For my stubborn, hard to curl lashes (thanks for those genetics mum) I look for mascaras that lengthen, separate and hold a curl; no spider lashes here please. True story: I once knew a girl with eyelashes so clumpy that it literally looked like she had tarantula legs for lashes. Apparently she never removed her mascara, ever. She just slept with it on and then applied more in the morning and repeated the process. How horrific is that?! Now that I've put that traumatic image in your head, here are the best mascaras I've found that actually work for my lashes.
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara has earned a holy grail status in my eyes, purely because it's blown so many others out of the water in terms of its ability to hold a curl, lengthen and separate.
The formula isn't too watery or too dry, which means you can apply as many coats as desired without it clumping- the medium sized wand also makes it very easy to reach all the lashes. While wearing this I've had more than one person tell me how lucky I am to have naturally long eyelashes, which I don't at all! Packaging wise it's nothing special and I can't say the lime green bottle particularly floats my boat...but hey, I'd rather substance over style.
Clarins Be Long Mascara is a great one if you want length and something that holds a curl, though the formula does have a tendency to clump at times if you're not careful, so applying takes a little extra effort. Clumps aside, this is still a brilliant lengthening mascara with a heavy duty formula that won't smudge throughout the day.
Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara came into my life as a sample which I both love and hate. Love because it's a great mascara, hate because the full size version is pricy. The formula is smooth but not watery, which makes it easy to layer up coats and build length. It manages to hold a curl even with my stubborn lashes and I haven't found it to flake or smudge. I'm not the biggest fan of the stumpy, dense brush, but it's workable. If you feel like splurging by all means go out and try this, but personally I find this comparable to my trusty Covergirl mascara so I'll be sticking with that.
Paired with my Shiseido eyelash curler my eyelashes have been getting quite a few compliments lately and as far as the general public are concerned, I just have naturally long and curly lashes, okay?