If you’re anything like me, you suffer from short stubborn lashes, Asian or not. Boo! But have no fear, I have a few tips for achieving long, beautiful lashes!
Here you have my sad, short lashes with no product. My lashes tend to stick straight out and are very picky in terms of mascara, high end or drugstore.
Step One: Curl your eyelashes.
I used my Japonesque Travel Eyelash curler which is my holy grail eye lash curler! Since I started using this kind of curler, I have not been able to pick up a regular curler. If you have short or stubborn lashes, I would highly recommend this. It has a little bit of a learning curve, as you may pinch yourself a few times as you’re getting used to it, but it is totally worth it! This curler gets really close up against the lash line so it really gives a nice butterfly effect to your lashes. And because of its open cage design you can really take the time to curl your inner lashes and your outer lashes so everything is nice and curled.
Step Two: Apply waterproof mascara to the base of your lashes as well as your lower lashes.
Applying a waterproof mascara to the base of your lashes will help to hold the curl as well as give you the illusion of fuller lashes. It’s important to use a waterproof mascara that you know will hold your curls. I have used many high end mascaras and find that the formula of almost all of them just weigh down my lashes and diminish any curl that I create. My top waterproof mascaras for this purpose all happen to be from Maybelline: Maybelline Lash Stiletto, Maybelline The Rocket, and Maybelline The Falsies.
Step Three: Apply a mascara primer, focusing at the tips of the lashes.
In order to achieve more length and volume, it’s important to use an eyelash primer. I like to use the eyelash primer after my waterproof mascara because I find that if I use the primer first, my curl does not hold up. Here I’m using the Lancome CILS Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base, but the E.L.F. Mascara Primer is a great and cheaper alternative.
Step Four: Apply a generous coat or two of your favorite lengthening mascara.
Now is when you can top off your lashes with your favorite lengthening mascara. Here I’m using the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, which I really enjoy. It gives me a lot of length while separating my lashes. Apply a few coats until you get your desired look.
Step Five (optional): Comb out your lashes.
If your lashes are looking a little too spidery/chunky, take a lash comb and run it through your lashes. This will help to separate your lashes and remove any clumps.
Step Six: Tight line your eyes.
Use a black or dark brown eyeliner and tight line your upper lash line. This will make your lashes appear fuller and gives an overall better appearance with your curled lashes.
Congratulations!! Your lashes should appear fuller and longer and the curl will hold all day! This is my go to method for faking longer lashes, especially when I can’t be bothered to put on liquid liner. This method will give you an extra oomph to any “no makeup” makeup looks.
Have any other tips for achieving longer lashes? Be sure to leave them below!