There are lots of beauty hacks these days for fuller, thicker, longer looking lashes. But what are they?
-The basics: have an eyelash curler & a decent mascara. All kinds of people will tell you need an eyelash curler, but what exactly does it do? It bends your eyelashes upward, to make them look longer, & make your eyes look more wide open. And decent mascara? You should get one that makes your lashes look fuller, & (is ideally) waterproof. And it doesn’t have to be high end, either. I tried once Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara, & that stuff was sticky, not waterproof, & made my lashes droopy. (Sorry, that was pass.) And definitely curl before putting on mascara!
So basic idea: Curl & then add mascara. I find the best way to curl is to press down in a series of steps. Start close to your eyes, press down for several seconds, & then let go. Move slightly forward, & repeat the process. I also think that the best way to apply mascara is to start at the root of the lashes, & wiggle the wand as you lift up. Mascara always looks better when it’s thicker at the roots. (If your mascara is evenly distributed, it can weigh down your eyelashes) If you feel it looks best after a few coats, by all means go for it!
-Lift your curler up while curling. Ideally when you curl you should press them down a few times as you pull them away from your eye. Another trick for curling, while pressing down, slowly raise your wrist for an extra lift to the lashes!
-Heat up your eyelash curler for longer curled lashes. This is a beauty hack that’s become more popular, where you take your blow dryer directly to your curler before using. Give your eyelash curler a blast of hot air from a blow dryer for 10 seconds. And ALWAYS test the warmth of the curler on your hand before using! (People have burned themselves, or damaged their eye without being careful)
-Don’t be afraid to layer with different mascaras. Maybe you have 1 mascara that’s great at lengthening, or another 1 that’s thickening. Why should you have to pick 1 over the other? Why not use both? (Personally I wouldn’t go beyond 3, unless you’re only doing 1 coat each. You want them to look long & full, not droop down from the weight of too many layers.) I didn’t realize but my eyes tend to get really dry; so I need one that has oil in it or is moisturizing. So I’ll brush that on in between coats!
-Make your favorite mascara waterproof with a topcoat. When I get mascara, I almost always go for a waterproof one. I don’t know what’s appealing about taking the risk of having it run down your face. BUT I do have to admit that there are great mascaras that are not waterproof. Why not get the best of both worlds? Get the mascara you love, & prevent running with this topcoat!
-Use a mascara with added oil for moisture. Like I mentioned earlier, lots of mascaras have a tendency to be really drying on the eyes. But to find one that’s conditioning, yet waterproof at the same time. And those can be hard to find. Luckily for me, both Neutrogena & Rimmel London make them!
-Use a mascara primer for thicker & longer lashes. I know when I first heard of it, I was like, what is that?? Why do you need mascara primer? And why are they white? The whole point is that it helps make them look thicker & fuller. Some primers consist of white nylon fibers, which help add volume. Prime them, & then coat them with mascara!
Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder, 1.5 oz, $1.50
-Or utilize baby powder. This works in a similar way the primer works. This little known beauty hack, you coat your lashes with baby powder to make them appear thicker. Shake some baby powder into a small container, or on a clean plate, & apply to your lashes with a Q tip or small makeup brush, in between coats.
Disposable Mascara Wands, 50 pcs, $14
-Use different mascara wands. And why not? I love especially the kind with a round pointed ball on the end: it helps lift up when you apply it vertically, for an extra lift. Some makeup artists will tell you that it’s not necessarily the mascara; the magic is all in the wand. You cold get this pack off Amazon, & all of them are made in silicone & reusable! To use, just stick them into the tube as you would your regular mascara wand! To clean, wipe it off with some rubbing alcohol!
-Line your tightline & waterline for the appearance of fuller lashes. A makeup artist once gave me this tip: when you line your waterline & tightline, it does give the appearance of the lashes looking fuller. And make sure you use a waterproof eyeliner! Your tightline is the area of your top eyelid that’s closest to your eye; the waterline is on the bottom lid.
-Increase lash growth with a serum. You could try to get Latisse, a prescription eyedrop that’s been marketed as eyelash enhancer. You would need a prescription, & it would set you back about $120. But is there a less expensive way? And the answer is yes! You could try a lash enhancing serum for only $11, or eyeliner that has serum added!
