Follow these five rules to get perfect eyelashes without having to revert to time-consuming falsies or expensive extensions.
1. Eyelash curlers are essential.
Lash curlers are the key to giving lashes that “wow” factor. “Be sure to choose one that creates a beautiful upward curl, and with a delicate pumping motion, move from the lash base upward for maximum results.” And always curl before applying mascara, not after.
2. Let lashes set between layers of mascara.
Practice a little patience between each coat. Giving a little bit of air time between each coat will allow the mascara to set and build upon each layer instead of gooping up as one big clump.
3. Prevent “spider lashes” with a lash comb.
Avoid spidery clumps by combing lashes after applying mascara. A metal-toothed lash comb is key; apply a coat, wait a few seconds, brush through eyelashes, and then apply the next coat.
4. Don’t layer different mascaras.
Some formulas will not mix well and end up clumping. If there’s a wand you prefer over another, clean it off and use with your favorite formula or as a lash comb.
5. Condition and treat your lashes daily.
Just like your hair, your lashes need a little TLC. Growth treatments stimulate the eyelash growth cycle, making it longer, so lashes come in longer, darker and thicker
Guide to Mascara
For length without clumps…try a synthetic brush.
Stiff plastic bristles separate each individual lash while combing away product buildup. The result? Long, perfectly defined lashes without the black blobs.
If you want to coat every lash…try a big bristled brush.
The larger and denser the bristles, the more lashes these wands coat — even tiny corner hairs. These mascaras add major volume while making eyelashes look lush and soft.
For serious bulk…prep with a lash primer.
Want more volume than any mere mascara can create? Layer up with a lash primer, which gives mascara a plumped up surface to grip. These formulas also contain conditioning ingredients to nourish and protect your lashes.
For a false lash look…try fiber formulas.
These mascaras contain tiny fibers that adhere to lashes to bulk up volume and lengthen at the tips — the fibers are actually designed to extend from the ends of lashes for a longer look. It’s the closest you can get to falsies without tangling with glue.
To play up corner lashes…try a spiky, domed brush.
Eyelashes that extend at the outer corners make your eyes look bigger and create a subtle almond shape. Brushes with a spiky ball-shaped tip are designed to make grab these lashes easy to maneuver.
For curled lashes…try a curvy wand.
This shape adds lift in the center of your lash line to create a rounded, doe-eyed effect. Position the brush with the curve facing upwards (so it looks like a frowny face, not a smiley face) and let lashes rest on the wand for a few seconds to set the curl.
If you tend to tear up…try waterproof mascara.
Waterproof formulas last through wet weather, sweat and tears — you can even swim while wearing them. Waterproof mascaras have a stiffer texture, which can also help your lashes hold a curl.