Now, first off let me say I should have been more prepared. I’ll have to make an updated mascara post with pictures next time. But, for now, you get this.
I get asked a lot if my lashes are real, both online and in real life. At a Christmas party a few years back I had a relative argue that they were not my actual lashes. Trust me, if I could apply false lashes correctly and they looked half way decent I would super proud and super inclined to tell people about it. 😉
So how do I get my lashes to do what they do? There are a few staples to the process
Mascara applies better on “dirty lashes”.
If I just put on mascara on without other makeup it always clumps together and I do not get the some look and effect I normally would. I’ve seen on pinterest about applying baby power between coats of mascara and there is certainly truth to that. So I do my full face…foundation, powder, shadow primer, shadow, liner and THEN I do my lashes. By that time there is a grit and texture on my lashes so I feel like the mascara really clings on to well. I’m no scientist, this is not hard cold facts, but it makes sense in my mind. BUT, if I do for some reason don’t want to do a full face but I still want my lashes done, I will take a makeup brush and brush some powder over my lashes. It’s still not the effect I would get after a full face of makeup, but it is a better outcome than clean lashes!
Use more than one mascara.
I’ve yet to find one mascara that does it all. Nothing gives me length AND thickness. Nothing separates and fluffs. There maybe some high dollar product out there that truly does that for someone. But, personally, I go through mascara fairly quickly and I have to typically utilize what I have at hand … drug store products. So, anyways, I always use at least two products together. Once again, not a scientist, but I feel like having two together gets me that thickness and fluff and length and false look.
Application is important as well as which mascaras you use.
Ok. Light hand. USE. A. LIGHT. HAND. It’s super easy to see that first swipe and get giddy from the instant result and want to just keep swiping. But, this is my trick: use one mascara as a base. It doesn’t matter what type it is. I usually try to find something that isn’t super wet and something that will not clump. Swipe it just enough the lashes are all thinly coated. Then, move on to something a little thicker, something more wet. At this point I’m not as worried about a nice even thin coat. I’m just building. I’ll do a few layers with the second mascara and then I will come back in the first with a slow hand and run that brush completely through from root to tip. This is the important part for me. It cuts down too much build up and this is usually where I get my separation and length at. This maybe a good place for you to stop. I, however, usually repeat the process another time if not a third time. So, see, I wear A LOT of mascara and this is why I go through it so fast. I’ll be the first to say it. But it gives me that false look I like, personally. Not everyone wants something so heavy and flashes. It’s all personal preference and seeing what goes best with your vision and actual face. So this might be something you try going out at night with friends or for something that calls for a more dramatic eye! It may not be a look you want to wear daily like I do, and that’s OK. 🙂
With all this being said, I’m not makeup artist. I just have figured out what works for me and what I like. Also, it works for me. My lashes are naturally some what long as is and then by the time all the mascara is done it makes them stand up and out more. Your outcome won’t look exactly like mine, it may look better! I didn’t mention products I use due to that fact that again what works for me wouldn’t always work for anyone else. It’s just a trial and error thing! Some advice I’d say, due to buying two mascaras at a time…even drug store can get a little pricey…get one super cheap mascara! I think wet n wild has some and ELF and NYE…is that the brand at Walmart? Get one of those to use at the second mascara, as the build up, and get a Maybelline or Revlon as your serious definer and separator. I’ve done it this way and never once had any noticeable differences. Play around and see what works for you!