Mascara. A wonderful word. A beautiful product.
For many redheads out there, you’re thinking the same thing: my lashes couldn’t live without this beauty product.
We’re right there with you.
‘Redhead friendly’ approved mascara is everything. It’s the one thing we cannot leave the house without – even if it’s just a few swipes before running out the door. And, if you’ve ever skipped it to go bare, you’ve definitely heard from a friend or two, “Are you feeling okay today? You look kind of sick.” Replying instantly with, “I’m completely fine, I just don’t have mascara on today.”
READ: Best Mascaras for Redheads Under $25
Auburn and brown mascara are two forgotten shades. We’re guilty of this since black mascara has been our cult-favorite since we were teenagers.
Now that we’re in the midst of redhead season + holiday season, we’re beginning to whip out our auburn and brown mascaras. Why not? It’s time to switch things up and explore some earthy colors around the eyes.
If you only like wearing black mascara, try brown on your bottom lashes. This will make your eyes really pop.
If you don’t usually apply mascara on a daily basis, try a few strokes of auburn or brown on your top lashes, leaving the bottom ones bare.
Here are 6 of our favorite ‘redhead friendly’ auburn and brown mascaras:
- L’Oreal Paris Makeup Voluminous Original Volume Building Mascara:
We’ve been obsessed with this mascara for years. It thickens lashes with clumping and won’t irritate your eyes. It comes in an array of shades including Black Brown (great if you’re a black mascara user but looking to try brown) and Deep Burgundy (such a unique shade).
2. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara:
This product makes your lashes look super long and curled – yes, even if they stick straight out. Opt for the shade ‘Beyond Brown’.
3. Dior Show Iconic Overcurl Mascara:
Looking to splurge on a mascara? You won’t regret getting this brown mascara from Dior. We love the curved brush, which was inspired by professional hair care curling tools to style every lash from bottom to top.
4. COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara:
A great option if you’re looking for an inexpensive drugstore option. Opt for the shade in Brown.
A growth booster mascara which visibly transforms the lashes day after day. Try the ‘Moka Brown’ shade.Blinc makes an array of ‘redhead friendly’ of lash and brow products. This mascara doesn’t smudge, clump, or flake. It comes in a medium or dark brown shade.Below is a quick and easy tutorial on how to rock brown or auburn mascara from the H2BAR Box: View this post on Instagram
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Rock it like a Redhead!
REDHEADS ARE UNIQUE — after all we make up only 2 percent of the population.With our special hair, special skin, special complexion along with our special fiery personality. That is why mascaras designed for brunettes will not work for redheads.
Naturally there are five shades of redheads: champagne, the lightest, strawberry blonde, my color, copper, red, and auburn. One similarity that almost all these shades of red have is our light to pale eyelashes. This is a huge feature that conventional mascara manufacturers overlook when designing mascara as black mascara looks way too harsh on those of us with pale lashes. A one-size-fits all approach to mascara does not work for all women. That is why when our mascaras hit the market, they were a huge hit. Afterall, redheads want a natural, wholesome look, like our darker-haired sisters, not a look that makes us look like we have racoon eyes. Even conventional so-called brown mascaras on the market are black/brown and always turn black on redheads. Our GingerBrown is a nice warm brown without any black in it. A top seller! Our GingerRed Mascara will give you a nice brown shade with a hint of red. This is what makes our mascaras so unique — unlike larger beauty brands whose mascara caters to the masses, Just for Redheads offers 4 unique shades all designed just for redheads, by a redhead. Finally, a mascara that won’t turn black on redheads!
KNOW YOUR SPECIAL SHADE
Have you had your color consultation lately? Do you know what shade you are? Do you know your special mascara shade? Your answer is a
Knowing your special shade and color palette will help your lashes stand out and blend naturally with your complexion and color type to show your unique features!
I don’t know about you but I could not live without mascara. In fact, mascara is the one product that I will never leave the house without wearing as our pale lashes makes us look so washed out. I feel for the women who don’t know that there are more options out there when it comes to mascara. With our JFR GingerCocoa Mascara, our lightest shade of mascara in the line, I can apply in seconds, walk out the door to go shopping, or go to the gym and not have a fake, made-up look that black mascara gives.
HAVE TO HAVE SPECIAL MASCARA
Our light skin complexion, also demands special foundations, blushers, and lipsticks in order for you to discover your natural beauty. Catering to those special needs has been our mission for 25 years. Finding your true natural beauty has never been easier.
Just ask me, I know; my name is Paula Pennypacker: Founder and President at Just For Redheads, we specially formulate redhead beauty products with you in mind.
Just For Redheads has special mascara just for you!
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- The best solutions for small and sparse lashes
- High Maintenance
- Medium Maintenance
- Low Maintenance
- Attention pale eyelash-owners! Did you know you can get them tinted?
- All the things only people with super light eyelashes hear
- “What happened to your eyes, do you need an antihistamine?”
- “Are you getting enough sleep?”
- “Why don’t you wear falsies?… oh, you already are?”
- “Do you dye your eyelashes?”
- “You just need a better mascara.”
- “Then you’re not applying it right!”
- “Your eyes make you look so young!”
- “You’re not pulling them out are you?”
- “They’re fine, they don’t need be heavy or dark.”
- 4 DIY Ways to Tint Your Lashes
- Here are five ways to tint your lashes right at home:
- Applying Your Eyelash Tint
- How to Apply a DIY Eyelash Tint
- Tinting Lashes at Home – It’s Time
Makeup for Redheads | MASCARA
I am not kidding when I tell you that my eyelashes and eyebrows are translucent. They are so light blonde that without the help of eyebrow pencils and mascara, they look non-existent. Now don’t get me wrong- I love my natural eyelashes and eyebrows in all of their translucent glory, but when I do want them to be a little more noticeable, I gravitate to these must-have mascaras.
