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Makeup Tips for Amazing Lashes

BY Jacqueline Cheney · February 9, 2010

What’s the one cosmetic you will never go without? If you’re like me, it’s mascara. Having long, dramatic lashes makes me feel beautiful, but creating those amazing lashes isn’t simple. You need the right tools and a lot of patience. Here are some makeup tips on how to achieve your best lashes.

1. Curl
If your lashes aren’t naturally curly, then an eyelash curler is a must. Despite what the curling mascaras claim, most only provide a very slight bend, if that. So, it’s important to invest in a good eyelash curler. TALIKA makes a Heated Eyelash Curler that works on even the most stick-straight lashes.talika

Side Note: For those of you who’ve heard of perming your lashes, I wouldn’t recommend it. I had it done as a favor for some estheticians-in-training, and ended up with super-tight curly-Qs that took four months to grow out. Still, even if it had turned out as I had hoped, it’s just not worth the damaged lashes and awkward grow-out stages.

2. Prime
I know I’ve written about primers before, so I won’t go into too many details. But applying an eyelash primer is an absolute must for those with thin or short lashes. Primers are liquid formulas that thicken and lengthen lashes, as well as provide a great foundation for mascara to adhere to, which means less flaking and smudging throughout the day.

3. Choose the Right Mascara
This is the tough part. I’m sure we all understand how hard it can be to find the right mascara, and truth be told it will take some trial and error. But there are a few things to look for:

Thick, short lashes: A tubing mascara is perfect for you. Its runnier formula coats every lash and works amazingly at lengthening. It’s also water resistant and virtually flake-free.

Thin, short lashes: A thickening mascara is essential. Its polymer- or wax-based formula layers your lashes giving them greater volume and helping them to appear thicker.

All other lash types: For the rest of you who have decent lashes but just want to give them a kick, then your options are wide open. Try lengthening and thickening formulas until you find your favorite. As for me, I like to switch it up with a natural-looking mineral mascara during the day and a glam thickening formula for when I’m going out.

What about Waterproof? Skip it. Unless you’re going to an event where you may be crying or rubbing your eyes a lot (yes, your wedding day is OK), then a regular mascara is sufficient and much easier on your lashes.

4. Best Application
There are all kinds of mascara application techniques, but the most important way to start is to hold the wand horizontal and apply the mascara from root to tip, wiggling as you go. I’ve noticed many women are afraid to get in there close to the lid, but it’s very important to get coverage at the base of your lashes.

After they’re coated, it’s important to go back and do some trouble-shooting. I focus on the areas where my lashes are shorter or thinner. I take the tip of the wand and add more mascara to those spots until their width and length match the rest of my lashes.

Then, for the third coat, I focus on the ends of my lashes, using the tip of the wand again to lengthen the outside corner lashes.

As far as bottom lashes go, I recommend using a clear mascara. It gives you some length and definition without making you look like Raggedy Anne. If you’re in the mood for eyes wide open lashes like Kim Kardashian, then apply a light coat of a non-clumping mascara to your bottom lashes.

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