Add length to your lashes

When it comes to eyelashes, size really does matter. Long lashes accentuate the eyes and make them appear even larger—a proven sign of youth and femininity.Want to add length to your flutter without looking too dramatic? Go with a set of false eyelashes, cut it into smaller pieces instead of using a whole set. Or use long, individual false eyelashes for a wispy, romantic look.“Try an end-piece of lash for a bit of length at the end of the eye,” says MAC senior artist John Stapelton. “To make them yourself, take a full lash strip and cut it in half. Place the lash on the outer corner of your eye, making sure it goes from shortest to longest [as you move toward the outer eye], and then curl your lashes to maximize your mascara.”

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Add thickness to your lashes

Worried your lashes are too thin? Don’t fret—there are plenty of ways to fake it.To add fullness, a great thickening mascara can works wonders. MAC senior artist John Stapelton suggests using one that has fibers in it, which add lift and fullness to sparse lashes, and use multiple coats to achieve the effect you want.Still want more fullness? Fill in sparse areas with a few individual false eyelashes—it’s like a push-up bra for your lashes.

We recommend: MAC Studio Fix Lash in Black Fix, $24

Mascara tips

Mascara is a girl’s best friend, but like anything, there are secrets to applying it like a pro. Chunky tarantula lashes aren’t so sexy, so you don’t want to overdo it.Curl your lashes first to open up the eye, and then apply your mascara in sections rather than one big sweep. “Brush inner lashes toward the nose, the middle section straight up, and the outer section out toward the hairline,” says MAC senior artist John Stapelton.This will create a voluminous, fanned-out look and also prevent clumps.

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