Lashes Protect Us, So Make Sure to Protect Them!
We all want longer, thicker, more luscious lashes but what if we told you that it's what you're doing that is causing you to ruin your chances at that? From curling your lashes the wrong way to applying faux lashes improperly, we've gathered all of your everyday mishaps and how to fix them so you can have those amazing wispy lashes you desire. You may not be giving your eyelashes much thought, but there's a good chance at least one of your everyday habits is detrimental to the strands surrounding your eyes. Remember, eyelashes act as a protective barrier to your eyes, preventing irritation, infection and foreign objects to just wander in. You likely give very little thought to your eyelashes, especially if you're one of those people that don't wear makeup.
For people with sensitive eyes, waterproof mascara is a lifesaver. It lasts longer than any non-waterproof formula and can easily transition from day to night. Have you ever tried removing waterproof mascara? It often requires excessive running and scrubbing to get every last lash clean.
Option #1 save your favorite waterproof formula for special occasions because if you use it daily, you will be subjecting your lashes to becoming stiff, weighed down and drying them out. This will only cause your lashes to easily break.
Option #2 layering. Trying using a non-waterproof formula first to coat the lashes and seal it in with a waterproof formula. This is a win-win situation because when you go to remove the mascara, it won't require the vigorous scrubbing like you're used it.
Yes, all makeup does expire. Even though you can still use it, doesn't mean you should. Because mascara is a liquid formula it increases the chance of bacteria growth and can cause eye irritation and even worse -- infection. If you're a daily mascara user, try to replace it every two to three months. If you're not, you can probably stretch it to every four months. Remember, better safe than sorry. Time to clean out your makeup bag!
Keep your hands off your lashes at all costs. Not only can they accidentally be plucked out but bacteria can clog the pores which will prevent new lash growth. We know, we know, it's just so satisfying to be able to rub your eyes without having to worry. Rubbing your eyes vigorously can damage your entire eye -- lashes included. After all, it is one of the most sensitive areas! Be gentle when it comes to anything eye related, and keep this in mind when you're removing your makeup.
I have my Kevyn Aucoin or Shu Uemura eye lash curlers on me at all times, so I get it. One squeeze for five seconds and poof, my lashes look three times longer. The one trick that is a MUST, is to make sure you are applying your mascara AFTER you curl. I cringe every time I see somebody curling their lashes after they've already applied mascara. Applying mascara and then clamping down with a metal curler? Absolute no-no. Doing this can cause weird bends in your lash pattern and your lashes will stick to the eye lash curler and will no longer be attached to your eye.
It's no secret that I'm not a fan of permanent lash extensions. They may look gorgeous at first glance and are definitely a nice shortcut to long, lush, enviable lashes but don't indulge too often. Lash extensions are known to cause permanent damage to your follicle and can pull your currently lashes out prematurely. Extensions are applied by fusing them to your natural lashes and the mere weight of them can damage your real ones. When you finally decide to give your lashes a 'break' from extensions, you may be shocked to find your once beautiful lashes are now short and stubby.