Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Temptalia Asks You


Have you ever layered mascaras? What did you think of the results?

Temptalia's AnswerI have! I find it tricky, because a lot of mascaras do not play well if they aren’t still wet, so you have to work quickly. Can’t say I’ve found a combo I like yet.

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39 thoughts on “Have you ever layered mascaras?

  1. Kristine

    Everyday! Lancome Definicils first (dry) then Maybelline One by One.

  2. Though I don’t do it on a day-to-day basis (why bother when there are so many great mascaras out there that don’t need the help?) I do almost always layer in one situation: colored mascara. Bright, vivid shades don’t give the definition that black does. To combat this, I apply my normal mascara, then just coat the tips of my lashes in color. That way I get the benefits of my go-to, but the impact of the color (bonus: coloring just the end makes lashes appear even longer!)

  3. Kristen

    I recently started playing with this. Originally I found it far too high maintanice but after watching a YouTube video (what else?) I found a trick to keep the curl in your lashes longer by layering a water proof mascara under another. So now I’m layering The Rocket Waterproof under Tarte’s Light’s, Camera, Lashes. I find it clumpy but it does keep the curl so I just go through my lashes with a lash comb. On my lazy days, though, still just use one.

  4. peril

    No. It just makes lashes look all spidery and clumpy. I’ve never seen anyone layer mascaras (like, in a Youtube video, for example) in a way that didn’t always produce the same look. I just do one coat on each set of lashes.

  5. I do it most days actually! One of my favorite combos is MUFE Smokey Lash first and then Buxom Lash second. I like the volume I get from MUFE and the Buxom gets rid of any of the clumpiness and adds length.

  6. I do it everyday. Today I have layered Lancome Dolleyes with Lancome Hypnose drama. I mainly use lancome and I always use hypnose drama but sometimes I switch the other one. There is nothing neutral looking about my lashes. They are always super long and thick so I have found a good combo for me to use.

  7. A few times! Most recently I was testing Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Mascara and it was just SO STICKY. My top and bottom lashes kept sticking together! So I tried throwing on a coat of regular mascara and it eliminated my problem!

  8. Miss J

    Yup! Like Kristen, I tried layering mascaras after watching YouTube. I had been watching mascara reviews, and a few people mentioned using a waterproof mascara to hold the curl. I wanted to try Maybelline’s Mega Plush, so I decided to get it in the waterproof formula to test the tip out. While it kept my curl a long time, I didn’t like it enough on its own, so I tried layering it with Rimmel’s Lash Accelerator (which I love on its own); I absolutely *loved* the combo!! Layering the two gives me perfectly curled, fluffy, full, dark lashes with length. I tried the same combo with the waterproof formula of Maybelline’s The Rocket, but I also found it got clumpy when layering. I do like The Rocket on its own, though…it’s just a P.I.T.A to get off!

  9. TygerKitty

    I layer mascaras every single day. I use Lancome primer first, then put on a coat of any lengthening mascara (lancome, clinique, whatever isn’t clumpy). Later I put on a final coat of Lancome hypnose! My lashes are lengthier and fuller by this process than using only one type of mascara alone.

  10. Melody

    I put Benefit BADGal on my lashes and tip them with Benefit They’re Real for extra shine and curl and length on the tips while BADGal gives the volume I want awesome layering combo

  11. Buxum Lash + Lush Eyes Right is a great combo.

  12. Liz

    yes. I would sometimes mix a put on a volumizing mascara, followed by a lengthening one. I don’t do it often though.

  13. Miriam

    Sure…not a big deal to me. :)
    The best combo is for me le volume de Chanel for definition and a looooot of volume without the clumpyness. ;)
    Immediately after that I put on a coat of Clinique Lash Power Mascara to hold the curled lashes in place and to add some length and most importantly to keep away the racoon eyes I get without this Clinique formula.
    Love that combo! <3

  14. KaseyCannuck

    I’ve layered a colour on my tips over black. I have a blue and a purple mascara and they’re not dark enough on their own.

  15. Lola

    I like Benefit Bad Gal on top of Covergirl Clump Crusher.

  16. Nadine

    always do. I like to use some defining mascara for length and then layer lancome dolleyes mascara over it. it seems to stick better over the slightly dried mascara and give soo much volume!

  17. Lorena Bolding

    All the time; I use one for separating and the second for volume. My two favorite are lashblastlength by Cover Girl (yellow tube) and Voluminous Original by L’OrĂ©al (grey and gold tube). I got this idea when I researched how KimK got her lashes to look so full. Not a fan of hers but her lashes are always beautiful!

  18. Oh yes! Two coats of Tarte Lights, Camera Splashes! and one coats of YSL Babydoll mascara! LOVE THIS COMBO!!

  19. Andie

    I have, but I find it too troublesome to bother with everyday. I know this isn’t exactly the same, but I’m loving the primer/mascara duo that came in a recent free gift from Lancome. It’s definitely worth the time on the weekends. I get lazy on days where I’m just going to the office though. Lash Accelerator mascara by Rimmel has been a favorite of mine for a couple of years now. Less than $10 and excellent at both separation and volume. It also supposedly helps your eyelashes grow faster. With a mascara that great, I find layering to be unnecessary most of the time.

