You might think that lash care is pretty straight forward - but there are a lot of things that actually influence how your lashes look, other than your genes and whichever mascara you choose to use.
However, if it seems like you constantly have the same problems with your lashes, even though you diligently apply your lash serum every night, you might be committing one of these five critical lash care mistakes. Read on to find out if you’re doing one (or more!) of these lash care crimes and what you can do to fix it.
1. You’re curling your lashes after applying mascara.
We all know that an eyelash curler is an indispensable tool for getting lashes to hold a perfect curl, especially if your lashes are on the straight/droopy side. But do you know when you should be using your eyelash curler? If you said after mascara, you could be damaging your lashes!
If you curl your lashes while they have mascara on them, they could stick to your curler and potentially be pulled out by it. Yikes! Not only is this super painful - the eye is a delicate area - it leaves your lash line looking thin and scraggly, no matter how diligent you are with applying lash serum!
The solution? Always curl your lashes before applying mascara. It’s also less messy than curling your lashes after - your curler won’t be so gunked up with lash-yanking residue, either!
2. You’re clamping your lashes too hard.
To add to the previous point of using a lash curler after mascara, some of you all might just be clamping your lashes too hard. If your lashes are stubbornly straight or prone to drooping, squeezing them as hard as you can sound like the obvious solution to the problem - but it's not.
When you clamp down on your lashes with all your might, you risk seriously damaging them! Constantly being crushed into an L shape weakens your lash, making it prone to breaking off. Neither of these is a cute look, especially when the whole idea is to have full, fluttery lashes.
Instead of squeezing the curler with all your might, carefully close the curler around your lashes and lightly pulse for about ten seconds. If your lashes need an extra lift, You can repeat this process starting from the roots of the lashes to the mid-lengths, to the tips for a gorgeous, natural curl.
3. You’re going to bed without removing makeup.
Not removing makeup before bed is a crime against all things beauty. I'm sure you've already heard how bad it is for your skin, and if that isn't motivation enough, it's bad for your lashes too.
When you apply mascara, makes your lashes a little stiff to hold them in place - especially waterproof mascara. This means that when you sleep and roll around in bed, your lashes don’t have the natural flexibility they have without makeup. I think you can see where I’m going with this - it means that your lashes are prone to breaking or being pulled out in your sleep!
4. You’re not gently removing your eye makeup.
If you’re already diligently removing your makeup at the end of every day, awesome! But, did you know that not all makeup removal methods are equal?
I know that it’s tempting to keep rubbing at your eyes with a makeup wipe or cotton round soaked with makeup remover, but this is actually terrible for your lashes. Why? The skin around your eyes and your eyelashes are actually super delicate, and any constant tugging and pulling can cause both wrinkles and lashes to fall out. Instead, gently press a makeup remover-soaked cotton round to a closed eye, and let sit for at least 10-50 seconds before gently pulling away to loosen the makeup.
5. You’re ripping off your false lashes at the end of the night.
While it is pretty satisfying to just pull on a false eyelash and see it peel away from your lash line, don’t forget that a specialised lash glue has held that in place for last few hours. You’ve just pulled that long-wearing lash glue away from your natural lashes - potentially pulling out a few of them with it!
The best thing to do is to gently loosen the false lash glue before pulling lashes off - there are a couple of ways to do this. Like with gently removing eye makeup, one way is to press a cotton round soaked in a specific eye makeup remover to your eye for at least ten seconds, letting it soak into the lash glue and loosen it before pulling it off.
Another super gentle way is to massage a facial cleansing oil onto your eyelid, working it close to the lash line. Both of these methods work to gently loosen the lash glue for safe, easy false lash removal and leaving your own lashes healthy underneath.
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