Fabulous eyelashes: every woman on The planet dreams of them, and we’re willing to go to increasingly extreme lengths to get them. You don’t have to resort to implants to get amazing lashes– not when everything you need for more volume, length and curl is already in your bathroom. Here are seven brilliant hacks to get the best eyelashes of your life.
1. Use eyeshadow for added fullness.
By now you’ve probably read that brushing baby powder onto your eyelashes in between coats of mascara is a great way to build volume. The issue is that the white powder under black mascara shows through even the darkest formula, making you seem like you fell lashes-first into a powdered doughnut. Hard pass. Instead, use matte powder eyeshadow in the same shade as your mascara between coats; you’ll build volume without any strange white residue.
Extra tip: Try layering a shimmery shade between coats to reveal the world your commitment to Sparkle Motion.
2. Mix your colors.
No matter your coloring, eyelashes aren’t one solid color from root to tip– there’s a positive dark-to-light gradient happening. So if you’re aiming for a natural lash look, a thick coating of solid black all over is hardly your best bet. Instead, try layering a couple of colors of mascara. Begin with a coat of black applied at the roots of your eyelashes only– use a mascara with a narrow brush and wriggle it as close to the lash line as you can– and follow up with a coat of brown mascara overtop, extending out to the tips. This creates a color gradient that seems all-natural, yet amplified.
Extra tip: If you’re feeling bold, use a bright blue, or green mascara overtop the black. This will give you a gorgeous, subtly shiny gradient.
3. Heat your curler.
Instead of heating up your entire eyelash curler with your blow-dryer, hold just the curling part in a glass of boiling water for about five seconds, dry it off, then curl your lashes. The water means that the metal heats up for a lot more evenly, plus you will never accidentally torch your fingers with your dryer.
4. Prime prior to curling.
One of the cardinal rules of beauty is NEVER CURL YOUR LASHES AFTER APPLYING MASCARA– unless you want all your eyelashes breaking off. But putting on lash primer prior to you curl is another story altogether. Primer is less brittle than mascara, so it will not stick to the curler pads and snap or yank the hairs out– plus it gives that little bit of extra hold to ensure your lovely lashes stay curled all day.
Extra tip/warning: If you’re priming prior to curling, don’t also heat your curler. It makes it way too easy to bend your lashes back at a 90-degree angle, which is a hard situation to remedy.
5. Layer your formulas.
We love waterproof mascara, but very hot damn is it hard to take out– we’ve scrubbed our under-eyes raw and yanked out even more lashes than we can count trying to take it off. To make it easier to get rid of while maintaining its long-wearing properties, layer a coat of waterproof mascara overtop your regular formula. Voila, the best of both worlds.
6. Add eye makeup remover to resurrect dry mascara.
If your mascara has dried up before its time, bring it back to life by adding two to three drops of alcohol-based eye makeup remover to the tube. It will re-liquify the solution, giving your preferred formula a severe second lease on life.
Bonus tip: Don’t, under any circumstances, use an oil-based makeup remover for this. It’ll ruin your mascara and give you greasy lashes.
7. Cleanse your Spoolie with a contact lens solution.
We know that clumpy lashes are in right now, but you’re getting the spider-leg look against your desires, dried-up clumps of mascara on your brush could be to blame. Instead of buying a whole new mascara, cleanse your spoolie with a paper towel soaked with contact lens solution. Not only will it get rid of all the old product gunking up the works, but it’ll also rehydrate the bristles– ensuring you’ll have smoother application in the future.