When it comes to full and fluttery lashes, we all know mascara is essential. Yes you can opt for falsies, yes you can go down the lash extension route, but the simplest and most every-day-friendly option is a few swipes of the good stuff. The question is, are you using it right?
Francesca Neill, celebrity makeup artist and COLLECTION Ambassador, knows her way around a mascara wand, and she's got a fair few tips and tricks up her glamorous sleeves to ensure we're showing off our peepers to the max.
(Above: @francescaneill Instagram Francesca Neill behind the scenes with Rochelle Hulmes)
'With any eye shape I would start off with lash curlers to open up the eye' says Francesca. 'Heating them up with a hair dryer is a really good top, it gives a great heated curl effect on the lashes that stays' (just don't get them crazy hot! Heat damage is not what we're after). That's your prep sorted. Now for choosing the best mascara and technique for your eye shape.
CLOSE SET EYES
'Put emphasis on the outer corner of your eye to make them look wider. Apply a coat of mascara to all your lashes, then focus the second coat on the outer ones from the centre of the eyelid to thicken and add extra definition. Apply it in a zig-zag motion which will help you coat every single lash. A few individual lashes on the outer corners will define your eyes even more'.
WIDE SET EYES
'For wide set eyes, focus your second coat of mascara on your inner lashes, this give the illusion that your eyes sit closer together.'
'You want to make your lashes appear longer so the curling stage is really important, you want to see them above the lash line. Avoid mascaras that thicken lashes as you want to be able to see your eyelid through your lashes which will make them look more open. Instead go for a lengthening mascara that fans out your lashes.'
'You want to make your eyes look lifted by emphasising the centre lengths of your lashes to create height. Also be careful of what eyeshadow you wear. A light eyeshadow will highlight your lids and could make them look uneven, so add a little dimension with a darker shadow colour along your lash line'.
(Above: @francescaneill Instagram Francesca Neill behind the scenes with COLLECTION)
'Avoid putting mascara on your lower lashes, keeping all your application to your top lid ones. Dark, smokey eyes can accentuate the droop even more when you want to make them look more lifted, so keep liner off your lower lash line too, or use a subtle grey or brown shade at most'.
'This is the easiest eye shape to apply mascara to as they more or less suit everything. Coat both the top and bottom lashes in a thickening and lengthening mascara to really make the most off them. I love COLLECTION's Lash Surge, £4.99, Superdrug, which has a dual bristle brush to help catch even the shortest lashes for a super defined look'.
And there you have it! Now to bat those lashes for all it's worth, cue flutter power!