23 March 2011

Mascara Secrets For The Best Looking Lashes Ever

Eyelashes can really add serious drama to eyes. I know alot of women would choose mascara if they could only use one item of make-up in a hurry, while others go so far as to glue false eyelashes on every day.

Here are my tips for naturally long looking lashes:

  1. Apply your foundation and eyeshadow first. Powder and eyeshadow always end up on eyelashes, so using mascara after is always a good idea to camouflage those powder specks. Plus that powder will add thickness to lashes.
  2. Curl lashes. I've heard ELF Cosmetics sells a decent one for $1!
  3. Before using your mascara, be sure to wipe off the excess goop - on a tissue or the edge of the tube - and clumping. If your mascara is dry or flaky, it's time to replace it.
  4. The "Business Card Trick": to avoid mascara from transfering onto your eyelids - and ruining your make-up - use a piece of cardboard (or an old business card) and hold it as a barrier between your lashes and upper eyelids.
  5. Apply one coat of your favorite seperating mascara (these come with smaller wands). My recommendation: Maybelline Define A Lash ($6.74)
  6. Immediatly comb thru lashes with an eyelash comb or spooley to seperate any clumps. This is also available at ELF Cosmetics for $1.
  7. Apply a coat of volumizing mascara. My recommendations: L'oreal Voluminous and Maybelline Collosal. They have bigger brushes and give volume and length.
  8. Repeat step 5. 
  9. You can also apply mascara to bottom lashes. Clinique recently came out with an amazing mascara specially designed for bottom lashes "Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara" ($10). You can also use it as a regular mascara to really seperate every lash- even those tiny ones in the corners which makes the biggest difference.
  10. When I'm done, I like to use an eyelash comb or spooley to seperate any clumps which may have formed.

TIP for daytime and the "natural look":
1. Curl lashes.
2. Use a clear mascara. My Recommendation: Maybelline Clear Mascara $6

What are your favorite mascara's and favorite tried and tested techniques?

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