From The Straits Times    |


Short, straight and droopy are some words commonly used by Asian women to describe their lashes. No wonder eye lash extensions are so popular amongst Asian women. While eyelash extensions definitely have their pros (they last for weeks and you wake up to perfectly full lashes and they are easily customisable so you are guaranteed your desired fullness), they also come with some inconveniences. For example, you have to be meticulous when applying and removing other eye makeup—scratch that, you even have to be careful when doing something as basic as washing your face. So what’s a girl to do if she wants long, yet natural-looking lashes that comes off whenever she wants to? High performance mascaras, of course.

With hundreds and even thousands of mascaras flooding stores and websites, it can be a long and tedious process to find the one that’s perfect for you. For starters, Asian lashes tend to be shorter, so mascaras with larger brush applicators can be a tad bit challenging to control without smudging and smearing onto your lids. Look for mascaras with smaller brush applicators if you tend to be intimidated by larger ones as a smaller applicator can make it easier to reach for even those super tiny lashes at the inner and outer corners of your lashes.


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In addition, Asian lashes can be sparse so if you want a fuller, more dramatic effect, look out for volumising formulas. Beginning as close to the roots as possible, apply mascara in a zig zag motion to make sure that you coat your lashes with the optimal amount of product. Just remember to remove excess product from the brush or separate lashes with a lash comb to avoid clumps. Or you can even prep your lashes with a lash primer to thicken your natural lashes for maximum impact.

To give droopy lashes an added lift, be sure to curl your lashes with an eyelash curler. Start as close to the roots as possible without pinching or tugging at your lashes and gradually move your curler towards the ends of your lashes for a natural, rounded curl. Also look out for mascaras that have a curved lash applicator as they help give pin-straight lashes an added lift. Or try those that contain unique polymers that lock in the curl of your lashes without weighing lashes down—super crucial for Asian lashes.

Here, the best mascaras that lengthen, lift and thicken to transform Asian lashes in just one sweep: