Hi again! I’m back with a new beauty post and this time I’m sharing my tips for lengthening your lashes to their fullest potential. Some people are blessed with full and long lashes that only need mascara to look amazing. If that person is you then you are so lucky because short and unruly lashes are the worst! I can’t even explain how frustrating it is to apply the most even and perfectly shaped winged eyeliner only for your lashes to camouflaged by the liner and appear shorter – ugh! Of course, you can apply false lashes in this situation but sometimes you don’t have time for it or don’t want to wear them on a daily basis. This is a problem that I ran into all the time until I learned how to get the most out of my lashes. Now, sometimes strangers come up to me and ask if my eyelashes are real. Like, what? I always think they are kidding every time. Here are the techniques and products I use to maximize my natural lashes.
Start With Translucent Powder
When its a “no makeup” makeup kind of day and I’m not wearing any eyeshadow, I swipe a very small amount of translucent powder with a fluffy blending brush onto my lashes. This gives them thickness and acts like a primer. If I was doing a full face makeup routine, I would skip this step as some of the eyeshadow falls onto my lashes anyway and it works the same way.
Always Use Mascara Primer
It surprises me that a lot of people don’t use mascara primer. Hello, if you need a primer for your face, eyes and lips then you definitely need one for your lashes. I use the Lancome Cils Booster XL. The first time I used it I had no idea my lashes could be so long. My eyelashes are also very curly so this was able to straighten them out a bit and make them more uniform. I also find that my mascara applies much smoother, even when I am working with an older or drier formula. I don’t even have an issue with clumping when I use this.
Layer That Mascara
The right technique for applying mascara is also important to get the most volume and length. If you’re working on your right eye the mascara wand should be pointing towards your nose. When moving to your left eye, either use your left hand or turn your right hand inwards so the tip of the mascara is pointing toward your nose again. The tip of the mascara wand is always for the lashes that are the shortest and near the inner corners of your eyes. I also love to twirl the mascara wand backwards as I comb it through the topside of my lashes. This will automatically curl your lashes or enhance the curl you already have. Apply a maximum of two layers using these techniques and you should already see a major difference.
– Favorite Drugstore Mascara Options (Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies, Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black)
– Favorite High End Mascara Options (Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara, Makeup Forever Smokey Lash, Lancome Definicils Lengthening and Defining Mascara)
Tightline The Upper Waterline
I like to add black eyeshadow or gel eyeliner to the upper waterline of my eyes. This fills in any gaps showing skin that are between the lashes and makes the lash line look much fuller. This isn’t a necessary trick but try it and see if it makes a different for you too.
Remove Any Clumps
Lastly, wait until the mascara dries completly before trying to remove any clumps. Then use the comb side of a double sided eyebrow brush to gently comb through your lashes and separate them. An eyebrow spoolie brush would also work. You can find these brushes at almost every drugstore.
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