Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. Courtesy of Clinique

Darkening your lower lashes can result in one of two ways: glamorous and wide-eyed, or clumpy and raccoon-ish. Thankfully it's the former with Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, which adds definition and won't end up running down your face.

While it isn't the first mini-mascara especially designed to accentuate the bottom fringe, its formula is a game-changer. It's enhanced with conditioning jojoba oil and a stretchy bentonite clay base that prevents it from flaking or smearing.

After enduring the past few weeks of winter here in New York City, I can vouch for Clinique's claim that this stuff forms some sort of sweat- and humidity-proof film around each lash -- it somehow remains perfect, even when I'm sweltering hot on the subway, bundled inside an incredibly warm hat and scarf combo. It's even impervious to cold water, which comes in handy when my eyes immediately start tearing up the moment I step outside.

True, these attributes can be found in waterproof mascaras, but they tend to irritate my lids with excessive rubbing or oily residue when it comes to removal time; this stuff dabs off with just a warm water compress.

The tiny brush makes it simple to apply mascara to the lower lashes with a light touch, so you don't enter drag queen territory; using a traditional brush and formula can cause a spider leg finish. It's also handy for reaching those tricky inner and outer corner lashes, and if you're like me, you're obsessed with coating each and every one.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($10, will be available in Black and Black/Brown starting in February.

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