Follow these five rules to get perfect eyelashes without having to revert to time-consuming falsies or expensive extensions.
1. Eyelash curlers are essential.
lash curlers are the key to giving lashes that “wow” factor. Be sure to choose one that creates a beautiful upward curl, such as MISS ADORO DELUXE EYELASH CURLER, and with a delicate pumping motion, move from the lash base upward for maximum results. And always curl before applying mascara, not after. When bare, the eyelashes are suppler so the crimping of the lash doesn’t feel as damaging.
2. Let lashes set between layers of mascara.
Practice a little patience between each coat. “Giving a little bit of air time between each coat will allow the mascara to set and build upon each layer instead of gooping up as one big clump,” Kashuk says. One of our new favorite non-clumping mascaras is L.A. COLORS BLACK MASCARA— the formula adds volume while the wand combs and separates.
3. Prevent “spider lashes” with a lash comb.
Avoid spidery clumps by combing lashes after applying mascara. A lash comb is key; apply a coat, wait a few seconds, brush through eyelashes, and then apply the next coat. Sonia Kashuk® Lash Comb works great and cane be found at Target for $4.99!
4. Don’t layer different mascaras.
We wouldn’t recommend this, as some formulas will not mix well and end up clumping. However, some mixing and matching does work. If there’s a wand you prefer over another, clean it off and use with your favorite formula or as a lash comb.
5. Condition and treat your lashes daily.
Just like your hair, your lashes need a little TLC. Lash conditioners, such as Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum ($28.50, sephora.com) work as a primer, creating a smooth surface for mascara. Growth treatments like Latisse “stimulate the eyelash growth cycle, making it longer, so lashes come in longer, darker and thicker," says Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, DC. Full results take within 2-3 months, while improvements show within 4 weeks.