Long and thick eyelashes draw immediate attention to the eyes. The simplest way to improve the look of fabulous lashes is to choose the right mascara; but what to do if you are not blessed with thick eye hair?

When you decide how to make up your lashes, you must evaluate your assets and keep your expectations realistic. You may choose different approaches depending on the situation you are making up for. In this article you will learn:

  • the best techniques for a natural look.
  • how to choose the colour and quality of mascara.
  • how to apply mascara.
  • when and how to wear false eyelashes.


Natural-looking eyelashes

If you have naturally beautiful lashes, you may choose not to make them up, or at least try to keep them looking as natural as possible.

Curling long and thick lashes that grow forward or downward will create an eye-opening effect. It is more convenient to use a smaller curler a few times, so you can position it correctly on the lashes. Start with the middle lashes, as close to the eyelid as possible. Look down, position your curler, then squeeze it until it stops and hold for a five-second count. Repeat on the outer lashes. If you have just a few treasured bristles left, then do not torture them with this tool.

Tinting lashes is great for those who have long eyelashes of a light colour. The downside is that the roots will grow out very quickly.

Choosing mascara

Marketers work hard creating new names for identical products—lengthening, curling, separating, thickening, volumising, etc—but in fact there are only two types of mascara formula: thin without fibres, or thick with fibres, either of which may be water-based or waterproof.

Thin mascara without fibres will define your lashes without making them look striking. This type of mascara usually comes with a thin wand designed to set a curl. If your eyes are very sensitive, thin mascara may be your only option, as the sensitivity is often caused by dust adhering to the fibres of thick mascara.

Younger women prefer bright eye makeup which demands thick and long lashes, especially for evening makeup. Thick mascara with fibres creates a length- and volume-enhancing effect. You can build up volume that will make a real difference, even if you are not blessed with beautiful lashes. However, even top-quality thick mascara doesn’t always look good:

  • if your lashes are sparse; they may look like black sticks jutting out from your eyes, rather than appearing to be a fan of eyelashes.
  • on long lashes; layers of thick mascara will make them heavy, straightening their natural curl and making them feel uncomfortable.

If you have oily skin, or deep-set eyes that bring your lashes into contact with your skin, waterproof mascara may be the right choice for you. It forms an oily film around each lash to protect it from moisture. Since waterproof mascara is based on oil, it is lighter than water-based mascara, meaning it holds the curl better. The downside is that waterproof mascara is difficult to remove. You may need to work harder on the eye area, damaging not only your lashes but also the gentle skin around your eyes. Moreover, even after you remove it from your lashes, tiny particles may still be present on your face, concentrated under your eyes. If you use it daily, especially on long and thick lashes, this residue will slowly build up, leaving you with permanent dark circles under your eyes.

Coloured mascara could be a good alternative to black. Dark blue or violet mascara is an excellent way to enhance the beauty of your eyes; use it alone, or apply it on the lower lashes together with black on the upper lashes. Brown or grey mascara is good for daily makeup; these colours are especially suitable for very young girls, and may be the only choices if you have tired eyes or under-eye circles. Remember that very bright mascara applied all over the lashes looks garish and unnatural, like blue lips or nails.

Applying mascara

Tilt your head forward when applying to the lower lashes, and backward when applying to the upper lashes.

On the upper lashes, start with the tiny lashes next to the inner eye corners, moving your wand slightly upwards and outwards. Always sweep mascara onto your eyelashes from the roots to the tips, in thin layers. The worst mistake you can make is applying mascara too far from the roots; this not only creates an unwelcome contrast between dark-coloured mascara and light-coloured roots, it also makes the lashes stick together at the tips. To avoid this, open your eyes wider, and always hold the wand parallel to your eyelids.

False eyelashes

Applying false lashes can be easier and more efficient than using mascara. They don’t need to look fake; you can choose natural-looking falsies and wear them in a way that no one will learn your little secret. When you need to glam up, long and thick false eyelashes will immediately transform you into a siren.

Before you are confident in your application technique, practice with a trimmed row of medium-length lashes, only on your upper lash line. The trick is to glue the eyelashes as close to your own as possible. To disguise your false lashes, first draw a black pencil line along your real lashes, put on the falsies, then, if necessary, fix the pencil line once the lashes are secure and the glue is dry. If you want your lashes to last for many applications, don’t curl them and don’t apply mascara on them.