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Beauty: Tips and Tricks for Messy, Chic Lashes

For years, the pinnacle of eyelash perfection has been achieving a clump-free, natural look. But now, there’s a new mascara fad in town, with an end result that couldn’t be more different. Another beauty trend based on the glamour of the 1960s, modern messy lashes are reminiscent of the big-eyed, spidery finish made popular by fashion icons such as Twiggy and Diana Ross.

These disorganized lashes read rebellious and young, and create a gorgeous, dancing-the-night-away effect. The separated, clumpy look of messy lashes adds intensity to the eye, taking even the most dramatic finish to the next level with tons of bold texture. To create this trend for yourself, follow these steps for a smudged, seductive look.

Messy lashes are the focal point of this Ginger & Smart look

Messy lashes are the focal point of this Ginger & Smart look

Model walks the runway during the Pink Magnolia show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Mexico

Model walks the runway during the Pink Magnolia show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Mexico

Dsquared2 opts for a neutral face and clumpy lashes

Dsquared2 opts for a neutral face and clumpy lashes

Step 1: Start with a neutral shadow

To make your messy lashes really pop, begin with a neutral eyeshadow. Whether you stick to one shade or blend a few together to create a multi-dimensional look, stick with warm hues that provide a muted base for the main event.

Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection (Nudie), $36

Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection (Nudie), $36

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette (Foxy), $54

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette (Foxy), $54

Step 2: Add a first coat of mascara

Apply a coat of mascara to your top lashes as you normally would, holding the wand horizontally. Wiggle the brush back and forth, starting at the base of the lashes, to create a full, voluminous effect. Repeat this movement on the bottom lashes.

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Chaotic Lash Mascara, $8

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Chaotic Lash Mascara, $8

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Volumizing Mascara, $19

Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash Volumizing Mascara, $19

Step 3: More mascara (and then some more)

Turn your mascara wand vertically and move it side to side across both your top and bottom lashes. The key is to make it look like the mascara is intentionally smudged – that’s what gives messy lashes their alluring, c’est la vie effect. So, with that in mind, know that is it okay (and even encouraged) to get some mascara on the skin of the eyelids – some makeup artists even purposely accentuate these wayward lines by extending them across the lid with liquid eyeliner. Repeat this step until the desired unkempt effect is achieved.

A dot under each lower lash line adds a messy, geometric effect

A dot under each lower lash line adds a messy, geometric effect

Drawn on lashes under the eye add a dramatic touch

Drawn on lashes under the eye add a dramatic touch

Bold and dark with lines that accentuate the imperfect look

Bold and dark with lines that accentuate the imperfect look

Step 4: Finish with eyeliner

Finally, apply eyeliner to the upper and lower waterline, making sure to smudge with the mascara for an ultra-messy look. Voila! The best part about messy lashes? You literally can’t screw them up. In fact, when it comes to this particular trend, imperfection is now – finally – utterly perfect.

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray, $22

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray, $22

Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Jet Black, $4

Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Jet Black, $4

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