Luxe Lashes 101

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Luxe Lashes 101
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Ladies long for luscious lips and smooth skin, but there's another look many women crave as well: luxe lashes. And for good reason. "Long, flirty eyelashes enhance a woman's natural beauty and draw attention upward to the eyes," says Anna Phillips, owner of Dallas-based The Lash Lounge. Whether you want to enhance naturally thick and full lashes, like actress Eva Longoria's, or amp up a set that's a little lacking, all it takes is a few simple tricks.

Health First
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Health First

The first step to a set of thick, full, lush lashes -- like those that actress Minka Kelly shows off here at an event in Los Angeles -- starts long before you whip out the mascara wand: healthy lashes are the key to landing the look. "Use an eyelash growth stimulator once daily to boost the natural hair length and thickness," Phillips suggests, adding that you should see results in three or four weeks.

A Clean Slate
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A Clean Slate

No one likes an eyeful of clumpy mascara, so make sure lashes are clean, Phillips advises, before starting to create a luxe-lash look like the one seen here on actress Megan Fox at a movie premiere in Hollywood, Calif. "This not only prevents possible infection, but also allows the product to stick to the lashes better," she says.

Tools of the Trade
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Tools of the Trade

Think all you need to create an attention-grabbing set of lashes is your favorite mascara? Think again. Use a mascara wand with a bushy head to groom, separate and keep lashes in place, Phillips says. A heated eyelash curler also comes in handy and can create a slight lift, curl and length to lashes, like the look seen here on singer Katy Perry at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

The Perfect Formula
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The Perfect Formula

Whether you're working with falsies, extensions or your natural lashes, Phillips says the best way to get lush lashes -- like singer Cher Lloyd's at the 2013 Radio Disney Music Awards -- is to apply one coat of lengthening mascara, followed by one coat of volumizing mascara. If you've got extensions, be sure to avoid oil-based or waterproof mascaras because they can break down the adhesive that bonds extensions to your natural lashes.

Color Gone Wild
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Color Gone Wild

Black mascara may deliver the boldest, fullest look to your lashes, but Phillips says colored mascara -- whether it's a basic brown or an electric blue like singer Rihanna wears here at the MTV Movie Awards -- can give you a luxe look, too. Start with one or two coats of black mascara, Phillips says, then add a coat of colored mascara from the middle of the lashes to the tips, creating a dip-dyed effect.

Fierce and Feline
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Fierce and Feline

Phillips says the key to creating gorgeous eyelashes is to work with cat eyes, which can give the illusion of greater length. "Apply one coat of mascara to the lashes toward the inner eye, and two to three coats to the lashes on the outer edge of the eye," she instructs. For a look like singer Adele's -- seen here at the 2013 Oscars -- finish with a thin line of dark liner to amplify the cat-eye shape.

Faking It
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Faking It

Whether your natural lashes are short or you just want to glam up your look for a special occasion, fake eyelashes are a helpful option. Choose a lash design that looks natural, Phillips says, like actress Tika Sumpter's at a movie premiere in New York. Apply lashes as close to the lash line as possible, starting at the inner corner and working outward. Cover the strip with a dark liner to create a more natural look.

More Bang for Your Buck
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More Bang for Your Buck

For longer and longer-lasting false eyelashes, Phillips suggests eyelash extensions, which not only create a gorgeous look -- like that of actress Nina Dobrev, seen here at an event in Los Angeles -- but also add convenience and speed to your beauty routine. It's important to remember, however, that extensions work best on natural lashes that are long and thick in order to hold the extensions, Phillips says. "The natural hair can become damaged if an extension is too heavy."

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