Long Full Eye Lashes and Beautiful Eyebrows
There’s nothing sexier than eyes framed by long luscious eyelashes. You can get thick, long and dark lashes even if you’re not naturally gifted with them. Use tools such as eye lash curler, mascara, false lashes, and products such as Latisse to give you natural longer thicker lashes.
First, use an eyelash curler to curl them up and create a wide-open look. It took me a long time to learn how to use an eyelash curler, and I was always nervous when a makeup artist came at me with one of those. The trick here is to look down, get it as close as you can to the base of the lashes, and gently clamp down, holding it there for 5 seconds. Keep your hands free by putting a hand-held mirror down flat and stand above it while looking down at it.
Next, use you favorite mascara and coat your top and bottom lashes. There are so many varieties of mascara – thickening, curling, lengthening, colored, waterproof, etc. My personal favorite is “DIORSHOW Extase” by Dior in super black. I love it because it gives an amazingly long and thick look to my lashes. And the best part is that it doesn’t smudge under my eyes in the heat and humidity throughout the day.
If you want a more dramatic look, or if your lashes are not very long, opt to use false lashes. Falsies, as they are sometimes called, are available in all shapes, colors and sizes a mind can imagine. Here’s what to do with them: cut the length to fit your lash line if you need to, and apply as close to the top lash line possible. This may take some time to master, but practice makes perfect, as we know.
If you don’t like to wear falsies or if you want more natural looking long lashes, guess what – now there’s a solution available from the pharmacy. There’s a product out in the market called Latisse, which is a brand name for a generic drug called Bimatoprost Opthalmic Solution. This solution was originally used to treat glaucoma in the eyes. The patients were pleasantly surprised to see that the side effect of this medicine was unusual growth of lashes. The makers of Latisse have packaged it to be a solution for hypotrichosis (having inadequate or not enough eyelashes), used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. The original medicinal use for glaucoma was to put it directly in the eye, but with Latisse you only apply it to the lash line. The only negative side effect that I’ve heard of with Latisse, is increased brown pigmentation in the iris of the eye if the solution gets into the eyes. That would be a problem for light colored eyes like mine, but not for dark colored eyes. In order to see results you must use the liquid religiously for about 16 weeks. If you stop using Latisse, the eyelashes go back to their natural length and thickness. In the US, and some other countries Latisse can only be acquired through a prescription from a doctor. It is also quite pricey, so if you are on a budget, there are generic versions available. I found one called Careprost and it costs only $11 US. You can buy it online.
Finish off your beautiful eyes with a pair of gorgeous eyebrows to match. Use tweezers to remove any stray hairs regularly (or get them waxed) to keep the appearance neat. Talk to an eyebrow shaper expert to get the best shape that fits your face. Thicker brows are in nowadays, so don’t be tempted to over-tweeze.
Use an eyebrow pencil or a brush with shadow to color them in if needed to darken and add thickness.
Lastly, you can use a brow mascara or gel in your natural shade to set the eyebrows in place. I use MAC Brow Gel in Beguile.
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