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How to Find the Best Mascara for Your Eyelash Type: 7 Expert Tips



Some eyelashes are naturally long; others are short, sparse, or jut straight out. Whatever your natural eyelashes look like, to get that voluminous curl, you have to match your lash type with the right mascara.

“When choosing a mascara, it is important to consider your own lash type and needs,” says Naseeha Khan, professional makeup artist and product development lead and co-founder of CTZN Cosmetics. “Whether you want a lengthened, fuller, or curled look — this information will help you decide what type of formula and brush type you should be shopping for.”

First, look at your eyelashes in the mirror and think about what you want from a mascara. “You want to think about the payoff,” adds celebrity makeup artist Meredith Baraf. “How do you want your lashes? Thick? Spiky? Long? Feathery? Start here. Then assess how you would describe your own natural lash. Combining those two ideas should lead you to the type of mascara you’d want to focus in on.”

If that still feels a little intimidating to you (too many options can be overwhelming), Baraf, Khan, and other makeup artist experts break down how to find the best mascara for your eyelash type. From the type of formulas you should look for to the kind of mascara brush would be most beneficial to your needs, this is your ultimate guide to finding the right fit for you. See all their sage advice (and product recs) below.

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Short Eyelashes

MAC Cosmetics Magic Extension 5mm Fibre Mascara

The Magic Extension 5MM Fibre Mascara has fibers that give you that false lash look,” says M.A.C. Cosmetics Senior National Artist Gisel Calvillo. “The brush and formula allow you to build the lash so each one is thickened, lengthened, and curled.”

Straight Eyelashes That Don’t Curl

e.l.f. Cosmetics Big Mood Mega Volume & Lifting Mascara

“For those with straight lashes that don’t curl, I would recommend going for a mascara with a curved brush and long-lasting formula,” says Khan. “Make sure to use an eyelash curler beforehand to lift your lashes even more.”

This one from e.l.f. cosmetics is a game-changer. The hourglass-shaped brush provides eyelashes with a major lift and its jojoba wax holds a curl for hours.

Long Eyelashes

Surfer Curl™ Volumizing Mascara BONUS Set

“Anything goes if you have long lashes,” says Baraf. “You get to choose based on payoff. If you want to go Twiggy style, grab a thickening mascara and go to town. If you want a softer more natural look choose a mascara with a smaller brush and non-clumping claims.”

Khan agrees. “If your eyelashes are already long and you just need a subtle lift, the Tarte Sea Surfer Curl Mascara is great for everyday lashes. The tiny bristles and slightly curved brush give you complete control over how much product you apply.”

Sensitive Eyes

ILIA Fullest Volumizing Mascara

“For sensitive eyes, you want to look for products with claims like hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist tested, fragrance-free, and allergy-tested,” says Baraf. “Using a tubing mascara is another good option as it ensures that flakes won’t get in your eyes.”

ILIA’s mascara also has hourglass-shaped brush to give you buildable volume with no flaking or smudging. The super lightweight formula is made with ingredients like glycerin and provitamin B5 to nourish lashes, while being gentle enough to not irritate the sensitive eye area.

Thin Eyelashes

Power Flex Mascara
Cover FX

“Thin lashes love a volume-building mascara formula,” says Megan Curtin, lead makeup artist and head of education at Cover FX. “Look for one with a good wax base, as the wax is what will give the body and texture to build volume. [Also] make sure the brush is up to the task of separating the lashes, otherwise, you’ll end up with clumpy spider lashes. The [Cover FX] Power Flex Mascara has a blend of vegan waxes that builds volume beautifully and has both a traditional fiber brush and two rows of silicone combs to ensure perfectly fanned out and separated lashes.”

Damaged Eyelashes

LAWLESS The One & Done Volumizing Mascara

“If you have damaged lashes, I would recommend a mascara with clean and nourishing ingredients to strengthen your lashes with each use,” says Khan. “One of the best for this is the Lawless The One & Done Volumizing Mascara. It is formulated with lacquer tree and rice bran waxes to give your lashes a lift, as well as castor and argan [oils] to soften and help them grow.”

Lower Eyelashes

Indecent Mascara
Kevyn Aucoin

“Using a tubing mascara is my favorite choice for bottom lashes,” says Baraf. “This fully avoids the issue of mascara transferring under the eye or flaking.”

