My lashes are pretty long in fairness, but they’re sooo straight! That coupled with the fact they’re on the fair side means that without mascara, they can look invisible or at least a hell of a lot smaller than they actually are..not ideal! That being said, one of the things I seem to be complimented on the most are my lashes! Considering I’ve got super sensitive eyes (ugh) I always avoid professional lash treatments like the plague (I’ve been so tempted by the LVL length/ volume/ lift lash treatment, but unfortunately it’s probably a reaction waiting to happen) but no worries…I have my own little tricks to keep lashes looking good, I’ve got it down to a fine art at this stage!
Obvious enough point, but a good eyelash curler is your friend! It might take a bit of practice to get comfortable with it, but you will and it’ll make so much difference! I’ve tried loads of gimmicky/ heated ones in the past, but a good standard metal curler is all you need. You don’t even have to spend a lot…I’ve tried great high end and drugstore/ affordable ones and similarly not so great versions of both. I really like the Surratt Relevee Lash Curler it’s on the (very for a lash curler) spendy side but is one of the best I’ve ever used. Downside…as well as it being expensive, it’s often hard to get hold of/ out of stock. Most brands do a lash curler and majority do the job, pick one up to suit your budget and give it a go, you won’t regret it!
NB. When you do use a lash curler, you do need to make sure you check the pad before every use…it takes a second but will stop any potential lash casualties if there’s any splits/ damage (through general wear and tear from regular use) to the rubber pad. Most lash curlers come with the original pad and a spare, but you can pick up refill pads easily enough and they’re easy to change too. I usually have one one stand by just in case!
My next tip, do it at your own risk and take extra care…but I find this makes the biggest difference! Heat your lash curler for a few seconds with your hairdryer. Think of what a hair tong/ wand does for your hair. Always check the temperature on the back of your hand before using it on your eye! It curls your lashes and sets for an all day curl!
When you use your lash curler, don’t just curl once at the root…walk the curler along the lash from root to tip, gently squeezing as you go. This way instead of a harsh right angle, you’ll get a way better more flattering gradual curve.
Once I’ve curled my lashes with my heated up lash curler (and I normally curl them while I do my skincare/ drying my hair so they have chance to cool/ set, which’ll make sure they stay curled even longer still!), I do my makeup and when it comes to mascara…waterproof is the way to go if you really want your lash curl to hold. Not just any waterproof mascara…a lot of waterproof formulas just aren’t as buildable/ volumising/ flexible and non crispy as something that isn’t waterproof. I’ve found quite a few good waterproof formulas, but the one I’m using/ really liking at the moment is the NYX Worth The Hype Waterproof Mascara* (cruelty free, not Vegan though unfortunately)…it’s really good and inexpensive. Lasts all day, builds well, doesn’t go crispy and removes easily without you having to scrub at your eyeballs!
At this stage you should have full lifted lashes with a curl that’ll stay put. Even after the mascara comes off, there’s still things you can do to that help your lashes out. Get yourself a silk pillow case…your lashes, skin and hair will that you for it! There’s spendier more luxe options available like this one* if you really want to treat yo self (or someone else) but you can pick one up online somewhere (definitely Amazon) easily enough at a more affordable price point if you’d rather…they did have them (for around £/ €15) in Primark/ Penney’s recently enough in the beauty section so keep your eyes peeled next time you’re in. So many benefits and I sleep on one every single night. For lashes, you’ll notice less shedding, breakage and no wonky/ slept on lashes by the morning…it makes them easier to curl when they’re not! You can take this a step further by coating them in a bit of Vaseline or similar, but that’s not something I do for the mess/ time factor…just the silky pillow works great in my opinion!
There are loads of lash serums/ treatments on the market with varying prices and claims, do they work? I’ve tried a few and always start out with good intentions, but forget to use them every day. I find my lashes are pretty good after doing what I do anyway but would be absolutely up for using a serum if it made my lashes even better…I feel like consistency is key though and consistent with them I am not! I’ve even tried keeping them with my skincare, but it’s just yet another step you know? I’d love to know your thoughts and if you’ve used a serum…did it work??
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