The first mascara is my all-time favorite: the Benefit Roller Lash in brown. This is a relatively new release, as they previously only had black. This mascara is highly raved about and I always wanted to try it, but the black was just a little too harsh for my porcelain skin and red hair.
This mascara is perfect for lengthening your lashes and keeping them curled. I have the hardest lashes to curl- that is not an exaggeration. I will curl my lashes and nearly minutes later, they are stick straight. This mascara keeps my lashes long and curled for the entire day.
It is not clumpy and goes on easily with the smaller wand and brush.
The Benefit Roller Lash retails for $24.00 at Sephora. Get it here!
My next favorite is also from Benefit: the Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer. This product is supposed to act as a volumizing and lengthening primer before your mascara, but for those of use with light eyelashes, this is the perfect mascara. It offers a light, natural brown color that gives the perfect balance of volume and subtle length.
This is my go-to mascara for days when I just want to throw on some mascara and head out the door.
The Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer retails for $24.00 at Sephora. Get it here!
My last pick for one of the best mascaras for redheads is an all-natural, vegan option from the brand, Pacifica. The Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara in Stardust Brown is infused with coconut oil and vitamin B to hydrate and strengthen your lashes while you wear it.
This mascara has a larger, more fluffy brush that gives wonderful volume to your lashes, while maintaining a clump-free, natural look.
The Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara retails for $14.00 and you can get it here!
Top: Benefit Roller Lash in Brown
Middle: Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer
Bottom: Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara in Stardust Brown
Have you tried any of these or have you found any other brown mascaras? Let me know!
Many blonde and red-haired folks live and die by their mascara, especially if their lashes are nearly invisible without it. Are you one of the light-lashed who needs a little extra boost? Look no further than this handy trick by Laramie, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Book Your Look, that turns your barely-there eyelashes voluminous and very visible — without any of that awkward blondness at the root.
“To make your lash line look thicker, you need to fill in between your eyelashes,” explains Laramie. To accomplish this, take a thin brush and rub it onto a very soft dark brown or black eyeliner, then fill between your lashes — this defines your lashes and lash line while preventing any awkward gaps.
“You can also use gel liner, or apply the pencil directly,” Laramie adds. “Then, if you don’t want the eyeliner look, you can use a Q-tip to remove it from your lids and just leave it between the lashes.” And just like that, your eyes and lashes pop while your overall look is still very subtle.
As for the rest of your eye makeup, you can get your lashes looking fabulous by following these other 3 tips recommended by Laramie.
1. Always curl your lashes. Everyone should curl their lashes, according to Laramie. Need a quick lesson on how to do this? Check out our simple tutorial right here. As for the tool itself, Laramie recommends opting for a higher-quality pick like Shu Uemura’s ($16.98, Amazon.com) or Kevyn Aucoin’s ($21, Sephora.com), as the “cheaper ones don’t curl as well and don’t seem to hold the curl as long.”
2. Use the zig-zag technique. Get your lashes looking super voluminous by applying your mascara properly. “Jiggle your mascara brush at your root, then swipe from root to tip,” explains Laramie. Want a pro recommendated mascara? She recommends L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara ($7.29, LorealParisUSA.com) as a drugstore buy, and Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara ($24, Ulta.com) and Lancome Hypnose ($27.50, Sephora.com) for pricier picks.
3. Always take off your makeup. One of the easiest ways to keep your lashes looking thick: protect the ones you have! Mascara can be tough to take off, but if you don’t, your lash follicles can get clogged, makeup can smudge and smear below your eyes, and residue can get into your eye itself — yikes. If you have sensitive skin, Laramie recommends using an oil-based cleanser to remove your makeup. Should you want to avoid putting oil around your eyes, she also notes that Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes ($25, Sephora.com) is an effective, gentle cleanser.
4. Don’t be afraid of semi-permanent solutions. Mascaras, lash curlers, and liners can do great things, but sometimes you just want a little extra oomph each day without even trying. If you have the type of eyelashes that don’t stay curled, Laramie recommends getting an eyelash perm. Got light lashes and want to keep your lashes looking fabulous all day, every day, she advises opting for a lash tint. She explains, “A lash tint is great because you don’t have to worry about making sure that the mascara is coating every lash hair from base to tip.”
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The best solutions for small and sparse lashes
Lacking in the eyelash department? From lash extensions to LVL lash lifts and primers, here’s your cheat sheet for fuller, longer, thicker, glossier, curlier lashes, whether you’ve got cash to burn or not
On the grounds that the world isn’t fair, some of us are more well endowed in eyelash terms than others. Many men have the kind of doe-eyed, luscious eyelashes that many women would give their right arm for (see Zac Efron, Zayn Malik, Enrique Iglesias, Ryan Gosling, the list wearily goes on…) and the great dames of Hollywood are typically blessed with a thicket of lashes. Elizabeth Taylor even had a double set owing to a genetic mutation, essentially removing the need to wear mascara, but of course she did anyway because… Elizabeth Taylor.
Just because you weren’t anointed with sweeping lashes at birth, however, doesn’t mean that you too can’t skip mascara, wake up to instant definition and seduce men/ women/ the camera/ anyone you wish to coerce with the bat of an eyelid, but for there are caveats involving expense, holding fire on the hot showers and even changing the type of cleanser you use. Here are your options for doing up the curtains of the the windows of your soul, from high to low maintenance treatments and everything in between.
Full Set of Semi-Permanent Lash Extensions
What are they? Our tester got hers applied at the Lash Perfect bar in central London. The eyelash extensions involve the application of individual synthetic eyelashes to your own natural lashes, using medical-grade adhesive; you can pick your length and even whether to go for a curled style or a more natural-looking straight set.
How does it work? With your lower lashes taped down with under-eye pads (which are available either with active ingredients to cool the eyes or without, for sensitive skin) and eyes closed, a trained therapist will apply the lashes one by one – but you won’t feel a thing. If you’re blonde, it may be a good idea to have a tint first, and a patch test is often required 24 hours beforehand to ensure that you don’t have any adverse reactions to lash glue.
