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Curled and fluttery lashes are the perfect accompaniment to various eye makeup styles (or just worn on their own without a hint of eyeliner or eyeshadow) A gorgeous curled lash looks pretty, soft and delicate but sometimes a little more work than just
applying a coat or two of mascara is needed for the best results.
A good eyelash curler is essential, this doesn’t mean an expensive lash curler from a cult brand like Shu Uemura,
but it means that the $1 version from the drugstore may not cut it. To use an eyelash
curler start with clean lashes, hold it at the base of your lashes and
squeeze for a few seconds, then walk it out to the middle of your lashes
squeeze and then to the very tips of the lashes and squeeze again, you
can also repeat the step but only use your lash curler before mascara,
using it after can damage your lashes. Using heat will also make the
curl last longer, you can either opt for a heated eyelash curler wand (which
can be used before and after mascara) or heat your eyelash curler under a
medium heat (just make sure you test it on the back of your hand first
to ensure it is not too hot) for a more effective, long-lasting curl.
Try: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
lash primer will help to make your mascara last longer and will give
more length and curl to your lashes which is a huge benefit. To use a lash primer: wiggle a coat on either side of the lashes (both the underside and the topside) after curling your lashes, but before applying mascara. Allow the primer adequate time to dry before moving on to your mascara application.
CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base or for a more affordable alternative:
L’oréal Paris Paradise Primer Extatic
The mascara you choose can make or break your hardwork of prepping the lashes. There are various mascaras designed specifically for their “curling” abilities (look for one with a curved wand) but the best variration you can use is a waterproof formula. Waterproof
mascaras generally hold curl better as it isn’t as easily disrupted by
any water from your eyes as a normal mascara.
If you find
waterproof mascara irritates your eyes try applying a regular coat of
mascara first and then a waterproof coat, this way the waterproof
version will grab to your regular mascara and not your lashes.
Try: Maybelline Lash Sensational
Luscious Waterproof Mascara, which has a curved brush helping you pick up every lash.
As important as the formula you use, the application and techniques used to apply your mascara are an essential component that needs careful consideration. For the perfect application: wiggle the mascara wand at the base of your lashes to give
them the most lift and curl possible, you can also “hold” the wand at
the tips of your lashes whilst the mascara is setting to give them some
Photography: Supplied by retailers. Urban Outfitters, Sephora, Boohoo
Story: Evangeline Sarney