How To: Get the Biggest Lashes

You will never see me without concealer and mascara. While I've been blessed with decent lashes, I loooooove mascara and have tried just about every drugstore (and a few high end) mascara I can get my hands on. My ears perk up when someone says mascara and I get ready to launch into a discussion. But before I turn this post into a way too detailed post on mascara that would only interest me, I'm sharing my technique to Get the Biggest Lashes. I don't use this every day, but when it's a special occasion (hey, going to Trader Joe's for Sea Salt Brownies is totally a special occasion) I use TWO mascaras, so enjoy.

T O O L S:

  • Eyelash Curler
  • Lengthening Mascara
  • Volumizing Mascara
  • Spoolie 
M E T H O D:
  • Curl lashes with an eyelash curler. Even if you don't use mascara, this will make a HUGE difference. Find one that suits the shape of your eyes--this is necessary. I've had excellent luck with Revlon, Tweezerman, and Shiseido
  • I curl for 5 seconds at the base (you'll want one that doesn't pinch) and then pump the curler as I get to the middle and hold for about 3 seconds, and then pump until the tip, which I hold for a second or two.
  • Next, I add lengthening mascara. I'm currently loving L'Oreal Telescopic. It features a plastic comb "brush" which is excellent for getting every lash, separating lashes, and not clumping. The formula is a wet one. It doesn't aggravate my contacts/sensitive eyes. 
  • I apply this mascara in a fan pattern--meaning I think of my lashes as a fan. I brush from the root to tip towards the left section, then the middle, and then the right. I usually do one coat. 
  • I hold the wand vertically to get the ends for extra length.
  • Finally, I add volumizing mascara, like Prestige's Blackest Lashes (which is a drier formula) or my fave L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black (wet mascara). Both brushes are traditional mascara wands.
  • I repeat the fan pattern and wiggle the wand from the root to the tip. And then make sure my end lashes are covered by brushing them vertically. I usually do one coat.
  • To get rid of any clumps, I'll brush through them with a spoolie (clean mascara wand). I've gotten these for free from Sephora and use those for my travel bag, or use a spoolie brow brush, like mine from Ardell.
  • That's it! It doesn't take me oodles of time I promise--just an additional 5 minutes to my makeup routine.
after, before

Other lengthening mascara options I use often:
  • Maybelline Stiletto (I loved the old formula better--am I the only one?), CoverGirl Lash Blast Length,  Wet N Wild Mega Length (not my fave but works in a pinch)
Other volumizing mascara options I use often:
  • CoverGirl Lash Blast (another FAVORITE), Dior Show (expensive classic), Rimmel Scandal Eyes (another wet mascara), Benefit They're Real (dries out quicker than I'd like for the $ but good).
Other options for smaller eyes:
  • CoverGirl One By One (plastic wand) , CoverGirl Falsies (curved brush)
  • I excluded mascaras that have fibers in them, since they aggravate my eyes & I do not use them.
dry vs wet formulas

What's your favorite mascara?

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  1. great tips. I'm love long lashes. My current fave mascara is the telescopic one you mentioned.

    xo erica

  2. great ideas! i hadn't thought of using two types of mascara

  3. Wow! Definitely needed this!


  4. WOAH!!! What a huge difference that made! The curler is my secret trick too

  5. I'm using Diorshow and really like it. But my best tip is the Talika mascara that not only enhances your lashes but make them grow!!!!!!!


  6. I am def not blessed with pretty long lashes :( I used not wear mascara at all bc I was lazy to take it off at night lol now I can't live without it and CG last blast is also one is my fav

  7. My favorite mascara... I actually have two. One is by YSL and one by Chanel. I'll post about them on my blog soon.

  8. Oh wow, that is quite a difference. I have teeny tiny lashes so every little tip helps


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  10. that's truly amazing elle! beautiful eyes and eyelashes.

  11. i REALLY need to get back to curling my lashes don't i? this just proves it.

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  12. DANG GIRL! You've got some SKILLS. WIll you come to my apt and be my forever makeup artist?

  13. Great tips even though I was blessed with dark, thick, long eyelashes that don't require mascara but I do throw it on once in a while to spice things up :)

  14. Great post. I wasn't gifted with thick eyelashes so mascara & an eyelash curler became more of a necessity. :)
    I'm currently using Maybelline Volum'express waterproof. It's working well for me but will be trying a lengthening one before volumizing.

  15. I love Dior mascaras the most because it gives me the most length and volume. I was born with drag queen lashes, though, so it really doesn't take much to amp them up.

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  16. Wow! I can't believe you were able to achieve this look without fake lashes! I need to buy a new eyelash curler... thanks for sharing your suggestions!

  17. I'm such a lash girl- I always have mascara on. :) I'm digging LORAC's Multiplex 3D Lashes as of late- serious volume and length pay-off!


  18. I looooove L'Oreal's Voluminous mascara. I've been wearing it since college, and though I've tried other brands, I always go back to it. I think it's comparable to DiorShow for a fraction of the price.

  19. OMG! Your lashes are too fab, like your hair....so jealous!!! And love L'Oreal Voluminous too:)

  20. Great tips! Your eyelashes look great! I NEED a new eyelash curler. It's on the list of things to get. Thanks for the options. I never know which one to get..

  21. Your lashes look great! I especially love Mary Kay mascara.

  22. Thank you for sharing I need to try this at home!


  23. Omg I can't believe the difference! Will definitely use some of these tips next time I wear mascara (which isn't much haha).

    Alexandra xo


  24. Looks great..your eyes are SO pretty!

  25. You're so lucky! I have the shortest, stubbiest lashes ever. But somehow my hubby has nice long ones. I've always wanted to try the prestige one since I hear so much rave reviews on youtube about it.


  26. Wow that works so well! I use CG Lash Blast and it works great with curling my lashes.

  27. I haven't use an eyelash curler in years.

  28. Your eyes look so big and beautiful!


  29. I've discovered the pleasure of the lash curler... Such an amazing tool!!!

  30. I'm obsessed with The Falsies right now. I have bad lashes... dark at the root but blond at the tips, so they look super short without mascara.

  31. Holy crap that before and after is amazing! Seriously. I'm going to need to pick up some new products (already have the curler!).

  32. Wow! What a difference! I never tried using two types of mascara. I use Covergirl Megalash, but I think I might try the L'Oreal.

  33. Ahhh wow, I never thought of using two different types of mascara before, thanks for the tip, your lashes look amazing!

  34. Omg your lashes look so long!!! What a difference. Won't work on me as my Asian eyelashes are short and thin. Ugh hate it :(

    Lovely post!!

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  35. Omg your lashes look so long!!! What a difference. Won't work on me as my Asian eyelashes are short and thin. Ugh hate it :(

    Lovely post!!

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  36. I love love love mascara. I also have pretty decent lashes. My SIL and I always have lengthy conversations about mascara that bores the heck out of #1 Brother. I really like Lash Stiletto but I found Scandal Eyes waaayyy to messy for me.

  37. Whoa! Those amazing before and afters! Definitely bookmarking this post for future reference!

  38. I use Loreal Voluminous in Black Brown and I will never use anything else! Love it!

  39. Amazing results. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Heel in Mint

  40. girl, i use 3 diff mascaras every single day! i'm a little out of control! but you're totally right, it works!

  41. my personal fave is maybelline! on you, i really like the dry mascara!


  42. Wow, what a difference that makes! Thanks for the great tutorial - I've never thought of wearing 2 mascaras!

  43. Your lashes look amazing!! Definitely trying this.


  44. I have never tried two mascaras at the time, but how you have explained it makes a lot of sense. Your lashes look amazing! I'm currently using Maybeline and I'm quite happy with it. I will have to try your steps. Thanks for sharing!


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  46. Wow, your lashes do look awesome! I'm usually just a swipe-and-go mascara user, but I'll have to try this for a night out!

  47. your lashes look amazing!!! i'm going to need to try this!!



  48. I'm such a mascara junkie...have you tried Too Faced's new fiber lash? Game.changer.

  49. That's a good technique, Elle. Well, it's true, if you don't have an eyelash curler yet, get yourself one! :P Use it after you put on the mascara. Or maybe, you can use a thick mascara and keep going over your eyelashes with it.


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