This drug-store mascara is my go-to... for everything except my lashes.

By Claudia Fisher
May 14, 2018
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I don't use my favorite drug store beauty product according to directions. (Did you just gasp?) I may be a renegade, but I think I'll be able to sway popular opinion in my favor.

Let me explain. If you haven't used Maybelline's Great Lash mascara, you've at least seen it in the beauty aisles of drug stores, and deep down you know you could draw its spitting pink-cased, green-topped image by heart.

But there's a Cinderella in this tale, a beautiful step-sister overshadowed by her more flamboyant family members: Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara in clear ($4.39; target.com).

I've had one friend in my entire life use clear mascara on her eyelashes, and she's very fair with almost white-blonde hair. She's the exception to the colored-mascara rule, but I still find myself buying clear mascara time and time again. The truth is, I'm not using it as mascara at all but to fix my eyebrows and hair.

While I use either Glossier's Boy Brow ($16; glossier.com) or RevitaLash's Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel ($32; dermstore.com) to shape and color my eyebrows for a night out or when I'm really trying to dot all my makeup I's and cross the beauty T's, Maybelline's clear mascara is my everyday staple and the product that gets tossed in my bag as I'm running out the door.

One swipe of the clear gel through my brows perfectly coifs them without any risk of stray color or clumps. It's also a really light texture, so eyebrows remain flexible and natural-looking as opposed to slicked-in-place caterpillars. If you forget you're wearing it and itch your browline or pull a shirt over your head, you won't be left with an unfortunate clump of brow hair slight askew either.

As for the hair on my head: No matter what I do, I always have flyaways. I'm not sure how to treat the problem, so instead I have to counteract it, and that's where Maybelline's mascara comes in. From the roots to the ends of the broken strands, I comb the clear gel onto my hair to smooth any rogue wisps and gently hold them down, giving my hair a sleek but not solidifying finish. The gel is way less thick than most hairsprays and hair gels and has no scent, so it's a hassle-free, quick fix with little (if any) negative effects or secondary considerations.

Sure, the hold may not last all day, but that's why I have it in my bag. With a quick reapply, all the hair on my head region is tamed once again. With that, two things have happened: I've convinced you to join my beauty camp and realized I have a knack for taming myself. Even if only one of those is true, I can't really call myself a renegade anymore...