Photographer Melis + Dainon
Hair Sunnie Brook
Makeup Garret Gervais
Model Elle Evans
Everyone wants long, thick, curled lashes for a wide open, rested look. As a pro make up artist there are a few tricks my friend Garret Gervais uses to accomplish this look.
I curl lashes using the Kevyn Aucoin Lash Curler. It’s size and curvature fits every eye shape beautifully and if lashes are coarse, I heat the red curler pad for a few seconds before curling.
I always lengthen first. It’s easier to add volume (width) to the lash after it’s been stretched. I like Covergirl Lash Blast Lengthening Mascara. It has nylon in its formula and a long, skinny brush. I prefer a skinny brush for lengthening, you can get right down to the root, even on the tiny, thin inner corner lashes. Also a trick I ALWAYS do is to wipe the wand with a paper towel first before applying to lashes. By wiping the wand you take off excess mascara and can really concentrate on using your wand to its fullest without any clumping. This is really important when lengthening because we’re dragging the product through the length of each hair, adding length to the ends of each hair. Think of it as a bit the way you would comb conditioner through your hair in the shower, working it through the length and saturating the ends. I usually apply two coats of lengthening mascara.
For volumizing, you want to use a mascara with a thick, fluffy brush with varying bristle lengths. This type of brush deposits extra amounts of product onto the lash, building thickness around each individual hair. For this I love Diorshow Mascara. As before I wipe off the brush before hitting the lashes. Clumping is not the same thing as volumizing! This particular mascara has a XXL brush and a build-able cream formula so you don’t need a ton of product on the brush to achieve the desired affect. As with lengthening, your brush is doing the work, NOT the amount of product on it.
4. Pro Tips
Another trick you can do to increase the effect of each mascara step is to coat the already-mascaraed lash with a dust of loose powder and apply another coat.
In the above picture I’ve done what I call my Summer Lash. When it’s hot and your make up routine goes minimal, multi coats of black on top and bottom lashes may seem “too much” instead try this pro look: