Dressing Asian lashes for everyday wear is easily one of the more challenging parts of my day. (The other being what to eat for lunch: Pret vs. Wasabi is one of the greatest questions of the day.) I realise this is quite a niche subject but stay with me here, I’ve been dabbling in mascara art for quite some time and here’s the lowdown on what works best…
Firstly, a quick natter about my lashes. Asian eyelashes are, on the whole, notoriously straight, stubby and short. Whilst a select few of my cousins are lucky enough to have pretty lashes, my sister and I, along with two of my eldest cousins, aren’t. Problems encountered with short lashes include that they barely curl, they’re barely noticeable and are often not dark enough either. So here are my top picks to combat those “issues”!
The formula is pretty wet at first, meaning a messy application if your lashes are short and straight. Curl the lashes well (my favourite remains the uncontested Shu Uemura ones) and use the flatter side to coat the lashes, and follow up with the rounded side for a second coat. The result is a winged out, open-eyed look with a curl that holds all day. This is my favourite mascara by far, and I’ve already ‘put in an order’ with my cousin for a couple more tubes of this. Before this mascara, I’d never been complimented on my lashes (bar my brief dalliance with lash extensions and perms!), but now I’m a total lash gal.
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Fun times aside, I didn’t think anything of They’re Real at first, and left it at least two months before giving it a go. Worlds apart from its predecessor, Bad Gal, They’re Real is great for holding a curl, but more so at creating length and darkening the lashes for extra definition. In comparison to the Lash Meister, the curl doesn’t hold as well, but is great for both everyday use and perhaps for a night out, pre-false lash.
The effect that this wand gives is a tad clumpy (not too much though), volumising and lengthening. I do find that this requires more coats than my other mascaras, however, and in recent weeks, I simply favour my other mascaras over this. A curl doesn’t hold too well with this choice, but having said that, Doll Eyes is a great ‘layering mascara’, meaning you could potentially top it up throughout the day if you are that way inclined.
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Lash Gorgeous Wing boasts an equally weird wand. Curl the lashes and pop a few lashings of this formula on and you’ll achieve a beautifully volumised and fanned out effect. Again, this really opens up smaller eyes and makes the most of shorter, straighter lashes with – what I assume – is a fibre-based formula. Highly recommended and absolutely worth the 5,994 miles that I flew.
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