Long, Longer, Longest Lashes

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Lashes needing an extra boost and normal mascara just isn’t cutting it?  Some makeup looks require more buxom lashes, or sometimes you want something to add a little flare to your makeup routine for a night out.  Doing more than simple mascara is a perfect way to solve this problem, but it can also be intimidating if you’ve never dabbled in fake lashes.  Here are three ways you can achieve an extra lash blast; applying fake lashes, using an eyelash extension system, or a trick that can be done at home with products you most likely already have.

1. Baby Powder Eyelashes

I wanted to start with this one because I believe that it’s the least threatening and requires products that I’m sure are at your disposal already. All you need for this is your everyday mascara, baby powder, a Q-tip and if you have one an eyelash curler.

To start curl your lashes from the base and hold your curler there for 20-25 seconds.  Next coat your lashes with your favorite mascara (right now my favorite is Voluminous Butterfly Mascara by Loreal).  Do two full coats from the base to tip wiggling the mascara brush at the base of the lashes and then pulling up.  I would wait for the first coat to dry before the second to avoid getting clumps.

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Coat lashes from base to tip in mascara

Now for the fun part.  Dip your Q-tip in the baby powder and run the powder all over your top and bottom lashes so they are completely covered in white baby powder. After, take your mascara and put another layer over top the baby powder.  The baby powder acts as a volumizing primer to give extra body to your lashes.

2. Lash Extension using Synthetic Fibers

toofacedLash extensions might sound intimidating but it’s a very simple three step system!  This is the same principle used for the baby powder eyelashes above, but it provide much more volume and  length then at home methods.  Instead of at home products, you are using synthetic fibers purchased at a makeup store. It’s a good alternative to false lashes so you don’t have to deal with any sticky glue. There are a bunch of different brands that have started creating synthetic lash systems so there are a few to choose from.

The brand that I use (and is my favorite!) is Too Faced Better Then False Lashes, a 3-step system, which will set you back $35.  And it’s worth it for the price. There are two mascara tubes that come with it.  One a standard thickening mascara, and the other, a smaller bottle of synthetic fibers.

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Nylon fibers that look like cotton pieces.

To use you coat your lashes in the normal black mascara how you normally would.  Then while the mascara is still wet, you apply the synthetic lashes and the white fibers thickly coat your lashes from root to tip.  Lastly, you coat the white fibers with the original black mascara sealing in the fibers.  You can repeat the second and third steps to get even thicker lashes, but the original result is so dramatic that I’ve never had to put on a second coat!

 3. Good Old False Lashes

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And then there are falsies.  Traditional false lashes will always be the best choice to deliver the longest and most dramatic appearance.  You can get a natural look with them by using individual lashes on the outer corner of your eyes, you can cut the lashes in half and place on the outer corner to get a little but more volume, or use the full set of lashes to get the thickest, longest, and darkest lashes that you can imagine.  And it’s all up to you what type of lash you choose.

duoFalse lashes can be scary when you actually having to glue something to your eye.  This was the video I watched when I first started using false lashes, and she gives a step by step tutorial that I find very helpful to see actually how to apply them.  The biggest tip that she states, which I swear by is using Duo Lash Glue instead of the glue that normally comes with false lashes.

False lashes give you a look that I believe no other lash techniques can give you, and it’s definitely worth trying sometime if you’ve never done it!

One of these three ways will be perfect way to satisfy your lash fix. So try one or try them all to get the final touch on a perfect makeup look!

 

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