The 10 Commandments of Mascara

Lashes are back.  And back with avengance.  Even if it is a big, thick, lush, sometimes even spidery moment. Have you ever lost hours wandering around Boots, Debenhams or even a supermarket looking atall the different options available for one item?  Please tell me that it isn’t just me??  I went to Clinique the other day for a mascara – the fact that I came out with several skincare products and no mascara is besides the point.  The point is that I could not get over how many types there were available.  I mean I know people have different lashes – long, short, thick, thin, a bit like hair I suppose – but wowsers!!

Perfume-Click has mascara for everyone – whether you want to extend your lashes, thicken them, curl them or plump them up – you need look no further than right hereFurther to a mini tiny sales pitch, I have also taken it upon myself to write you the 10 commandments for mascara – whether you follow 1 or all 10 is up to you but I hope there will be something in here for you all!

1.  WHICH MASCARA WORKS BEST?

There are those do-all mascaras that promise thick, defined, mile-long lashes with the swipe of a wand—but apparently experts say that these aren’t the way to go. A single tube can only pack so many effective ingredients, and formulas usually have to sacrifice one benefit for another. “If you want a specific effect, look for a specialized type,” says makeup artist Troy Surratt. What did this mean?  Well I did a bit of scientific research for us all – I know, you’re welcome!!  Apparently, the resins and waxes in a curling mascara lift and bend stick-straight lashes, while a lengthening formula’s nylon fibers act as extensions on short ones. And the brush matters, too: If it’s big and bushy, that’s how your lashes will look. A brush with spiky plastic bristles separates.

2.  BLACK WORKS FOR EVERYONE

Everyone can pull off black—even blondes. The whole point of mascara is to enhance the shape of the eye and define the lashes, and it should be visible, or you won’t get that effect. But that’s not to say you can’t experiment with colours. A swipe of purple is gorgeous on green, blue, and hazel eyes, while blue and green mascaras offer a gorgeous contrast against brown.  So don’t be shy!

3.  SAVE WATER – ONLY WEAR PROTECTION WHEN YOU REALLY NEED IT

Waterproof mascaras are too tough to remove for everyday use – it is best saved for your best friend’s wedding and indoor swimming pools.  I’ve tried and tested a few and found that Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara Waterproof Black is one of the best – and at under £10 its a steal!

4.  GET THE PERFECT CURL

Don’t be intimidated by its resemblance to a medieval torture device—an eyelash curler can make eyes appear wider and sexier in seconds. The key is to use it before applying mascara, because the mascara can stick to the curler, causing some lashes to be pulled out.  Look into a mirror and lift your chin. Squeeze the curler at the roots and hold for three to five seconds, then pulse halfway down the lashes three times—one second per pulse.

5.  ADD FULLNESS AND DRAMA…

After curling, apply lengthening mascara (try Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara) to the upper and lower lashes. Then, wiggle the brush of a volumizing mascara (such as Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express Mascara) against the roots and pull it through. Finally, swish your wand windshield-wiper style across your corner lashes to beef them up – the lashes give the eyes an elongated shape.

6.  …OR LENGTH AND DEFINITION

Two coats of lengthening mascara — we like Bourjois Une Smart Length Mascara — are a quick fix for stubby fringe. Start by squeezing the wand in a paper towel. Apply to one eye, then the other, letting the mascara dry completely before your second swipe. Shimmy the brush into your lash line and swiftly pull it through the lashes – this rapid, wiggle-slick move separates lashes and makes eyes look bigger.

7.  DON’T NEGLECT LOWER LASHES

If the look you’re going for is smoky eyes, then make sure you’re not too heavy-handed, or the mascara will clump. For a bit of everyday definition, run the tip of the wand lightly along the lower lashes.

8.  TRY SPIDERY LASHES—THE RIGHT WAY

Spider lashes look great, but only if you do it right, so here is my advice.  After curling, coat top and bottom lashes with a volumizing formula, like Maybelline The Rocket Volume Express Mascara, and let them dry before adding more. After applying 3 coats (letting the lashes dry in between) then revisit the ends with a ball-shaped brush…..hold the wand vertically and use a metronome motion to really get that spiky effect.

9.  REMOVE CLUMPS

If it’s the spidery eyes that you’re after – that’s great and the odd clump is fine but don’t be sloppy.  Tidy yours up by sweeping a clean spooley brush through clumps while the mascara is still wet – the comb is for your lashes and the brush is just an added bonus to keep those eyebrows tidy!

10.  AND FINALLY – AFTER ALL THAT……IT IS TIME TO TAKE IT ALL OFF

After piling on coat after coat of mascara, you’re going to need more than a facial cleanser to get it off. Removers that contain oil, like Decleor Aroma Cleanse Eye Make-Up Remover for Waterproof, are strong enough to dissolve the most stubborn formulas. Soak a pad with remover and gently press it down on lashes for a few seconds. This allows the formula to soak in – then, slowly wipe the pad across the eyes.
And there you have it – if you follow some or all of those rules then you will have eyelashes that will get you out of just about any sticky situation – not all – I offer no guarantees!  I’d love to receive your pictures and hear your tales about whether or not you have had increased success – so do get in touch!!
Until next week, stay warm and lots of love and fluttery kisses
Suzanne
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