It's been a month since I had exams, and in that time my eyelashes have started to recover from a pretty hefty trichotillomania splurge. Little stubby hairs are starting to shoot back through (with the help of RapidLash) and I can finally start looking forward to the exciting prospect of wearing a bit of mascara again. When your eyelashes grow back through, they are thin, fragile and incredibly short, so if (like me), you can't wait to start applying mascara again, it's so important to find ones which are going to make the most of what little you have. I've got a few 'holy grail' mascaras for anyone with short, sparse and stubby lashes that I want to share with you, as I've found these to truly be the best ones for our circumstances.
Benefit Roller Lash- GOOD FOR: Lift & Curl
I wrote a full review of this mascara when it first came out last year and it is still the first one I turn to as soon as my eyelashes start emerging after a hair-pulling spree. The plastic bristles contain tiny little hooks which grab onto each individual lash, coating them in a incredible dark formula and minimising clumping. This mascara is fantastic for separating and making the most of each lash (which with trichotillomania is a must as we are often lacking a few or have gaps along our lash line). Another great thing about this mascara is that it acts like eyelash curlers. We all know that eyelash curlers do not mix with our flimsy, fragile lashes that break so easily due to pulling damage, so the fact that Roller Lash gives the same amazing amount of curl and lift as these dangerous tools do is a huge selling point. The formula dries really quickly without any 'crispy' texture; your lashes don't feel like they've been coated with anything, so less temptation to pick at them and pull them out.
MAC False Lashes Extreme Black- GOOD FOR: Incredible Length
I actually got this as a little sample when I bought something else from MAC, and ended up loving it far more than my actual purchase! I'm not sure whether a full-size version would be as effective (dinky size = maximum control), but the brush and formula are both incredible. The bristles brush through your lashes to separate each one and coat them in the darkest formula any of these mascaras provide. While it doesn't do much for volume, this mascara is simply incredible for adding the much-needed length to the stubbiest of lashes and is super-easy to build up without any clumping. You may not think much of your trich progress when you look in the mirror sans makeup, but after two coats of this MAC mascara you'll be wondering where on earth those lashes came from.
Smashbox Hyperlash- GOOD FOR: Everyday Wear
Another little sample, the size certainly helps with precision when applying to short, barely-there lashes. This brush is like a less-curved version of Roller Lash and provides relatively similar results. All the positives about Roller Lash can be applied to Hyperlash, minus the dramatic lift and curl. If you don't want that wide-eyed, curled look, this mascara is perfect due to its jet black formula, ability to build and layer up without clumping and separation of each lash. Think your lashes but better; this is an amazing mascara for anyone who prefers a natural look but wants to add a little bit of length and definition to their flutter.
Benefit They're Real- GOOD FOR: Extra Drama
Soap & Glory Thick And Fast- GOOD FOR: A Hit Of Volume
If your lashes are quite thin, this is the mascara for you. The quite generic brush doesn't add a huge deal of length (although perfect if you want the natural look), but it is great for adding volume. The dark formula coats lashes evenly, and while the brush doesn't have that design made for catching every lash, the mascara makes your lashes look thick and healthy. You can fool anyone into thinking you have a full, fluttery set of lashes with this mascara! Definitely one for when your lashes are a bit longer but still on the sparse side.
Do you have any favourite mascaras to use on short or sparse lashes? Which ones do you find add the most length? I'm always on the lookout for new ones to try out!