Everyone who can’t live without extensions, falsies and/or mascara would know that having the best eyelashes can give your look a major upgrade.
If you wonder why your lash products don’t produce the same effect on you as they do on other people, chances are that you’ve been paying less attention to your lashes than you should, or are simply doing something wrong.
Read on to see everything you probably never knew about treating your eyelashes right!
1. Apply lash serum from the roots
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If you’ve been applying your lash serum diligently for a long time but still see no significant results, don’t blame it entirely on the product!
A common mistake that people make is to apply their lash serums just like mascara, where most of the product is applied on the ends. That is incorrect: what you should be focusing on is the hair follicle where hair starts growing, in other words, it should apply more like an eyeliner.
Make sure to always apply a thin layer of the lash serum along your lash root-line, and then wait for at least 90 seconds before applying your makeup or going to sleep with the serum for maximum absorption.
Try: Xlash Eyelash Serum
2. Don’t cut your lashes to make it grow longer
According to the age-old myth, trimming your hair regularly makes it grow faster. Since eyelashes are also strands of hair, a beauty blogger has even encouraged people to trim their eyelashes to help them grow.
Unfortunately, this is really more myth than fiction.
The length of your eyelashes depends on genetics, and they have a fixed cycle where they will grow to a certain length before being falling out.
In fact, regular hair does not grow longer when you trim it either, it just seems longer because you are cutting off split ends so that it doesn’t break as easily and get shorter, but no one has to worry about split ends on their eyelashes!
3. Prime your eyelashes before applying mascara
Just like how you need face primer to help your foundation look fresh all day, you’ll also need lash primer to keep your mascara in place so that your lashes look fabulous for hours on end.
Some brands have launched lash primers, but if you’re not keen on buying more products, one hack that beauty junkies have shared is to use a clean lash brush to coat lashes with translucent powder before applying your mascara.
By doing so, you separate the lashes so that whatever you put on top sets it, and they’ll look a lot bigger, fuller, and thicker than they actually are – no need for falsies anymore!
4. Use mascara to do away with eyeliner
if you haven’t heard, mascara is the new eyeliner in K-beauty trends this year, but how exactly does mascara replace the trusty eyeliner?
Here’s an easy tip from the experts: wiggle your wand as close to your lid as possible to create the illusion of eyeliner and make your lashes look even fuller!
Running low on eyeliner? Not a problem: another hack says that you can dip an angled eye liner brush like into your mascara tube and use it to line your eyes.
5. Less mascara is more
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When it comes to using beauty products, sometimes less is, well, more.
You should really be applying just two coats of mascara, but three or four coats is your limit. Past that mark, and your eyelashes will start to look stiff, sparse, and spidery. Too many coats also tend to stain the under-eye area – not exactly a look that we are aiming for!
6. Layer your mascaras to prevent hair loss
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We love waterproof mascara, but it is just so difficult to remove – anyone who’s used waterproof mascara would have experienced the pains of rubbing their eyes too often with makeup remover, and yanked out more lashes than they can count in the process.
Here’s the good news: you can make waterproof mascara work for you without the pain!
If you have a non-waterproof mascara that’s easy to remove, apply that as the base coat on your lashes first, then layer on a coat of waterproof mascara.
This method is guaranteed to make your mascara easier to remove while maintaining its long-wearing properties – so simple, yet so amazing!
7. Always curl before you apply mascara…
Beauty junkies are divided on the issue of whether you should curl your lashes or apply mascara first.
Here’s what the experts say: if you treasure your lashes, always curl your eyelashes before applying mascara.
The simple reason for this is that your eyelash curler can stick to the mascara and end up pulling lashes out. Plus, it makes the curler messy if you apply mascara first.
With that said, you can still put on your eyeshadow and eyeliner prior to curling your lashes. If you curl before eyeshadow, your eyelashes will lose their curl even before you apply your mascara.
8. …and try not to curl them too many times!
The same rule from Tip 5 is applied here – less is more!
Your eyelashes are very fragile, and constantly curling them is an express ticket to breakage.
Try to curl them just one to three times, and make it count by holding the curler on your lashes for a good ten seconds.
9. Remember to coat the backside
We usually coat the front side of our lashes for length, but the back side is something we always neglect.
If you feel that your lashes lack volume, all you have to do is look down and carefully coat the backside of your lashes with mascara. Flick your wrist at the ends to add more curl, and follow up with another coat to the front of your lashes for even more lift and volume.
10. Bend your mascara wands
The thought of snapping your favourite mascara wand may sound scary, but this is a foolproof way to nail your mascara application.
All you have to do is gently bend the tip so the brush is horizontal – the new shape will make it easier to manoeuvre the wand around hard-to-reach-places like the inner and outer corner of your eyes!
11. Conditioner is also for your lashes
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We condition everything from our hair to our lips, so it only makes sense that we should give a little more TLC to our peepers as well!
It sounds unnecessary, but conditioning is actually an essential step in making sure that you have strong, and healthy lashes in the long run,. This is especially important if you wear mascara and falsies regularly – your lashes are probably dried out and a little fragile.
Get a lash conditioner and apply it every night before you go to bed, but after you take your makeup off.
Some ingredients to look out for in a good lash conditioner are peptides, argan oil, sodium hyaluronate, and hyaluronic acid. These typically hydrate your eyelashes, make them more flexible, and also gives the appearance of fuller and thicker lashes.