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Q: What kinds of mascaras are best for different lashes?

A: The current selection of mascaras is mind-boggling, but several are formulated to address specific lash problems and/or "trends." If you're satisfied with the lashes given by Mother Nature, define them-I love Lancome Definicils ($20 at department stores or online at Try it in Navy - it is specially formulated to enhance blue or green eyes. If you'd like to try a less-costly version, opt for Maybelline Lash Discovery (under $7 at local retailers or The petite brush is a surprisingly precise tool; the mascara slips on softly, smoothly. I like added length, but this product lives up to its claims.

First-rate basic mascaras include one found at My Beauty Center; I am especially fond of the Eggplant hue, as it accents without appearing harsh ($4.19). Benefit Mascara in Eggplant applies easily and adds volume and length. Find it at for $14.

If you'd prefer to curl and color at the same time, experiment with Avon CURL-ASCIOUS Maximum Curling Mascara (only $2.99 from your Avon representative or right now; the regular price is $6.00). Although I don't feel any mascara completely replaces an eyelash curler, it has an exclusive "Curl Retention" formula which resists moisture, subtly firming lashes for a long time. L'Oreal Le Grand Curl ($7.49 locally or at plumps, magnifies, and gently lifts. It has an even, clump-free texture.

Maximum-lash "oomph" can be achieved with Chanel Sculpting Mascara Extreme Length for Fine Lashes ($21.50) or Shu Uemura Basic Mascara ($27). "Basic" is an understatement here - it's a one-mascara-does-it-all creation. For my needs, the cost warrants the price. Find both at Application is flawless, results stunning and dramatic. If you have patience and determination, choose Paula Dorf cake mascara (also at for $20). Cake mascara is often the product of choice for professional makeup artists; you control silky, supple, glossy coverage by blending with water and layering several coats. Warning: Cake mascara can be a tad time-consuming but addictive.

Finally, as soon as the weather turns warmer, I refurbish my supply of Cover Girl Marathon Mascara (about $3.99 at drugstores or ULTA). It stands up to swimming, exercise, and perspiration longer than I do without touch-ups.

I would be remiss without one last comment: Never share mascara with another. Keep the applicator sanitary. Replace yours often, as eyes are quite vulnerable to the bacteria carried via makeup. Thus, if you decide to splurge on a pricey item, be prepared to throw it away before it's completely used. Your eyes will thank you!

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