There isn’t a woman out there who wouldn’t prefer longer, darker, or thicker eyelashes if she had the option. Unfortunately, most of us have not been blessed with a perfect flutter and need to go the extra mile to achieve this. With many factors contributing to less than pretty lashes, here is what you should keep in mind for the next time you watch a mascara commercial and wish your eyes looked just as great as the model’s.
Choosing the right mascara. Yes, it’s a given, but many ladies stick to the same mascara they’ve been using since they were 13 and first discovered makeup, or splurge for super expensive brands which actually aren’t very effective for them. The beauty industry has presented us with too many choices, it seems. Maybelline Great Lash is inexpensive, available at your local drugstore, and long-lasting while also evenly coating lashes. Clinique High Lengths, Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express, and CoverGirl Lash Blast also have a great reputation and dedicated fan following.
Washing off eye makeup. It’s been said before, and we’ll say it again: never go to sleep without washing off eye makeup first! Mascara residue will cause your lashes to become irritated, brittle and eventually start falling out, while also damaging the delicate skin around the eye area. Use a good quality makeup removal product such as the Body Shop’s Camomile Gentle or Neutrogena Eye Makeup Remover.
Curling eyelashes. Your lashes should always be clean and free of eye makeup before you begin using an eyelash curler (great for short and straight lashes which don’t naturally curl up). Avoid using a plastic curler, as both a traditional metal one or a more high-end heated eyelash curler will be more effective.
Realize when it’s time to let go. Mascara, and cosmetics in general, should be replaced after a certain period of time when the product becomes less useful or even potentially harmful to your skin. Buy a new mascara every 3-6 months, and replace it right away if you notice it is starting to dry out or develop a chemical scent. Diluting mascara with water is also a beauty no-no, it will be better for the health of your lashes to simply buy a replacement and say goodbye to the expired makeup.
Be a little selfish. Many women allow friends or sisters to share their mascara, which can result in the spread of eye infections. You wouldn’t share a toothbrush with your best friend, would you? In the same sense, eye makeup can be considered a personal product. Hands off, girls!