What’s the effect? The final effect is impressive, enhanced, yet subtle if you do go for the half set option. The extensions are attached a little way up from the root – they don’t touch the skin, and they only fall out as and when your natural lashes drop (as they do, regularly). Maintenance appointments for fill-ins are recommended every couple of weeks to make them last longer, otherwise you can enjoy the set for up to four weeks.
Any downtime? Don’t get them wet for 24 hours, and no hot showers or sudden opening of dishwashers either – the steam can affect the glue for 2 days after.
How about upkeep? We’ve talked through how to deal with makeup for lash extensions over here. The only real rule is to avoid any oil-based eye products or cleansers, and to be careful not to let your moisturiser touch the lashes. Liquid eyeliner is not recommended, so be warned if you’re a fan of a the feline flick – pencil eyeliner is best for optimum results, though so long as your liquid liner of choice is oil-free and removed carefully (use a cotton bud or cloth – not cotton wool – with your oil-free cleanser) you should be able to keep up your signature look. Lash Perfect stocks its own brand of eyeliner, mascara and makeup remover if you’re not sure about your own kit’s ingredients. The lashes can also get a little tangled, but you’ll be given a brush to comb them through and keep them in check. NEVER under any circumstances pick at them with your fingers. You’ll not only risk pulling your extensions out, but your natural eyelashes too, which will make the sparsity problem worse. If they’re falling out in an uneven way, visit your lash aesthetician for either full removal or infill if appropriate.
Final verdict: The bottom line, in our tester’s opinion, is that if your own lashes are lacklustre and you prefer a natural makeup look, or you’re heading on holiday and the idea of applying and removing mascara on a daily basis is somewhat of a chore, these are a great solution. They look beautiful without any added mascara and can be passed off as your own, only better; however, the restriction with makeup products could be an issue if you’re a makeup junkie. Know your formulas well, however, or stick to powder and pencil products, and your lashes should last well enough to warrant the price tag.
What’s the damage? Expect to pay between £130-£150 for a full set and £70-£80 for a half set. Removal comes in at approximately £20, and infills vary according to how many lashes you need.
What are they? Fine, soft and lightweight lashes applied to each natural eyelash- between three and six is applied depending on the effect you’re after, and of course your budget. They’re occasionally referred to as 3D or 6D lashes, and are especially effective if you’re main concern is a lack of volume.
How does it work? Very similar to classic extensions, except that more lashes are applied to each individual eyelash. As a result it takes longer- expect your treatment to last around two hours.
What’s the effect? A thicker, fuller fringe of lashes with more longevity than traditional extensions- you should get a full eight weeks wear and not need to return for a maintenance appointment for at least a month. If you’d like volume at a more subtle level, Lash Perfect’s Tahitian Feathering service is similar to Russian lashes, but lashes of different lengths are applied to create a more delicate final look.
Any downtime? Pretty much the same ground rules as regular extensions. Beware saunas, steam rooms and showers. Goggles while you wash might seem silly at first but you shelled out for these babies so well worth considering. Also give it some thought if you’re hayfever prone- rubbing your eyes will cause lashes to fall prematurely at best, and take your own lashes with them at worst. Given the cost, you’ll want to have an anti-itch plan in place.
How about upkeep? As above, you should be able to hang onto these for longer, but you’ll need to return for maintenance appointments to keep them looking fresh and thick.
Final verdict: Precisely tailored to the effect you want, whether that’s to look more wide eyed, bushy lashed (in a good way) or naturally feline. Also, if you crave drama, this is ‘the one’. Just wait for the compliments to roll on in.
What’s the damage? Substantial- from £180 to £325 for a full, bespoke set at London lash legend Daxita’s bars at the new Harvey Nichols Beauty Lounge and Atherton Cox. Maintenance with Daxita is £140. Tahitian Feathering at Lash Perfect will set you back £180 for a full set, and £95 for half. A quick infill is £55, and more thorough going over is £90.
Two Week ‘Cluster’ Lashes
What are they? Eyelash extensions applied in groups of three to your natural lashes.
How does it work? You can choose exactly where you want to enhance your lashes, be it in the outer corners or centre, and concentrate your lash appeal where it’s needed, without having to invest in a full set.
What’s the effect? Again, clusters are very customisable, and the effect depends on the shape of your face, eye shape and impact you’d like. As subtle enhancement goes, however, these are a brilliant option, but best suited to special occasions rather than long term wear, as they’re not as long lasting as full extensions.
Any downtime? Go by the lash extension guidelines above- no oily makeup or cleansers around the eye area and skip the steam room.
How about upkeep? Given that they only last a fortnight, they won’t be flaking out extensively or noticeably, but you will need to have them removed by a professional to protect your natural lashes.
Final verdict: Fullness without the financial burden, and a great fix if you’ve not got the time or patience for the real deal.
What’s the damage? £60 for a ‘classic’ finish, £30 for enhancement just at the outer corners (makes a big difference!) at blink brow bars nationwide. Combine with a tint for more sultry lashes at a lower combined price point.
What is it? LVL stands for ‘length, volume and lift’, and involves lifting and straightening your natural eyelashes from the root, so that they look thicker and fuller. A perming lotion takes care of curl, while a tint adds instant definition and a moisturising serum keeps lashes in good condition.
How does it work? First things first, you’ll need to go along to your chosen salon, bar or clinic (I went to the very polished Blush+Blow in London’s Parson’s Green) for a patch test around 48 hours before your treatment to ensure that the perming lotion, tint and serum used don’t cause you any problems. If you can’t make it to South West London, pioneers of LVL Nouveau Lashes has a handy salon finder to seek one out closer to home. The treatment itself takes less than an hour; simply chill out on a cushy bed as your therapist gets to work on giving you naturally incredible eyelashes using painless shields to protect lower lashes and provide a canvas to work on for the upper lashes. The perming lotion smells pretty pungent, but that’s about as uncomfortable as it gets. In terms of the process, there’s some setting time involved (about ten minutes for the perming lotion), and the therapist will perm, tint and condition in that order.
