It’s time to max out those lashes. Major, maxed-out eyelashes are definitely #trending — just scroll through Instagram for proof. And you don’t have to mess with falsies to get hyper-fringe: There’s about a gazillion mascaras, each meant to deliver a different effect to frame cat-eyes or contoured creases. Pair the right formula with the ideal shade of eye shadow, and you’ll get truly eye-popping lashes — the very kind you want to bat at happy hour or your ultimate birthday bash. Below are three surefire combos by makeup artist Michael Anthony but take note: This kind of lash game comes with a serious side effect of selfies.
1. Create a smoky eye. Sit down for this one: Smoky eyes donotin fact demand smoky-colored shadow. A rose quartz shade is just as dramatic and lets dark, fluttery lashes take center stage. Another thing you can lose: heavy black liner. Instead, define eyes by contouring your crease. First, apply a pink sand base all over the lid by blending sixth and seventh shades inRimmel London Magnif’Eyes Palette in “London Nudes Calling.”Then, brush a deep amber, the last shade in the palette, in the socket from the inner corner of the eye (by the bridge of the nose) all the way to the outer corner. Diffuse it with a fluffy brush. For intensity around the entire eye, wrap that same color below your lower lash line.
2. Add volume. You’ve bypassed eyeliner but you don’t have to miss out on the intensity its meant to create along your lash line. Try faking full lash roots with mascara. Take the wand ofRimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara, hold it vertically, and push the tip into the roots of your lashes at the center of your eye. Then, use the wand like you usually would (holding it horizontally) to pull mascara up the length of your lashes, explains Anthony. And bam: You’ve achieved full-looking roots and major volume using just one product. Finish by combing the mascara through your outer and inner lashes.
Before adding mascara to your lower lashes, follow Anthony’s cue and reach for the smear-proof option: “I almost always usewaterproof mascarathere. It just wears better,” says Anthony. “Hold the wand horizontally and lightly comb through the bottom. Just sort of bless them,” he adds.
1. Pop on pastel shadow. Baby blue or lavender tones set a retro vibe. “It adds an era to your makeup,” says Anthony. Here, the eye area from the lash line to the brow bone is washed in a ’60s-worthy lilac, created by mixing a creamy purple and creamy white eye shadow. Under the eyes, the deep purple fromRimmel London Magnif’Eyes Palette in “London Nudes Calling”provides a backdrop for spiky lower lashes.
2. Add tons of mascara. Go heavy on the mascara at your roots and light at the tips with a mascara devised to deliver wide-eyed volume, likeRimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara. “The wand is designed to group your lashes together so that they become kind of retro,” says Anthony. “You don’t really have to try — go with what the wand gives you.” Apply it in three sections, says Anthony. Start at the center of your eyes, where your lashes need the most mascara, wiggling at the root and moving up toward the tips. Then, stroke it on the outer third of your lashes for lift. Finally, use what’s leftover on the wand on the inner third of your eye for the slightest bit of definition.
To refine the look, use a pointy cotton swab to put spaces between your lashes that naturally like to group together. The key to keep the effect from looking clumpy? Make sure you can still see individual lashes here and there. Finish the look with awaterproof formulaon lower lashes.
1. Add a wing. “It accentuates the upward and outward direction of the lashes,” explains Anthony. Even better, go for a color like the sky blue shown here. “It creates a nice, light backdrop. Your eyelashes will really stand out against it,” says Anthony. If blue’s not your thing, try a shimmery champagne or even white. Whatever you do, skip black liner: Lashes will get lost against a dark backdrop.
2. Curl with mascara. A little optical trick to scoring wide-open eyes: Lift lashes by curling them. Position your curler as close to the root as possible, close it for a few seconds, and then repeat a few times up the length of your lashes ’til you reach their mid-point, pumping as you go.
Next up: Add some drama withRimmel London Scandaleyes Curve Alert Mascara. Its curved wand and formula are designed to hoist each lash up and keep it there — the perfect topper to a lifted eye look. Position the curved brush so it hugs your lashes, and stroke on the mascara starting with the fringe at the mid-point of your eye. Then hit your outer and inner lashes too. Leave your lower lashes bare to keep the spotlight where you want it — on the upward motion of the wing and your top lashes.