Brown mascara - the pointless bastard of the make up world.

(57 Posts)
GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Thu 04-Oct-12 13:52:11

I bought it by mistake.

My eyelashes (moribund at the best of times) now look like spiders legs.

What with the coppery brown eyeshadow I put on (another bad choice) I look like I have mud pies flung in my face.

Brown. Brahn . Like a Just 17 makeup tutorial from 1993.

Eurgh. Orrible stuff.

I did the same once (brown was in the black section of Max Factor shelf). I looked like a potato. Couldn't bring myself to leave it on.

Also don't understand brown eyeliner.

Gimme coal black kohl and lashes please.

P.S. You should wear some Rimmel Coffee Shimmer to complete the look.

Lottapianos Thu 04-Oct-12 13:59:24

I wear brahn mascara during the day smile I'm quite pale skinned and I think black mascara looks a bit too full on for work. I sometimes wear brown eye liner too, but you can keep the Rimmel Coffee Shimmer wink

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Thu 04-Oct-12 14:10:17

Yes to coffee shimmer.

I look like some hideous throwback to the 90s. I should have a pair of high waisted jeans on with braces and some clumpy shoes.

Brown eyeliner would look ghastly on me. I think it probably looks lovely on some people - but warm brown colours make me look like a corpse.

Black is fine, as is dark grey and very dark green/blue/purple. But brahn - no.

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Thu 04-Oct-12 14:11:04

I have also gone a bit overboard on the bronzer.

I look shameful.

This is what happens when you put your make up on on the train without a mirror.

ParrotTulip Thu 04-Oct-12 14:13:08

I like brown black mascara <legs it>

daisydoodoo Thu 04-Oct-12 14:27:03

i use brown mascara in the day, i have lash extensions so black for work is too full on. i also use brown eyeliner as again black is too harsh on me, even on a night time i don't do black eyeliner.

Lambzig Thu 04-Oct-12 14:30:23

I nearly always use brown. Very pale skinned redhead with long lashes and black looks way too overdone for day makeup. Black eyeliner would make me look ill.

Pastabee Thu 04-Oct-12 14:30:40

I've bought black / brown by mistake. That isn't even a colour. I think they scrape up all the left over, rejecty bits from black and brown mascara and mix them together.

sausagesandwich34 Thu 04-Oct-12 14:33:45

black is far too harsh for me so I'm a brown user

they make it for a reason you know ;)

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Thu 04-Oct-12 14:51:15

lol at pastabee.

I know it probably looks bloody wonderful on some people.

Not me though. I look like I have rolled in brick dust today.

Me without eyeliner, mascara and my brows filled in.

MarianForrester Thu 04-Oct-12 14:54:21

I think brown mascara is make up for people who don't really like make up.

People who might team it with "just a slick of lipgloss".

MamaMary Thu 04-Oct-12 14:56:00

If you have had your colours done and are an 'Autumn' (i.e. look best in orange, brown, dark green etc) you should wear brown mascara. Most of us suit black better.

Or so I've been informed smile

Those are my worst colours Mama. What season are you if you look best in red and jewelly vivid pink, purple and blue?

Most days I sport this kinda subtle eye make-up.

NolaFfing Thu 04-Oct-12 15:02:11

Isn't brown mascara for very pale be-eyelashed people? (I know that's not real but YKWIM?)

MamaMary Thu 04-Oct-12 15:02:41

From your description, Bunny you sound like you could be a Winter. Winters can wear bright vivid colours.

I am Summer and look best in pale pink, white (not cream), grey, light blue. grin

MarchelineWhatNot Thu 04-Oct-12 15:03:21

Bobbi Brown says that no-one looks good in brown mascara, no-one.

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Thu 04-Oct-12 15:03:28

Oh I would look ghastly in orange and brown clothes.

What season am I if I look good in dark grey, red, bright green and blue?

Pinot Thu 04-Oct-12 15:03:39

Shit eyes worketh for no man.

Sozzers, Gerrof

NolaFfing Thu 04-Oct-12 15:03:58

That sounds like any season from 1984 to me.

Oooh interesting. Thanks for that grin

That picture is weird Nola. Love the lips though.

MarchelineWhatNot Thu 04-Oct-12 15:08:26

Colour Me Beautiful

Best 100 quid I've ever spent.

MamaMary Thu 04-Oct-12 15:16:06

Yes, it was Colour Me Beautiful that I had done. It is so helpful - you know you will never have a day where you look ill but aren't ill again. E.g. if I wear cream I look like death warmed up.

Getorf, I'd say winter for you as well.

Hopefully Thu 04-Oct-12 15:25:49

I wear brown (am a HoC Autumn) and the evidence in the mirror shows it is better on me, despite the fact I am quite dark haired. Have seen a Winter in brown and it looked awful though, kind of grubby. Most interesting is seeing Summers in navy (not 90s electric) blue. You can't really tell why it's better if you don't know what colour mascara they're wearing, but it just is.

My phone keeps autocorrecting mascara to NASCAR. hmm

Dollydowser Thu 04-Oct-12 15:28:03

Has any of you summers tried navy mascara? I read here that it is the biz, not sure who makes it though.

Lottapianos Thu 04-Oct-12 15:29:49

Bobbi Brown also says you should never wear blue nail varnish so she can do one quite frankly wink

Lottapianos Thu 04-Oct-12 15:30:45

Yes Dollydowser, I have worn navy mascara. It looks lovely with blue eyes.

I look weird with black eyeliner/ mascara on unless i have a full face of makeup, as I am very pale. I definitely look much better in brown unless I really go for it on a night out etc.

