Mascara can give your eyelashes a whole new look. It can lengthen short lashes, add volume and definition, and make you look awake and put together. But there’s only so much it can do on its own. To give your lashes a really dramatic look, your mascara will need a little help from a few friends:
1. Eyelash curler
For years, I stayed away from eyelash curlers. Those things resemble little instruments of torture and I didn’t want them anywhere near my eyes. “Still, if many women use them, they mustn’t be so bad”, I thought, and bought one. And wow, what a difference! Once your lashes are curled, your mascara will give your them a more dramatic look, and make your eyes appear more open and even larger. Eyelash curlers are easy to use. Open it and place your mascara-free lashes in its “mouth”. Then, clump the curler together, hold for 10 seconds and, if necessary, repeat. For a more natural look, crimp your lashes both at their base, in the middle of the shaft and near their tips.
The best eyelash curler is, undoubtedly, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler. Unfortunately, it is also quite pricey. If you’re on a budget, try ELF Essential Mechanical Eyelash Curler. It gets the job done and costs only $1.00! If, however, you find that the curl created by your eyelash curler doesn’t last long, then simply heat it up before you use it. You can do this by warming it up with a blowdryer for a few seconds only. The curler needs to get a bit warm, not hot or it will burn your skin! In alternative, you can try a heated eyelash curler such as Ardell Heated Eyelash Curler.
2. Metal comb
Does your mascara leave your lashes a clumpy mess? This is very annoying, but, thankfully, also easy to fix. Simply grab a metal lash comb and use it to thoroughly comb your eyelashes. The comb will spread the clumps, which will make your lashes look thicker. A good lash comb should be made of metal (plastic teeth don’t pick at and comb out lashes as well) and either be folding or come with a cover so that its teeth won’t get damaged when not in use. Tweezerman Folding ILashcomb, which retails at $9.74 on Amazon, is a great option to consider. But make sure you clean it well after every use. These combs gets dirty very fast and you don’t want to use anything unsanitary near your eyes!
3. Mascara shield
Eyelash curlers and metal combs may give you dramatic, thicker and defined lashes, but the result won’t look that good if you have mascara smeared all over your lid. Some mascaras have such big wands or messy textures that, even with the most careful application, it’s impossible not to end up with some little black dot on your skin. How to avoid this? With a mascara shield. Usually made of plastic, these little tools are placed under the top or bottom eyelashes, allowing you to apply mascara without ruining the rest of your makeup. It takes a while to get used to them, but if you often end up with mascara on your lids, it’s worth the investment.
If you’ve never tried one, opt for ELF Studio Mascara & Shadow Shield. It costs only $3.00, so it’ll allow you to practice without breaking the bank. Of course, remember to clean it well after every use. If you prefer disposable shields, try Lash Card. A package contains 10 disposable paper lash cards and costs $6.99. A bit pricey if used daily, but may come in handy for special occasions. Couldn’t you use a credit card instead, I hear you ask? Well, yes, but that’s so unsanitary!
Do you use these tools?