Did you know that, when asked which makeup item they could choose if they were only allowed one for the rest of their lives, the majority of women chose mascara? Evidently our lashes mean a lot to us and it’s not surprising when you see what a difference a well-framed pair of peepers makes to your face.
If you’re not one of those girls lucky enough to be blessed with a thick bunch of fluttering lashes, here are some of the best ways to work with what you’ve got.
As we said, a trusty old mascara is simply the best way to maximise your lashes. But choosing the right one is another matter entirely. Try to identify your lashes’ unique needs. If you have very dark but very short lashes, you’ll need a lengthening formula like L’Oreal’s Lash Architect 4D mascara. If your lashes are a little on the thin side, opt for the volume offered by something like Max Factor 2000 Calories Mascara Dramatic Volume. If you’re very fair, go for a dramatic contrast by choosing Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express Mascara in Blackest Black. Alternatively, opt for a great all-rounder; Max Factor’s False Lash Effect Mascara offers volume, length and colour all in one and suits all lashes. Just make sure to keep it for the evenings if you don’t like an overly dramatic daytime look!
If you’re in a rush or just don’t get on with mascara, here’s a nifty little trick. Try running a thin line of kohl eyeliner along your waterline – enough to add definition but not to look like a classic cat eye. This extra helping of colour will make your lashes look instantly thicker plus it’s so quick and easy you can do it on-the-go without having to wrestle with messy mascara. Perfect!
If fair eyelashes are your biggest problem, you can always try tinting them. Eyelash tints and dyes are available in a huge variety of shades to suit all colourings and can last up to six weeks.
Of course you can’t beat a classic falsie for plumping up the volume. Ideal for occassions and big nights out, false lashes are great for giving your eyes a dramatic makeover. Opt for strip lashes if you’re on a night out with the girls as these are quick and easy to apply – plus they come in loads of fun designs like these ultra-glam sixties-style double lash strip lashes from Naturalash. If you prefer a more natural look, individual lashes can be added to simply give your own a boost.