Dollydowser Thu 04-Oct-12 15:35:45

Where did you buy it from lottapianos? And how many pianos are we talking?

Lottapianos Thu 04-Oct-12 15:38:14

Good question Dollydowser, I think it may have been No7.

As for my name, I have no pianos, but I am a massive Tori Amos fan - it was the name of one of her tours smile

Hopefully Thu 04-Oct-12 15:38:17

Dolly I think there is a YSL navy one. Also HoC do one, but not cheap through the website unless you have a client code.

lisaro Thu 04-Oct-12 15:42:14

I have a problem finding decent brown mascara. I have fair eyelashes and black is too dark. If black doesn't suit you it makes you look cheap or like a clueless teenager.

Lottapianos Thu 04-Oct-12 15:55:51

lisaro, my current daytime mascara is No7 Fanomenal in brown/black. It's great, no clumping or spiders legs and gives quite a nice fanned-out finish without looking OTT.

BonnyDay Thu 04-Oct-12 15:56:32

unless you are blonde when black will give you the myra HIndley look
or pauline prescott

orangina Thu 04-Oct-12 16:05:06

I love brown mascara, and eyeliner, and eye shadow..... I look like a tranny if I go all black with any of those....

(no offence to trannies, some of my best friends, etc, but not my look of choice most days).

Now dark PURPLE mascara is the way to go.....

lisaro Thu 04-Oct-12 16:51:42

/Thanks, Lotta but even the brown/black is too dark. There's only one they do in just brown, and I have that. I use Clarins bottom lash one, and try any others I can find.
orangina grin although I do know exactly what you mean by the 'tranny' look.

I look like a hooker in black mascara during the day

monkeysmama Thu 04-Oct-12 17:17:48

I bought some dark purple mascara a month or two ago. I have grey green eyes and read it was supposed to make them pop. Maybe I went for the wrong shade but I looked so 80s and a few people noticed and asked about it (in a "are you wearing purple mascara?" way not a "wow, you look great" way)

And black eyeliner is a complete no no under the eye as well. That makes me look like a haggard hooker

Catsmamma Thu 04-Oct-12 17:25:12

I like brown mascara, and the BadGal purple one

But i do have nice eyelashes. <smug>

I do wear black but have renounced it for everyday since I got soooooo old <over 45>

issimma Thu 04-Oct-12 18:01:07

I'm a HoC summer and wear max factor brown mascara. I know I should wear navy, but nowhere in town sells it and I'm, frankly, scared of it grin.

issimma Thu 04-Oct-12 18:02:39

I'm reluctant to try HOC one, as I found their lipstick pretty abysmal for the price sad. Ysl it is grin.

Annianni Thu 04-Oct-12 18:11:15

I love brown and brown/black for during the day.

I look too harsh in black mascara now i'm old(er)

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Thu 04-Oct-12 18:42:55

I aspire to be pauline prescott. [Grin]

Navy blue or dark grey masracara, or black. I hate hate the falsh lash effect, so buy the cheapest crap mascara and just apply one coat to hide the horrible blonde lashes.

I see young girls with clumpy kim kardashian eyelashes and I want to wash their faces.

I look awful in brown mascara. Can get away with brownish eyeshadows (Urban decay naked set)

I've never had colours done properly but I suspect I'm a Winter - pale, cool skin tone with very dark hair (pics on profile)

CharlotteBronteSaurus Thu 04-Oct-12 18:50:59

I am blonde and ghostly pale
i have to wear brown mascara, as if I wear black it makes me look like i should be serving in a chip shop

Maat Thu 04-Oct-12 18:51:15

I'm a redhead with pale skin but quite dark eyelashes / brows.

If I wear brown mascara, my eyes disappear completely. I have to put my glasses on just to locate them.

And yes to also looking like I have been rolled in brick dust if I use bronzer grin

chipstick10 Thu 04-Oct-12 19:37:49

My eyes are green and so i think i look better with brown mascara and smudgy brown liner.

MrsRobertDuvallHasRosacea Thu 04-Oct-12 19:40:16

Getorf..I knew this would be you.

It wasn't No 7 " the Per Una " of the cosmetic world? That still makes me laugh [ grin]

CelineMcBean Thu 04-Oct-12 19:48:56

Bobbi Brown won't even sell brown mascara. I use their black but with brown liner for day (am blonde and pale).

I think brown eyeliner may actually be my make up essential even before concealer shock

AgathaFusty Fri 05-Oct-12 08:09:39

I've never tried brown, to many years of black eyelines and mascara means I didn't even realise there was an option. But, what is this purple mascara that you are on about? I might like to try that....so long as it isn't eighties styleee.

AgathaFusty Fri 05-Oct-12 08:10:39

too many years

BobbiThePanda Fri 05-Oct-12 08:15:15

I wear brown for daytime. If I wear black I look like I'm advertising for 'business'. Black is fine in the evening.

By the way Bobbi Brown also says (or used to say - perhaps she's been enlightened since) that everyone has yellow toned skin. Well Bobbi, maybe that's why I never could get any of your foundations to work without looking jaundiced.

Freshletticiaandslugs Fri 05-Oct-12 08:20:58

Nowt wrong with brown mascara and eyeliner for me.
Pale ash blonde going on white with scandinaviany sallow gold skin and blue-grey eyes. Also use light brown eyebrow pencil.
Black makes me look like a 1940s cheap starlet, especially during the day.
And lippy just makes it worse.
Of course as I live in darkest Wales most everyone else is a pasty celt with very dark hair so I'm a bit of an odd one out.

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