If you’re like most women, you’ve probably been wielding a mascara wand since you were a teenager. However, if you weren’t born with dramatic lashes, no matter how talented you are with a mascara wand, you may still not be happy with the results. Here are five things you need to start doing today if you want to get the fantastic lashes you’ve always dreamed of having.
Pick the Right Color
Before you get into anything else, you have to make sure you have the correct color of mascara. Many people in the beauty industry will tell you that you should use brown mascara for everyday use, and black for special occasions or at night. This advice is just wrong.
According to Christine Mikesell, a beauty writer for Babble, you want to use a shade that is as close as possible to your natural lash color. You want to try and use a shade that is the same color as your lashes, or a bit darker. To avoid looking too harsh, skip the other colors.
Use an Eyelash Curler
After you’ve picked the right color mascara, but before you apply it, you’ll want to curl them with an eyelash curler. There are a ton of eyelash curlers on the market, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money. You want to look for one that has a hard pad to keep from creasing your lashes or pulling them out, advises the beauty experts at Cosmopolitan.
Apply a Special Base Coat
If you’re looking to add length and volume to your lashes, apply a special base coat to your lashes before applying the mascara. Using plain eye cream on your lashes can take the place of a primer if you don’t have one handy, just make sure it is completely dry before you apply mascara. If you apply the mascara too early, you can end up with unsightly clumping.
Layer Your Mascara
No matter what you think, finding the perfect mascara on the store shelves is impossible, because it does not exist. If you want to add length, volume, separation, and drama to your lashes, the only way to achieve this is by using several different mascaras and layering them. It is vital that you only add the second layer of mascara after the first coat has dried entirely, so you don’t end up with clumpy eyelashes.
Use a Zig-Zag Technique
To add volume and length to your lashes, you want to be sure to use a zig-zag technique when applying your mascara. Starting at the roots of your lashes, using tiny zig-zag motions move the wand upward toward the ends. Not only will this make your lashes look longer and fuller, but it will also create a full lash line, which will have a significant impact on the look of your lashes.
Your eyelashes can say a lot about you. If you were fortunate to be born with incredible eyelashes, congratulations. However, if your lashes leave a lot to be desired, don’t despair. With the right products and techniques, you can have the fantastic eyelashes you’ve always dreamed of and that others crave.