5 easy steps to get your best lashes!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hello lovelies!

Mascara can be a very personal thing, in the sense that we don't all like the same things, and not all mascaras work the same on different lashes. But correct me if I'm wrong, we all want bigger bolder lashes right?

The first thing you want to figure out is if you prefer a wet or drier formula, a big brush, a little brush, natural bristles or rubbery? Needless to say it's a bit tricky sometimes.

My favorite one (right now, ha!) is the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (rawr). Also, I prefer to use a different one on my bottom lashes though, and for that I use the Clinique Bottom Lash mascara.

Most importantly, GET AN EYELASH CURLER. I cannot understand how some girls don't bother with this little guy!!

My favorite one is the Shu Uemura eyelash curler.

Here is the before :

 1. The first thing I like to do is warm up my curler. YES. Think about it, makes sense right? A cold curling iron would not give you nice curls now would it? Surely you need to be careful, as it is close to your eyes. You can simply use your breath or use a hair dryer for a few seconds. If you use the hair dryer make sure you touch it with your fingers before putting it near your eye, to make sure it's not too hot! :)

Bonus tip: Make sure your lashes are completely dry and free of moisturizer (careful with the eye cream) before starting your lash routine!

2. Next, you want to make sure you get as close to the eyelash base and gently squeeze your lashes for 10 seconds. Also, I do one eye at a time (curl, mascara, curl, mascara), to make sure they keep their shape.

3. Apply a first coat of mascara. Start at the base in the middle of your eye and then wing it out towards the outer part of your eye. This will give your lashes that nice flared, flirty look. Then go back towards the inner corner to grab all those little lashes (by doing this last, you are going in with less formula, thus avoiding extra clumps). 

Bonus tip : Make sure you wipe off the extra formula on the edge of the tube to avoid clumps!

4. I like to wait until the first coat is kind of dry before applying the second. If you created clumps during your first coat, wait for it to dry and comb through before applying the second coat. Should you create clumps during the second coat as well, wait for it to dry and comb through.
5. Once the lashes are COMPLETELY dry, I like to go back in with my curler. You have to be extra gentle so you don't damage your lashes. Just grab them, and squeeze them (just to say you're squeezing) for like 2 seconds. You could also just go in with a "half curler" (like this MAC one or this Shu Uemura one) and focus only on the outer lashes or any parts of the lash line you wish for the perfect shape ;)

Bonus tip : Line your upper water line with black liner to create the illusion of fuller lashes ;)

And voila! You have just given your lashes and mascara the best chance to perform. Who needs falsies? (Just kidding, there's always room for falsies <3)

Talk to you soon!

- Val