Beauty 411: Lash out
Jul 29, 2010 - by The Fashion Web
There is not one sane woman on this planet who doesn't covet an amazing set of eyelashes. We'll go through amazing lengths (HAH, get it?) to achieve length, fullness and most importantly that "WOW" factor.
With products like Latisse and numerous OTC lash enhancers bombarding the market, it's all too obvious what the current "IT" factor of the beauty industry is.
Stepping into Sephora or any drugstore can be overwhelming when you're on the search for a lash pick me up.
They've got your lengthening, strengthening, separating, waterproof, the brush bends this way! this brush bends that way! They even come in different colors now!
*takes a deep breath*
Then there's your volumizing, curling, conditioning, thickening and non-clumping.
Where to begin? Nowhere yet, because now they've got lash enhancers. Now you've got to prep your eyelashes before the mascara.
There's your lash maximizer,booster, enhancer, overnight lash conditioner.
Think we're done? Nope. So we've enhanced/primed, put on our mascara and now there's a third step. Now we have lash fibers to add over our wet mascara to add even more length.
Now that we are all overwhelmed with the crowded mascara market, we can begin now.
What you'll need
- Lash comb. I prefer metal,but if you must use plastic then carry on.
- Curler. (I don't use anything but Shu Uemura.)
- A mirror. Duh.
- Primer/Enhancer. My secret potion is DiorShow plumping serum
- Mascara. I haven't strayed from Benefit's "Bad Gal" in years.
- Lash fibers.
- Begin by carefully, CAAAREFULL, combing out your eyelashes. Keep the comb near by, we'll repeat this step a couple times.
- Curl lashes: Hold your lashes in between the pressing plates for about thirty seconds. Comb through again.
- **If you're sensitive to having something so close to your eyes, a trick is to look up and to the corner while you curl.
- Apply a thin layer of a lash enhancer of your choice. Quickly comb through to remove any clumps.
- Before your enhancer dries, apply a coat of your favorite mascara. Then, apply another coat.
- Now, we've got to be quick with this last step. Have your fibers ready to go because they need to be applied to wet mascara. So, right after your last coat of mascara, quickly apply a very light coat of lash fiber.
- Comb, comb, comb!! This is very crucial to the last step. Fibers tend to clump drastically and ruin the whole show. Show your lashes who's ringmaster and comb like a beast!
I must attest to my own lashes and tell you how fabulous they always look. So, while you may be used to a quick "brush and run" technique of mascara-ing, putting in the extra three to four minutes to properly apply will certainly make a remarkable difference.