and fatter….. because as I’ve said before, lashes are the only place that brides don’t mind piling on the weight! For my wedding, I went down the extensions route but I know they’re not for everyone. So, if you’d rather make the most of what Mother Nature gave you, I can tell you that it’s as easy as…
If you’ve been clicking through this website, you’ll notice that I only really ever mention one eyelash serum. That’s not because I’m on some kind of sweetener from the manufacturer (I wish!) It’s just that over years of testing rivals, I’ve never found one that has ‘beaten’ M2 Beaute Eyelash Activating Serum. You can read my review here. My heart sinks every time I finish a tube. I know it comes with a hefty £125 price tag but a tube lasts over six months so it works out at less than a pound a day. (Can you tell how I justify the expense to myself?) I’ve tried to find out exactly what’s in it that’s so, flippin’ flutteringly fabulous (and why can’t they make a hair version) but the company line is that it boasts active ingredients. To be honest, that’s just the journalist in me. The girl in me just loves having really looooong lashes.
Yep, I know it’s obvious and you probably curl your lashes every day, but do you do it right? You could have them pro curled but in all honesty, unless you’ve forked out on LVL, I’d still give them a manual curl too, just for maximum lift and fan-ability. To use them properly, look down, and place them at the roots of your upper lashes. Clamp them down, taking care not to catch your eyelid – ouch – hold for a few seconds then release. Move slightly outwards, clamp down again, release and so on, until you reach the tips. Over the years, I’ve struggled with finding full strip eyelash curlers that comfortably fit across my eye line without pinching my skin. Gotta say, you just can’t go wrong with Shu Uemura‘s, £20.
Just like foundation and eyeshadow, your mascara will perform better if it goes on top of a primer. Not only will it boost the length and volume of your homegrown lashes, it’ll help your mascara look better for longer and stay flake-free. I’ve never felt the need to be faithful to one particular eyelash primer but I do admit to being a sucker for Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer, £17.50. I particularly liked how the brush got into the corners to catch even the spindliest of lashes. Whilst some lash primers are tinted, this one is white, though once it’s on the lashes and covered with mascara, there’s no sign of any specks of white. And talking of mascara, over a layer of this primer, your lashes will go from wispy to WOW!
To be perfectly honest, if you’ve done steps 1, 2 and 3, your main consideration when mascara shopping for your wedding is whether you should go waterproof. Years ago, that meant that stiff, brittle lashes that were a nightmare to shift was your payback for avoiding a ‘panda-monium.’ Using waterproof mascara for me has never been a regular thing – weddings, holidays and honeymoons only to be exact, so whenever I need it, I find that the one I have is a bit old so I grab a new one. If I could choose any (ie. if I wasn’t hunting in a teeny pharmacy in some Cornish village) I’d go for Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, £22 (because it plumps as well as stays budge-proof) or Max Factor Clump Defy Waterproof Mascara, £10.99 (because it lives up to its two promises – plus it’s super-easy to layer up coats.)
Is it just me, or do you sometimes think that your top lashes, after mascara, still look a bit gap-y? I use my trusty black liquid liner pen (the kind with a felt tip nib) to dot in-between the lashes on the upper waterline of my top lash line. It takes some getting used to but once you’ve added a defining streak of black along your eyelid, you’ll love the difference.
I’ve put together a more detailed masterclass on eyelashes, which you can read here. I’m always on the look out for even better mascaras than my current favourites. Please tell me which ones I should be trying