To open up the eyes, I use an eyelash curler. I prefer to curl my lashes before applying my mascara. I feel you can shape them better, and it doesn’t interfere with the mascara. I gently curl at the base of my lashes, then again in the center of my lashes to give a more rounded look. Then I do it all once more to really open my eyes wide. If you clamp down on the curler, it makes an unnatural, sharp groove in your lashes. You can use a dark shadow to trace the upper and lower lash line. Then add a medium shade in the crease of your eye. Next, apply a lighter shade on the eyebrow bone. To brighten the eyes, I use a whitish color along the bottom of my eyebrow, especially concentrating in the middle, the arch of the brow.  I use the same color in the corner of each eye as well. Finally, I blend all the colors well so as not to leave any hard lines. If you really want to go all-out and make those eyes pop, line the waterline inside your lashes, both upper and lower, with a black charcoal liner. Depending on the person, this may be too dramatic, or it may cause the eyes to appear smaller. Another trick is lining the waterline with a white liner to make your eyes look larger. Play with all these tricks; everyone is different in what flatters their unique features. Remember, symmetry is perceived to be more attractive, so if you have uneven features, you can balance them with makeup.

Finally, it’s time to apply a coat of mascara. Some makeup artists avoid applying mascara to lower lashes, believing it closes up the eye. I do love mascara on my lower lashes, but I find it always, always ends up under my eyes, appearing as dark circles, so I avoid using it on my lower lashes. Wiggle the wand side to side from the base of the lashes up to the tippy tops. The mascara placed near the base of the lashes, not only the tips, gives the illusion of longer lashes. The wiggling keeps the lashes from clumping together. Then, after the first coat dries, apply a second coat to magnify the lashes further. Don’t pump the wand; rather, twist it in the mascara to avoid pushing air into the tube, causing the mascara to dry out. If you notice your lashes are drooping from the weight of the mascara, try curling them again after you have completed the mascara application and allowed it time to dry.

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