I always think it’s important to make your eyelashes look longer and fuller when applying makeup. Thick, long eyelashes help to make the eyes look more alert. Plus, long eyelashes bring attention to the eyes which is my favorite feature on people! To help make one of your best assets shine, here’s a few tricks to make your eyelashes look longer.
1. Eyelash Comb
One way to make your eyelashes look longer and fuller is by using an eyelash comb. Personally, I like to use a comb twice during my makeup routine. First, I like to comb my lashes before I curl them with an eyelash curler so my lashes won’t get clumped together. Second, I always comb my eyelashes a few minutes after applying my mascara to get rid of any clumps and help spread my eyelashes out.
2. Eyelash Curler
A quick trick to help your lashes look longer and fuller is using an eyelash curler. Typically, I curl my lashes before applying mascara (never curl your eyelashes AFTER applying mascara since you run the risk of accidentally pulling out your eyelashes). However, for the days I’m feeling lazy or am just doing a quick errand and don’t want to apply mascara, I curl my lashes so they look longer as well make my eyes look bigger and more alert.
3. Excess is Waste
A lot of the times, especially during the first few uses of a new bottle of mascara, the mascara wand has an excess of mascara on it. Before applying any mascara on, wipe the wand to get rid of at least 80% of the product. Surprisingly, you don't need a lot of product on the wand to get full lashes. Instead, too much product on the wand will give a clumpy or messy application.
4. Wiggle Your Wand
I began seeing much better results with my lashes when I started wiggling my wand! I first learned this technique when watching a MAC makeup artist do my sister's makeup; she started at the root of the lashes, then wiggled the wand out toward the edges, instead of making one swift, forward motion. This made my sister’s lashes longer, fuller, and more curled! Since then, I refuse to do my mascara without wiggling my mascara wand!
5. Slow and Steady Wins the Race
In the morning especially, we’re all in a hurry or too tired to have the patience to apply mascara slowly. However, quickly running a wand through your lashes will result in a messy or clumped look. On the other hand, taking a few extra seconds to apply mascara slowly to make sure that all your lashes are being coated and none of them are sticking together will make your lashes look softer and cleaner.
6. Don’t Be in an Exclusive Relationship
Over the years you might have found a few different mascaras that you liked because they added length or volume to your lashes but not both. If you still haven’t found the right mascara that gives you all the results that you would like to see, don’t be scared to double up your mascara. Use a couple coats of your favorite mascara for lengthening and a couple more coats from your favorite mascara which adds volume.
Tightlining is the technique of applying eye liner (usually waterproof, pencil eye liner) to your upper waterline. This is done to give the appearance of a fuller lash line. When tightlining, use an eye liner that is the same color as your mascara. For example, many women with brown or blonde hair use brown mascara to have a more subtle look – in that case make sure you use a matching brown eye liner.
8. Eye Liner
Another trick to get a fuller looking lash line is by using eye liner on the lash line. Whether you use a small amount of eye liner to smudge along your lash line or go for a more dramatic look with a winged look, using eye liner on your lash line will fill in any sparse gaps between the lashes.
Applying an eyelash primer can make a huge difference in the appearance of your lashes! Primers look just like regular mascara, only they are a white or translucent liquid. Put on your eyelash primer before you put on your regular black mascara, then watch your eyelashes lengthen before your eyes!
10. Baby Powder
Baby powder is basically a thriftier version of eyelash primer. I LOVE eyelash primer, but, to be honest, I've used the baby powder trick many more times than I've applied an actual primer. Dip a Q-tip in baby powder, then run it gently over your eyelashes, with your eyes closed of course! You'll look a little bit scary at first, but don't worry because your mascara will cover it up completely! In the end, baby powder creates almost an identical effect as primer—longer, fuller lashes!
11. Be Picky
In some ways, makeup is more important than all of your dresses, purses, and shoes! Makeup goes on your face, so it's the first thing people notice about you when they greet you. Because of this, you should probably be a little bit picky with your makeup! Don't hesitate to try on all of the mascaras in Sephora! Not every mascara is made equally, and you have to experiment to find the one perfect for you!
12. Don't Sleep with Makeup
While once or twice won't hurt you, making a habit of sleeping in your mascara can cause your eyelashes to fall out over time. Your eyelashes are such delicate little beauties, they can't bare to be covered in old, clumpy mascara through the night. If you want to protect your lashes and keep them healthy, long, and thick, don't sleep in your makeup!
13. Be Gentle
When you wash your face and remove your makeup, make sure you are always gentle. For the same reason that you shouldn't sleep in mascara too often, you should gently wash your eye makeup off each night. Otherwise your fragile lashes may fall off one by one, making your lash-line weaker each day!
14. Try a Growth Serum
The best way to make your eyelashes look longer and fuller is to actually make them longer and fuller! Some people swear by their homemade hair growth serums for eyelashes! You may or may not have luck, but it certainly never hurts to try! There are so many healthy oils to try on your lashes, you might actually end up with eyelashes so thick that they look false! You can find an eyelash growth serum recipe here: makeupgeek.com
15. Start on the inside
Just like great skin and healthy hair, growing long, luscious eyelashes begins with your diet. Make sure you are getting plenty of vitamins and minerals in your diet, and, if not, then add in supplements, especially biotin! Also, drink as much water as possible each day! The healthier your body is, the prettier it is! Then every inch of your body will thank you, from your toes to the tips of your eyelashes!
Making your eyelashes look longer and fuller is easy and can be done at home. Now you don’t have to resort to expensive treatments like lash inserts or prescriptions for fuller lashes. What are other tricks to make your eyelashes look longer and fuller?
This article was written in collaboration with editor Sabrina Yates.