Is there anything more fascinating than picking a makeup artist’s brain? Anyone who’s ever had even a five-minute conversation with one will know that they’re a treasure trove of beauty knowledge and—more importantly—unexpected tips and tricks (see: this eyebrow contouring technique). Such was the case when we met up with our resident makeup expert and Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist, Lauren Andersen, and she casually mentioned something called “lash sculpting.” Immediately, our brains went into high alert. What exactly is lash sculpting? How does one do it? Does it involve contouring our lashes? (No.) Why haven’t we been doing it this entire time? Obviously, we made Andersen tell us all she could about this makeup artist secret. Keep scrolling to see what it is!
If you’ve been wiggling your mascara through your lashes and been left disappointed for the lack of curl, lash sculpting is your savior. “Eyelash sculpting is a great way to give your eyes a bold look by shaping and angling your lashes,” Andersen says. “While wiggling the mascara wand between your lashes is a great way to add volume from the root all the way to the tip, lash sculpting is all about tilting and curling your lashes to give you a bigger look.” So—how does one do it? Andersen says you need to start with a mascara with a precision-tapered brush, with bristles that easily capture every lash and can draw them up and out (she swears by Avons SuperExtend Winged Out Mascara ($8)). “Then, use the tip of the mascara wand to lightly tilt your lashes up and out, towards the outer corner of your eye,” she says. You can hold the wand like this for a few seconds, which will allow the winged out effect to set—think of it like you giving your lashes a push-up boost that sculpts them up and out, instead of just forward. This technique works for all types of lashes, but can be especially helpful for people with straight lashes that don’t easily hold a curl—for extra drama, curl your lashes beforehands with a lash curler, too. “Lash sculpting is a great way to draw attention to your eye and increase the impact of your look,” Andersen says. “It makes your lashes look thicker and fuller, and gives your eye the perfect finishing touch.”
Keep scrolling to shop some of our favorite mascaras that are perfect for lash-sculpting!