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Thicker, Fuller Lashes With 3 Products

Thicker, Fuller Lashes With 3 Products


I get so many questions about my lashes and the products I use, it made sense to do a quick how to on them. Since I wear glasses on a daily basis, I don’t do much in terms of eyeshadow, but I do like to play up my lashes with mascara and some liquid liner (more on my favorites later). The above photo is the before, so as you can see, I am blessed with quite long, dark lashes. The problem is, they’re thin and straight. I have to curl them everyday or else they’d get stuck on the lenses of my glasses.


I have only found one mascara that does everything I want it to do on it’s own, Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara which recently came out. But, for the sake of showing you that you can do two different formulas from two different brands, I’m using my other favorite mascaras, Edward Bess and Dolce & Gabbana. I’ll also be using a Laura Mercier eyeliner and brush to show you a special trick for making your lashes look thicker.

Eyelash Curler

First thing is first. I start with a clean metal lash curler as close to the base of my lashes as I can get. Squeeze gently and then ‘pump’ the curler to really secure the hold. You can do that by gently releasing and then pressing again slightly a few times. I use either the Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash curler or the Shu Uemura onee. Both have a large bed so they fit my eyes with you try.


Using the Edward Bess Bess-Lash Designer Volumizing Mascara, I apply one coat, starting from the base of my lashes and pulling out. Although this mascara is a technically a volumizing one, I find that it lengthens better than anything else I’ve tried.


Because the brush on this mascara is small and compact, I can get my bottom lashes without making a mess. I only do one coat of mascara on the bottom lashes for the day and two coats or more if it’s a special occasion. Too much mascara on the bottom can enhance shadows, so I tend to just lengthen them. To me, not wearing mascara on the bottom is unbalanced since my are naturally long and dark.

At this point, I curl my lashes again, using the same technique as above. It’s really important to wipe your curler off between each use so that there is no stuck on mascara. Anything left on can stick to your lashes and tear them out if you aren’t careful. Having a coat of mascara and curling them again will help to keep the hold. I do this a couple of time, until the lashes hold.


Because my lashes aren’t thick, I apply eyeliner to the base of the top lashes underneath. This helps the lashes look thicker by darkening the base of them so that there is no space showing. I do this with the Laura Mercier Tightline Cake eyeliner and brush. By activating the liner with water, you get a gel-like formula to work with. I recommend using black if you have dark eyes and navy blue or grey if you have light eyes. The brush is crucial to getting a good liner. It’s cut flat across the top and tapered to it won’t fray and make a mess. I create a paste-like texture in the pot and then stamp it onto my lashes after I’ve gently lifted my lid.


Applying the eyeliner with your eyes open is the easiest way to get it how you want it. You can do this by looking in your mirror and then tilting your head back. By pulling your lid up from the top of your head, you leave enough space to apply the liner.


I apply the liner by stamping it under the lashes across wise. You don’t have to swipe or get it even as the brush will do most of the work for you. After the liner has fully dried I curl my lashes again.


The last step is to apply two coats of the Dolce & Gabbana Intenseyes Black Intensity Mascara. Most women apply mascara to the underside of their lashes because it’s more natural to swipe up. I do this, but I also make sure to apply a coat to the top of the lashes just to make sure I’ve got them covered.


I love this Dolce & Gabbana mascara. It’s so incredibly volumizing and gives the most dramatic lash look without clumping or flaking. The brush is thick and dense, but not gigantic like most mascaras so you won’t make a mess when applying it. Once I’ve got the desired amount of mascara on I curl my lashes one more time, making sure to clean it before doing so.


The result is natural but not too dramatic. I do this everyday and then apply either a thin line of liquid liner on the top, or apply the Laura Mercier liner on the top as well.


Photographed by Ryan Hines in June, 2013 at The Mondrian Soho Hotel in New York City. 

1 comment

  • Tegan

    January 6, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful, and that’s my sister!

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