What’s the effect? I was open-mouthed at what was possible starting from a base of just my natural lashes- in the space of 50 minutes I went from diminutive lashes to full-on Disney princess. The lift, curl and intensity was flawless, although if you’re expecting mega volume, extensions are a better bet, but the joy of LVL is that no one will ever know you’ve done it, it will simply be assumed that you are one of the chosen lush lashed few.
Any downtime? Try not to get them wet for 24 hours after treatment, and my therapist advised me not to apply eye makeup for a day or so to let them settle. Otherwise, live your life my friend, but try not to squash them too much. No cleansers, makeup or swimming pool facilities are out of bounds.
How about upkeep? There’s no fall out, and you don’t need to return for maintenance appointments either. The effect should last between six to eight weeks, although try not to squash them, and if you’re an avid water baby, you might notice that they wilt a little prematurely. Otherwise, the dream.
Final verdict: I can see this becoming a habit. I didn’t touch mascara for the good part of a week, and I’ve still not reached for the lash curlers in over a month. The lack of lash malting and maintenance suits me down to the ground, and looking more awake despite a persistent sleep deficiency is particularly refreshing. Sold. Especially when it comes packaged with a blow dry at a discounted price as it currently does at Blush+Blow (£80 for both).
What’s the damage? Around the £65 mark.
What is it? Most of us have flirted with falsies, but the newest models on the market are ‘mink effect’- read: softer, fluttery and far more convincing than the stiff, plastic-y false lashes of old. If you’re after a superior set, Huda Beauty’s are patent pending, hand crafted and feature a weaved root to magnify volume. For a more purse-friendly purchase, I remain a huge fan of Eylure’s wide selection- there’s something in the range for every eye shape, effect and occasion, and they have impressive staying power.
How does it work? Most of us are familiar with glueing strip lashes along the lashline, and while it can be fiddly, Huda Beauty’s black glue makes the finished look far more seamless (those white blobs give the game away). Trim strip lashes to fit your eye shape and size, or opt for individual lashes for a customised or low key gaze. Individual lashes can require a bit of a forensic approach- tweezers will help you to place each lash in a ‘just so’ position
What’s the effect? False lashes can vary wildly, from the theatrical to the barely there. Individual lashes are the most useful when it comes to tailoring a look to your taste, but strip lashes are quick and easy to apply, and you’ve got less chance of losing them before the next outing. If you treat your lashes with care you could get up to twelve uses out of them, although I’m yet to meet a pair with quite this degree of stamina.
Any downtime? Perhaps a minute while you wait for the glue to dry. Otherwise, zilch.
How about upkeep? If you’ve sealed the deal with a good quality glue, you shouldn’t need to tweak them at all during wear, but take the glue out and about with you just in case. In my experience, alcoholic beverages have a tendency to make lashes go oddly wonky by the end of the night. Don’t know why that is. If you remove them neatly, give them a gentle clean and store them somewhere safe and dry, they should look like new when you wear them next. Just don’t leave those spider’s legs by the sink- it’ll be game over after a single wear.
Final verdict: Still the easiest DIY way to double your lash impact.
What’s the damage?: From £2 to £25, depending on how high-end you go. Luxe lashes will likely be softer, lighter, more finely tapered and meticulously shaped to fit the eye, but this isn’t always the case. Shop around and quiz counter staff at beauty counters, or better still ask them to apply a pair and talk you through the options and best application method.
Lash Growth Serums
What are they? A growth enhancing elixir of life for eyelashes- apparently. There’s debate as to whether the normally peptide-packed formulas really produce the goods, but many consumers swear by the likes of Rapidlash, Revitalash and Elizabeth Arden Prevage Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum in particular.
How do they work? By creating a harmonious environment for hair growth- think peptides to strengthen and fortify lashes and botanical blends to moisture and shield lashes from environmental and external aggressors. Essentially, a lash serum is a night cream for your eyeliners, in liquid, transparent eyeliner form.
What’s the effect? With consistent use, they can reap impressive results (I can vouch for Revitalash- mine definitely feel and look bushier over time) and help to prevent lash loss and nurture brittle lashes back to health. Not all are made equal, however, and if you’re losing a lot of lashes on a daily basis, it’s best to visit your GP to establish the root cause.
Any downtime? None at all- just swipe on and sleep.
How about upkeep? Just keep applying- you’re playing the long-game in terms of lash enhancement. Make it part of your skincare routine and don’t give up after a few weeks if you’re not seeing results, as they can take a while to work, and you need to accommodate your natural lash growth cycle.
Final verdict? An easy daily step to glossier, more plentiful lashes, but it’ll cost you, and some people don’t notice a significant difference in lash density. Each vial does last for months, however, and as long as you stick to a reputable brand as listed above, you shouldn’t run into too much trouble (be wary of cheap imitators).
What’s the damage? From £39.99 for a tube of Rapidlash to £99 for Revitalash.
Makeup for short lashes
What is it? Mascaras, liners and primers, all claiming to big up your bad self (well…your eyelashes).
How does it work? By many ways and means. Mascaras such as BareMinerals Lash Domination® Petite Precision feature skinny wands to add colour, length and volume to even the most minute of eyelashes (Marc Jacobs Feather Noir Ultra-Skinny Lash-Discovering Mascara is another top notch option). Benefit Roller Lash is exceptional when comes to curling straight lashes, and waterproof formulas will hold lashes up and preserve their curve. Give Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Waterproof Mascara a whirl or finish your regular mascara with NYX Proof It Waterproof Topcoat. To add substance to lashes pre-mascara, prep lashes with a volumising, nourishing primer. Benefit, Dior and L’Oréal all make brilliant options. Tightlining is also a very effective way to fake thickness at the root. Draw a fine line along the lid and in between lashes to add depth. Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner has a slim enough nib to wiggle down the lashline and features a WIDELASH™ peptide to give lash growth a chivvy on as you wear it.