Fan brush, $5
-Apply mascara with a fan brush. Of course, it would have to be a small fan brush. I was first introduced this method when a friend of mine, who’s also a MAC makeup artist, applied gel eyeliner to my eyelashes with a fan brush. At the time I didn’t think much of it, because I was afraid the eyeliner would run. But applying mascara with a makeup brush is actually how women started applying it, when it 1st became mass marketed in the 1900s! Take the brush, & swipe it back & forth on your mascara wand to pick up pigment. When the mascara is darker at the roots, & lighter at the ends, it actually makes your eyes look more open! This is actually Kristen Bell’s favorite way of applying mascara!
-Use it also as a gel eyeliner. Like I mentioned above, you could also take an eyeliner brush, & use it as a eyeliner! Use your brush to pick up the pigment off the mascara wand. Here I guess if you found a great waterproof mascara, & you can make it do double duty as an eyeliner!
-Multi-task by applying mascara at the same time you’re curling your eyelashes. By making it a one step process, & also applying the mascara while curling helps hold the lashes in place!
Lash & Brow Comb, $3
-Get out the clumps by having an eyelash comb. It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money on 1, but it can be quite handy to have an eyelash / brow comb on hand: for declumping mascara, & grooming your brows.
-If you get some excess on your eyelids, simply dip a Q tip in makeup remover, & spot remove. I love precision Q tips. With their slightly pointed ends, they make great tools for spot removing eye makeup (in case you make a mistake), & I use them for correcting when I paint my nails as well!
–-Get to the bottom of your mascara with saline solution. I had written this in another post, How To Use Every Last Drop Of Your Makeup! You could also do this with gel eyeliner, or cream eyeshadow! Did you ever want to finish a mascara but it’s starting to dry out? Add a few drops of saline solution or eye drops to bring it back to life!
-Or put it a glass of warm water. Warming it up to loosen the product off the sides of the tube. However, if it’s past its prime, it may be time to toss it.
Travel Eyelash Curler, 2 for $10
-Have a travel friendly eyelash curler when you’re on the road. I find this really convenient & love that I can slip this into my purse, & it can go wherever I go!
-Clean your eyelash curler after each use with rubbing alcohol. You will find that there’s always a mess of mascara / eyeliner on it everytime you use it. Avoid eye infections & clean it off with some rubbing alcohol.
-Perm your eyelashes. Say what? That’s right! New on the market, there are kits where you can perm your lashes so they lift straight up! Don’t need to curl your lashes again! And they last for a lash cycle; that is until you grow new lashes. Does it look creepy? Yes. Is it cheaper than getting lash extensions? Yes. But, if there’s a new technology that’s out there, available for the public to use, AND it’s affordable? I say, why not?
Beauty Hacks with False Eyelashes
And who doesn’t love false eyelashes? If you would like to apply false eyelashes, ideally you should apply them first, then curl, & apply mascara.
-Place a mirror on a table when applying false lashes. You can better see what you’re doing & you can steady your hands & elbows on the table.
-When applying, line the lashes with glue, using a Q tip or a bobby pin. Instead of squeezing straight from the tube, this allows for even distribution along the lash line.
-Or apply the glue directly on top of your natural lashes. This makes the application easier, & you have a better chance of placing them on accurately.
-To better fuse the falsies with your natural lashes, pinch them together for a few seconds, or curl them together. They look more natural once you’ve blended them together with mascara.
-Apply eyeliner after applying lashes, to hide the false lash line and / or eye lash glue.
-Double up for more drama. For photo shoots or on film, there are times when makeup artists will utilize 2 layers of false lashes. Why? For added drama, & also they appear much more visible in photographs or on screen! You could stack 2 falsies on top of each other, or get this pair from Eyelure, which is already double layered for you! I wouldn’t do this for every day, but perhaps for special occasions.
-For easy removal of falsies, dip a cotton ball or pad in makeup remover, & place it over your eye. Soak a cotton ball / pad in makeup remover, & then press over your eye for 20 seconds. This will help loosen the glue, & allow you to slip it off easier, vs. tugging at you eyelid, pulling at the skin or perhaps your real lashes!
-Clean up your false lashes with rubbing alcohol. I’m sure you bought an expensive pair of false lashes that you just don’t want to throw away after 1 use. And why should you? Dampen a spoolie with rubbing alcohol to clean up the lashes. Get some eyelash glue to reuse!
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