If your eyes are the window to your soul then your eyelashes are the curtains and there’s nothing worse than bedraggled drapes. Whether you love long natural-looking lashes or bold and beautiful baby doll peepers, big lashes are key for this season’s oh-so-pretty makeup looks. Here’s how to get them:
Step 1: Prep, prep, prep. Depending on your eyelashes, your prep routine could be as simple as 30 seconds with an eyelash curler or a full on tint or dye session. If you’d love to have darker lashes, try prepping your eyes with this easy to use Eyelash Tint from Strictly Professional. If you have a fair complexion and very pale hair, you might need to go one step further and dye your lashes. This easy-to-use Eyelash Dye Starter Kit from Salon System is perfect for beginners and will save you time and money by avoiding the salon.
Step 2: Mascara, mascara, then mascara some more. Did you know that most women say that mascara is the one makeup item they could not go without? The reason for its popularity is that mascara can make a huge difference to your look so, if you’re going for big flawless lashes, you cannot skip this step. Opt for a mascara that will boost volume as well as length, like Max Factor’s Excess Volume Extreme Impact mascara, and you’ll get that lovely thick fanned out look as well as longer lashes. Layering is also key when it comes to mascara. Instead of putting loads on at once, apply lots of layers (letting your lashes dry properly in between) and you’ll achieve maximum volume without clumping.
Step 3: Do your lines. If you ask any makeup artist their best top secret makeup trick, we guarantee most of them will say ‘no liner liner’. But what does this secret code mean? No liner liner is the technique of using black eyeliner to fill in the waterline of the top lashes. Instead of looking like eyeliner, this secret line will simply enhance your lashes and make them look naturally fuller and thicker. You’ll need a good strong dark liner for this one; we love Max Factor’s Kohl Pencil in Black.
Step 4: Fake it to make it. If all those handy hints and tips still aren’t giving you the huge lashes you desire, it might be time to get your falsies on. Fake eyelashes will step up to the plate when your natural ones won’t, and can give you that boost of volume and length you’re looking for. For a more natural look, opt for individual lashes that can be placed as and where you need them to boost your own. If you’ve got a big occasion coming up however, it’s time to pull out all the stops and go for a full set of false lashes. These Salon System Naturalash strips are long and full without looking comical, plus they boast tapered longer lashes at the corners for that perfect doe-eyed Sixties look. Groovy baby.