Everyday Lash Routine

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

As I've mentioned on here before, I love eyelashes. The late Elizabeth Taylor's genetic mutation of a double row of eyelashes is kind of my dream.

But as I am not a Hollywood screen legend loaded with diamonds, money, and incredible good looks, I have to spend a bit of time every morning getting my stick-straight lashes to look decent. I don't wear much makeup, but I do like to look alert and awake, and my eyelash routine is a big part of that.

So here, we are, bright and early, still looking dead to the world!

Simply pull out the trusty Shu Uemura eyelash curler--I've been using this bad boy for over 7 years now!--and curl those somewhat tragic lashes. (Note: I maintain the Shu is the best, because it's the best curler for my eye shape. The flatter shape of the curler is better for, well, flatter eyes, usually belonging to people of Asian descent. If you have more round eyes, the Shu Uemura might not be the absolute best fit, even though it is still an outstanding eyelash curler).

Why, hello there! Someone's had their coffee this morning! At this point, my eyelashes still look a little wispy and fine for my liking, so I put on a coat of the Shu Uemura Mascara Basic. I've been loyal to this product for about two years now, because it is the only mascara I've ever found that won't undo the curl in my lashes. It's also pitch-black, virtually clump-free, and pretty dang near smudge-proof. I don't love having to order it online and pay $27.70 for a single tube, but for the results I get, I don't think I could ever stop using it.

It just so happens that my other eye came out better that day (typical) so I threw in a shot of it below.

Just look at the difference a few easy steps can make! It doesn't take me more than two minutes, but the payoff is huge! As you can probably tell from the pictures, the cornerstone of this whole routine is really my beloved Shu Uemura eyelash curler.

Believe me, if I could write songs and poems about this item, I would. And while you don't have to go out and buy that particular one, I strongly suggest adding a curler into your makeup routine.

Unless of course, you already have thick, curly, Scarlett O'Hara lashes to begin with.

In which case, you have my insane amounts of jealousy and unadulterated loathing.

Happy Wednesday!


  1. your blog is AWESOME! so insightful! and i always love a good asian make-up blog, because i can pick the same products and expect it to work the same on me :)

    question- where in taiwan can you find the shu uemera eyelash curler and the shiseido majolica majorca lash king mascara? must. ask. my mom to bring some to me next time she comes!! but i guess i will just have to do without until summertime

    1. Thank you!

      This post is a bit old now, and I really need to update the pictures (pretty sure these were taken with my iPhone), and your comment has reminded me to do it!

      I got the Lash King at Watsons, and you can get the Shu eyelash curler at SOGO. You'll love them both!

      P.S. I might be in Taiwan this summer as well--it's been too long since I've had Din Tai Fung!

    2. hurray!! i'll ask my mom to stop by those places :)

      do you have tips for how to curl your lashes without ripping them out? they are my fav part of face make-up but i'm afraid my lashes will all be gone if i use them often :(

      jealous that you're going to taiwan over the summer! unfortunately, it won't be until winter break for me- only if i'm lucky that is. my fav part of taiwan is the food :D

    3. PS. have you ever purchased any of these items on ebay from asia? considering getting a new shu uemera lash curler and the shiseido mascara from ebay but not sure if they'd be authentic...

    4. Hmmm, I've never had that problem with curling my eyelashes. Are you doing it too quickly? I like to go slowly with the curling process, and once the curler is clamped onto the eyelashes, try not to move your hand. I don't like to pump the curler in place, which might be what you're doing, so instead of 5 or 6 mini-curls/pumps, do one or two slower clamps with the curler. That's what gives me the best results, and it seems to be best for my eyelashes. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone damaging their eyelashes with a curler, but if you're really worried about it, rub some Vaseline on them before you go to bed.

      I did buy a Shu curler through Ebay once, and it worked out fine, but you have to be careful with the approval rating of the seller. When the search results come up, look for a vendor/seller with a high approval rating, since they're the more legitimate ones.

      Of course, you can always buy it directly from the Shu Uemura website, but it may be cheaper on Ebay.

  2. ps- do you have a post on your fav make-up products, hair products, etc.?

    1. No, not yet. That seems weird not to have them, but I'm always trying out new products and testing these, so it seems like I have new "Favorites" every couple of months.

      There are a few things I'd like to try first, and then maybe I'll be able to do a Holy Grail makeup/hair products post--say in a few months?

      But if there's anything specific you want to know about, feel free to ask anyway!

    2. what is your routine for face? also, what is the difference between foundation/concealer/powder, etc.? i am just now learning how to use make-up and don't know any of the basics :-/

      what is your everyday make-up consisted of? how do you do your eyeliner and what type/color eyeshadow do you usually wear?

      sorry if you've already done a post on it, i am new here!

    3. No, no trouble at all--I'm happy to help!

      Personally, i have bad acne and some pigmentation problems, so I like a full-coverage face. I typically start with an oil-control, mattifying foundation (something like Revlon ColorStay), and then go to conceal any spots that show through and my under-eye circles, and then I powder all over my face. In the summer, I might use an oil-controlling primer before my foundation, since the humid weather makes me even oilier. =(

      Foundation is a base that smoothes out your general complexion, whereas concealer is stronger in pigment and coverage and is meant for concealing specific areas (blemishes, dark circles/spots). Powder is to set the makeup and keep it in place throughout the day.

      My everyday makeup is the face routine I just described, and then at the very least, some liner and mascara (after curling my eyelashes, of course!), some tinted brow gel, and a tinted lip balm. If I feel like using an eyeshadow that day, I'll use a cream eyeshadow all over the lid, which is almost always Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze.

      I don't do any fancy shapes with my eyeliner, I just follow the shape of my eye, and sometimes thicken it up towards the end. If I want a sharper, thinner line, I'll use a liquid eyeliner, and if I'm in a hurry, I'll use a pencil. For daily eyeshadows, I really love the Maybelline Color Tattoos since cream formulas are quicker to run all over the lid. Since I only wear one eyeshadow, and not several blended together, I like a mid-tone neutral eyeshadow with shimmer to give me the look of dimension. Again, Bad to the Bronze is a good one for that, and most mid-range taupes or mushrooms generally are--but I like really any neutral colors with a bit of shimmer to them.

      Hope that helps, Tiffany!

    4. thanks for the tips!!

      in regards to acne- i personally swear by biore's pore unclogging scrub. i've tried a bazillion face wash (US and taiwan brands both) and this is what works best for me.

      also, during my HS and early college years i had TERRIBLE acne, i went to my doc and he prescribed me some antibiotics- which COMPLETELY CLEARED THEM! you should ask your doc about it!!!

      my 3rd tip- acne is red and swollen because of inflammation. i have some topical steroids that i use when i'm ABOUT to get a zit (i got it for my keloids, you could probably get some over the counter ones - anything with the ingredient steroids/corticosteroids/cortisone). it makes sense because steroids suppress the immune system so you don't get the red/swelling. it's not medically risk to do that because over the counter steroids are not potent at all.

      hope that helps!!

    5. I've tried Biore and I liked it as a whole, but it didn't do much more my acne (my cystic acne is purely hormonal) but the steroids sound really interesting!

      I'll look into the cortisone--thanks!