Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think any girl wishes for stubby, short and sparse eyelashes.
Although it irks me that they have become part of a beauty ‘standard’ for women, thick, full lashes are undeniably beautiful; and since all it takes to make a difference is a quick swipe of mascara, why not give it a try?
And so I thought today I wanted to share some of my mascara tips to getting the full potential from your eyelashes with mascara.
Since mascara was my very first makeup product (I was only 14 years old), and my first foray into my journey – and career – in beauty, I’d like to think I know quite a bit about mascara.
I feel like I’ve tested them all, whether which mascara to use or other products and tricks to making your eyelashes look amazing. Here they are:
1. Treat them.
And I mean treat them when you’re not wearing mascara, first. The best is with an eyelash serum, and there are plenty of mascara conditoning serums out there today that claim to make lashes grow longer, thicker and darker. As I mentioned in my post, How to Fix Overplucked Eyebrows, a lot of them are both made for the eyelashes and eyebrows, too.
I’ve tried Mavala Double Lash and RapidLash in the past and though I can’t say I saw any “miracles”, my lashes did indeed become stronger, thicker and darker, so I find these products do work, you just need to find the right one. I suppose our eyelashes are like the hair on our head – when conditioned and treated kindly, it does look much healthier.
Another option I tried in the past is using a clear plastic wand, and applying a very thin coat of organic castor oil to lashes. (Of course, make sure these products only go on your lashes, not into your eyes!)
2. Curl ’em!
Never underestimate the power of a few ‘presses’ from an eyelash curler. It takes your lashes from OK to amazing. Another trick to get the most of your eyelash curler is to curl your lashes like this:
- Apply your eyelash curler to the base of your lashes and press gently, increasing in pressure slightly. Hold for about 5 seconds.
- Next, hold your eyelash curler mid-lash, and press ever so gently for a few seconds.
- Lastly, aim your eyelash curler at the very tips of your eyelash, and hold for a few seconds – this last tip really ‘pops’ your eyelashes out even more.
My favorite eyelash curlers has to be the cult-favorite eyelash curler by Shu Uemura, which can last for many, many years, or you can try a heated eyelash curler. I have tried Panasonic Heated Eyelash Curler with great success, although you have to be slow and careful with it.
3. Build the base.
While a lot of “beauty gurus” and even professionals suggest to first apply some loose power over your lashes to make the mascara go on thicker, I have to say: don’t do it.
Face powder is NOT meant to go anywhere near your eyes and you could risk some complications with it.
Instead, buy a lash primer that has been tested and is safe for the eye area. A lash primer looks just like a mascara, but are sold separately and are normally white in color – they are the step right before applying mascara, and are said to thicken and lengthen your lashes with its fibers and formula.
4. Last but not least, mascara.
And finally, the next step is to apply the mascara. Of course!
One of the best tips I can give you when applying mascara is to do this mascara application tip. It’s a total game changer.
And then next, when doing the top lashes, position your mascara wand at the base of the root, and ‘wiggle’ it in a zig-zap motion as you apply the mascara, root to tip.
Another tip I’d like to share something I did all through high school, and that’s to use two mascara formulas; a lengthening one and a volumizing, thickening one. (Although, if you’ve applied a lash primer first, you should probably skip these two formulas and just apply your regular mascara – too much product and your lashes might weigh down, or even worse, end up falling out).
All you have to do is this: Apply your lengthening mascara first (one coat) and then finish off with a thickening mascara, which is heavier in product. This thickening formula thickens the lashes you just lengthened, et voila! you get the best of both worlds.
My personal favorites? One coat of any lengthening mascara finished off with Lancome Hypnose, the best thickening mascara out there – I’ve been a fan of it since… oh, a decade now.
P.S. I also shared some of my favorite mascaras in my post, Makeup Shopping for Beginners.