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There’s definitely no shortage of drama on the set of Vanderpump Rules — yet somehow Stassi Schroeder, Brittany Cartwright, Kristen Doute, and the rest of the SURvers manage to stay looking gorgeous whether they’re dealing with a teary breakup, staring down a rival, or partying till dawn. Their mascara never runs. It never flakes. Those megawatt lashes are always the definition of perfection.
The secret: Knowing your mascaras. “Different mascaras are better for different scenarios,” says makeup artist Jared Lipscomb, who keeps the ladies looking flawless on set and on the red carpet. “The mascara I use for a short photoshoot will be very different than one I use for a long night out.”
And turns out, a set of five mascaras tried and tested on the PumpRules crew will keep you covered no matter what drama you’ve got going in your own life.
Best Cry-Proof: DiorShow Pump N’ Volume Waterproof Mascara
“Whether you’re upset at your coworker and the tears start flowing or you’re just crying at a sappy movie, waterproof mascara is key,” says Lipscomb. “This designer staple is a favorite of Kristen’s and has now become one of my go-tos. It stays put and still adds a crazy amount of volume to your natural lashes.”
Best for Dramatic Close Ups: Ardell Beauty Top & Bottom Dual-Ended Mascara
“This is the mascara for a dramatic close up,” says Lipscomb — but it’s not just for on-set stare-downs. “I’m also a fan of this mascara for the red carpet. Kristen rocked a full lower lash line at LaLa’s movie premiere courtesy of this mascara,” he adds. “The dual-ended tube is designed for perfect application on both the top and the tricky bottom lashes without making a mess — including the hard-to-reach inner corner and lower lash line. Using mascara on the lower lashes is a softer way to define the eyes without a harsh liner.”
Best Pool Party-Proof: Tarte Lifted Sweatproof Mascara
“A tropical vacation calls for a specific type of mascara: one that can withstand the heat, the sweat, and the water, all while lasting long and not flaking,” says Lipscomb. His tried-and-tested pick: Tarte Lifted Mascara. “It is perfect for a Mexican getaway or a hot Vegas pool day. It’s sweat-, water-, and smudge-proof and it’s gentle formula softens and protects the lashes (instead of drying them out!).” Plus, its soft, brownish black color makes a big impact. “It’s subtle enough to look like you’re rocking #NoMakeup, but with a few added coats you’ll be ready for a vacation night out!”
Best for Partying All Night: Sigma Beauty Sinuosity Lash Mascara
“I love to use this mascara whenever I know a late night of partying is happening. It’s designed to last 13+ hours and creates beautiful length and separation, without clumping or flaking. The formula is water resistant, so it can withstand the dance floor, but won’t be too hard to wipe off at 4 a.m. when it’s time to crash. We even tested out Sigma’s mascara when Kristen, Brittany, and Stassi celebrated their MTV Movie and TV nomination, and their looks lasted from the red carpet to the after party.”
Best for Every Day: L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
“This drugstore cult favorite enhances any beauty look, which is why it was a must for Brittany’s engagement shoot AND engagement party!” says Lipscomb. “It’s a staple in both Brittany’s makeup bag and my makeup kit! We just love how well it works and how black the color is! Plus, the brush allows for an easy, clump-free application, and the formula adds so much fullness to the lashes without weighing them down.”
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