“For your lower lashes, I would recommend looking for a mascara with a smaller and more precise brush,” adds Kahn. “I have been super into the Kevyn Aucoin Indecent Mascara, which features a unique cone-shaped bristle and pointed tip that is perfect for defining hard-to-reach areas and the lower lashes for a flawless look.”


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Cassidy Timbrooks on ‘The Bachelor’ Isn’t the Villain You Think She Is



I knew Cassidy Timbrooks was going to be eliminated from The Bachelor the second she addressed a table full of children as “you small people.”

But it wasn’t until Clayton Echard learned she had a “friend with benefits” back home that her number came up. The Bachelor rescinded the rose he had already given her and predictably sent the 26-year-old executive assistant packing on Monday night’s episode.

In the eyes of the show, she had committed two cardinal sins: Not acting overjoyed to be around kids, and not putting her sex life on pause for a man she had never met.

That’s why her ride home from the mansion was more than just another early villain exit. The Bachelor is clearly trying to get back to basics this year — and by basics I mean American sexual politics circa 2002. The fact that Cassidy got the boot so swiftly shows how quickly the show is returning to its traditional roots. In an era of dating apps and delayed motherhood, ABC’s long-running reality dating franchise is recommitting in Clayton’s season to its core tenets: Love, marriage, and family — preferably before age 30.

In the eyes of the show, she had committed two cardinal sins: Not acting overjoyed to be around kids, and not putting her sex life on pause for a man she had never met.

Only against that backdrop would a woman like Cassidy strike anyone as an outlier. Outside of the show, she doesn’t exactly seem nefarious. Since the premiere aired, I have been following her on Instagram, where she’s been posting incredibly lucid and self-aware reflections about her time on The Bachelor, conceding in one of her Stories that she struggled to balance “confidence” with “considering other people’s takes.”

Indeed, like so many hated contestants before her, Cassidy appears to have been the victim of a selective edit and a mocking soundtrack. The unflattering edit began in earnest when she largely ignored the children at a birthday party group date to talk with the Bachelor instead. At one point, seated around a table sipping tea, she told a group of kids, “I spend as little time around you small people as possible, so forgive me…” and then immediately went on the back foot as they latched onto the comment.

I don’t blame the kids for taking offense. But any adult viewer who paid attention to her tone should have recognized the droll delivery. Was it an inartful thing to say? Sure. Children aren’t the right audience for wry humor, especially if you’re joking about avoiding them. But Cassidy didn’t deserve to be demonized as a kid hater, either.

“I knew I was giving villain, but I thought I was far more amusing and harmless,” she wrote in one of her post-show Instagram Stories, “and I think a lot of the hate is based in misogyny internalized and otherwise.”

She’s not wrong. Cassidy was punished, both in the edit and by a segment of the audience, for not going googly-eyed at the notion of spending an afternoon building a dollhouse. She certainly didn’t echo the enthusiasm of a fellow contestant who saw the kids from afar and exclaimed, “Oh my God! I’m so excited! I love children!” while running toward them.

The Bachelor is retreating to an extremely white, hyper-hetero comfort zone in which babies are the ultimate goal.

To be fair, that attitude is more in line with Clayton’s. In the first five minutes of the current season, the new Bachelor was twice moved to tears by the thought of raising a family. He introduced himself in the opening voiceover by saying, “I can’t wait to get married and have kids,” and later choked up while reading a letter from a child predicting that he will “have lots of kids.”

Clayton is nothing if not sincere, but there’s probably a reason the producers picked someone like him in the first place — and why they’re emphasizing childrearing so much this early. After years of controversy over racism in the franchise, culminating in the departure of ex-host Chris Harrison — and after more recent flirtations with progressive casting including the first same-sex engagement, a (gasp!) 39-year-old Bachelorette, and several leads of colorThe Bachelor is retreating to an extremely white, hyper-hetero comfort zone in which babies are the ultimate goal.

I used to wonder whether the horror novel I wrote satirizing Bachelor-style shows would be outdated by the time it comes out later this year, but if anything, this season has felt ripped out of time in the worst way.

Cassidy’s storyline especially has highlighted double standards that should be long dead by now. Clayton himself recently addressed viral TikToks about his dating history by saying that he “enjoyed [his] singleness” for “the last six years of my life.” This is the same Bachelor who confronted Cassidy on Monday night’s episode about allegedly “seeing someone up until the point that you came here,” as though she were beholden to him before then. Hookups for me but not for thee?

