Finding it hard to fake fuller looking lashes without reaching for the falsies? Prepare to have your eyes opened! These innovative make-up hacks and must-have new products will take your eyelashes from flimsy to full in five.
Treat them well
Your lashes are pretty resilient - but similar to the hair on your head, they need treating, caring for and conditioning to look and feel their best. If you’re looking to achieve fuller, natural-looking lashes, some of the following tips might be useful:
- Always remember to take off all remnants of mascara before you go to bed. Not removing it properly can cause infection and irritation, as well as drying your lashes out and making them weaker.
- Avoid dying or tinting your lashes too often.
- Give your natural eyelashes breaks from falsies or extensions from time to time - these treatments can cause your lashes to become brittle and sparse.
- Be careful with the eyelash curler - never curl wet lashes or once you’ve got mascara on.
- Indulge in regrowth serums and conditioning treatments every now and then.
- Never trim your lashes.
Mascara is a must
If there’s one product that truly has our back when achieving fuller, natural looking lashes, it has to be mascara. The modern world of make-up is packed full of options when it comes to lashes - but there are a few products that’ll really help you on your way.
Mascara has evolved massively in recent years - we don’t just have your basic options now; there are countless primers, lengthening products, and top coats that promise nothing short of miracles. One tried and tested product worth mentioning is the Anew Lash Transforming Mascara, which has a double-sided bottle & applicator. Boasting bio lash technology, this 2-in-1 mascara promises to fight breakage, prep lashes and lift them endlessly.
Another one of the best mascaras for long eyelashes is the mark. Big & Extreme Mascara. This hero product boasts an innovative elasto-stretch formula, which extends and thickens your natural lashes. Its flake & clump free formula, combined with unique spiral shaped lash-extender brush, make for a winning combo when applied to curled lashes - grabbing each and every lash to thicken, stretch, extend and volumise them.
Walk the line
Kohl, liquid, pencil, gel… eyeliners come in all shapes and sizes - and can be used to flatter eyes of all shapes and sizes, too! Eyeliner pencils are great to use on the lower and upper lash line, making your eyes appear larger - and further defining your peepers.
Smaller, deep-set or tired eyes will reawaken and appear larger with a slick of white eyeliner onto the lower lash line. This clever trick gives the illusion of larger, whiter, brighter peepers and really opens up your eyes.
Black kohl or pencil liners add an instant smoky, sultry vibe to any look. For a grungy, smouldering appeal, try smudging black eyeliner into your upper lashes – it’ll help to make your lashes look longer and your your peepers look larger.
Staying on the upper lash line, one of the most popular beauty trends in modern make-up is, of course, statement or winged eyeliner. Nailing that perfectly winged look is pretty easy if you’re using the right products. It’s also a look that flatters pretty much all eye shapes.
1. Start by picking up a good quality black liquid liner - those that come in a pen form are great for beginners. They’re easy to hold, control and are very precise. A great product for this is the mark. Big Graphic Liquid Liner.
2. Ready? Begin your perfect flick from the inner corner of your eye and draw a fine black line directly above your upper eyelashes, carefully following the natural shape of your eyelid. You want to get this as close as possible to your lashes, especially if you want to achieve a natural look that makes them look fuller.
3. If you’re finding it a little difficult to draw a line or keep your hand steady, try creating a series of smaller dots or lines and joining them together. Any mistakes you make - or smudges, can always be cleaned up with concealer.
4. When you come to the outer corners of your eyes, where the ‘flick’ will be, you have one or two options. You can either continue working from the inner eye outwards; gradually working out and shaping your liner into a wing - or you can work outwards in. Working outwards in is probably the best method in slaying that flawless flick - but everyone works differently, so there is no right or wrong answer. To create that gorgeous, winged definition from the outside in, firstly draw out the bottom of the flick; before going to the tip of the wing and drawing backwards to meet the line. Then fill with black liner.
5. Remember to keep an angled make-up brush and concealer to hand, to neaten and sculpt that flawless finish.
Add a little sparkle
Once you’ve lined and defined your peepers, try popping a little highlighter or shimmer into the inner corners - where your tear ducts are. Not only will this give you a glowy, fresh faced look, it’ll also really open up and brighten your eyes, perfectly showcasing your luscious lashes..
Define your brows
Yes, you heard us correctly! These tips may be focused around perfecting your lashes, but a big part of successfully pulling off a voluminous yet, natural eyelash look is about making sure that your eyes - and their surrounding areas, are accentuated, complemented and dressed to kill.
Defining, sculpting and shading your eyebrows with a brow pencil, powder or gel (teamed with a little concealer to really carve out that perfect arch) means that they’ll frame your eyes perfectly, making them really pop and stand out from your other features.
The True Colour Glimmerstick Brow Definer pencil is great for achieving definition and sculpting a natural looking arch. Its precise tip allows you to shade in sparse patches, whilst still maintaining a natural looking finish. Draw soft, short lines within patchy eyebrows to mimic hair and blend where necessary with a spoolie brush.
Nailing fluttery, fuller lashes is much easier than it sounds. Using tried and tested techniques, boosting your understanding of your eye shape and a few staple products are all you’ll need. So, skip the salon, slash the cost and slay the lashes game!