Through all of our handy beauty products, we enhance and improve upon our features that we were born with, and play up the ones that we wish had a bit more prominence. So that saying “fake it until you make it” can really ring true in the beauty world – if you want fuller lips, make them; bolder brows, create them; and a contoured jawline, contour it! In this column we’ll teach you the tips and tricks to tweaking your features and “faking it” until you “make it.”
For most of us, when we’re asked that dreaded question of “What beauty product would you take if you were stuck on a deserted island?” the product we realize we can’t live without is mascara. Even on a relatively makeup-free day, leaving your house without mascara just seems silly. We all feel a bit well, naked, when our lashes are bare. How are we going to wink at someone without a lengthy lash? How will we appear even semi-awake? Plus, most girls also know exactly what mascara they need (or mixture of mascaras) to satisfy their eye looks. There are the girls who look volume, plumping, or mega-length – and of course there are now the girls who are die-hard extension-alohics.
Since we have clearly not all been blessed with deep, dark lashes that reach our eyebrows, we’ve grown accustomed to learning how to fake it (until we figure out how to make it permanent). Below are our tips on how to get the best (and longest) lashes possible.
Invest in a Great Mascara
We’re starting with the most obvious of tips here, because well, a bad mascara will lead to bad lashes. There are all sorts of new innovations when it comes to mascara formulas and wands, but you need to decide what you are looking to get out of it. Many girls use two different kinds (a layer of lengthening and then a layer of volume) but we find that if you get one that does both, it cuts out half the time! We’re particularly fond of L’Oreal’s Butterfly Effect Mascara right now, as it helps to lengthen every last lash, especially near the outer corners of your eye, where it really matters.
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Mascara Primer is a Thing, and Really Does Work
If you layer on your primer before mascara, it will not only help to condition your lashes (for healthier, longer lashes without mascara) but it will also help to create a base for the mascara for a lusher, more voluminous lash.
Curl, Curl, Curl
If you want your eyes to appear more open and your lashes to look longer, start your look with a curled, clean lash. A stick-straight lash is more prone to clump together and shade the eyes, whereas a curled, open row of lashes will highlight your eyes. Plus, always remember to “crawl” the curler down your lashes as you curl, instead of just clamping down and holding.
Wash With Care
We can’t say this one enough, but don’t break off your lashes while you’re washing off your eye makeup. Make sure to get an eye makeup remover that easily washes off makeup (instead of causing you to rub at your eyes, which is also bad for your skin!) so that you don’t harm your lashes in order to simply wipe away the makeup. Plus, if you go to bed with layers of mascara still on your lashes, they’ll end up breaking off over time anyway. We’re currently loving Elemis’ White Flowers Eye & Lip Remover.
Obviously, fake lashes were made for a reason: To fake longer lashes. And we wholeheartedly believe in them. The trick to falsies are to use individuals (most of the time, unless you’re going for a full-on Halloween-esque thick lash strip look) and black lash glue (both of these products can be cheap, drugstore finds). Now here’s the trick: As you apply, tilt your chin down as you’re looking into the mirror, to help with your angle of the lashes. Place your lash, let your eye sit closed so the glue can dry, and open to make sure it set right. Practice makes perfect here ladies – these are obviously small objects so just get the feel for it and the placement. They’re your eyes, so once you’re comfortable with the angles of placement you’ll get it right. Plus, there are always countless how to’s!