Getting Great Lashes

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No beauty look is complete without full, fierce lashes. But what’s the best way to get lashes that really pop? Take a look at our guide to learn about mascara types, lash enhancers, and false lashes to choose the product that will give your lashes the wow factor they’re missing.

Mascara

 

Mascara Types

While naming conventions differ across brands, the type of mascara you use can help your lashes with length, volume, lift, definition, and more. Here are a few keywords to look for when choosing a mascara that will give your lashes help where they need it.

Lengthening: Good for those with short lashes, this type of mascara has fibers that cling to the lashes to make them longer.

Thickening/volumizing: Ideal for people with thin lashes, these types of mascara contain polymers or waxes that make the lashes appear thicker and more dense.

Curling: Curling mascaras contain polymers that contract and lift the lashes. The brush is usually curved as well to help lift the lashes as it’s applied. This is good for those who need more lash shape or don’t like using lash curlers.

Waterproof: If you’re wearing your mascara long hours, outdoors, or during athletic activities, waterproof mascara is the choice for you. It has a wax-oil base that keeps it from smudging or running even when wet. Just remember you’ll need an oil-based makeup remover to take it off.

Non-clumping: If you like a natural, barely-there look, go for non-clumping mascara. It uses glycerin and silk extracts to define each lash without that clumpy too-much-makeup look.

Lash defining: This mascara is the cure-all if your lashes need help with everything from volume to length to color. Because of the way it’s formulated, it’s usually waterproof as well.

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Mascara Brushes

Brush Types

No matter what type of mascara you use, the type of brush you apply it with can make a difference. If you don’t want to spring for a whole new mascara, try applying it with a different type of brush for certain effects.

Straight brush: This is the most common type of brush, which allows for easy access to small lashes at the inner corner of the eye.

Curved brush: If you’re looking for more lift, try a curved brush to help you curl your lashes as you apply the mascara.

Comb: Hate clumps? Use a comb brush to separate and define your lashes from root to tip.

Big brush: This fluffy-looking brush has tightly spaced bristles that are great for applying mascara to hard-to-reach places, adding volume to your lashes.

Long brush: A long brush is usually used for lengthening formulas, helping the fibers attach to the lash and extend beyond.

No matter what type of mascara you use, the type of brush you apply it with can make a difference. If you don’t want to spring for a whole new mascara, try applying it with a different type of brush for certain effects.

  • Straight brush: This is the most common type of brush, which allows for easy access to small lashes at the inner corner of the eye.
  • Curved brush: If you’re looking for more lift, try a curved brush to help you curl your lashes as you apply the mascara.
  • Comb: Hate clumps? Use a comb brush to separate and define your lashes from root to tip.
  • Big brush: This fluffy-looking brush has tightly spaced bristles that are great for applying mascara to hard-to-reach places, adding volume to your lashes.
  • Long brush: A long brush is usually used for lengthening formulas, helping the fibers attach to the lash and extend beyond.

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Primers & Enhancers

Eyelash Enhancers

 

Lash primers, conditioners, enhancers, and serums are all products that help your lashes grow longer, thicker, denser, and glossier. They are often formulated for use on the eyebrows as well as the lashes. They should be applied before makeup and usually need to be used daily for several weeks in order to see results. If volumizing mascara just isn’t doing the trick, try one of these products to pump up your natural lashes.

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False Lashes

For times when you really need your eyes to pop, false lashes may be the best choice. They usually come as lash strips that need to be trimmed to fit your lash line, and then applied over your natural lashes using special adhesive. It’s usually a good idea to apply mascara to your natural lashes first to help them adhere to the false lashes, as well as create a uniform look.

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