Even on days when you’re going for the low-key “no-makeup makeup” look, chances are you’re still primping your eyelashes with a few slicks of mascara. After all, it’s an everyday essential you can dial up or down to suit your beauty vibe, whether you’re going for pretty natural or party-ready glamour. Read on for how to achieve the best celebrity-inspired lash looks—no fussy eyelash extensions necessary.
Lash inspiration: mod doll eyes
Swinging ’60s supermodels made more than a few beauty looks legendary: the pixie cut, the floating eyeliner crease and those thick, spidery lashes. Doll-like eyelashes not only embrace the clumpy mascara effect—now a perennial runway beauty trend—but also serve up a bit of drama.
To get this iconic lash look, reach for your fave mascara. The trick is to prep well—namely by layering with a primer first. Think of it as the makeup equivalent of lingerie: a lightweight underpinning that can add mega va-va-voom. A mascara primer such as L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Primer not only acts as an all-over lash boost—conditioning your eyelashes to keep them strong—but also helps amp up the volume.
Once you’ve brushed on your lash primer, let it dry before applying your mascara of choice overtop. And don’t forget the signature move from the ’60s: Target your bottom lashes, too. To avoid any undereye smudginess, opt for a waterproof mascara such as L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Waterproof Mascara.
Lash inspiration: fluttery, fanned-out look
Another lash trend from the ’60s is a fluttery, fanned-out lash look—without a clump in sight. Beauty lore has it that after applying a certain well-known actress’s mascara, her makeup artist would painstakingly separate every single lash with a sewing pin.
Luckily, there’s no need to wield a sharp object around your eyes to achieve perfectly separated eyelashes yourself. Instead, look for a mascara designed to excel at the job. A great drugstore mascara for defining without clumping is L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Mascara, which delivers extra length along with lash-by-lash separation.
The secret lies in the mascara’s patented, flexible Precision Brush, which comes with a comb on one side to keep eyelashes clump-free. For a fanned-out effect, don’t forget your lash curler (the old-school DIY way to get an eyelash lift).
Lash inspiration: red-carpet ultra-glam eyes
Red-carpet lashes are all about being big and bold—think mega-long and super-glam. While celebs have been known to dabble in the whole gamut of eyelash enhancers, from lash serums to falsies, it is possible to up the wow factor on your fringe with the right products.
First, give yourself a lash boost with a daily treatment product like L’Oréal Paris Lash Serum Solution. Next, curl your eyelashes and slick on a nourishing mascara primer like L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer to make your lashes look thicker and longer in seconds.
Finally, for your best mascara ever, why not cocktail two? The idea with this makeup trick is to customize your ultimate eyelash effect by layering mascaras with distinct benefits. To recreate an iconic red-carpet lash look, for instance, start with a volumizing mascara that deposits tons of rich pigment like L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black. Then follow with a lengthening formula infused with lash-extending polymers, like L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Mascara. And if anyone asks how you got those gorgeous lashes? You can say—with a wink—you did ’em yourself.