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Maximize your eyelashes
February 21, 2016, 12:52 pm

Lashes are always in style, the longer and thicker, the better. Sadly, not everyone was born with beautiful luscious eyelashes to flaunt. For some, you have to work with what you were given, and here is how.

Use an eyelash primer: An eyelash primer will maximize the results you get from your favorite mascara, creating longer, thicker lashes. Not only that, but the right primer will also condition your lashes and protect them from the harsh chemicals that are found in mascaras.

Choose your mascara carefully: Though a tube might promise to do everything (like adding length, volume, thickness, and definition), that is usually not the given result since a single tube can only pack so many effective ingredients. Evaluate your lashes and pick a mascara formula that will pick up where your lashes are lacking.

Pay close attention to the brush: A big, bulky brush will make your lashes thicker and more volumized. A brush with spikey bristles will add length and definition. If you want to get super fancy, try one coat of a thickening mascara, followed by a coat of lengthening mascara, both of which can be found in a mascara kit.

Mascara application is key: Apply your first coat while holding the wand horizontally. Wiggle the wand ever so gently at the base of your lashes, which will add instant thickness and create a sight eyeliner effect. Pull the wand through your lashes, while continuing to barely wiggle the wand back and forth to reduce clumps. Then, let this first coat sit about ten seconds so that the great shape and thickness you have created has time to set.

As for your second coat, it is time to concentrate on giving your lashes length. Hold the mascara wand vertically and use the tip to paint on more mascara, which will push up your lashes and add length to the ends. Finish by using a clean mascara wand or a lash comb to remove any clumps. Don't be afraid to do more than two coats.

If you want even more drama, try this trick in between the first and second coats of mascara: Dip a Q-tip in baby powder (or translucent powder) and lightly dust the powder to the front and back of your lashes. Then proceed with your second coat of mascara. This will give more grit to your lashes for the mascara to stick to, making the volume way more intensified.

Don't forget the lower lashes: If yours are particularly stubby and hard to reach without making a big mascara mess under your eyes, you might want to consider a bottom lash mascara. There are ones with a great formula and a teeny tiny brush that is made specifically to reach those stubborn lower lashes. You will be surprised with how many lower lashes you have just waiting for their time to shine.

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