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My 5 Favorite Mascaras for Minimalist But Flirty Lashes

Join my quest for the perfect Bambi eyes.

mascara for flirty lashes
Since I’ve tested upwards of 100 mascaras in my time as a beauty editor, I’ve grown more and more picky with my favorites. The combo I seek is a tricky one—it has to give lift and curl without looking too thick or va-va-voom. Those types of formulas I save for my weekends, when I want to resemble a disco princess (complete with glitter eyeshadow and oodles of highlighter). It can’t melt down my face by 3:00 PM or flake off and land in my newly Lasik-ed eyeballs. My lashes should look flirty without being the main focus on my face—that’s reserved for my brows. Am I high-maintenance? Perhaps. But minimalist lash fanatics know what I’m talking about, and trust me, those mascaras do exist. These five are a few of my current go-tos.

Saie Mascara 101, $24
I hear the words “clean mascara” and typically assume the formula will make my lashes droop and straighten by noon. But Saie has created a mascara so good I rarely even qualify it as a clean option—it’s just a good product that also happens to be clean. This holds my beloved curl all the way until I wash my face at night, and it keeps my lashes feeling hydrated, thanks to the quackgrass extract (real name, you can’t make that up).
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