How to get perfect, clump-free lashes

Here is an example of a look I created where the lashes looked well defined and clump free!

I get asked so many times how to get natural lashes to curl and look long and full, So here are some of my secrets to getting this effect without false lashes!

Step One- Using eye makeup remover and cotton pads remove any oils and makeup remains from your lashes.Then with a clean mascara wand, brush the lashes to ensure there is no dust/dirt particles, and the lashes are all straight and individual not clumped together.

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Step Two- I always use my tweezerman eyelash curlers because it has a thick silicone pad for comfort. The best way to get the lashes to lift is starting close to the lash line. Position the lashes in the curler and gently apply pressure, taking special care not to nip the skin.  Then when you have all the lashes, press down for a few seconds, and pulse a few times to help tease them upwards. Then release and do the same at the end of the lashes as this will also help curl the tip.

Step Three- I always think that any good product deserves a good base to sit on, which is why I swear by using a lash primer before applying the mascara. This adds depth as it builds an extra layer on the lashes creating a fuller lash. It extends the wear of the mascara, helping it stay in place and also conditions the lashes adding much needed nourishment to them. Allow to dry for 20 seconds before applying the mascara. I highly recommend Urban Decays Eyelash Primer Potion!

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Step Four- There are so many mascaras formulas out there, that its really hard to know which one is the best. To be honest, I would first think about what you want it for. If its for a wedding, special occasion,holiday or all day then you want a waterproof one. If its for a photo-shoot or a or night out, then I would go for a volumizing mascara. Wiggle the brush back and forth as you move the brush upward.

Your goal is to apply mascara on to all the lashes even the hard to reach ones at the edges. Use the tip of the brush for the hard to reach places. Apply mascara to the upper lashes first and then using the tip of the brush apply to the lower lashes.

*I always use Royal Effem H20 100% waterproof mascara on my brides as its free from parabens and animal derivatives  It contains a polymer with high resistance to water which also has an incredible volume effect.*

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Step Five- At this stage you should have thicker, fuller lashes. But to complete this look and ensure that the mascara is coated from the roots, you need to add a second coat using a lash comb. I like to use tweeserman metal comb and coat the end in mascara. Unlike the plastic comb, the metal one can easily comb all the clumps out of the lashes from root to tip, plus giving extra coverage of mascara. However, be very careful that you don’t poke your eyelids! This too me is one of my best tools and get fantastic results every time.

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I hope this has helped give you some valuable tips to achieve professional looking lashes at home.

Ruth xx