I’m not sure there’s a woman on this planet that doesn’t want longer looking eyelashes.
And I find that most of my friends and clients would like to know how to work with what they’ve GOT instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars and time on getting lash extensions. Or even figuring out how to apply false lashes for that matter, which y’all know I do love, but sometimes you just aint’ got the time or patience for them…I get it.
Now most people would think that just applying the best mascara on the market is enough and self explanatory. But, JUST swiping on your fave mascara doesn’t really go the extra mile. There are a couple extra steps you can implement to live your best long lash life in a natural way.
Watch my short video below to see exactly how I go from bare lashes to “is she wearing false lashes??” with a few easy steps.
Then keep reading for a review and links to my products worn in the video…
Tools You Will Need :
- An eyelash curler. I’ve used this Kevyn Aucoin one for years. (I have bought 2 in the past 3 years I bet)
- An eyelash primer mascara. I used L’Oreal Voluminous in this video but lots of brands make them. I’ve heard this Urban Decay one is killer.
- Your fave mascara – drugstore or otherwise. I swiped on my new cheapo fave Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect. (yes it comes in waterproof too)
- A steel tooth eyelash comb. This is for potential clumps if those bother you. This Ulta one works great.
Steps I took to achieve this look :
- Curl your lashes at 3 separate points – at the base, let go, in the middle, let go, then curl the tips. Squeeze for around 5 seconds on each. Curling is absolutely necessary in order to get them lifted looking – NO mascara can do that on its own. If you have found one that actually curls the lashes like a lash curler, you gotta leave it below in the comment section!!
- Prep and prime your bare lashes with a lash primer. Coat them just like you would a mascara and let dry for about 15 seconds or so before the next step. You don’t want it to completely dry before you apply the mascara, so it needs to be a good balance between wet and dry.
- Apply your mascara. No real magic here, just be sure to get down and start at the roots and wiggle wiggle in a zig zag motion up to the tips of the lashes. Two coats will wow them!
- If you can’t stand any clumping (it doesn’t really bother me, seems to add to the fullness look, but some people can’t stand them!) then use a steel toothed eyelash comb to go straight thru the clump and break it up.
That’s it! What a difference all those steps combined together make right??
If you were to buy all the tools I mentioned above, it would cost you around $47. A set of lash extensions cost an average of $150 – $200, and regular maintenance, fill ins can be between $50-$75. Just sayin’…
Of course there are multiple other product options of each category of tool I mentioned above. It really is a bit of trial and error with the perfect fit of a lash curler (yes, some are wider than others which matters for how big your eye bed is!) and even the perfect mascara formula.
I always say, that one mascara does NOT fit all because some of us want more fullness, more length, more pigment, etc etc so you gotta try a few to get the right one.
And my case for drugstore mascara is due to the fact that your mascara will perform better the newer it is. And it gets old and dried out quickly so you should ideally be throwing out the ones you use daily every 3 months. So it’s better on your wallet to get the drugstore ones.
But even on the flip side, if you just can’t let go of your higher end mascara, don’t feel guilty. I’m all about if you find something that makes you feel good about yourself, sometimes price tags don’t really matter. This is an industry favorite high end mascara and lash primer.
Do you do all of these steps currently? What lash product is your favorite?
(Also. Have you ever tried an eyelash serum to grow them longer? This is a very popular one. My tie dye turtleneck is Free People and comes in multiple colors, and my lip gloss is this It Cosmetics one.)