What’s the effect? The modern mascara, primer and liner fusion is incredibly effective for even the most weedy of lashes. This holy trinity forms a staple of many women’s makeup routines for a reason. If you’ve got gaps in your lashes or are seriously sparse, however, it’s nigh on impossible to attain the ‘false-lash’ effect that many mascaras claim to deliver. Play around, but a bit of mascara and a lick of liner almost never makes things worse.
Any downtime? Don’t sneeze. Hold back the tears.
How about upkeep? Very little, especially if you’ve plumped for waterproof formulas. A touch-up here and there should be your lot.
Final verdict? Affordable, impactful and versatile- you can wear more or less, depending on your mood.
What’s the damage? From £5.50 to about £25.
What is it? A medieval looking instrument of torture to newbies. Otherwise, a daily staple that clamps lashes to lift and curl from the root.
How does it work? Squeeze the handles together and you’ll apply pressure to the lash root by way of two rubber coated pads. Spend a few seconds on each eye and lashes should appear more elevated with a bit of a curve.
What’s the effect? This depends a lot on your lash length to start with. If you’ve got short lashes it can be hard to achieve a pronounced finish, but a bit of manoeuvring should at the very least open up the eye and provide a good ‘height’ to further lift your lashes with mascara.
Any downtime? Not unless things go seriously awry. Don’t squeeze too hard.
How about upkeep? Very little, especially if you fork out for a high quality pair. You’ll need to replace the pads every three months, for hygiene as well as performance reasons.
Final verdict? Must-haves for many, a step too far of faffery for some. Try a decent pair and likelihood is you’ll become hooked.
What’s the damage? Japanese brands often come up trumps (Japanese women prize their curlers). Makeup artist favourite Shu Uemura is sadly no longer with us in the UK, but Japonesque and Suqqu come in at around £18- £20, but for a high street alternative look to Kiko’s £5.90 curler.
Wondering what tightlining is, and how to go about it? Here’s your ultimate guide to the lash-boosting technique…
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Attention pale eyelash-owners! Did you know you can get them tinted?
My girlfriend has very dark, very long, and very thick eyelashes. When she shuts her eyes, they shine glossily in the light, fanning out like a furry mink trim along the tops of her cheekbones. She does not wear mascara. She casually rubs her eyes when they itch with her fists. She cries freely during sad movies without dabbing at her lashes with tissues; she wakes up and looks as if she’s wearing perfectly applied makeup.
This fills me with jealous rage. I have very light blonde eyelashes; in fact, they’re pale blonde at the bottom and white—almost translucent—at the tips, meaning that they look as if they’re not there at all. If I don’t wear mascara, and lots of it, people ask me if I feel ok. “You look different,” they’ll say at work. “Late night last night?”
Harumph. What must it be like, I wondered, to wake up with dark lashes? To sweat without having inky streams run down your face, to rub your eyes lavishly and with abandon?
Enter eyelash tinting. I’d seen signs at salons advertising eyelash tinting for years, but I hadn’t tried it. Dye for your eyelashes? This sounded like a silly and needless procedure. This also sounded dangerous, as in plz do not put dye near my eyeballs, thnx. And yet…what if this was the answer? Worth a shot, right? It’s not like it was expensive—most eyelash tinting sessions can be had for between $12-$24. It was time to try. I googled “best eyelash tinting Chicago” and made an appointment at a salon with high ratings near my house.
Getting your eyelashes tinted doesn’t take very long, but it’s an interesting few minutes. I walked into the salon on Saturday and an esthetician chirped, “Oh! It’s 12:30 already! Are you here for the brow tint?” (Sidenote: I did not know you could get your eyebrows dyed.) “No,” I said. “Eyelash tint.”
“I could do them both at the same time,’” she said, giving my near-invisible eyebrows a quick once-over. “It would take the same amount of time.” I laughed, uneasy. “Just the eyelashes this time, I think.” Everything was moving too fast, you guys. She seated me in a tall chair and handed me some eye makeup remover and cotton pads so I could wipe off my mascara. “Wear contacts?” she asked. I did. The esthetician (we’ll call her Anna) handed me two little cups of saline to put my contacts in. Hooray, now I was blind in public.
Anna didn’t believe in babying her clients. Without warning, she set to, applying a thick layer of Vaseline under my bottom lashes, which felt bizarre. “So the dye doesn’t get on your skin,” she said as she smeared more on. She placed a sturdy, curved paper under each eye over the Vaseline and said, “Ok, so I’m going to apply the tint now. We’re going to be using a dark brown for you, and you’ll need to keep your eyes shut- totally shut – for eight full minutes. Do you think you can do that?”
I nodded, but inwardly I suddenly felt unsure. Could I actually keep my eyes shut for eight minutes while fully awake and in public without sneaking them open? Suddenly, eight minutes without peeking felt like a dare. Anna was mixing up the tint in a little cup. “Now, this might feel a little funny,” she said. “The only way I can describe it is ‘peppery.’ It just feels peppery—not burning, not stinging, but peppery, and it smells kind of peppery, too. It is really important you keep your eyes closed for the full eight minutes—I’m going to set a timer, but if the feeling gets to be too much, we’ll take it off early.”
I obeyed, and Anna proceeded to use a small brush to coat my top and bottom eyelashes in a cool liquid. It did! It did feel peppery! It also felt odd—I was sitting in a tall chair in a busy salon with my eyes shut while people chattered around me. Anna left my side, off to tint someone else’s eyebrows. I spent the first minute or so quietly freaking out that I wouldn’t be able to keep my eyes shut for eight minutes, but then decided to treat this like a mini-meditation session, and relaxed. I heard two girls talking about their brunch plans: “You want a benedict after this? You always want a benedict” and I heard a woman talking into her cell phone about a fitness class she’d just taken: “You’d love it! It’s like Zumba but fun and cool, with good music.” I was in the zone; I could have lasted for hours with my eyes shut.
