Oil-Free Mascara: Picking The Right One

Oil-Free Mascara: Picking The Right One

What is oil-free mascara, and does it even exist? Yes, it exists. Oil-free mascara is a mascara formulated without oil. Most of the time, it’s water-based. We will show you what qualities to look for in an oil-free mascara and how to choose the right one.

Why Is The Ingredient List Important?

The beauty industry’s growth rate increases significantly every year, and mascara is part of that growing industry. Yet, the industry hasn’t had regulations since 1938

When it comes to the mascara formula you’re using, it does count. 

Since beauty products haven’t had regulations in so many years, it is up to us as consumers to be conscious of the ingredients in the products we are using. Oil-free mascara is no exception.

Oil-free mascara does not contain oil in its formulation. It is generally water-based, which means it’s the ideal choice for those with lash extensions. Makeup containing oil will dissolve the glue used to adhere lash extensions, causing them to shed prematurely. 

Here is a list of things you need to look for when choosing an oil-free mascara.

What Is Oil-Free Mascara & Why Do You Need It?

A quality oil-free mascara adds length and volume to the lashes without being difficult to remove. These types of mascara are removed easily with water and a cleanser. 

Oil-free mascara is generally water-based, which means it works well for those with sensitive eyes. It also dries faster than oil-based mascaras, which makes it easier to layer.

Those with lash extensions and sensitive eyes benefit from oil-free mascaras. Oils break down the adhesive used for lash extensions. So, using waterproof mascara on lash extensions is a no-no. Waterproof mascara usually contains oil.

Qualities To Look For When Choosing An Oil-Free Mascara?

When shopping for an oil-free mascara, be aware of product labels and a few other things that will impact the way the mascara performs. Mascara containing paraffin and hyaluronic acid are likely oil-based mascara. 

The ingredients siloxane and methicone (silicone-based polymer) are included in silicone-based mascaras, while water-based mascaras generally contain the fewest chemicals. Also, keep an eye out for mascaras that offer the following benefits.


Volumizing mascaras help build lash volume by coating the lashes. This coating gives the lashes a thicker, more voluminous appearance. 


Lengthening mascaras help your lashes appear longer by coating the lashes in a lengthening formula. The formula usually contains fibers that extend your lashes past their natural tip, making them appear longer.


You have many options when it comes to mascara colors. The typical colors are black and brown. Black mascara creates dramatic lash looks, while brown is more subtle. There are also fun, colored mascaras in blue, green, and purple. 


Mascara wands come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Thick wands with densely packed bristles work well for wispy, thick lash looks, while thin, long brushes help create length and definition. Curved, hourglass brushes are ideal for winged-eye, thick, long, and curly lashes. 

Ingredients To Avoid

There are many ingredients you should avoid when reading mascara ingredient labels. Your eyes are sensitive and have the ability to absorb ingredients into the bloodstream

  • Paraben: Paraben is known for its effect on hormones. Many maracas still contain paraben, so make sure to read the labels carefully.
  • Fragrance: Fragrance has the potential to irritate the eyes. It is best to avoid it.
  • BHA & BHT: These are a preservative that comes from petroleum (yuk!). They affect hormones negatively, and they’re carcinogenic.
  • Coal Tar Dyes: Look for labels FD&C Blue No.1 and avoid it. They contain heavy metals and are carcinogenic. 
  • Retinyl Acetate: Canadian cosmetics restrict this ingredient because of its carcinogenic properties and negative effect on the reproductive system. 

The Takeaway

Oil-free mascara is a cosmetic that is a good choice for those with lash extensions and those who want a mascara that is easy to remove. This type of mascara is usually water-based, so it contains fewer chemicals than other types of mascara.

ForChics Better Than Falsies mascara is ideal for people with short, dry lashes because it contains candelilla cera, carnauba wax, and vitamin E. These ingredients result in luscious, long lashes you’ll be proud to flaunt. The formula is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, fragrance-free, and PEG-free.

We are so confident that you will get results, we offer a Growth Guarantee. 

Use the ForChics Better Than Falsies mascara for 60 days and document your weekly progress through images. If you do not receive results with the recommended use, you qualify for a Growth Guarantee.

Clean mascara is a thing! ForChics utilizes natural mineral pigments to coat your lashes for all-night wear. Enhance your natural beauty with our modern haircare treatments.


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