Sunday 25 February 2018

Lash it on... how to get the perfect eyelashes

From natural -l ooking to dramatic lashes, there's a mascara for everyone

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Andrea Byrne

Even if you're not a massive make-up wearer, chances are you wouldn't dare leave the house without mascara. Its effects are transformative. We go from looking tired and somewhat eye-less to awake and altogether more pleasant looking. However, even though it's a universally adored beauty product, most of us lack good mascara education.

According to Kirsten Piggott, Rimmel's global make-up artist, we should always use it in conjunction with an eyelash curler. "Not only does this really help to open the eyes giving your lashes the maximum effect, but also helps to avoid lash breakage and stops the lashes sticking together," she says.

The mascara's wand and its design play a massive role in achieving the desired effect. For lighter, natural looking lashes, Kirsten recommends selecting a mascara with a comb applicator or a very fine wand as this will give a light coating to the lashes whilst keeping them separated. For longer fuller lashes with lift, Kirsten advises applying two coats of a mascara with a mid-curved brush applicator as this will coat the lashes evenly whilst adding volume and lift. And for seriously dramatic lashes, Kirsten opts for two coats of a mascara with a big brush applicator.

While lash combs aren't essential, they work really well on bottom lashes to create a gorgeous doe-eyed effect. Just make sure you do it before the mascara has dried, warns Kirsten, otherwise the mascara will start to flake. And one final piece of advice: never, ever pump the wand. "By pumping the wand in and out of your mascara, you are also pumping air into the tube, this will dry your mascara out faster making it thick and cloggy, shortening its life," Kirsten concludes.

How to... Get perfect lashes

Tilt your head back and look down into a mirror when applying your mascara, working your wand up and out from the very root of your lashes gently wiggling it from side to side. Do bottom lashes last, holding the mascara wand vertically and lightly run it along your lower eyelashes.

Top product: Rimmel's Lash Accelerator mascara, €9.99

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Celeb inspiration

Cheryl  Fernandez-Versini

Why: Frequently voted among the world’s most beautiful women, Cheryl’s face is the source of much envy. Her self-confessed beauty secret, as told to Stylist magazine? Lashings of mascara!

How: Cheryl swears by L’Oreal’s False Lash Telescopic mascara.

Jessica Chastain

Why: Because they have naturally light lashes, red-headed women love mascara, but anything too black can look harsh against their very pale skin, an offence Jessica Chastain never makes.

How: Her make-up artist once revealed that he often applies brown mascara at the bottom and black at the top for a softer look.

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