The alarm for my lashes rang, startling me so much I almost fell out of the chair. Anna came bustling back, carefully lifting off the paper covers under my eyes and then wiping them with some kind of remover. “Oooh, they look good – OK, open!” I opened my eyes and there Anna was, standing over me with a big bottle of saline, which she squirted into my eyes without warning. “Blink, blink, that’s good,” she crooned, handing me some tissues with more remover on them. “Ok, wipe your eyes hard!” she said. “Reeeeallly wipe….great. OK, you’re done! Wanna see?” She held up a mirror.
I blinked at my reflection. My eyelashes. They were….they were BLACK. And glossy! And long! They looked like they were naturally that way! I looked awake! I looked like I was already wearing mascara! “Big difference, huh?” Anna grinned. “That’ll last for about six weeks. Enjoy your new lashes!” She patted me on the back and flitted away, off to do her good deeds for another soul, the Florence Nightingale of eyelashes.
I paid at the register. I kept touching my lashes, amazed that they were soft and black and that I could touch them as much as I wanted. Later that night, my girlfriend and I went to a sad movie, and I cried in the theater without dabbing at my eyes. In the morning, I woke up and rubbed my eyes lavishly and with abandon, and then went to breakfast with no mascara on whatsoever. My lashes look great. Y’all, lash tinting is a miracle. A MIRACLE.
All the things only people with super light eyelashes hear
The eyebrow struggle is still as real today as it ever was, with so many of us trying and failing to get the bushiest most arched, and matching pair of brows. But why does no one talk about the eyelash struggle?
When you have naturally short, light, and straight eyelashes, it can really mess up your makeup game. Though there are a bunch of people out there who absolutely kill it with light eyelashes, it can be a real pain if all you’ve ever wanted was long lashes that look fantastic, with or without make-up.
It’s not as if there aren’t any solutions for darkening and lengthening them, but the amount of extra effort to look like you put in minimum effort can be exhausting. And sometimes you just want to get up, get washed, and go outside with a bare set of lashes for a change. But what’s the point in going bare if you can’t even see them?
As someone with lashes lighter than the sun itself, I’ve had so many assumptions made about myself, including how I take care of my eyes and how much sleep I’m (not) getting, and I’ve also been given a lot of condescending advice that I’ve already tried time and time again. So if you’re in the same boat as me, then you’ll have surely been asked or told at least half of these things…
“What happened to your eyes, do you need an antihistamine?”
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When you have short or light eyelashes, it can make your eyelids look pretty puffy, almost as if the skin is so inflamed that it’s taking center stage over the lashes themselves. For some people it can even make their eyes look smaller. But there’s no inflammation, the eyelids are simply all you can see because the hair is lacking. But this worries people nonetheless, and the Benadryl packet sometimes gets waved in your face until you tell them you always look like that.
“Are you getting enough sleep?”
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Okay, many people hear this on a daily basis, but not many people hear this during a conversation about eyelashes, of all things. This one ties right into my first entry, because when your eyes look puffy, you look tired. Those of us with light eyelashes often like this after a good sleep just as much as after a terrible sleep. The double whammy is having eye bags on top of having light eyelashes (actually that would be under…), and this really gets people worried. Yes, we’re drinking enough water. No, we’re not staying up too late. Yes, work is stressful, but that’s not the point – my eyelashes just thought I was supposed to be a natural blonde, I guess.
“Why don’t you wear falsies?… oh, you already are?”
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I like false eyelashes, but the annoying thing about them is when I wear them my eyes look exactly what I’d want them to look like with mascara. Which sounds like a good thing at first. They look natural? Great! But couldn’t I have gotten that natural look without the glue and threat of poking myself in the eye with tweezers? We all have that friend with naturally bushy dark eyelashes, so it’s really not fair that we have to work three times as hard to get what they have naturally! I’m kidding, but kind of not… Falsies are a lifesaver on a night out, but I don’t want to have to wear them every day and spend all that money just to get the lashes I wish I had naturally. I buy in bulk, but not THAT bulk.
“Do you dye your eyelashes?”
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For those of us who have light-colored eyelashes, they can look a completely different color than the hair on our heads. Even people with black hair can somehow wind up with blonde eyelashes, and for some reason this gives people the impression they can just snoop into our hair coloring routine. No, I’m not a natural blonde, as cool as that’d be, and no, I don’t use eyelash tints; if I had dark vibrant eyelashes then I wouldn’t dare dye them. That being said, a lot of people prefer lighter eyelashes and I’ve seen so many people who it suits well, but on my face? If I could swap eyelashes with my boyfriend who has Disney prince eyes, then I’d do it in a heartbeat. One day I’ll learn to love them, but not before I get the irritation out of my system.
“You just need a better mascara.”
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I confess that I do tend to buy cheaper mascaras due to a low budget, but this is because all of the high brand mascaras I’ve used aren’t much different. The formulas are better, they smudge less, they go on smoother, even smell nicer, but make my eyelashes magically heavier and longer they do not. I’m aware that they make formulas specifically for intense volumizing, but I suppose what bugs me is the fact that people just assume we haven’t done our research, or that we can magically afford those high-end products in the first place. Honestly folks, I’ve used $2 mascaras that work better than $12 ones, but neither of them give me what I want. Not that I’m done searching for the perfect product, but I know if I find it then it won’t fix my problem entirely. So as soon as people know that the brand isn’t the problem, they usually go on to say…
“Then you’re not applying it right!”
