While choosing one desert island beauty product would be like picking a favourite child (seriously, how could I choose?!), mascara is definitely one of my front runners. I’ve been blessed with a pretty decent set of lashes, but in order to bring them to life, I need help from that little magic mascara wand. And anyone who wears mascara on the regular knows that when it comes to how you apply it, there are at least a 101 different hacks to get your lashes juuuust right.
[Clump-tastic lashes at Jason Wu’s fall ’16 show. I love this look but this much clump on me is not a good look.]
While most of these tricks do make a difference in getting full fluttery lashes, there’s one that that takes my fringe to the next level every time: using a lash comb. I’ve been using Quo’s Brow Lash Comb, as it’s got a soft bristled brush for brows on one side and a harder edge for lashes on the other. I often get asked what mascara I use (the answer to that varies from day to day) and I genuinely believe that it’s the lash comb that’s making my lashes really pop.
It also helps that using it is foolproof (as long as you don’t poke yourself in the eye….which I’ve done on more then one occasion). Simply curl your lashes (major key!!! I could write a sonnet about my lash curler but I’ll save that for another time) and grab your favourite mascara of the moment (lately I’m obsessed with Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara). Apply your first coat, and when your mascara is still wet, swipe the metal comb through your fringe, starting at the base of your lashes and combing outwards in a zig-zagging motion. This helps to break up any clumps for a natural fan effect. Combing out the clumps lets you put multiple coats of mascara on without your lashes getting too stiff or cakey. I’m wearing five (!) coats right now but without the comb I can only do two.
Another lash comb hack? Applying mascara onto your lower lashes. While a lot of people prefer to skip that step altogether, as mascara on lower lashes can sometimes have a spidery effect, if you apply the formula onto the comb and then onto your lashes you’ll have a lot more control and less product to worry about keeping unclumped. And it’s as simple as that! One small extra step and you’ll have seriously enviable, clump-free lashes.