People Don't Realize That This Product Is the Secret to No-Makeup Makeup

If there's anything that every cool girl seems to have down, it's the no-makeup makeup look. The thing about no-makeup makeup is that you just look effortlessly put-together, and you would never be able to tell you're wearing makeup at all at first glance. I'm a big fan of no-makeup makeup, but there's one hitch—mascara.

I am not someone who can go without mascara. My eyelashes are unfortunately pretty short, and naturally, they stick straight out instead of holding a curl like I want them to. Jet-black mascara can ruin the illusion of not wearing makeup, though. Here's where clear mascara comes in.


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Clear mascara is truly a game changer for anyone like me who wants to look put-together but still wants people to think that maybe, just maybe, they're not wearing makeup at all. The best thing about clear mascara is that it holds a curl so much better than your lashes otherwise would. Before you pop on a clear mascara, curl your lashes to give yourself an eye-opening effect. Then, apply clear mascara for definition. You'll end up with dreamy lashes that look like they might be natural-looking extensions.


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My current favorite eyelash curler:

Shop clear mascara:

Best Overall Clear Mascara: Great Lash Clear Mascara

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Diamond Mascara

Honest Beauty Honestly Healthy Lash Tint in Clear

Covergirl Professional Natural Lash Mascara

Perricone MD No Makeup Mascara

Ere Perez Aloe Gel Lash & Brow Mascara in Clear

E.l.f. Cosmetics Clear Brow & Lash Mascara

Clarins Lash and Brow Double Fix Mascara

Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara

Dr. Hauschka Brow and Lash Gel

Other essential no-makeup makeup products:

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Associate Beauty Editor

Katie Berohn is the associate beauty editor at Who What Wear. Previously, she worked as the beauty assistant for Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, and Prevention magazines, all part of the Hearst Lifestyle Group. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a major in journalism and minor in technology, arts, and media, and earned her master's degree at NYU's graduate program for magazine journalism. In addition, Katie has held editorial internships at Denver Life magazine, Yoga Journal, and Cosmopolitan; a digital editorial internship at New York magazine's The Cut; a social good fellowship at Mashable; and a freelance role at HelloGiggles. When she's not obsessing over the latest skincare launch or continuing her journey to smell every perfume on the planet, Katie can be found taking a hot yoga class, trying everything on the menu at New York's newest restaurant, or hanging out at a trendy wine bar with her friends.