If you’re as obsessed with eyelashes as we are, then you’re probably just as guilty of buying unnecessary amounts of mascara. When it comes to lashes, longer is always better, but some of us are more naturally endowed than others. Don’t lose hope! Whether you suffer from stubby or straight lashes, we’ve done the tough research to help you out. The right mascara will make you look like you were born with Zoe Deschanel’s doe eyes and brighten your entire face. The trick is to stay selective. Different formulas and brushes will produce different results, with both volume and length being the ideal combo. Here are a few things to keep in mind to maximize your lash line.
Tip 1: Brush Your Eyelashes
You know that brow or eyelash comb that comes in a brush set, but hardly leaves the case? Well, it’s time to dig it out. Starting at the base of your lashes, wiggle the comb to the very ends to get an easier and clump-free application.
Tip 2: Curl Your Lashes 3x
Pro tip: Use a heated eyelash curler to keep your wave for hours on end. Warm up your curler with a blow dryer for ten seconds and let it cool for another five. Then, grab your lashes starting at the baseline. Hold. Slightly move the tool up to the middle of your lashes and press down. Lastly, curl slightly above the tips of your lashes. This technique will open your eyes and make them stand out.
Tip 3: Ditch Your Dense Brush
When it comes to mascara, shape matters. A dense brush can actually over-coat your lashes, weighing them down. A brush that is curved and flexible will help you stay in control.
Tip 4: Double-Up
To reap all the benefits of wearing mascara, go double or nothing. Wear two mascaras at once, layering formulas for their different benefits: one for length and one for volume. When you use both together, they create eye-popping results.
Tip 5: Coat Away
Wear multiple coats to put your lashes–and therefore your eyes–center stage. Just bat away and await the compliments.
Use these tips and our selection of the best mascara for short lashes in the gallery above.