Before I discovered Maybelline Full N Soft Waterproof Mascara, I could never get my eyelashes to hold a curl after applying mascara...not unless I used an eyelash primer first. The best mascara primer I've ever used would have to be Kanebo Kate Mascara Base, well known among Japanese brand beauty products. It's amazing! This eyelash primer would make my puny, stick-straight eyelashes longer, fuller, and keep them nice and curly, regardless of what mascara I decided to use.
It's a whitish, translucent gel with fine fiber particles interspersed throughout. The gel lengthens while the fibers thicken. After applying a coat to freshly curled lashes, I would apply a coat of any mascara over it, hiding the whitish color. You may ask why I stopped using it. I don't have a good answer other than I got lazy after discovering that Full N Soft kept my eyelashes curled without the extra step. I've decided to purchase another tube of Kate because I recently bought some mascaras that I like which don't hold a curl very well, including some cool colored mascaras. On average, a tube of Kate will cost you anywhere between $17 to $20. I found it for $15 (shipping included) online at a site called AdamBeauty. You can click here for a direct link to the product. The site isn't fancy, but it's the lowest price I've found compared to anywhere else.
Anyways, I'm expecting my tube in a few weeks since it ships from overseas. I'll definitely be doing a comprehensive review and demonstration, so stay tuned! :)