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I’ve watched more beauty vlogs than you’ve had hot dinners, I’ve tried practically every life hack on Pinterest, I’ve had a professional beautician apply it, and experimented with every angle and wand you can think of; I am doing it right. I was once told that a lot of people only paint the tips of their eyelashes, by drawing the brush along the bottom of the lashes too quickly, and avoiding this at least helps a little. So if you want the formula to stick a little better, brush both sides from the very root of your lashes, moving the wand left and right to really gunk that formula on there. This is solid info, but like a lot of you out there, I already knew this and learned nothing new from the hack. And though there are tons of other tips out there, sometimes they all do the same thing; if you have a small canvas, then a lot of paint wont make it any bigger.
“Your eyes make you look so young!”
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Hollywood has made long, curled, black eyelashes a big indicator of womanhood; showing images of women batting their eyes provocatively at their man, it screams adulthood, so for people with light or short eyelashes, it can make us look more like a kid. That image is something I don’t buy, as how the heck can tiny bits of hair relate in any way to age? But the image is still pushed on us unfairly.
“You’re not pulling them out are you?”
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The first time I heard this one, I was baffled by how someone could actually think that I’d pluck individual hairs from my eyes, then I discovered trichotillomania exists. I actually suffer from this condition myself, and for years there were big bald patches on my head and horrible little red bumps on my legs. That being said, my eyelashes weren’t one of the areas I plucked, though I can understand that horrible urge to go there. However, when these words come from someone who isn’t aware of the condition and thinks you’re doing it out of boredom or whatever, it can be pretty insulting and hurtful. The answer for me is no — I just have short blonde eyelashes, but if you were to ask someone who was pulling them out, it would actually be pretty inappropriate.
“They’re fine, they don’t need be heavy or dark.”
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While I agree with this and appreciate the encouragement and body-positive sentiment, we’re allowed to have our own opinions about our bodies. Though I know in my heart of hearts that I don’t need Hollywood-style eyelashes, I still want them. I know so many people look great with eyelashes like mine, so at the end of the day it’s not a big deal — I also don’t want anyone reading to feel insecure about theirs, as I’m writing this to relate with others. That being said, it’s still kind of annoying to hear that our complaints mean nothing. All I’m saying is that I’m entitled to feel the way I want to about my body and my appearance.
- By Stephanie Watson
4 DIY Ways to Tint Your Lashes
Long, luscious eyelashes are a girl’s best friend. For that reason, magnetic lashes are all the rage. These easy, glue-free lash enhancements give glamorous length and volume.
However, most come in just one shade — black — and if you have naturally light eyelashes, tinting them may help them blend in with your extensions. Dark mascara is one way to darken your lashes, but it isn’t the only way.
If you prefer a more natural, clump-free alternative – without getting your lashes professionally tinted at the salon – there are many other ways to tint your lashes at home. And here’s how to grow your eyelashes.
Here are five ways to tint your lashes right at home:
This dark dye is extracted from a tree known as mignonette. Used traditionally for body art in areas of South Asia, North Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula, henna body art is well-known by people all over the world. Mehndi tattoos are often seen on hands and feet, but this dye is also an effective way to color hair – and eyelashes.
2. Gel Eyeliner
Most makeup brands now carry gel eyeliners in a variety of colors to match the natural tone of your eyelashes. The longest lasting gel eyeliners are smudge-proof, waterproof, and brush-on cream liners. Gel eyeliner can be used to (temporarily) color your lashes, though the effect will certainly wash off. It’s a great quick fix!
3. Brow Pencils
When push comes to shove, these pencils can be made into a spreadable paste. Just break off the tip of the brow pencil that matches your color tone, and mix it together with water for a DIY eyelash tint. Again, as with the gel eyeliner, the coloring effects to your lashes are only temporary.
4. Eyelash Tinting Kit
Go easy on yourself with a complete DIY eyelash tinting kit! They’re available online, but you can easily make them yourself. Add whatever you need to tint your lashes right in the comfort of your own home, like dye or tea and an applicator brush.
Applying Your Eyelash Tint
Before you tint your eyelashes, gather the supplies you’ll need.
- Dye of your choice
- Water (for dilution)
- Beeswax or petroleum jelly
- Cotton swabs
- Saline solution
- Small to medium glass mixing bowl
- A clean and dry mascara wand
How to Apply a DIY Eyelash Tint
To make sure the tint stays off your skin and eyes, and on your lashes, you may want to invite a friend to tint your eyelashes for you.
Remove all of your makeup, and carefully clean away any lingering grime or debris from your eye area. You’ll want to start with a totally clean slate.
1. Place a small amount of the dye of your choice into the mixing bowl. Then stir in purified drinking water, a few drops at a time, blending together until the mixture becomes a thick paste.
2. Dab petroleum jelly around your delicate eye area to avoid staining the skin.
3. Roll the cotton swabs in the mixture at the ends to make application easy.
4. Apply the mixture to your bottom lashes first, working the dye from tip to root. After you finish your bottom lashes, you can apply the solution to your top lashes.
5. Allow the mixture to set for 5-10 minutes. This will give the dye plenty of time to penetrate through your lashes. Then, remove the mixture and dab lashes dry, to remove lingering water.
6. Pull the clean mascara wand through your lashes to remove any clumps of the dye. Then repeat steps 1-5 on the other eye.
Tinting Lashes at Home – It’s Time
Today, with the emerging lash and brow studios popping up just about everywhere, the eyelash tint is oh-so in! But you don’t have to pay the price for a lavish lash salon to get a lasting tint. Try these five DIY ways to tint your lashes at home. It’s easy-peasy.
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How to Care for Your Natural Eyelashes
Do Eyelashes Grow Back?
Natural redheads and even some blondes and brunettes have very light eyebrows and eyelashes. Some makeup can look too harsh against blond eyebrows, eyelashes and light skin — which is why it’s essential to know how to apply makeup the proper way.
tHere are the best makeup tips for blond eyelashes and eyebrows:
- Apply face primer, foundation and eyeliner before doing eyelashes.
- Apply mascara from underneath the eyelashes and brush upward. If you feel like you can still see traces of blond eyelashes at the base, wiggle the application wand at the base of the lashes and then brush outward from underneath. That will cover up any blond eyelashes and make your lashes look longer and thicker.
