Best Mascara For Women Over 50
by Pam Sissons
Anti-aging makeup tips for women over 50 definitely needs to include how to choose the right mascara. There is nothing more aging than dark circles under the eyes, so walking around looking like Rocky Raccoon from smudged mascara is a #1 no-no.
It doesn’t matter how well dressed you are, how well you carry yourself or how much you spend on it, smudged mascara is an equal opportunity ager! Unfortunately, finding a product that doesn’t run, smudge, or clump is actually easier said than done. There are hundreds of different brands out there, and everyone wears it differently.
There are a number of ways you can smudge your mascara:
- Rubbing your eyes
Endless brands of mascara claim to be smudge-proof, water-proof, run or streak-free. I think I have probably tried most of them over the years. As a contact lens wearer, I can tend to rub my eyes a bit at times, so having a product that doesn’t easily come off is important. Also, having a product that DOES easily come off is important!
The mascara that I finally found after years of trying everything from Cover Girl to Lancôme, Maybelline to Dior is Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara. If you don’t want dark circles from your eye makeup, this is an absolutely terrific choice. Compared to the other dozens of brands that claim to be “smudge free” or “streak free”, this one comes through:
- Clinique High Impact requires a little bit of attention going on – you need to get it on the lashes and then continue to coat and separate them. It makes a big difference in how it looks if you get as close to the base of the lashes as possible.
- Let it sit on your lashes for 30 seconds or so before you look right up or close your eyes tightly so it doesn’t end up on your face. (Not to worry, though, if it does, it comes right off with a damp cloth or makeup pad)
- No second coat!
Once this is on, it creates a coating of mascara around the eyelashes. I can wear this all day long and have zero mascara under my eyes at the end of the day.
One of the most amazing things about this mascara is that when you want to take it off, all it requires is warm water. As a matter of fact, if you wet your face in the shower, for instance, you can gently just pull the mascara off as though it were little mascara tubes coating your lashes. No rubbing, pulling, or applying oily makeup remover that gets in your eyes.
The negatives to this mascara? If anything, I would say I don’t absolutely love the brush, but it works so well it’s hard to complain about it. Also, it tends to start to dry out in the tube after a bit…it’s really best when fresh. It does last a long time, though. At $16 a tube, it’s pretty affordable.
*Note: This is an independent product review. The author did not receive compensation of any type.