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How to Get Thicker Eyelashes with Volumising Mascara

Discover how to get thicker eyelashes by using your volumising mascara to its full potential in this guide by Lancôme’s beauty experts.

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You may have heard that the eyes are the gateway to one’s soul. At Lancôme, we find this to be true—the simplest of makeup looks can be amplified by a quick coat of mascara.

When it comes to mascara, there are a plethora of styles to help you enhance your eyes’ appearance and achieve the lash volume you have in mind. One of the most coveted mascara varieties is volumising mascara, which works by thickening lashes and adding intense volume.

If you are wondering how to get thicker eyelashes that will be sure to capture attention and highlight your gorgeous facial features, read our experts’ guide below. Our Lancôme team has gathered the best eye care product recommendations, volumising techniques and tricks to getting the most out of your voluminous mascara.

Choosing Your Look and Purpose

You may have thought that all mascaras serve the same purpose, when in reality, each product is designed to enhance specific features of your eyes for a dramatic look. Before you settle on your mascara of choice, ask yourself, “What look am I going for today?”

For Intense, Voluminous Lashes

Mascara serves to accentuate our stunning eyes, and the more intense the mascara, the more our eyes stand out. Lancôme's Lash Idôle Volumising Mascara provides lifted, fanned-out volume whilst rendering a 140% eye-opening effect. It is a clump-free mascara that lasts for up to 24 hours, yet it is conveniently easy to remove. It is truly the perfect mascara for a feather-like feel and instantly fuller, thicker eyelashes.

Product Tips: Store your mascara in a cool, dark place—avoid exposing the product to direct sunlight or heat. Once opened, the Lash Idôle Volumising Mascara will hold for 3-6 months, depending on usage. After this point, you should discard the product and reach for a fresh tube

For Volume Control

If you are seeking the ability to control the level of volume down to your very last lash, then our Hypnôse Mascara is the product you need. The fibre sensor bristles on the brush ensure that every single eyelash is evenly sheathed in colour from root to tip in one sweep. Control your lash volume with clump-free customisable layering, thanks to this mascara's smooth waxes. You will be left with a hypnotic, stunning gaze that boasts 6x more volume than usual.

For added intensity, we recommend trying the Hypnôse Drama Mascara, which gives instant, buildable volume due to its convex, oversized brush and intense black pigmentation.

Product Tips: Store your mascara in a cool, dark place—avoid exposing the product to direct sunlight or heat. Once opened, the Hypnôse Mascara will hold for 3-6 months, depending on usage. After this point, you should discard the product and reach for a fresh tube.

For Doll-Like, Voluminous Lashes

Wide-looking eyes bring radiance and effortless femininity to the face. For lashes that are long, separated and practically doll-like, Hypnôse Doll Eyes provides intense volume and extended lift. Unveiled in 2011, this mascara is an icon among women, thanks to its unique cone-shaped brush with nylon bristles, ensuring the ideal mascara coverage with every application.

Product Tips: Store your mascara in a cool, dark place—avoid exposing the product to direct sunlight or heat. Once opened, the Hypnôse Doll Eyes will last for 3-6 months, depending on usage. After this point, you should discard the product and reach for a fresh tube.

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Volume-Boosting Eye Care Techniques

Now that you have chosen the best mascara for volume, it is vital to learn a few of Lancôme’s techniques for practicing everyday eye care, increasing lash volume and getting the utmost benefits out of your volumising mascara.

As well as the shade, determining the type of concealer is also key to achieving the best outcome.

Prepare with an Eye Cream

Eye creams are essential to add to your daily skincare routine, in order to help you achieve bright, healthy, youthful-looking eyes. Once you have distributed the eye cream across your palms and fingers, move your fingertips in gentle patting and tapping motions around your eyes to ensure complete absorption into your skin. This technique will firm the skin around your eyes and bring a glow to your facial expression. We recommend practising the utmost caution when applying products around the eye area, ensuring your preferred products are specially formulated and intended for the eye region. 

