chyna's avatar

Love Sephora. Glad there is not one near me or I’d be broke.

asmonet's avatar

I’m broke, and there is one near me, it’s like living in hell with the pearly gates in view. Bastards.

asmonet's avatar

I made a video, I’ll pm it to you chica. :)

@chyna: Nevar!

_bob's avatar

Can’t we all see the video?

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@bob_: Asmonet likes me better na na na na naaaaaaaaaa na :-P

hearkat's avatar

@La_chica_gomela: I’ve had varying experiences with the new wands, too, but I think it was that mascara’s formula rather than the wand that was the problem.

@mangeons: Looks like you’ll need waterproof everything in NYC tomorrow. Have fun despite mother nature!

_bob's avatar

@La_chica_gomela You know, that’s not an unpleasant thought at all :P

augustlan's avatar

I wanna’ see the video, too!

Also, Urban Decay is awesome, and you can buy it directly from them here.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@augustlan: yeah, Asmonet’s first link was directly to the product on the urban decay website, but I like buying things in stores if I’ve never seen them before. I like to touch them, read the packaging, shake them, you know, generally be a weirdo.

PS She hasn’t sent me the video yet. I wanna see it too!

asmonet's avatar

Jeez. I have to like, put it together and edit it and junk. Impatience!

essieness's avatar

@La_chica_gomela I use L’Oreal Voluminous waterproof. It has worked consistently well for me. I also tried L’Oreal Volume Shocking and really liked it. I didn’t use the white primer stuff, just the comb. My mom has used comb on mascara for years and I thought she was crazy until I tried it. It goes on so much better!

@bob_ You are cracking me up!

_bob's avatar

@essieness Well, I aim to please ;-)

asmonet's avatar

I just moved. I made the video, it’s on my camera, which I must find.
As soon as I can. :)

mangeons's avatar

Congrats on the move, ‘Mo! (:

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