I love a good set of lashes, they transform your whole makeup look, give the illusion of bigger eyes and add a touch of glam. But realistically you probably won’t want to apply false lashes everyday (and if you do, you go girl!)
With so many great mascaras on the market you can now get voluminous, longer, sexy looking lashes without the falsies! Plus if you prep your lashes and apply your mascara correctly you can create a dramatic look au natural which is perfect for everyday!
TIPS FOR MASCARA APPLICATION
Start by ensuring your lashes are clean and makeup free so you are working on a blank canvas.
Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler to help shape and open the eyes.
Look for ones with a silicone pad to help prevent lash damage.
Taking your mascara of choice, remove the wand from the bottle. Don't pump your mascara wand in and out of the bottle to try and pick up more product. By doing this you are allowing air and bacteria into the bottle which can dry your mascara out. Gently run the wand in a circular motion on the inner edge of the bottle picking up product as you pull it out. If you have excess mascara on the wand simply wipe the wand on the opening of the bottle before getting ready to apply it to your lashes.
Once your wand is coated in mascara place it at the root of your upper lashes. Wiggle the wand in a back-and-forth motion and work it from the roots to the tips, applying a thicker coat at the base to help the lashes hold their curl and so the ends aren't weighed down by product. You can also apply a layer of mascara to the back of your lashes to ensure even coverage and a fuller finish.
For your lower lashes I tend to use whatever excess mascara is left on the wand so not to apply too much product or make them look too heavy. Another technique is using the tip of the mascara wand to coat the lower lashes a couple at a time instead of using the wand horizontally.
Depending on the look you want you don't need to stop at one coat.
Apply 2-3 layers until you reach your desired effect.
Now you're good to go! Bat those lashes baby!
MY FAVE MASCARAS
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
When I first saw the tester for this in store I must admit I was a little put off. The wand looked to hold a lot of product and was a little clumpy looking for my liking. But when I used it I was pleasantly surprised. The specially shaped wand creates the most amazing, full lashes I have ever experienced! The wand generously covers the lashes in mascara while lengthening, creating lashes for days!
NARS Larger Than Life Volumising Mascara
As a big NARS Cosmetics fan I had to try their mascara and this certainly didn't disappoint. My lashes are visibly fuller and the brush provides a smooth application. Unfortunately this mascara is going to be discontinued but the good news is that NARS have released their new Audacious Mascara which I have heard is bigger and better than ever!
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
The award winning mascara that delivers ultimate length and volume! The wand separates your lashes to create fullness while the specially designed custom tip can be used vertically to push your lashes up and out.
Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Mascara
This is my go to drug store mascara. It has a volume boosting formula which creates gorgeous voluminous lashes! Clump free and is also available in a Waterproof option perfect for summer or when watching a teary rom-com!
Plus if you want to create a fun, bold pop of colour be sure to check out the range of coloured mascaras available.
Remember mascara only has a shelf life of 3-6 months once opened so if your mascara is dry, smells funny or is caking it is time to say goodbye! Also if you have been sick or had any kind of eye infection you might want to throw your mascara away so not to spread bacteria.
For a refresher on makeup expiry periods be sure to read my Makeup Lifetime Guide.