Many Asian women, like myself, are stuck with stubborn, short lashes that point straight down, or lashes so short they’re barely visible. It’s a real pain when it comes to lengthening lashes or even getting them to hold a curl, as most western mascaras on the market are tailored towards those with already long lashes, and formulas are usually too heavy for most Asian or short lashes.
But fear not, we’ve hunted down the mascaras that are best suited for Asian or short lashes, which deliver on both volume and length in one easy-to-use tube, giving us all the help we can get in the lash department.
With an established cult following, it’s no wonder that Fairydrops is one of Japan’s most exciting beauty exports. Created by Japanese celebrity Aya Yasuda, the bobble wand has three distinctive curves to ensure that the luxurious formula fully coats your lashes even in hard-to-reach areas.
Fairydrops Scandal Queen Waterproof Mascara, £18.50, available at Cult Beauty
This diffusion line from Shiseido brings you the Majolica Majorca mascara, which has a comb-like wand and a lightweight formula that stays on all day. Despite the tongue-twister name, this is perfect for building up layers – the small fibres will cling to your lashes, adding length, thickness and volume that you didn’t know you could achieve.
Shiseido Majolica Majorca Rush Expander Edge Meister, £12.98, available at Amazon
Want doll-like lashes without the falsies? Well, what if we told you it’s possible with the Isehan Heroine mascara? The waterproof formula doesn’t clump, meaning your lashes will stay nicely defined and separated while still looking thick and luscious. The only downside to this product is that because of its super-waterproof properties, you’ll need a heavy-duty oil-based eye makeup remover to get it all off.
Isehan Heroine Make Long & Curl Waterproof Mascara, £7.61, available at Amazon
The formula in Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama mascara helps hug and coat each individual lash, adding dramatic volume and length. The best thing is that the “S”-shaped brush makes it that much easier to reach those pesky smaller inner lashes and highlight the tiniest of lashes you didn’t even know you had.
Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara, £24.50, available at Lancôme
Having a good waterproof mascara really helps with longer-lasting lash curls and, given that it was originally designed for surfers, you know this stuff won’t budge. Urban Decay’s Cannonball mascara has a fuzzy brush that’s loaded with extending fibres to increase length and volume. Its lightweight formula keeps lashes clump- and flake-free, too.
Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara, £16.50, available at Feel Unique
For short and stubborn lashes, the Chanel Inimitable waterproof mascara is the holy grail of mascaras. It’s a little bit pricey, but you get your money’s worth. Use it once, and it can last up to 16 hours without a second application. The small wand makes it perfect for Asian eyes and the bristles are soft and spaced, giving you a fuller and curled look.
Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Multi-Dimensional Mascara, £26, available at Chanel
Shiseido works wonders on Asian lashes. It provides superb curl and length, making your lashes look fluffier. It’s also an excellent base for building up those layers for a more dramatic and intense look.
Shiseido The Makeup Nourishing Mascara Base, £22.50, available at House of Fraser
Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama mascara is a drugstore favourite among bloggers and beauty editors, and for good reason. The "spoon"-shaped brush helps fan the lashes out from root to tip, giving you a rich, glossy black finish that adds thickness and length as it goes. What’s more, the creamy formula is perfect for layering on coat after coat for bigger, fuller lashes.
Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama Waterproof Mascara, £7.99, available at Feel Unique
This volumising mascara by Etude House pumps up and adds superb definition with only a few careful swipes. Its double-sided dual jelly brush allows you to get right in there and add depth even to the sparsest of lashes. The mascara’s long-lasting, waterproof formula ensures lashes don’t stray or smudge, giving you fabulous lashes all day – and night – long.
Etude House Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara, £13.99, available at Amazon