So you know those mascaras that come with the extra tube of a white primer that is supposed to make your lashes appear like, twice as long and thick? Well they actually do work…some of them at least. What they do is contain tiny white fibers that adhere to your lashes, thus extending them a bit and thickening them as they stick. And then when you apply the actual mascara, the mascara adheres to the white primer instead of just your bare lashes, making this fake lash effect occur. It’s a pretty genius idea.
But…they can get expensive. AND in my experience, the mascaras that come with the primer are never as good as my L’Oreal Voluminous
+ Telescopic Shocking Extensions
combo I’m forever sworn to. Plus, who needs another tube of something crowding up their makeup drawer?! (I certainly DO NOT.)
So…I created my own DIY version of that same idea that will produce the same result (if not a better one) and it won’t cost you any extra money. I don’t do this all the time, in fact- I can’t remember the last time I did it… But it’s a super cool trick to keep in your back pocket.
You ready? OK. Here we go.
All you need is an eyelash curler (optional), your favorite mascara (or two ;-), a lash comb (optional), a loose powder of some sort and a Q-tip
. And it honestly doesn’t matter all that much what kind of powder you use, I’ve used the old school loose face powder, I’ve used pressed powder, the new silica-based HD loose powders…I’ve even used baby powder. They all work just fine, but I prefer using the HD loose powder because it isn’t as thick and doesn’t clog your mascara wand like the others can with overuse. So in today’s demo, I’m using my favorite e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder
that I use for setting the concealer under my eyes.
If you’re curling your lashes, do so first- in your favorite manner. I actually don’t like curling mine because my lashes are so very fine that they break easily. But today I took one for the team and curled them for you so you get the full demo.Because that’s how much I love you.
And then after you
curl them (if you chose to do so) you’re just putting a very light coat of mascara on your top lashes (in my case I began with the Voluminous), immediately dusting them with a heavy coating of loose powder using a Q-tip, and then following up with another coat (or two) of mascara until you get the results you like (I did another (full) coat of Voluminous + one of the Shocking Extensions). And separating them with the comb if need be.
The idea is that you first coat your lashes lightly with some mascara and while they’re still wet, you add the powder which sticks to them and coats them. You really wanna coat them good with the powder, like down at the base, on the tops and bottoms, and on the tips- just drag the powdered Q-tip all over those lashes. And then you use a full coat of mascara on top of the powder, which immediately thickens and lengthens them. You can really see it working immediately…it’s quite exciting.
It. Is. So. Easy.
(Oh, and just so you know- In addition to the obvious fact that my hair is messily thrown back and I’m wearing an old t-shirt, I’m not wearing any other makeup on my face in these photos, (not even bottom lash mascara, which is super weird to look at). I did that so you’re able to focus solely on the idea behind this post and not get distracted by pretty, shiny and sparkly things. (Again, the things I do for you guys….)
But you can see how they really do look fuller and longer. This is the best trick I know to get that false eyelash look without the false lashes. It’s so easy AND cheap!!
So that’s it for today! Thanks for listening and have a happy Monday, y’all!
…aaaaaand that was gonna be the end of the post. But then I took my lashes out for the evening and put on a whole face to match (plus one more mascara coat just for fun), and thought I would share the potential trouble you can get into when you use this trick…
Now, that’s a LOT of lash…even for me. So, you’ve been warned!!!
(at least you and I both know they’re 100% real 😉