Monday, 15 April 2013

Focus on lashes

With all the focus on lash treatments such as LVL (lengthen, volume, lift), lash perming and permanent false lash application I thought I would share some less severe and less damaging options.

Mascara...I usually opt for less expensive brands of mascara as it has a very short shelf life once opened (3 months max). Maybelline, Max Factor and Loreal all do very good ones. If you prefer a more luxury brand LancĂ´me, Dior and Benefit offer great options.

I recommend applying 2-3 coats of mascara. To help separate and lengthen lashes wiggle the brush in a zig zag motion from root to tip. I suggest applying mascara to the bottom lashes first to avoid getting mascara on your eyelids when you look up slightly to do the bottom lashes.

Curling lashes....
I always curl my eyelashes and highly recommend to most women that I meet. If you are using metal or plastic lash curlers use these before you apply mascara to add curl at the root of the lash which in turn opens the eyes. Don't be scared they look more scary than they actually are! Hold the curler open and position close to the lash root then shut and squeeze for approximately 20 seconds. I like to pulse open and shut as I find I achieve a better result, find which method works best for you.

Body shop do very good eyelash curlers as do MAC but if you have the cash to blow on your beauty budget opt for Shu Uemura, a cult favourite.

Another lash curling option is to use a heated eyelash curler, this you press at the root of the lashes and gently lift through to achieve a curl. Heated lash curlers are best used after mascara is applied as the mascara when heated acts as a curling catalyst. I favour the Japonesque heated curler available at John Lewis £12.50.

False lashes...
Apply lashes if you really need extra wow or maybe for a special occasion or night out.
I highly recommend individual lashes or corner lashes for a more natural effect. Corner lashes will be easier to apply as individuals are a bit more tricky applying to yourself. I always recommend DUO adhesive, this is a glue suitable for sensitive skin that really keeps lashes in place without being permanent. Purchase DUO adhesive at MAC cosmetics.
I usually apply a little glue to the back of my hand, pick up the lash with a pair of tweezers, dab into the glue and apply as close to the root of your own lashes as possible for a natural finish.

I hope this has helped you with a few new lash techniques to try.

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