There's one thing you need to know about eyelashes, and it is this: An eyelash curler is essential. I know it seems like a goofy tool, but curling your lashes makes you look more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed than a gallon of Starbucks. Trust me on this.
For mascara, decide what's most important to you:
- Lengthening mascaras make lashes look longer. (Shocking, I know.)
- Curling mascaras, um, curl. But if you have a curler, you may want to go with another variety.
- Volumizing mascaras make it look like you have more, thicker lashes.
I'm a huge fan of CoverGirl Lash Blast. It's cheap and amazing.
Depending on the kind of look you want, you may or may not want eyeliner. For your first makeup kit, look for a soft pencil eyeliner like VS Makeup's ($8). Liquid and gel liners have their place, but they're challenging for makeup newbies.
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