I don’t think I’ve left my home without mascara in at least eight years. Other than concealer and, well, clothes, it’s one of the few things I feel uncomfortably naked without. It’s not even that I don’t like my natural lashes—I mean, they’re pretty ginger like the rest of me, but they’re decent enough on their own. I just like the extra oomph that mascara gives me on a daily basis, you know?
I generally like wearing volumizing mascara (again, I’m all about that oomph), but I’ve been noticing more and more that a lot of people have been going for a more natural, “woke up like dis” kind of look. As someone who trolls beauty aisles on a regular basis, I’ve seen my fair share of mascaras that’ll help you achieve that more subtle, simple look, so I feel qualified to offer you a handy little shopping guide. I also feel qualified to tell Matt McGorry that he should date me, so, you know, do with my would-be qualifications what you will.
Read on for our top 10 natural-looking mascaras:
This is the only natural mascara I’ve ever owned and I recommend it to anyone and everyone who will listen to me. Despite the fluffy-looking brush, all it really does it coat your lashes in color, but it leaves them feeling so unbelievably soft. Personally, I think this is Maybelline’s best mascara (sorry, Great Lash).
People love Clinique for a reason. Since you’re probably already a fan of their skincare and their fragrances, you might as well give their mascara a try!
I’m calling it now: lash tints are the way of the future. The brush on this mascara is so small and thin that it can only carry enough product to coat your lashes in a thin layer of color, adding literally nothing else. Plus, at $4, you can’t really justify not trying it out.
This is bareMinerals’s newest addition to their makeup collection, and it’s just as glorious as the rest of its makeup.
You really can never go wrong with Armani products. If you’ve got an extra $30-plus to burn, consider this mascara.
This one is actually made with a serum to help heal brittle lashes, and it prevents long-term lash loss!
Milk Studios‘s debut makeup collection is finally here, and this is just one of the great products available. It has a brush that’s very similar in size to the aforementioned e.l.f. brush.
A mascara that markets itself as being a “no mascara” mascara? Count us in.
This is actually a pretty cool product, if not one that’s made for expressly natural-looking lashes. You can actually control the size of the brush using the “escalator” feature, which in turn changes the look of your lashes. Really, all you need is this one product for just about every lash look possible.
One of Marc Jacobs‘s most recent makeup releases, our excitement about this comes only second to his gold, glittery shade.