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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if I could only pick -one- makeup product, it would be mascara. I believe in skincare before concealer and that sun makes the best bronzer – mascara, on the other hand, is the makeup god’s gift to women. I love how it calls attention to your eyes and emphasises their shape and their colour, and how you can pile on the coats for a more natural or more glamorous look.

When I moved to Oahu I spent my first few weeks without anything but a touch of sunscreen because we were constantly diving, surfing, or hiking. To add some honesty to what I’m sure seems like a magical move, there were quite a few tears shed during our transition to the island, too. Moving is no joke, and being away from my family while we moved to the most remote populated land mass on earth was intimidating to say the least! With all the salt water, sweat and tears, then, it made sense to eschew mascara until we settled in.

That was before I discovered that my all-time favourite mascara comes in a waterproof version, which combined with my HG primer and longtime favourite eye makeup remover, made for lashes that could survive a trip to the beach and and be ready to party for a date night without reapplication. I’m sharing this here with you because I so wish that somebody had spared me many racoon-eyed afternoons ;) My mermaid lash routine consists of three simple steps, and I’ve already seen such a difference in both the health of my lashes and how long-wearing my mascara can be.

Without further ado, here’s everything a mermaid needs to do to keep her lashes lovely in and out of the water:

 

1. Get primed.

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We condition our hair, so why not condition our lashes? It took me a long time to figure out that lashes need love too, especially after all of the curling, mascara application and makeup removal they go through almost daily. I love the Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple volume plumping lash primer by Dior, available at Sephora. It coats and conditions your lashes to encourage them to grow, and really gives your mascara something to cling to so that it goes on smoothly and lasts all day. I curl my lashes, put on one good coat of primer and give it a moment to set before moving on to step 2.

 

2. Keep it Waterproof

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The original Better than Sex Mascara was my all-time favourite, so I jumped at the chance to try their waterproof version. I was immediately struck by the cute water droplet effect on the bottle itself, and then pleased to see that they stuck with the big fluffy brush that I love about the original. When Too Faced says waterproof, they mean water.proof.: this stuff lasted me through a day at the beach in and out of the water, the shower afterwards, and through a dinner date after that! Apply it over your primer for extra staying power and be prepared to flutter ;)  Grab a tube of Better Than Sex Waterproof Formula Mascara here.

 

3. Take it all off

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Let’s make each other a promise: that we will never, ever sleep in our makeup. Whether tipsy after a night of champagne celebrations or tired after a long day at work or in class, always do your skin and your lashes a favour by removing every last trace of makeup. Mascara is heavy, so no matter what you do, you’re placing extra weight on your lashes. Thought it might not seem like a lot, do think of how delicate each individual lash is. Every eyelash is cantilevered out at the root, too, so that extra pressure adds up quickly. Lancôme’s Bi-Facil Demaquillant Double Action Pour Les Yeux, available at Sephora, has been my go-to since my mother first taught me to apply my own mascara. It’s an oily formula, so if you like balms go in ready for a very different experience. This doesn’t irritate my eyes at all, and it takes every last speck of my mascara off. Make sure that you douse a cotton pad (I like these) and hold it to your eye for a good 10-15 seconds first to give the remover time to work on your mascara. This step makes a world of difference.

Leave a comment below if you found this little review helpful. I’ll see you soon, and in the meantime, may your lashes be the stuff of mermaid dreams ^~

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xo

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