Look for Convenience

If you require touch-ups on the go and are looking for all-day comfort and colour, we recommend the Teint Idole Ultra Wear Stick. This is a portable powder-cream foundation stick that not only contains SPF15, but also can be used as a foundation, concealer or for custom contouring. Its silky texture glides over your skin smoothly for the most gorgeous natural, skin-like finish.

Product Tips: Store your foundation stick in a cool, dry place, avoiding direct sunlight and heat if kept in your bag for on-the-go touchups. The Teint Idole Ultra Wear Stick can last up to a year, if used properly. You can prevent contamination by avoiding using your fingers to apply the foundation.

Ready Those Lashes

If you have yet to try Lancôme’s lash care serums, you will want to experience the benefits of the Advanced Génifique Light Pearl Youth Activating Eye & Lash Concentrate. This is a brightening eye serum that works to not only improve dark circles and eye bags, but also visibly fortify eyelashes for increased vitality and density. You can apply the serum every morning or night to feel the instant soothing, awakening sensation.

Product Tips: Store your Advanced Génifique Eye & Lash Concentrate in a cool, dark place. If you opt to store the product in the refrigerator, it will be suited for the chilly environment and may help with de-puffing. Serums will last for up to 3 months, although they may need replacing earlier if used daily.

You can also give your lashes a natural curl, even before you apply mascara, by using a warmed-up eyelash curler. You will want to press lightly on the curler, otherwise you may risk over-curling or damaging your lashes.

For maximum volume, we recommend priming and prepping your eyelashes with the Cils Booster XL Lash Primer. This primer has a white mascara base enriched with XL Micro-Fibres that help to protect your lashes and enhance your mascara’s makeup result for an intensely captivating look. The primer’s formula allows for more length, curve and eyelash volume—without clumping or smudging.

Product Tips: Store the Cils Booster XL Lash in a dry, room-temperature location—avoid placing this product in the refrigerator. Once opened, the lash primer will last for up to 12 months, before requiring replacement.

Apply Your Volumising Mascara

Now that it is time to apply your voluminous mascara of choice, we recommend beginning at the roots of your lashes. Use gentle zig-zagging motions to glide the mascara brush up through your lashes, ensuring thick, full coverage and clumping prevention. If you are seeking even more volume, add a second coat using the same zig-zag movements.

Editor’s Tip: Replace your mascara every three to six months, and replace your lash serums every six months for best results. Store your eye care items in a cool, shaded location to maximise freshness.

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Makeup Tricks to Emphasise Your Volumising Mascara

Did you know that you can use other makeup tools to further emphasise your voluminous lashes? Here are our go-to looks at Lancôme, inspired by the beauty trends and techniques of France.

For a Hypnotic Gaze

For an entrancing look that captivates those who lock eyes with you, a black kohl eyeliner such as Lancôme's Crayon Khôl is your makeup necessity. Before applying your mascara, gently drag the kohl pencil across your top lash line, then underneath your lower lashes. Starting at the inner corner of your eye, gently move outwards for a simply yet effective beauty look.

Product Tips: Store the Crayon Khôl in a cool, dry place. Use the product within two years of opening, although it may require replacing earlier if used regularly.

For Mesmerising Eyes

There are few looks that are more dramatic than a classic smoky eye, which perfectly flatters intense, voluminous lashes. Using one or more dark eye shadow shades that best flatter your skin tone, subtly blend the colours outwards and upwards, increasing the intensity to your preferred level.

For Larger-Than-Life Eyes

For eyes that truly pop, pair your volumising mascara with a white or cream eye shadow. Subtly blend the shadow into the corners of your eyes and apply your mascara afterwards. This simple trick gives the impression of wider-looking eyes, playing off where the light naturally hits your face.

Now that our experts have covered various techniques and tools for how to get thicker eyelashes, you are well on your way to glamorous eye-catching beauty looks. If you are looking for a foundation that lasts all day, visit our guide to The Best Lancôme Liquid Foundation for Day to Night.

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