These are the products that I rely on to make my eyes look ‘awake’ even when it’s far from how I’m actually feeling. Sometimes I just leave it there and other times I keep going by adding other eyeliners and/or eyeshadows. However, through trial and error, these are the basics that I count on to make look (and consequently) feel better…
XXtraLash Eyelash Growth Serum
Nothing makes eyes look better than long and healthy lashes but unfortunately with age and general wear and tear they can end up looking a bit sparse and stubby. I’ve tried both lash lifts and extensions but have come to the conclusion that having your own lashes in tip top condition is the best option. My intention behind using XXtraLash was for it to help maintain and condition my lashes but it’s gone beyond that and has made them grow longer and thicker. I’ve also been using it on brows and little gaps have now been filled in with new hair growth. It contains a blend of Vitamin C, Hydrolysed Soy Protein and Prob-Biozyme TriPeptide and the really important thing is that it doesn’t cause me any irritation. It’s applied with a really thin brush so you’re only depositing a tiny bit of product per application.
XXtraLash is £88 and available HERE.
From doing something so quick and simple, tightlining the upper rims of my eyes makes such a big difference – the effect is huge. It gives eyes great definition without the look of heavy makeup and it gives the illusion of lashes being denser than they really are. Though I sometimes like to use a brown or dark blue shade to tight line I haven’t found anything that has the staying power of the Nars Kohliner. I either use it very close to the upper lash line or over the whole rim (I like the light transfer to the lower rim you get from doing it this). I reviewed the Kohliner when it first came out and it’s remained a favourite every since.
Nars Kohliner is £19 and available HERE.
Kevin Aucoin The Eyelash Curler
If I remember to do things in the right order, I curl my lashes before applying the Kohliner. Generally, I think people need to find eyelash curlers that suit the shape of their eyes but these do seem to be a popular choice and they work well for me. The cushion pad in them is red so the contrast between it and your lashes is plain to see. They give good lift and curl which makes a world of difference to opening up the eyes. Also, eyelashes that lie straight and flat can cause shadows under the eyes so that’s another good reason to curl them. Apparently you can use them to curl your lower lashes but I’ve yet to try this!
Kevin Aucoin The Eyelash Curler is £17 and available HERE.
Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift
I’m always wary of makeup that makes big clams but Instant Eye Lift does significantly improve the under eye area and without being drying or settling into lines. The official instructions are to fill in an inverted triangle with the doe foot applicator under each eye and blend (here’s a video tutorial) but I prefer a lighter application and dot the product in an upside down triangle instead. It only comes in two shades and the lighter one works perfectly on me to diminish my grey/blue/purple under eye tones. It also helps disguise puffiness and the general effect adds brightness to my whole face.
Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift is £31 and available HERE
Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara
Admittedly, I flit between mascaras a lot and think that using the XXtraLash Serum and Eyelash Curler is more important than which mascara I put on. However, having said that, I’m currently really into the Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara. It gives great length and volume without looking spidery or clumping. I also like the fact that it’s waterproof as I’m now one of those women who wear makeup when doing sport. I’ve worn it at the gym, to a boot camp class and to yoga without it smudging a bit.
Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara is £17.50 and available HERE
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