I typically don’t leave my house without first applying about 12 to 16 coats of Better Than Sex mascara, but even I can understand that some prefer an effect slightly less intense than full-on moth wings on your face. For that, you need the best natural-looking mascaras, which deliver subtle length, definition, separation, and lift, as well as a bit of a tint. Since mascara names are almost always cryptic, the best way to determine whether a mascara can deliver a “natural” look is by evaluating the brush design. Straight, skinny, and/or shorter wands can catch individual lashes for better precision and control, and sparse bristles separate your lashes and keep them clump-free. Also, going with a brown or light black mascara, rather than the "blackest black" shades some brands offer, can also give you a more natural look.
Of course, your application technique will also have a lot to do with how natural your mascara ends up looking. The most obvious tip is to stick with a single coat, rather than several. Or, forego pulling the wand through your lashes and apply your mascara solely at the root for a subtle volumizing effect.
Even easier: Take your pick among seven of the best natural-looking mascaras listed ahead. From a Japanese cult favorite to an American drugstore staple, any of these mascaras will make you (or your lashes) look born blessed.
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