  20. Mati

    My fav combo for flaired, long and dark lashes (doll eye look) is covergirl clump crusher first + maybelline cat eyes layered on top :D

  21. I’ve tried a few. My lashes are really long when I apply masacara, so I usually look for a volumizing formula. So sometimes, while experimenting, I might pick one up that ends up not being as volumizing as I’d like, and end up layering it with another one just so I wont let the product go to waste.

  22. Veronica

    I do it almost on a daily basis. I layer Benefit’s Badgal Lash & put They’re Real over it. Most people all new if I am wearing fake eyelashes. I love this combo.

  23. Almost every single day–I like a base waterproof mascara that holds the curl of my straight asian lashes (my favorite is Lash Blast Waterproof–good for some volume too). Then either a volumizing (Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black waterproof) or lengthening/separating (Loreal Telescopic Extensions Waterproof, Maybelline Illegal Lengths waterproof, or Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof), or both with lengthening last. It sounds like a lot, but it’s worth it for me and doesn’t take too too long. Try it out!

  24. Jaz

    most recently: Revlon grow luscious ( the one with the pink top) and Maybellines big eyes. I honestly would rather just wear 1 mascara

  25. I do this pretty much everyday. I usually like to add a waterproof mascara over another mascara – to sort of seal it in.

  26. Oh yes! I love to wear colored mascara with black tips! My current favorite duo is Anastasia Hypercolor In the Pink with Arbonne It’s A Long Story just over the top. Check out my IG for pics of it (a few days ago and a couple weeks back).

  27. Nicole

    Wow, I haven’t thought that so many of you layer mascara almost every day.

    I have tried it a few times, but I’m not happy with the result. The worst combination I tried was YSL Doll eyes with Benefit’s they’re real on top. That was so clumpy and lots of spiderlegs.

  28. Nope :). I never have more than one mascara open at any given point.

  29. Jan

    Only if you consider those white mascara base coats. I’ve tried both Maybelline and MAC. They don’t actually do much for my sparse little eyelashes.

    However, I heard – just yesterday in fact – that Chanel (?) has a new mascara “top coat” out. I’m curious as to what that does.

  30. Yes, yes and yes again, I will def layer accordingly if I’m not wearing falsies that day!
    I start with MAC prep n prime, and go to town, using L’Oreal Telescopic to Benefits’ They’re Real mascaras! I love to layer! and the payoff is great!

  31. Yes I do and I try new combos all the time. My favorite is Fiberwig lengthening mascara first and then Chanel Le Volume mascara. Amazing falsie looking lashes!

  32. Nancy

    Yes! I have the Benefit They’re Real and can’t stand it on its own. So, I found that it works wonders when layered over top of another mascara and adds definition. Right now I am using it over the Sephora Volume.

  33. Kirstin Majak

    I do every once in awhile since I found an easy way to add a pop of color to my makeup. The ends of my eyelashes are very light, so I use black mascara @ the base & blue mascara on the tips. It’s not intense, so it’s a natural way to help my blue eyes stand out.

  34. Sam

    Everyday! I can’t go a day without layering. It reeally improves the look of my lashes.

    My favorite combinations are YSL Baby Doll + Maybelline Full N Soft for a bolder look, and Maybelline Full N Soft + Covergirl Clump Crusher for a softer look. Amazing results every time.

  35. Like a commenter above, I might have layered colored over black mascara, but if I do more than one coat, I have to do it while the mascara is still wet. Putting mascara over dried mascara gives me the creeps.

  36. Courtney K

    I use Diorshow primer and Inglot’s bright blue mascaras. Not sure if I need to let the primer dry or not. I have dark lashes so I need a primer to make colors pop.

  37. Ruca

    YUSS! Love this! Fun, fun, fun. :) I recently started playing around with things like Great Lash’s Fall colors (the August 2013 LE collection), and I find good combos are the Wink of Pink all over, then the Berry color on the tips, and sometimes on the last outer quarter of the top lashes, or the same with teal & dark blue. I prefer the light-to-dark gradient (ombre?) color combos because it makes the lashes look longer rather than like they have something awkward stuck to the ends. The process is a lot easier to do if you buy some disposable silicone ball spoolies off eBay and use those to apply instead of the wand in the tube. This is also best with a very nude eye, or else no one will see the lash color through the eyeshadow.

  38. Every day! For a while, my favorite combo was UD Skyscraper with Covergirl Lashblast (In the orange tube), but since UD changed the Skyscraper formula, I’ve been using UD Supercurl with KVD Sin-full Lash, or vintage UD Big Fatty. (Trying to use it up so I can move on to a new mascara. =P)

  39. Holly M

    Yes, I regularly layer mascaras. I think I have yet to find my HG mascara so for now I will layer. I’m incredibly picky though, and love dramatic lashes