I’ve never been known to focus too much on my lashes. A combination of hooded eyes and straight lashes makes me prone to ignoring them and for casual days. The photo on the left is me on a regular day where my eyelashes look more like eyeliner than they do lashes. It’s actually made me fairly insecure at times given how much retro/pinup makeup tends to focus on heavy eye makeup and I’ve never really been able to do any of that…
The photos on the right are me trying a new method that a friend of mine recommended. I think there’s a pretty dramatic change on the upper lashes and I was so impressed that I thought I’d share that trick with you all.
Btw, you’d be surprised at how difficult it is to get decent photos of your eyes (especially eyeshadow photos) when using a mobile phone. It’s bloody impossible.
This is actually pretty simple, you use two mascaras with different functions. I’ve tried this before without being impresses, but it turns out that the difference is the mascara you use for the top coat. If you’ve read the title of this post, you already know that the mascara in question is Benefit’s They’re Real. If you wear it on its own, it’s not too impressive, but layered on top of another mascara it really shines.
On this particular day, I used the Balm’s Tall, Dark, and Handsome for the first coat. The trick is to apply the first mascara very sparingly, otherwise you risk getting a few clumps. You can see some tendency towards that on my right eye in the photos, nothing extreme, but not ideal either. Let it at least partially dry before you reach for the other mascara. I’ve only tried this with two different mascaras, but from what I’ve heard it seems any decent mascara will work for the bottom layer.
Once again, don’t overdo it with the amount of product. They’re Real focuses on lengthening the lashes to the point where they’ll start mingling with your eyebrows, so don’t use it to build up thickness.
I’ve found that this combination lasts all day without diminished effect and has very minimal smudging. As someone with very watery eyes I tend to avoid heavy eye makeup, but this one really stays in place and despite not being water proof, has some decent water resistance.
If you’re not fond of wearing false lashes and don’t feel like paying a fortune for extensions, then this is a pretty good way to have a similar effect with only two products.