This Mascara Hack Changed My Life


Bryan Rodner Carr

My long-standing disdain for most mascaras can best be illustrated by the fact that I've used one—Buxom's Lash Mascara ($20)—for years. I have zero patience for clumps, and it is the only formula that I've ever been able to rely on to consistently deliver clump-free application. The many formulas that make their way across my desk usually get just one trial run before getting tossed in a drawer, never to be touched again.

It wasn't until a recent morning that I discovered how misguided this dismissive approach is. After realizing that I had officially swiped the dregs of my Buxom tube dry, my eyes fell on a nearby vial of Tarte's Lifted Sweatproof Mascara ($21)—a formula that I honestly liked in theory, but it still left my lashes too clumpy for regular use. After pulling the brush out of the tube, I took one look at the goopy fibers before a radical idea (as radical as an idea can be when it pertains to mascara) occurred to me: What if I dipped the Buxom brush, which has never steered me wrong, into the Tarte formula?