Proper as summer season started, I obtained my very first set of eyelash extensions from New York Metropolis’s Envious Lashes. Seems that is a really applicable identify as a result of now that the final glued-on lash has lastly fallen from my face, I am envious of images of myself from just some weeks in the past. Whereas I had the lash extensions, I wasn’t carrying mascara — I did not have to — however now that I am making use of it once more, I really feel like I can not fairly obtain the identical lush look.

Fortunately, Marie Claire digital magnificence editor Chloe Metzger (hey lady!) delivered to my consideration a video posted by Georgie Eisdell — a make-up artist whose shoppers embrace Nina Dobrev, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Thandie Newton — during which she applies mascara to a mannequin whereas her eyes are closed. Sounds ridiculous, proper? However within the barely sped-up footage, all of it appears to make sense. You see the artist’s thumb gently pulling the mannequin’s closed lid taut earlier than she begins with one conventional sweep up the size of the lashes, adopted by the the bristles being wiggled into the bottom of the lashes on up — once more, all whereas the mannequin’s eyes had been closed.

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The mannequin’s lashes look unbelievable when she’s by way of, so in fact, I needed to attempt it myself. One drawback: I haven’t got a make-up artist to do that for me, so I will be making use of mascara with just one eye open. This might get messy — hell, even within the video, you see a little bit little bit of mascara get on the mannequin’s lid. But when it will assist me get an intensified look extra like my late lash extensions, it is a danger I am keen to take.

To see if this method actually does prove in a different way, I began with a standard utility of mascara. I used It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara, which is not any slacker within the size and quantity division, no matter the way it’s appied. Here is how that appears after I apply it like I normally apply mascara (with each eyes — and my mouth — open).

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I then began over on my left eye, closing it earlier than moving into for the wiggle-sweep combo below the bottom of my lashes. Simply wiggling the bristles deposits greater than sufficient mascara on almost your complete size of my lashes, and sweeping whereas it is closed provides noticeably extra size. It additionally provides a noticeable black splotch to my nostril — my first try at this method wasn’t precisely swish. That stated, by some miracle, I did not get the mascara on my eyelid or below my eye regardless of the proximity of the bristles to my pores and skin.

Right here, you possibly can see the distinction between the common approach and the closed-eye approach:

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara applied with two different techniques

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Impressed, and since I did not need asymmetrical eyelashes, I did the identical closed-eye utility to my proper eye.

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara applied with eyes closed

Certainly, the wiggle-sweep approach on a closed eye actually does create a extra voluminous, lengthier consequence. Except for the potential for smudging mascara in your pores and skin whereas making use of, the one different difficulty I had was the presences of some extra clumps than normal — nothing that wasn’t simply solved with a lash separator.

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