Open Letters

An Open Letter to Mascara

Dear Mascara,

Sometimes I think you might be the most undervalued makeup product in existence. See, sometimes when I wake up and get a glimpse of my scary morning self in the mirror, I will find myself horrified by my puffy eyes and barely-there eyelashes. “Who is that monster of a girl and what happened to her?!” I demand of my own reflection. And oh, if my reflection could talk! (She would probably say things like, “You were supposed to get up a half hour ago” or “Well, I don’t think you’re going to have enough time to go to the gym before work” or “Maybe you shouldn’t have had that second glass of wine last night, hmmmm?” because my reflection is super condescending and a little bitchy in the morning.)

I love putting on makeup. It’s really fun. Granted, I have no idea what I’m doing (seriously, none) but I enjoy pretending that I do. The best part about the whole makeup process is that I save the mascara for last. I do everything else and think, “Yeah, this looks nice” and then I put on my mascara and it’s like, “I AM A MODEL.”

I didn’t always understand and respect the degree of significance of mascara in the genre of feminine beauty products. Oh no. I remember when I was a freshman in high school and my older brother brought home his first serious girlfriend from college and I thought she was a magical little sprite with mysteriously perfect eyelashes. She told me that her secret was no makeup — just mascara. What a novel idea! And from that moment, I vowed that on the days when I couldn’t muster the energy to even run a comb through my hair, I would always wear mascara.

I’m not one of those girls with tiny pale blonde eyelashes and I’m also not one of those girls with big beautiful Kardashian-esque fringe on my eyelids either. My eyelashes are pretty normal (unlike my ears, which are creepy clown baby small). So it’s not like mascara does anything really overwhelming for me, but there’s just something about that slight enhancement of that one small feature that seems to just sort everything out. I firmly believe mascara is a girl’s secret weapon (that and, well, having a vagina. That’s probably our real weapon).

The only time mascara does not work is when are you in water and are not wearing waterproof mascara. Then you just look a little bit like a hooker stuck in the rain (so I’ve heard). It can also backfire on you when you are crying. This is a real issue for girls because a lot of us cry at stuff like inter-species friendship videos on YouTube or if a horse dies in a movie or when we meet a puppy or when we think we might be meeting a puppy later or if we are fighting with a friend or if a puppy is there and then it falls asleep on another puppy and it’s all too much.

Oh, and under no circumstances can you go to a funeral or watch a Pixar movie when you wear mascara. Unless you are Lauren Conrad, who can somehow make a even single tear full of black mascara look good:


Warm Regards,


woman applying mascara image via ShutterStock; Lauren Conrad image via SkinnyBride

  • Olivia Regan

    Or if you think you might be meeting a sloth…

  • Charlotte Jane Tracey

    “I save the mascara for last. I do everything else and think, “Yeah, this looks nice” and then I put on my mascara and it’s like, “I AM A MODEL.” “- ME TOO!!!!

  • Julia Topaz Martin

    This is so spot on!
    Hilarious, Annie is a fantastic writer.

  • Casey Hollimon Bowles

    Awesome and true. Love my mascara!!

  • Erin Elizabeth Davis

    Ain’t that the truth!

  • MJ Rojas

    the puppy references were almost a bit too much for me… :’) Good thing I’m wearing waterproof mascara! ♥

  • Tiffany Alexis Case

    “I save the mascara for last. I do everything else and think, “Yeah, this looks nice” and then I put on my mascara and it’s like, “I AM A MODEL.”- I feel this way about blush! 😀

  • Chloë Emilia Harris

    literally so true :) Love mascara!!!

  • Rachel Jackson

    I do everything else and think, “Yeah, this looks nice” and then I put on my mascara and it’s like, “I AM A MODEL.” Yes. Just…yes. And apparently I’m not the only one! I often only wear mascara; just a lil’ eye poppage is all that is necessary sometimes.

  • Kathy Meyer

    Mascara is like an awesome friend that I forget I have until I run into her ,in my purse, and I am so ever delighted to see her once more. I can never see enough of her, or grow sick of her. That Mascara! Lol. Oh you! I feel the same way that most of you girls do. Mascara just gives you that little something extra that puts your face into model status, even if the rest of you is a hot mess (which believe me, has happened to me on more times than I should be willing to share willy nilly…hee hee. BLUSH! I mean MASCARA! 😉 anyhoo…I could go on about my love for this little gem of the beauty enhancement world, but I will just say that I love mascara as much as the next girl, maybe a little bit more. :)

  • Deanna Dever

    i am cursed with the tiny blonde lashes — so mascara is definitely a MUST whenever i go places!

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