Today, I thought I’d do a post on how to make the most of your eyelashes. I’m sure it’s often that this is what you wake up in the morning worrying about 😉 … but I do have some tips to help make them look longer and fuller. I do have naturally longer lashes, but if you saw what I start out with and what I end up with (which you will, below), you’d know it’s not au natural and takes a little work. (Not TOO much work though, because I just refuse to spend very much time on makeup these days).
I do have a good deal of experience with make-up… I worked at Victoria’s Secret Beauty and Lancome as a makeup artist in college…and I then went on to do make-up for many a wedding or girl’s night out (almost equally important circumstances). And I’ve tried close to a gazillion mascaras and techniques along the way.
What I’ve found works the VERY best is to use a primer for your lashes, prior to your mascara. I prefer to use Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL. It’s literally like a lotion for your eyelashes… it helps keep them strong, and I swear my lashes have gotten and stayed longer from using it. Now, this isn’t cheap – it’ll run you around $25, but it lasts forever and is worth every penny.* This also allows you to be able to use a less expensive mascara. I’ve recently been using a CoverGirl brand called “Clump Crusher by Lashblast.” Try saying that out loud with a serious tone 🙂 . Anyhoo, I think it ran around $7.
So here’s what I do: I take the primer and coat my lashes completely… One trick I use is to first go in a downward motion to go over the top of my lashes and then I go upward (like you’d normally put on mascara). I go from one eye, top and bottom to the other eye, top and bottom. And then immediately apply the mascara in the same way (downward then upward). This seems to help curl your lashes, as well as make them look fuller. Note: don’t sit and wait for the primer to dry prior to applying the mascara – it should be wet still when you’re applying. If you wait too long and it dries, it just becomes more difficult to work with. The whole process, from start to finish, takes one to two minutes. And I’m tellin’ ya… it brightens and opens up your eyes so much, it’s totally worth it! The more coats of mascara you do, the more dramatic the look. Also note, if you curl your lashes typically, the time to do so is prior to the whole process.
*You should try and get new primer and mascara at least every 3 months, for sanitary purposes. I find that sometimes I get past that and sometimes I need a new tube of one or the other sooner than that, but it’s a good rule of thumb.
Happy Lashing 🙂