Curly lashes, volume, length, all in one – how many times have you heard these categories, when it comes to mascara? Too many, right. So you probably made a decision on what the ads, the beauty advisers, or your friends recommend. But do you know what you really need to look for in mascara?

What you really need to look for in mascaraAnd the key-word here is “you”. Every person has unique eye lashes that are of a certain density, thickness, color and length, have their own root vigor and curves. This is why you need to look for certain characteristics in your future mascara, not for what everybody else is searching for.

If your eye lashes are short, it’s not a tragedy. They may be very dense, which adds depth to your look. To accentuate this quality, try mascara that will either enhance it, adding volume, or define it. Play with the color, trying brown, or violet, instead of the classic black. Try the Dior Diorshow Black Out Mascara, $25, or Origins Double-Ended Mascara, $21.

If you notice every time you use an eye makeup remover several lashes fall, then your lashes are more fragile than the majority’s. You need a product that will protect and nourish them, fortify the root and pretty much keep them on. I don’t know what to say about mascaras that promise your lashes won’t fall anymore, but one that has a strengthening formula could do. Try Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Mascara, $9.99. According to makeup artist Elise Flowers, “its formula allows you to build up the density and length of the lashes without looking clumpy.”

Long or thick eye lashes only need definition and curl. If you count yourself in one of these categories, or both, then you’re one or the lucky ones. For effective curls, try the waterproof mascaras – keep in mind to use waterproof make-up remover so you won’t look like a raccoon in the morning! Yahoo! Shine recommends Shu Uemura Ultimate Natural Mascara, $28. For a clean defined look, you may choose Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara, $30, or Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara, $27.50.