Presented in the weird logic of the show, you’d almost forget that Cassidy is one of 30 women Clayton dated simultaneously — and that, in season previews, the Bachelor will later admit to being “intimate” with two contestants. Somehow that behavior is more “for the right reasons” than having casual sex with someone before filming even began?

Cassidy may be off the air now, but her brief run was telling. This throwback edition of The Bachelor needed a villain, and the producers chose a confident woman with a history of casual dating who said “F*ck a dollhouse” on camera. It’s probably a bad sign when someone that refreshing doesn’t make it to the second rose ceremony.


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Another Day, Another Musk Tweet Pumps Dogecoin up 9%



Musk, who is the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, said he would eat a Happy Meal on TV if Fast food giant McDonald’s starts accepting Dogecoin

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Everything You Need to Know About the UK Government’s COVID Inquiry



On May 12, 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an independent public inquiry into the government’s response to and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Established under the Inquiries Act 2005, the COVID Inquiry will examine the government’s “actions as rigorously and candidly as possible,” according to the Prime Minister, and will aim to “learn every lesson for the future.” It will do so by summoning the production of documents and witnesses to give evidence under oath in order to examine the government’s response to the pandemic.

Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE will act as Chair of the inquiry, which is set to begin “sometime in spring 2022”. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the COVID Inquiry and what we can expect from the process.

How Will The COVID Inquiry Work?

According to BBC News, the Chair of the Inquiry can call whoever they want to give evidence, “whether they are witnesses to an event or people with particular expertise.” As barristers’ chambers Doughty Street Chambers notes, witnesses to an event will be asked to give evidence of their experience or direct knowledge of what took place. They speak on behalf of an organisation, like the NHS or the police.

Evidence sessions will be given in public and under oath, per BBC News, and most sessions will be available to watch on TV and online. There’s no time limit to the inquiry either, and they can often take years due to the “huge amount of evidence that needs to be read.”

What Will Be Included In The COVID Inquiry?

The exact aims, issues, and remits included won’t be announced until closer to the start of the inquiry, but the Prime Minister has said his government would work closely with the devolved administrations and governments in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland before setting out what exactly will be included in the inquiry itself.

Shortly after announcing that an inquiry would take place, the Prime Minister told MPs that the inquiry would consider his government’s handling of the pandemic before the first lockdown in March 2020, per The Guardian. As for other issues, law firm BDB Pitmans suggests that the higher death rate in general, especially among ethnic minority groups, will be a major point of contention, as well as the government’s “procurement processes” of contracts awarded during the pandemic.

What Issues Have Been Raised Around The COVID Inquiry?

Undocumented Migrants

Following the publication of a report by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), it’s vital that the voices of undocumented migrants are properly heard during the COVID inquiry. The report found that the UK “lagged far behind other European countries” in protecting undocumented migrants during the pandemic.

Caitlin Boswell, author of the report and policy officer at JCWI, said in a statement that if the government “wants to learn lessons” from this inquiry and “fully recover from the pandemic”, it needs to “stop prioritising its anti-immigration agenda above saving lives.” An anti-immigration agenda which is more commonly known as the Hostile Environment.

The term “Hostile Environment” is used by many to describe a set of policies that are intended to block undocumented migrants from using public services like the NHS and the police, as well as making work and housing inaccessible; effectively making life as difficult as possible.

Boswell added that the government “must listen to migrants’ voices, including those who’ve lost status, and ensure that in the future, no-one has their life put at risk because of their immigration status.” Boswell concluded that in “doing so will not only protect the most marginalised, it will help protect all of us.”

People With Disabilities

Sense, a charity which focuses on complex disabilities, has also called for the government to take the experiences of disabled people and their families into account. As the charity notes, 6 out of 10 people in the UK who have died from COID are disabled, despite making up 22 per cent of the general population.

“Decision-makers did not engage with us, our needs were often overlooked and communications were largely inaccessible,” Fazilet Hadi, Head of Policy for Disability Rights UK, explained. “Health bodies treated our lives as less valued, disabled people receiving social care were inadequately protected, some disabled children were denied education and support, and supermarkets failed to ensure that we could access food.”

There is yet to be a date announced or confirmed for the COVID Inquiry.

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