The MSM Guide To Mascara

Posted on October 13 2016

All good things come in small packages and our very favourite mascara is no different. It's like that magical 3” wand that transforms your whole look from blah to beautiful in seconds!

Not only is it an eye-opener (literally), but a good mascara can make you look like you actually slept well last night, even if you got home at 2 a.m. (after that awesome after-party!) and have just got four hours to get going for work.

Here’s the guide to 10 Mascaras, each with a different shape and purpose


A ball-tipped brush—one that has a spiked sphere on the end of the wand—helps coat both tiny inner lashes and longer outer lashes. Just be careful you don’t overdo it on the first shot: A ball-tipped brush deposits loads of product quickly!

  • BENEFIT They’re Real Mascara- Rs. 4,099 (8.5g)


While a curved wand won’t completely replace your lash curler, the arched row of bristles helps coax your lashes upward, especially if you wiggle it mid-stroke.

  • LAKME Iconic Curling Mascara- Rs. 300 (8ml)


A thin, comb-like wand will allow you to coat each lash individually while separating at the same time, giving the most natural look.

  • ORIFLAME Beauty Wonder Lash Intense Mascara Rs. 329

Pine Cone

Just as the shape suggests, a tapered pine-cone brush is perfect for a cat-eye look—the longer bristles at the end grip the outer lashes while still managing to lightly coat the inner and middle lashes.

  • REVLON Water Tight Mascara Rs. 485

Bottom Lashes

Apply mascara only on the outer corners if you have smaller eyes and press the brush into the lashes, rather than swiping it on. But if the lashes are a little sparser, hold the brush vertical and use the tip to swish product on back and forth.

  • CLINIQUE Bottom Lash Mascara- Rs. 1,248 (7ml)


A newer type of mascara brush, an expandable wand’s bristles can space out and distribute the product to coat each individual lash to define them. When the bristles more tightly or densely spaced, they force lashes to clump together—in a good way.

  • LOREAL Paris Lash Architect 4D Mascara Rs. 795



    The helix of bristles helps define each lash; try using this brush on either side of your lashes for a dramatic look.

    • NATIO Lash Definition Mascara Black Rs. 1,010

    Rubber Bristles

    Rubber bristles grip onto the hair and deposit product better than traditional bristles and provides more defined, separated lashes. They also maintain their shape so you are able to really get the desired effect of the wand structure and the formula of the mascara. Rubber-bristled wands don’t clump or flake as easily, either.

    • ESSENCE Plump No Clump Volume Mascara- Rs. 349

    Super Bushy

    This type of wand was probably the one you reached for as a teen—or whenever you started wearing mascara. A classic plush brush helps lengthen lashes at the tip for a wide-eyed look.

    • MAYBELLINE The Colossal Volum Express Waterproof Mascara


    A U-shaped brush is great for reaching the outer corners and pulling them up and out in one fell swipe. The result is equal parts voluminous and eye-opening.

    • YVES ROCHER Volume Mascara Black Rs. 1,000


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