When it comes to makeup, I can get away without wearing bronzer, concealer and probably even eyebrows, but mascara? Non-negotiable. Unlike my brother, I wasn't blessed with the most long and fluttery eyelashes ever (my mum is right when she says they're wasted on him!) and there's something about doing your lashes that completes and polishes off any kind of makeup look. Instantly opening up the eyes to make you look more awake, fresh-faced and ready to start the day, I think I've got a good eyelash routine down pat to help me achieve those long, full and voluminous lashes we all yearn for.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Lashings of mascara simply cannot be applied without the help of our friend, the eyelash curler, beforehand. The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler is the beauty blogger favourite and although there are some that are still sceptical, curling your eyelashes is definitely a bandwagon to jump on. It really does make a world of difference. Working with a delicate area such as the eye, I believe in investing in a good quality pair of eyelash curlers as cheaper ones can tend to pinch the skin and rip lashes out. Its curved angle suits all eye shapes and pressing down the curler on each eye for just a few seconds leaves you with the curliest of lashes to last you all day.
Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara
Upon applying my first few coats of Le Volume de Chanel when I first discovered it at the beginning of last year, I knew I had found the one. This mascara is everything and more to me and I have not gone near another mascara since! Though there have been quite a few hyped up mascaras this year, they honestly haven't fazed me and I can't imagine ever straying from this wonder of a product from Chanel. Both amazingly lengthening and volumising, at first, you're given long, fluttery lashes and with just a couple more coats, they're thick and sultry. I'm not a waterproof mascara kind of girl at all, but Le Volume holds a curl really well and is also perfect for both daytime and nighttime use. For a false lash effect, you can apply coat after coat without having to worry about that awful spider-lash look. At $52 a pop, it's definitely not the cheapest mascara to use on a day-to-day basis - in fact, it's actually quite eye-watering - but nothing beats a fresh tube of this stuff. Holy grail status, for sure.
Diorshow Maximiser Lash Plumping Serum
On a night out, I love going heavy on the eye makeup. However, as well as not being a waterproof mascara girl, I'm also not a false lashes kind of girl, so this is where the Diorshow Maximiser Lash Plumping Serum comes in to give a little extra oomph to my lashes. With a couple of coats, your eyelashes will look creepily white, but the difference in length and volume is dramatic. Upon applying your mascara of choice, they're then transformed into the most full and fluttery lashes without the faff of falsies (how's that for alliteration?!). Containing Dior's exclusive active ingredient and hyaluronic acid, it revitalises lashes from root to tip and while I absolutely adore Le Volume de Chanel on its own, together, these two are a dream team.
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Since its release a few years ago, I'd always wanted to try the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara and finally decided to give it a go sometime last year. If dramatic lashes is what you're after all day, everyday, this probably won't be your cup of tea, but for those of you who prefer the more natural look, Bottom Lash Mascara is right up your alley. While I, myself, prefer full and thick eyelashes, I find this mascara very work-appropriate. I never have time in the mornings to do a full-on face of makeup (this girl loves her sleep too much), so Bottom Lash Mascara keeps me looking awake and fresh-faced when I'm sporting the minimal makeup look. With the ability to grab the tiniest of lashes, it's not at all volumising, but it is very lengthening and you still look put together even when you're a little more au naturel.
MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder
Lining my tight line is something I've been doing on and off for years and I've only just recently rediscovered what a difference it makes to my eyelashes. A simple step that requires basically no effort, my lashes are left looking almost twice as voluminous and dramatic than they once were, and on an evening out, it helps achieve a more smouldering and smokey eye makeup look. MAC's Eye Kohl in Smolder is my black pencil eyeliner of choice and if you couldn't already tell from the chips in my pencil, I've been using it since I first got into high end makeup many moons ago. The colour is rich and dark, and application is smooth and soft, yet won't leave you with panda eyes. Lining my tight line is now a step I'll be welcoming back indefinitely.
How do you achieve lovely-looking lashes?