Guide to the best lashes of your life

Flawless Lashes Makeup Guide - Kourtney Kardashian

From faking it to enhancing what you’ve got

New Idea New Idea and WHO Executive Beauty Editor / October 23 2017

Long, lush lashes are within reach at any age. Simply choose your best solution for statement lashes every single day. Caring for your lashes is important too, especially as we lather mascara on them daily, advises Soula-Marie Perdis, COO at Napoleon Perdis. To limit the damage, gently but thoroughly remove all residue of eye makeup after each day.Here’s everything you need to create your best eyelashes ever. 

Max your mascara

It might be the one makeup item you can’t live without, but are you getting the most out of your mascara?

Tip #1 / Go easy with the coats
“A couple of coats should be enough to lengthen and thicken lashes,” says Perdis. “Anything more will cause them to clump and become spider-like – which can make them brittle and prone to flaking.”

Tip #2 / Apply it before the rest of your makeup
Always apply mascara first! “Adding lash definition and enhancement at the beginning of your makeup regimen helps 
to map out the rest of your overall look,” says Perdis. “Don’t go overboard – build definition in two to three coats for long and well-defined lashes.”  

Tip #3 / Avoid drying out the formula
“Pumping the mascara wand into the bottle will not help you to achieve better results,” warns Perdis. “What it will do though is break down and dry out the formula from exposure to air, therefore shortening the lifespan of the product.”

Tip #4 / Know when to replace it
You should replace your mascara about every three months to ensure the formula is fresh and hasn’t dried out – which is what leads to flaking.

Products to try: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara in Ultra Black; Napoleon Perdis Mesmer-Eyes Mascara; Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Falsies Everlasting Waterproof

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara in Ultra Black

Napoleon Perdis Mesmer-Eyes Mascara

Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Falsies Everlasting Waterproof

TOP TIP: To make lashes appear longer, curl them before you apply mascara.

Try a two-step mascara

The quickest way to instant falsies is with the new generation of two-step mascaras. One tube coats the lashes and a second adds lengthening fibres that attach to the formula and extend lashes. Use warm water to remove easily.

Products to try: NYX Professional Makeup Double Stacked Mascara; L’Oréal Paris False Lash X-Fiber Mascara; The Body Shop Lash Hero Fibre Extension Mascara

NYX Professional Makeup Double Stacked Mascara

L’Oréal Paris False Lash X-Fiber Mascara

The Body Shop Lash Hero Fibre Extension Mascara

Fake it with falsies

“A lot of women 
struggle with
 applying false eyelashes, and there’s the fear a lash may fall off in the middle of a night out – ask any woman and I’m sure they’ve got a false eyelash tale to tell!’ says Perdis. “To avoid any mishaps, apply a small amount of glue onto the lash strip. Wait 20 seconds before applying the lash. This allows the glue to become tacky and will be easier to work with.”

Products to try: Artemes Silk Lashes Intricate Lies; Glam by Manicare Adriana Lashes; shu uemura false eye lashes smoky layers

Artemes Silk Lashes Intricate Lies

Glam by Manicare Adriana Lashes

shu uemura false eye lashes smoky layers

TOP TIP: The best way to pick up delicate false lashes is to use tweezers.

Use a lash-enhancing treatment

You can maximise and improve what you’ve got with these at-home treatments:

#1 / Boost growth for thinning lashes in eight to 12 weeks with ModelCo Lash & Brow Rapid Growth Serum.

#2 / For a semi-permanent colour that increases lash length in two weeks, try Freezeframe Tint & Grow.

#3 / To tint lashes or boost length and separation, use Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer.

ModelCo Lash & Brow Rapid Growth Serum

Freezeframe Tint & Grow

Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer

Also, check out this weird but effective hack to make bottom lashes look thicker - Karlie Kloss is a big fan!

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Adriana has been writing about the beauty world for more than 15 fun-filled years and has a real passion for helping women navigate gracefully through those tricky 45+ years.