Lashes are having a moment. A big, thick, lush, something even spidery moment. Here’s how to maximize your fringe.
There are doing all mascaras that promise thick, defined, mile long lashes with the swipe of a wand- but experts say that these aren’t the way to go. A single tube can pack only so many effective ingredients and formulas usually have to sacrifice one benefit for another. So, if you want a specialized type. The resins and waxes in curling mascara lift and bend stick-straight lashes, while a lengthening formula’s nylon fibers act as extensions on short ones. And the brush matters, too: if it’s big and bushy, that’s how your lashes will look. A brush with spiky plastic bristles separates.
BLACK WORKS FOR EVERYONE
Everyone can pull off black. The whole point of mascara is to enhance the shape of the eye and define the lashes, and it should be visible or you won’t get that effect. But that’s not to say that you can’t experiment with colors. A swipe of purple is gorgeous on green, blue and hazel eyes, while blue and green mascaras offer a gorgeous contrast against brown.
SAVE WATERPROOF FOR WHEN YOU REALLY NEED IT
Waterproof formulas are too tough to remove for everyday use; you’ll have to rub hard to loosen the color, so there’s a chance your lashes will break. Save it for your best friend’s wedding- and even then, try something that is water-resistant.
GET THE PERFECT CURL
Don’t be intimidated by its resemblance to a medieval torture device-an eyelash curler can make eyes appear wider in seconds. The key is to use it before applying the mascara, because the mascara can be stick to the curler, causing some lashes to be pulled out. Look into a mirror and lift your chin. Squeeze the curler at the roots and hold for three to five seconds, then pulse halfway down the lashes three times-one second per pulse.
ADD FULLNESS AND DRAMA
After curling, apply lengthening mascara to the upper and lower lashes. Then, wiggle the brush of mascara against the roots and pull it through. Finally, swish your wand windshield-wiper style across your corner lashes to beef them up. These lashes give the eyes an elongated shape.
DON’T NEGLECT LOWER LASHES
Just don’t be too heavy-handed or the mascara will clump. For a bit of everyday definition, run the tip of the wand lightly along the lower lashes. Or try Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara – its tiny wand coats the heard-to-reach corners of your lower lash lines.
TRY SPIDERY LASHES – THE RIGHT WAY
Spider lashes are no longer a sign of bad taste, thanks to this full and fluttery technique. After curling, coat top and bottom lashes with a voluminous formula. You can apply three coats of mascara and then revisit the ends with a ball-shaped brush. Hold the wand vertically and use a metronome motion to really get that spiky effect.
TAKE IT ALL OFF
After piling on coat after coat of mascara, you’re going to need more than a facial cleanser to get it off. Removers that contain oil are strong enough to dissolve the most stubborn formulas.