[infobox subtitle=”How to Make the Most of What You’ve Got” bg=”pink” color=”black” opacity=”on” space=”30″ link=”no link”]Long, Loud, and Luscious[/infobox]

Not blessed in the eyelash department? Me neither. I feel your pain. My version of #iwokeuplikethis, the honest one anyway, tends to look a little bare. And by a little, I mean A LOT. My untouched, unmascara-ed lashes are stubby, limp, and sparse. Thank you mom, thank you dad. Luckily, it’s nothing a beauty routine can’t fix! Here  is my How-To: Eyelashes Guide to help you with your va-va-voom:

IMG_1526Ladies, I can’t stress this enough. I know, I know, we’ve all been there. You get home late and the last thing you want to do is wash your face. For the sake of the tiny hair follicles and oil glands on your eyelids, please do! At the very least, take off what you can with makeup remover wipes. Alba Botanica’s Natural Hawaiian 3-in-1 Clean Towelettes in Deep Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme has been my bedside lifesaver for many of those late nights. The last thing you want is for the area to be clogged (ew!) with bacteria buildup.

IMG_0143 You brush your hair, you groom your brows, why not show your lashes the same amount of love? Any old eyelash comb will do. I happen own the nifty Tweezerman Folding Ilashcomb that’s great for traveling. The point though, is to comb through your lashes before putting on your mascara. This way, your mascara will evenly coat every single lash. And yes, combing makes that much of a difference.

IMG_9890Before I knew better, I would skip this step—because really, who has the time? It’s a dainty process that takes practice to perfect. Long story short, I’ve learned to make the time and you should too! With an eyelash curler that doesn’t pinch your skin or crimp your lashes, say the Shu Uemura’s, place it (open) at the base of your lashes and gently squeeze the clamps shut. Hold for no more than 5 seconds. The idea is to curl them, not crimp them. Next, move the curler to the middle of your lashes, and again, squeeze. Finish the process with another squeeze at the tip of your lashes. Voila! Natural-looking curls.

IMG_0010A lot of makeup gurus recommend warming the eyelash curler with a blow dryer. If you’re hesitant and slightly clumsy, like me, but still willing to go the extra mile for curls that hold, try Blinc’s heated lash curler. Substitute the manual eyelash curler for a battery-operated wand in the step above.

IMG_8249Use your mascara of choice. If you’re still shopping around for the perfect tube, something that adds length and volume, you want to be extra picky about the brush—they matter more than you think. You’ll be looking for a brush that is flexible and loose like the one from Benefit Cosmetics’ They’re Real mascara or Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes. Dense brushes often coat your lashes with too much product. They’ll weigh your lashes down before you even have a chance to build them. Now remember when doubling up, always, I repeat, always recoat the lashes before the first coat dries in a back-and-forth upward sweeping motion. Otherwise you’ll end up with a spidery look… which is okay (I guess) if that’s your thing.

IMG_6338Here I leave you with my simple do’s and don’ts. DO swish the mascara brush around the tube when you need more product. DON’T pump the brush in-and-out because you’ll end up with dried clumpy paste. DO wipe away extra mascara at the opening of the tube. DON’T swipe the excess on a tissue, the fibers will stick to the brush. DON’T use the same tube of mascara for more than 6 months. They’re moist products = the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. DO have fun with curling. And DO use waterproof mascara if you need the curl to hold through the night.   DON’T curl your lashes after applying mascara, they’ll  be brittle, vulnerable, and more prone to breakage. DO use falsies when you need to! Duo is my go-to adhesive.  Last but not least, DO experiment!

Now go forth and conquer, my doe-eyed dolls!  Let me know if you have any tips of your own in the comments below!

(Twiggy image by Barry Lategan)

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