From Skimpy to Scandalous
So you like the look of long lashes, but you don't have much to work with. Me neither. Our eyes are our most expressive feature and whether you're a low-maintenance gal after our own hearts, or a full-blown beauty-product-addict, it only takes a little effort to bring out everything your beautiful eyes have to offer, after which you can play the rest of your makeup as laid back as you like. We caught up with NYC-based makeup artist Makara Baker, who gave us the skinny on how to fatten up lean lashes:
Invest in a Good Eyelash Curler: Baker recommends you arm yourself with a powerful eyelash curler like Shu Uemura. It'll set you back about $20, but it's a makeup artist favorite and the industry gold standard. Baker says, "try to get as close to the lash line as possible. When pressing the curler give it a soft squeeze first to make sure you're not getting any skin (ouch!), then squeeze as hard as you can for 5 or so seconds before releasing. This step alone gives your eyes some perk."
Select a Volumizing Mascara: Baker's favorite is Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara in Black, which lengthens without clumping. "To apply, start with wand at the very base of your lashes then do a wiggle motion to really deposit the formula as you draw the wand out. Make sure you get the inner and outer corner hairs as well. Do two coats if you really want thickness!"
Tip #1 For Seriously Skimpy Lashes: Generally speaking, Baker recommends curling lashes first and applying mascara second, but if your lashes are super short or straight, you should apply a coat of mascara first, wait for it to dry, curl, then apply a second coat of mascara.
Tip #2 For Seriously Skimpy Lashes When You Don't Like Curlers: Baker advises, "fill in lash line with dark eye line pencil to give illusion of fullness then use an ointment like vaseline to lightly dab into the lash moving your finger from side to side to seperate the hairs."
Money Saving Tip: We've been intrigued by the lash primers that have hit the market and asked Baker if they really pump up our mascara's power. She says if you've invested in a good mascara, you can go ahead and skip these.