How to Get Bigger Lashes

Strong lashes define the eyes and make them appear larger.
Strong lashes define the eyes and make them appear larger. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Long, luscious eyelashes have been the style du jour for centuries, but most lash-loving ladies need extra help getting this look just right. In the ancient world, women dusted their lashes with kohl powder to keep them looking full and dark. Today's modern makeup is a little more sophisticated, not to mention a safer bet in inclement weather, and offers a variety of thickening options. Turn your lashes long and lovely or full and thick with mascara, or enhance their appearance with fluttery, feminine false pieces.

Things You'll Need

  • Makeup setting powder
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash comb
  • Liquid eyeliner
  • False eyelashes
  • White eye pencil
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Tweezers (optional)

Even a No-Makeup Look Requires Makeup

Lightly pat the concealer or foundation under your eyes with a powder to set the makeup and prevent the mascara from smudging.

Open an eyelash curler and close it snugly over the upper lash base, squeezing the handle for several seconds, to create a lifting effect.

Close the eyelash curler over the lashes again, this time slightly away from the lash base.

Select a mascara type, whether lengthening, thickening or defining.

Hold the mascara brush horizontally to get thick lashes. Apply a slow, vertical stroke to each upper lash section, simultaneously wiggling the brush from side to side. Brush the lashes with a lash comb, then let them dry.

Hold the mascara brush vertically to get long lashes. Apply a gentle upward stroke to each upper lash section, coating the ends fully. Brush the lashes with the lash comb, then let them dry.

Add a third mascara layer of your choice to get the fullest possible look. Let the mascara dry, then apply a single coat to the lower lashes.

A Faux-Pas Free False Lash Look

Curl the upper lashes with an eyelash curler. Apply a thin line of dark liquid eyeliner right along the lash line to use as a guideline.

Trim a pair of false eyelashes to fit the width of your eyes. Line up the thin end of the lashes with the inner corner of your eye and the thick end with the outer corner. Mark the excess length with a white eye pencil and cut along the marking with a pair of scissors.

Apply lash glue along the base of each false set, then let the glue dry until it is tacky, not runny.

Press each false eyelash set against the lash line, along the previously drawn eyeliner guide. Place the thick, curved end of the lashes toward the outside edges of the eyes. If your fingers cannot get close enough to the lash line, hold the lashes with a pair of tweezers.

Cover the eyelash strips with dark liquid eyeliner to help mask their appearance. Do not use pencil liner, as it can cause the strips to loosen.

Apply a single coat of mascara over your natural lashes and the false lashes to help hold them together. Let the mascara dry before applying any other eye makeup.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply waterproof mascara in the final layer only if none of your favorite types come in a waterproof style.
  • For separate clumps of false lashes instead of a full strip, dip the lash base in glue, and then place it along the outer corner of the lash line.
  • Greasy foundation or concealer picks up tiny mascara flakes and creates noticeable smears.
  • Lengthening mascara contains small particles that cling to the ends of eyelashes, making them appear longer.
  • Thickening mascara contains larger particles that build up bulk in the width.
  • Defining mascara makes lashes look separated and prevents clumping.
  • Keep the mascara layers thin or the lashes will look chunky. With each layer, wipe the excess mascara off the brush before applying.
  • Avoid getting eye creams on lashes, as they make lashes too slick for mascara to adhere.

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