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Eyes are the windows to your soul. Enlightening your eyes with mascara helps to maximize your lashes and bring focus to your eyes. Here are a few secrets to help you sport great lashes.

• Clean your mascara wand at least once a month to get rid of clumps and prevent build up of bacteria on bristles. Coat the wand with a little Vaseline and gently wipe mascara from the bristles but don't damage the wand. Vaseline works best. Water won't remove the entire mascara residue and soap can irritate your eyes. Shelf life of mascara is 3 - 4 months.
• Always have a dampened Q-tip handy when applying your mascara to clean up any smudges before they dry!
• Use a lash conditioner to improve brittle, dry lashes, extend the life of the lash and to help mascara adhere better and longer. Look after your eyelashes just like your do your hair and skin. If necessary curl lashes using mascara curler before applying mascara.
• For best results, draw the mascara wand out of the tube and gently scrape off any clumps on the side or wipe with a tissue before applying.
• Start at the lash roots and gently sweep mascara to the ends.
• Allow lashes to dry between coats. Use lash comb or spiral brush to remove any clumps.
• Applying mascara to bottom lashes is not necessary and only draws attention to dark circles and wrinkles below the eye area. Try brown on bottom lashes for subtle definition.
• Always remove the mascara before bedtime with a gentle eye make up remover before going to bed.


Ever wondered what makes Demi Moore look like a drop dead bombshell? Just shift your gaze neck upwards and the answer will bounce back. Yes, the petite lady has exquisitely carved eye brows that make her look great.

Most of us tend to ignore eyebrows and allow them to grow into unmanageable bushes. But did you know that eyebrows too need grooming? Here is how you can get the near-perfect pair:

• Try and maintain a natural curve as far as possible. Thin, arched types are out, they only give you that `perpetually surprised’ look!
• Castor oil works wonders for those with scanty brows worries. Massage in the oil before retiring for the day.
• To get the perfect curve hold a pencil against your nose and draw an imaginary line that reaches just above the inner corner of the eye. Where the pencil touches, is where your eyebrow should begin. Now hold the pencil diagonally from the base of the nose towards the outer corner of the eyes, going just past it. This is the point where it should end. The highest point of the brows should be just above the iris.
• Tidy the brows regularly by brushing them into shape. Pluck out stray hair between the brows and along the bottom of the brows. Never pluck hair from above them.

To redefine brows, use a sharp eyebrow pencil. Brush the brows into shape and then make short feathery strokes following the direction of hair growth. Avoid harsh black lines.


When deciding which eye shadow to buy, first consider your priorities.
• If cost is on the top of the list, you should go in for powders.
And if time is your primary concern, you will be better off with a stick.
• Not only are powders more economical, they usually come in one compact with a choice of colours and even highlighters.
• But if you’re in a rush, try an eye-shadow stick that is sliced in an angle.
• It will enable you to cover your lids in just a couple of strokes.


If your lashes are thin and sparse, do not despair. You can make them appear thicker and darker with skillfully applied make-up. A little practice is what you need. But, first things first – take good care of your lashes to protect their natural beauty. Actually the main function of the lashes is to protect the eyes, but they also help to enhance their beauty.

• Remember to use a cleansing cream at night to remove eye make-up, with a gentle touch.
Once a day, apply a little castor oil on the lashes. This is said to thicken and darken them. For eyelash make-up choose good quality mascara. Roll-on mascara is easy to apply. You should also have a small brush, to brush out the lashes, after applying mascara.
• Be sparing when you apply mascara - too much of it will make the lashes stick together.
• Use a hand mirror, looking downwards into it. Application is best this way.
• Apply it in two or three light coats, using upward strokes for the upper lashes and downward strokes for the lower ones. 
• Brush out the lashes and then apply the second one.
• After applying the final coat and letting it dry, brush out the lashes to separate them.

Useful Tip
If you apply a little powder on the lashes between the coats of mascara, they will appear thicker.
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