Feel pushed to the fringe by your lash dilemmas? Ditch your frustration by embracing these unbelievably easy tricks that’ll keep your eyes looking like a fluttery wide-eyed wonder.
1. HELP!: Mascara gets smudgy at the corner of my eyes.
SKIN FIX: Diorshow New Look‘s (S$52) skinny-wand model is endowed with a tapered precision tip to tackle hard-to-reach corners, and a budge-proof, serum-infused formula so that maintaining show-stopping lashes is no sweat even in the heat and humidity.
Pat on your powder after you are done with the mascara to wipe away any inadvertent stray eye makeup and keep mascara smears with oily lids at bay. Bye, bye raccoon eyes!
2. HELP!: My lashes don’t curl easily.
SKIN FIX: Hold your curler at a 45 degree angle and lift it away from your face as you clamp down on frigid straight strands gently (your elbow should point outwards instead of downwards).
Shiseido Maquillage Edge Free Eyelash Curler (S$19) gives you the winning edge (and spares you from accidental pinching) as it fits flatter Asian lids better so nothing escapes your grip.
3. HELP!: My lashes droop after applying mascara.
SKIN FIX: Keep strands standing skyscraper tall with a thin coat of Smashbox Layer Lash Primer after curling – an extremely easy to use Spanx for your lash gives short, sparse, stick-straight Asian strands the attention they deserve.
Allow the primer to dry fully before layering a curling mascara like or Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes or Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara. The key to shaping up a voluptuous curve is to go easy, so as to avoid weighing yourself down (or creating clumps or spiders). Before applying the mascara, remove any excess product and wave the wand around for a few seconds to dry it out slightly. Start work right at the root to build a strong base, before gently swiggling your way up to the tip for some serious flirty curvy definition.
4. HELP!: My lower lashes look non-existent.
SKIN FIX: Clinique Bottom Lash mascara comes with a doll-sized brush and waterproof formula, specially designed to dress up skimpy lower lids. Looking for a full bang for your buck? Maybelline New York Lash Discovery Mini-brush Washable Mascara is another favourite drugstore steal for those in-the-know.
Hands down. Bottoms up!
5. HELP!: I’m losing lashes to falsies and lash extensions!
SKIN FIX: This extended love-hate relationship has turned thousands towards growing out their own fringes using Latisse (S$240), the only clinical lash-growth enhancer that’s won the FDA over so far.
“Only 40 percent of the upper eyelid hair follicles are in active growth as compared 84 percent of scalp follicles. This explains why it’s so difficult to grow lashes lost to tugging with falsies, and why women fall into the vicious cycle of getting ‘glued’ to extensions,” says Dr Chua Han Boon from The Sloane Clinic.
“Latisse is proven, both in clinical studies and in real-life, to sprout longer (by 25 percent), fuller (106 percent), darker (18 percent) lashes, and naturally curled up lashes.” Translation: Real fabu-lashes that’s next best to good ol’ genetics you can actually wake up to everyday. No more lash dilemmas!
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