- Brush mascara on the other eye.
- Brush eyebrows upward, using an eyebrow brush comb. Optional: If eyebrows are too long, use eyebrow scissors to carefully trim eyebrow hair.
- If you’re a redhead, choose an eyebrow powder that’s a shade lighter than your hair. If you’re a blonde or brunette, use brown-toned eyebrow shadow.
- Dip your angled eyebrow brush into the powder, tapping off the excess.
- Starting at the arch, fill in your brow from that point backward. With whatever is left from the brush, fill in the front of the brow.
- Gently blend in with the eyebrow brush.
- Repeat on the other eye.
- Using a clear eyebrow gel, brush the eyebrows upward to lock in the eyebrow shape and color.
Watch this video for a more detailed tutorial!
For many redheads with blonde lashes, it can be difficult to throw on a layer of mascara without worrying how it looks. A few swipes over light eyelashes may look as though your lashes are floating away from your eyelid. No one wants that! Next time you’re applying mascara on your blonde eyelashes, follow these steps. Your eyes are sure to look bigger and will pop.
1. Pick the Best Mascara for You
For best results, pick a mascara with short bristles. The shorter they are, the easier it is to get into those hard to reach places. For instance, the ‘redhead friendly’ Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara has short bristles perfect for this reason.
READ: Best Mascaras for Redheads Under $25
READ: The Best Hypoallergenic Mascaras for Sensitive Eyes
2. Either Brown or Black
Opt for a brown or black mascara, or even try black on the top and brown on the bottom. It’s all about your personality. Do what makes you feel the most comfortable.
3. How to Properly Apply Mascara:
Step 1: Wiggle the wand left to right at the base of lashes. Remember: It’s the mascara placed near the roots, not the tips, that gives the illusion of length and thickness.
Step 2: Pull the wand up and through lashes, wiggling as you go. The wiggling part is key because it separates lashes and coats every lash with mascara.
Step 3: This step is optional as many people accomplish this step in #1 & #2. Close the eye and place the mascara wand on top of lashes at the base and pull through to remove any clumps. You will also be able to reach any blonde areas you have missed.
Step 4: After the coat is dry, reapply as necessary for extra thickness and length.
Watch the below video to see it in action.
Rock it like a Redhead!
I’ve never been obsessively nit-picky about my appearance. I like to experiment with beauty trends whenever one strikes my fancy, but considering the “no makeup makeup” look has been in for a minute now, one does tend to reflect on her appearance in a renewed light. If anything, this minimalist makeup movement has pointed out that having good skin and hair is all fine and dandy when you’ve got a dozen Instagram filters to blur and refine, instead of being your makeup for you, but what about my bare, short lashes that stick straight out?
The road to long lashes is… not short, to say the least. Long natural-looking lashes can be tricky to achieve in a way that doesn’t cost half my paycheck, so it’s been a lot of trial and error to get there.
MORE: How To Grow Your Most Beautiful Lashes
Curling your lashes is one of those simple “hacks” to make your lashes automatically look longer, when in reality the illusion is that bending their angle mostly serves to make my short lashes look just a little fancier. I even bought the top shelf of eyelash curlers—Shu Uemura‘s— which promises optimal curl with minimal pinch. It lived up to those promises but my lashes didn’t live up to my (admittedly higher) expectations.
But it’s 2015—why not just use a lash-growth serum or get lash extensions? Easier said than done, that’s why. Honestly, I can’t with lash extensions. You get them put on, you can’t wash your face properly lest you get them wet (yeah—you can’t get them wet), they’re really expensive and last for less than a month. Seems like a pretty poor deal to me.
Lash serums on the other hand often come with consequences. The ones I’ve tried (and there have been a LOT) either haven’t worked at all or have worked but have also given me red itchy eyes. I actually remember a time I tried a lash growth serum for the first time that came highly recommended from a friend—I applied it at night before bed as instructed, and woke up the next day with super bloodshot eyes that would not quit no matter how much Visine I dropped in them. I also happened to have a date that evening and didn’t cancel, thinking “surely this redness will subside by nightfall!” Wrong. So I had a lovely dinner with a handsome man who I’m pretty sure thought I was super stoned the whole time. We did not have a second date—the guy and the lash serum.
While I thought I could get around it with lash-growing potions, I found myself just wanting an easy option for long lashes that wouldn’t potentially blind me in the future. My hunt for “The One” mascara began, the method of which consisted mostly of word-of-mouth recommendations and feverish trials at a Sephora. I was told fiber mascaras were the best new option on the market, especially ones from Asia. My cousin gifted me this adorable Japanese mascara that did wonders for length (not so much volume) but took several attempts to remove, leaving me with red and irritated skin around my eyes from overzealous scrubbing. DJV Fiberwig is pretty great, doesn’t smudge and removes easily with just warm water. They claim to use a “tubing” technology where the formula forms a tube around your lashes but doesn’t adhere to them as tightly as regular mascara… the fibers can sometimes flake off underneath your eye, but then again, so do most mascaras.
A few non-fiber mascaras that really impress me are Dior’s Blackout, Lancôme’s Grandiôse and TooFaced Better Than Sex. L’Oreal’s Butterfly Mascara is also my top drugstore pick for lengthening your itty-bitty lashes—it has a futuristic alien-looking brush that really sculpts every lash. Once I’ve properly “styled” my lashes with either of these mascaras, my lashes are like headlights. I could almost hear a *ping!* when batting my lashes, they were that doll-like.
I’m glad I tried a few different lash-growing methods before opting for the “Cinderella method,” AKA long lashes that you can remove at night. I keep an arsenal of the aforementioned mascaras in my collection at all times, mostly because I wouldn’t be caught dead without my now signature long lashes—even on the way to buy mascara.
MORE: The Mascaras To Give You Super Long Lashes