By Carol Evenson
Your eyes are one of the first things that people notice about you. They give away your emotions, reveal lifestyle habits such as poor sleep or diet and can even serve as communicators without your mouth uttering a word. So it is important to maintain a clear, healthy appearance if you want to put your best face forward. A great way to make that happen is to make sure that your lashes – which frame your eyes and make them truly stand out – are doing their job well. Here are a few lash enhancements that you can do yourself to help your eyes pop.
If you find yourself lacking the time to apply makeup or perform grooming tasks on a daily basis, you may want to consider making a slightly more permanent change. Lash extensions are a great, semi-permanent way to make your eyes look their best without the hassle of daily application. This is something that can be accomplished as a do-it-yourself project, and you can consult with a professional who has completed an eyelash extension course so that you achieve your own expert results without an appointment. One of the most beneficial things about extensions is that you can customize the look exactly the way that you want them. If you prefer the dramatic, go for the fullest set that you can find. For a subtle, natural look, try a wispy version that can liven up your face without looking “put on” or false. In terms of convenience, lash extensions can last as long as your haircolor, so you can apply once and forget them for six to eight weeks before maintenance is required.
While you are learning the ropes, it is vital to be sure that you are getting a high quality lash and that you are able to master the application process in order to get a flawless look. Otherwise, you could have an embarrassing malfunction. No one wants to lose their eyelashes at dinner!
The hair on your head requires care and attention with a good diet to be its most attractive, and the same goes for your eyelashes. Without some gentle care, lashes get brittle and break or fall off just like your hair. The solution for both is the same: good eating habits and the application of specialized products that help to strengthen and grow. For your lashes, consider investing in a conditioning mascara or lash serum that can be applied before your regular makeup routine.
These formulas can be applied either directly to your lashes or painted on at the base, and will deliver vitamins that are essential for healthy eyelashes. With an established routine, you will notice thicker, more lush lashes that are just waiting for that perfect mascara to help them look their best.
When analyzing your nutrient intake, be sure to include supplements that are good for hair, skin and nails. These will aid your beauty regimen with bolstering your vitamin intake with vitamins such as E, B-complex and biotin. Each of these plays an important role in keeping your skin youthful, your nails strong and your hair thick. Look for high-quality multis that include a healthy dose to several birds with one stone (so to speak).
A trial and error approach to finding the best lash makeup for your needs can be a long and laborious process, but it is also a critical one if amplifying your look is important to you. When going for the natural look, keep your skin tone and hair color in mind when choosing shades. You want something that will bring out your beauty instead of covering it up, so don’t go with dark colors if you are a blonde, avoid brighter shades if you are a redhead and remember that brunettes need medium to dark colors in order for the makeup to do its job properly. As always, quality is a big concern – and while some of the budget brands of mascara can look just fine when first applied, their performance often leaves something to be desired. Putting a lot of work into taking care of your lashes only to have the color run off of them at the first sign of humidity will just be a waste of time. Research brand reviews and try purchasing from shops that will allow returns if you are unsatisfied with the product.
Beauty care at home is one of the best uplifting things that you can do for yourself. You can make a soothing ritual of it and enjoy the comfort of your own familiar surroundings – a definite plus in these most trying times. Do it for you, and let the rest of the world admire your handiwork on your terms. Looking good and being in control while you do it is a great feeling!