How to create the natural lash look

How to create the natural lash look

On the runways at New York Fashion Week's autumn/winter 2013 shows, natural-looking lashes complemented the hippy outfits at Rodarte, the rugged pieces at Rag & Bone, the luxe dresses at Ralph Lauren, and the minimalist looks at Alexander Wang.

Make Up For Ever's artistic director, Ms Dany Sanz, shows you how to wear mascara for natural-looking, longer lashes - even if yours are short.

Product recommendations are from Ms Sanz and Urban.

Get a mascara with a cone-shaped brush.

Such brushes are tapered at the end and wider at the bottom, making them useful for creating varied lash looks.

Good options are Make Up For Ever's new Smoky Extravagant mascara (photo 1, $44), Diorshow Waterproof Buildable Volume ($52), and Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara (photo 2, $50).

If you have:

Downward pointing lashes

Point the tip of the mascara wand vertically and place it at the root of your upper lashes. Slide the tip of the wand outwards and upwards along the length of the clumps of hair. This will lift your lashes from the roots, and make small eyes look bigger.

Short and tiny bottom lashes

Hold the mascara wand vertically and gently sweep the tapered tip along the entire bottom lashline, to and fro.

This will help to lengthen the tiny lashes with more precision.

If you want to add depth to your eye make-up, add another sweep of mascara on the tiny bottom lashes. But this time round, hold the wand horizontally and stroke it downwards and along the length of the lashes.

Round eyes that need widening

Hold the wand horizontally, and sweep it outwards and along the upper lashes, focusing on the outer corners of the eyes. This will give lashes volume and give the impression of elongated round eyes.

Light-coloured lashes that need darkening or colouring in a brightly hued mascara

Hold the wand vertically and coat lashes from root to tip with the tapered edge using gentle strokes.

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