I Have Asian Eyelashes, and These Are the 5 Mascaras That Actually Give My Lashes Life
I already know I don't need to ask if my Asian people out there have ever struggled with getting their lashes to look fluttery and defined. And yes, falsies and lash extensions are always an option, but sometimes, those options aren't available for all of us.
Still, why should that mean we have to surrender to our genetic destiny of having six to eight puny lashes that wilt, even after a few coats of the most popular mascaras on the market?
The good news is: we don't — at least not when I've dedicated the last 10 years to cracking the mascara matrix for those with stick-straight Asian lashes (college tuition well spent!).
Read below to discover how I did it, what my picks are, as well as hacks for getting the most voluminous natural lashes of your life.
How I Found the Perfect Formula and Brush for Asian Lashes
Most volumizing mascaras formulated in the US are on the thick and gloopy side, with very big brushes. But for Asian lashes, these types of mascaras are much too heavy.
A thick formula quickly overwhelms a very straight and short lash, and will take out any curl we've tried to achieve. Plus, a fat brush will only deliver more product with one swipe! Think about it like putting too much hair pomade into freshly styled hair — it can weigh everything down and can kind of ruin the look.
That's why I opt for mascaras with a small or medium size brush and a waterproof version for long-lasting wear, and a drier, more fibrous formula.
Ironically, all the products that made the cut were from Asian beauty brands.
TonyMoly The Shocking Cara Extreme Lash
Clio Kill Lash Superproof Mascara
Espoir Nomudging Mascara Waterproof XP
Kiss Me Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara
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Lash Hacks for Asian Eyes
Heat Your Eyelash Curler
This might be one the one tip I swear by.
Using heat to curl your stubby and straight Asian lashes is key. You could fudge these other rules a bit, but not this one. Start off by grabbing a lighter, then hold your lash curler right above the flame for about seven to eight seconds — just get that damn thing warm. Just make sure to test the warmth of it on your hand before going in.
If you don't have a lighter handy, a hair dryer also works great for this, too! Just blast your curler with high heat for maybe 10 seconds, then test on your palm. It should feel hot, but not nearly enough to hurt you or burn you.
Curl the Lashes At Multiple Angles
The shape of your eyelash curler can cause hell when it comes to getting each and every lash thoroughly curled, so my advice is to curl from multiple angles. Go in directly straight at first, curl from the base upwards in incremental steps, and then see how your lashes are looking after you've done your first curling. My outer corner lashes rarely get well-curled the first go-around, so I'll go back in (after re-applying some heat) at a slight angle. That way I can better catch all my lashes with the clamp.
Don't Apply Mascara At the Base of Your Lashes (At Least Not at First)
I don't really like the whole "apply from the roots and upwards, making sure to wiggle" credo. At least, not when I first start applying mascara. I find that it risks undoing the hard work I put into curling, especially if there's more product on that wand than I anticipated. What I prefer to do instead is apply product at the tips of my lashes and dispense where I want more of the mascara to sit and hold, before going to the roots.
Good to Go used to be the column where we'd share the beauty products we can't travel without. But while travel's off the table, we'll be focusing on products that make us feel good at home. This month, why freelance writer Jennifer Li loves these five mascaras.