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Everything You Need to Know About Lashes

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Words by Mollie Hammond

Eyelashes are a force to be reckoned with. Not only can they instantly transform a beauty look, they have the power to instil a confidence within us, a feeling akin to what happens when we put on a favourite little black dress. We all want different things from our eyelashes; whether that be length, curve, volume or full-frontal flutter. Good news! Our guide has all the ingredients for you to excel and beyond in your preferred category.

Know Your Brush Types

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    Curl

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    Curl

    If your eyelashes are naturally straight, choose a product that not only curls your lashes, but holds them there, too. Curved wands are designed to hook and sweep through lashes from root to tip and are often accompanied by a conditioning formula that helps to hold the curl. We’re hooked on the Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara for a stand-out, upturned look.

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    Volume

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    Give fine lashes XXL energy with a don’t-mess-with-me duo: a pitch-black formula plus a jumbo wand. Helena Rubinstein’s Lash Queen Wonder Blacks Mascara uses a clever concoction of keratin and ceramides to repair and condition the lash from root to tip, making for a knock-out effect.

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    Length

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    "My lashes are far too long and luscious," said no-one, ever. A pointed wand acts as a two-in-one tool; you can apply mascara as you normally would with the brush, then turn and use the tip to coat lashes further for an extra-lengthening boost. The Tom Ford Ultra Length Mascara Ultra Raven does just that, as well as expertly resisting the effects of high temperatures and humidity.

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    Separation

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    It’s all about skinny love for this lash look. A thinner wand with finer bristles ensures lashes are coated from the root, making them appear more defined. Shiseido’s ImperialLash Mascara Ink makes light work of hard-to-reach areas, thanks to its silicone bristles and crown tip.

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Maximise Your Product
Now you’ve met your match, here’s how to make the most of it.

CURL The secret to a lifted look? Use an eyelash curler. Hold lashes between the pads and pump gently. PREP Lash primers often come in white, and act as a base for the coloured mascara of your choice. Try Chanel’s Beauté Des Cils Nourishing Mascara Base or Dior’s Diorshow Maximizer 3D Lash Primer. SEPARATE Wand not pulling its weight? Hourglass make a stainless steel ‘instrument’ that claims to evenly coat every lash from root to tip.

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Flutter Lashes
Zoe Battersby, Hair & Beauty Salon manager, shares three reasons to go false:

1. “Bespoke Flutter Lash enhancements – or extensions as they are commonly known – are individually chosen for your required look. One to four individual lashes are applied onto each of your natural lashes.” 2. “The lash extensions are made from Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), a polyester-type material with a silk-like finish that creates beautiful, glossy lashes.” 3. “With a regular maintenance regime, Flutter Lash enhancements can be worn on a continuous basis without causing damage to the natural lash.”

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Lash Hacks

How To: Remove

Mascara can be oh-so stubborn to remove. Adding a dedicated eye make-up remover to your beauty arsenal will make your bedtime beauty regime swift and frustration free. Try Lancôme Bi-Facil Eye Make-Up Remover.
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How To: Colour

Adding a slick of a vibrant coloured mascara is a sure-fire way to make a beauty look step up a notch. Our tip? Apply to bottom lashes for an instant pop of HBO's Euphoria-inspired colour. Try YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara.
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How To: Fake It

Sometimes, only false lashes will do. Available in strips or individually, they’re the make-up- artist-approved way to instantly open eyes. Try Sweed Nikki Sultry Corner False Eyelashes.
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How To: Grow

Why not stick with the lashes you were blessed with but make them 2.0? Apply a serum designed to stimulate the growth of sparse lashes to the lash line every morning, like M2 Beauté ’s Eyelash Activating Serum.
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