This post will touch upon your relationship with your lashes. Some might have a love and hate relationship with their lashes (most Asians do), but what we are trying to achieve today is to sculpt your lashes so the hate can be eliminated from this relationship :3 My attempt to sound like a therapist: FAIL.
Some of the readers commented on my lashes so I decided to share how I sculpt my lashes. Like everyone who has Asian lashes; my lashes are pin-straight, and lacking in volume.
Here we go~
(B) Sephora heated lash curler
(C) Maybelline Full N' Soft waterproof mascara
(D) Sephora Lash Plumper mascara
(E) Lash comb
(wearing GEO Honey Wing circle lenses)
As you can see my lashes are barely visible...
Step 1: Curl Lashes
- Do not just curl your lashes at the base; your lashes will bend at 90 degrees x_x... you are trying to achieve a fan-like-effect.
- As you move from the base, curl 4 to 5 times until you reach the tips of your lashes. Repeat until desired effect is achieved.
- Now curl only at the base for 5 seconds to hold shape.
- To keep curl you should always use waterproof mascara, they have more wax content compared to non-waterproof. OR look for a mascara with a dryer formula; they will not weight your lashes down and keeps better curl.
- Always zig-zag when applying your mascara (see pic above). When you zig-zag, the brush helps to separate your lashes and coat your lashes evenly.
- Use a lash comb to separate your lashes if they become clumpy; comb while your mascara is wet or you will end up pulling your lashes!!!
After 2 coats of waterproof mascara; here I am using Maybelline Full N' Soft waterproof mascara.
Step 2.5: Apply Primer
I did not use a primer, but if you are using a primer you should apply it after your base/waterproof mascara in order to keep your curl intact. Apply the primer focusing on base to middle section of your lashes. Most primers on the market have poor ability to keep curl but does elongate and create volume. I will recommend some primers at the end of the tutorial~
Step 3: Curl Lashes AGAIN
Using a heated lash curler focus on curling the tips of your lashes (see the arrows in pic) to create that fan-like-effect, this will also clean any spider-leg looking tips.
Curl your bottom lashes with heated curler.
After curling your lashes, it should look something like this.
Step 4: Create Volume
- When applying your volume mascara, zig-zag and focus on the base to middle section (see pic above) of your lashes, if you apply excessive amount of volume mascara over the entire length of your lashes, it is easy to create spidery lashes and the tips of your lashes will be clumpy :(
- Avoid using a lash comb now... unless you have really clumpy application; at this stage your lashes already have 3 coats of mascara using a lash comb will tug and pull on your lashes.
2 coats of volume mascara should look something like this.
Step 5: Clean/Sculpting
- We are trying to achieve a fan-like-effect therefore the lashes that are too long or have clumpy ends must be cleaned/sculpted to the appropriate length.
- I have a few lashes with spider-leg-ends that are too long (see pic above); I used my finger to pull the excess mascara off the lash tips.
Most days I wear only mascara (for eye makeup)... I think it's enough to define my eyes alone if applied correctly ><.
lash growth serum daily. I have religiously used lash serums every night for the past 2 years and I really believe they have made a difference to my lashes; in terms of length and volume. Currently I am using...
(F) Ardell Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator
- Shu Uemura Mascara Basic (base): HG HG HG, that should explain all. Could be applied over and over again, will never clump.
- MAC Fiber Rich lash (volume): HG for volume and lengthening but could get messy.
- Clinique High Impact mascara (volume): Good overall volume mascara.
- Maybelline Full N' Soft waterproof (base): My HG for drugstore base, hold curl and separates.
- Maybelline Volum'Express (volume): I think this is one of the mascara that can do it all, holds curl and gives volume.
- Anna Sui Long: Fiber mascara, holds curl. You really cannot go wrong.
- MAC Prep + Prime lash: Pretty good but can get messy and weight your lashes down if not careful.
- Shiseido The Makeup Mascara Base: recommended by most for Asian lashes.