How to get LUXE LASHES
Flirted with underwhelming mascaras over the years? For your best lashes ever, swipe right with these tubes, tricks and in-salon treatments
THE NEW BLACK
Don’t be fooled into thinking traditional black mascara is the only way to define eyes – there are softer (and unexpected) options out there. A swipe of a rich chocolate mascara adds volume without the intensity of ultra-black formulas. Chanel Australia’s official makeup artist, Victoria Baron, suggests coating tips with Chanel’s new metallic terracotta shade for a playful yet understated look. Whether you opt for subtle or smoky makeup, remember to think of your eyes as a work of art. “The frame shouldn’t overtake the painting,” says Baron, who pairs sparkling mascara with earthy, natural tones so “the vibrancy of your eye colour is the feature of your makeup”.
FIND YOUR FIX
Don’t overlook false lashes – they’ve come a long way since their inception. To avoid looking doll-like, leading brow and lash expert Amy Jean suggests trimming “one-third of the length off a full strip and applying them to the outer eyes, so they don’t look too heavy”. As a rule of thumb, she selects falsies that offer eye-opening lift and natural volume for daytime, while keeping the more bold and fluffy sets for the evening. For a seamless finish, use invisible band eyelashes and clear glue to help the line disappear into your makeup. A lash comb will help blend falsies into your natural lashes.
TRY A SERUM
EXPECT Longer, stronger lashes. Eyelash serums nourish with peptides and lock existing lashes into place with lipids, so they grow better than ever. DON’T EXPECT A set of thick falsies. Lash serums help lengthen and add shine for a fuller lush look, but you won’t grow an abundance of new lashes.
MEET YOUR MATCH
“Just like the hair on our head, everyone’s lashes are different,” says Baron. Really look at your lashes and think about your desired effect. For fine and few lashes, “a voluminous bristle brush is going to be your best friend”, says YSL Beauty Australia’s education manager, Bianca Downward. She adds that a glossy, lengthening mascara and a curved rubber wand are “the way to go”.
RAISE THEM UP
To maximise your natural lashes, lift them skyward. Start by curling them, so they appear much longer than they actually are. “You will be amazed at the curl and extra length with a lick of mascara,” says Kim Evans, founder of Melbourne’s Lux Brows and Lashes. If you’re new to eyelash curlers (or just lazy about replacing the protective silicone pads on your current curler), Evans suggests buying a heated curler. Gently slide it towards the brow bone to shape eyelashes upwards and outwards. They work a treat!