All mascara is made of three main ingredients: pigments, oils, and waxes. Additionally, preservatives are needed to keep your favorite lash goop safe. Finally, lengthening mascaras have added ingredients to create the illusion of longer lashes.
|My eyelashes here are coated with Clinique High Impact Mascara.|
|Ultramarine pigments likely gave these lashes their blue hue. |
|Let's pretend this picture isn't creepy.|
|I was trying to get a good picture of mascara under the microscope, but I was not a successful lady. This is Julep's Boho Glam at 400X magnification. It looks like nothing. Sorry. I tried.|
|WHY DID SHE HAVE TO DIE, PIXAR?! WHY?!|
Many modern mascaras also help boost eyelash length. This requires an additional ingredient: short, synthetic fibers that help build up your lashes. These are typically made of nylon or rayon. As you brush the mascara on, these fibers get stuck in the waxy goop and lengthen out your eyelashes.
As you apply your favorite mascara, these forces work together to give you lovely-looking lashes.