ALL ABOUT LASHES
Your eye make-up can make or break your look, so avoid mistakes!
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that good lashes can not only make you look years younger, but can open up your whole face. But bad lashes have a terribly negative effect too. Avoid lash mishaps by trying out these tips...
Use a spoon
If you find you often end up with mascara smudges on your lids when applying, (those with hooded eyes will find it particularly tricky to avoid smudges) use a spoon. Simply rest the spoon on your eyelid, with the side pressed right down behind your lashes and apply your mascara. The spoon will catch any smudges. It works on the lower lashes too.
All mascaras dry out with time, but when your mascara seems too far gone and you’re ready to chuck it, try adding a couple of drops of saline first – this will buy you a couple more weeks’ worth of use.
Don’t pump the wand
If you’ve wondered why your mascara always dries out so quickly, this is probably the culprit. Every time you absentmindedly pump the wand in and out of the tube, you’re pushing in air which then causes the mascara to lose moisture.
For lashes that stay curled all day, try this trick. Once you’ve curled your lashes as normal, move the curler up to the middle of your lashes and clamp down again.
Even with every trick in the book, smudges do just happen sometimes. But to avoid ruining the rest of your make-up by wiping at the smudge and ending up with a big black streak, just leave it be until it’s completely dry. Five minutes should do it and then you can simply pick off the mascara and the rest of your make-up, even your foundation, will be unaffected.
Bend your brush
If you find it tricky to keep the mascara on just your lashes and not the surrounding areas when applying, it might be because you’re not getting the angle right. Simply bend the head of your brush so that it forms a right angle before you apply your mascara – it’ll make reaching every one of your lashes much easier. Just straighten the brush out again once you’re finished so that it fits back in the tube.
Use loose powder
If you have sparse or stumpy lashes that never seem to grow, try this trick: Apply one coat of mascara to your lashes as normal and then dip a Q-tip into a little loose face powder (any will do). Use the Q-tip to coat both sides of your lashes with the powder – at this point they should look grey. Apply another coat of mascara on top of the powder and your lashes will look instantly thicker and longer.