6 Natural Mascaras That Will Make Your Lashes Look Ah-Freaking-Mazing

6 Natural Mascaras That Will Make Your Lashes Look Ah-Freaking-Mazing6 Natural Mascaras That Will Make Your Lashes Look Ah-Freaking-Mazing.

Yes, they actually work.

We’re living in the golden age of green beauty. But if you were to draw a Venn diagram of mascara enthusiasts (almost 90 percent of makeup wearers) and clean-beauty devotees, it would show almost no overlap. People just do not love natural mascaras.

First-gen natural mascaras (est. early 2000s), on the whole, weren’t inky enough, and “formulas were either too wet, which weighs lashes down, or too dry, which crumbles off and falls onto your cheeks,” says Katey Denno, one of Hollywood’s most outspoken green-makeup artists.

The older formulas were “made up of natural oils, waxes, and pigments,” says Ni’Kita Wilson, an NYC-based cosmetic chemist. But the natural oils didn’t disperse pigments very well (which explains the muted colors). And without something known as film formers—for which there have been no true natural analogues—there’s nothing to seal mascara onto lashes and provide water resistance.

At the time, green makeup was considered a fad. But once companies saw women were demanding these products, suppliers got on board, and then the impossible happened: Someone finally created a green mascara that was actually, truly good. Launched in 2008, Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara was the first organic formula on the U.S. mass market, and it won accolades from makeup pros (including Denno) and beauty editors.

The benchmark was set, and since then, clean cosmetic chemists have pushed formulas further, making them even more sophisticated. For one, there are now a few ways to circumvent those film formers, like using natural alternatives such as pullulan, a polysaccharide made from fermented yeast that dissolves in water. It’s not as powerful as the synthetic stuff, but it can still outlast a sad-movie cry-athon.

Chemists are also tweaking the ratios of plant-based waxes and oils to find the most long-wearing combinations. Some companies also add plant-based starches like tapioca or corn to aid in absorbing natural oils. These swell up around the lashes, which makes them look thicker and helps the formula stay put longer.

Watch a celeb makeup artist demo an all-natural makeup look:

Most green mascara formulas aren’t entirely all-natural, though—they’re a combo of natural and naturally derived ingredients (the latter require a chemical reaction to extract an essence). And some eco brands do use select synthetics—for health purposes. That said, you can find whichever one takes your lashes to their fullest potential—and, thankfully, you can now choose from more than just one. Here are the six best natural mascaras.

1. Best Natural Mascara For Sensitive Eyes: Pür Triple Threat Slimline Mascara.

This almond oil-based mascara helps to condition your lashes without irritating sensitive eyes. For a naturally glossy look, wiggle the skinny brush from the root of your lashes to the tips to achieve length and definition without clumps.