TUTORIAL: Mascara Tips for Short, Straight Lashes

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Hey guys! Today I have another basics video that I wanted to share. Today's topic is on mascara, one of the most elementary steps to putting on makeup. Even girls who rarely wear makeup will venture into the world of mascara since its obvious benefits of framing the eyes is simple to see and frequently has a high instant-gratification rate.

Blessed are those who were born with long, curled, thick lashes naturally but unfortunately I am definitely NOT one of those girls! Instead my short, downward-pointing, stick straight lashes have always taken specific tools and tricks to make them visible enough to greet the world. ;) Thankfully, I have tested plenty of mascaras and I'd love to share everything I've learned with you. If you'd like your lashes to be va-va-voom instead of droop city, read on!


Shiseido Eyelash Curler
Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara
Panasonic Heated Lash Curler
Maybelline The Falsies Black Drama Waterproof Mascara
Covergirl Lashblast Waterproof Mascara
YSL Babydoll Mascara
YSL Volume Effect Faux Cils Waterproof Mascara


top - H&M (old)
necklace - Dailylook
nails - Urban Decay Vice  (Mani Monday)

As you can see, my "Before" lashes are quite sad since they are pushed down by my monolidded (non-creased) eyes. Unless you are looking for them they are virtually invisible! Because of this, it's imperative that the right combo of lash curler + curl-holding waterproof mascara be used.

Us monolidded girls are at a disadvantage here because the lash length is hidden by the lid causing lashes to look even shorter than they may actually be. I know many girls with creases like to say "Oh, I love monolids! They are so beautiful and I'm jealous!" but the fact of the matter is that we do have a unique set of makeup challenges due to the natural shape of our eyes, however beautiful they may be.

Here you can see what a dramatic change the lashes have achieved using my Shiseido lash curler, UD Cannonball Mascara (left), Maybelline Black Drama Mascara (right), and my Panasonic Heated Lash Curler. The lashes look incredibly longer and curled but not unnaturally so. You can always add more layers of mascara to create a thicker lash look, but I personally dislike the spider lash effect on most days so I stick to the 1-2 layers shown here.

For a quick product showdown, here is the profile view of both mascaras I used in my tutorial:

Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara (left) \ Maybelline Black Drama Mascara (right)

My current favorite mascara is Cannonball which gives a long, clean look that holds lash curl very well and doesn't smudge everywhere on me. Maybelline Black Drama waterproof is a great option too, but in this macro shot you can tell that the formula is a bit clumpier in comparison. It's still one of the best drugstore mascaras I've tried in a long time though and is definitely worth checking out.

If you are looking for more mascara options for short, straight lashes, here are my favorites:

I hope this was helpful for those of you who have been frustrated finding the perfect mascara! I know it's always a constant search for the "perfect" one. Maybe with enough trial & error we'll eventually find it!

Readers, what do you look for in a mascara? Do you have a favorite mascara you swear by? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. I am Asian as well and my eyes look basically just like yours! ;) Thanks for this review, I think I'll try the Cannonball!
    My favorite mascaras are the Lancome Hypnose and Chanel Inimitable - both waterproof, of course! xx

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  2. I have short, downward-pointing lashes, and your video was really useful for me! :) I'd like to get the Panasonic eyelash curler but it's pretty expensive though. >_< Thanks for the video!

  3. I never considered wearing mascara as super important when wearing makeup, but now I think I get a better idea of why I should probably start using it especially since I'm also a monolid and it helps make the eyes look more..."alive"? =)) lol thanks! **btw, I hope you could make a review about the "CC cream" THANKS AGAIN!

  4. Awesome tutorial, I'll have to try the Shiseido Eyelash curler.
    I have super short lashes and I am always looking for good mascara or an eyelash curler that will work!


  5. I'm mascara junkie... I love trying new mascaras. Thanks for sharing :)


  6. there is an amazing mascara with fibres thanks to which you can extend your lashes by as much as you wish without glue and without fake effect.. i was writing about this on my blog and im planning to do youtube live review of this...

    check it out at www.domyca.com

  7. Can you please do a tutorial of your eyeshadow in this video? Are you using your naked palette? Great job! Thanks

    1. This is basically the same look as in my "No Makeup Makeup" tutorial. :) http://www.frmheadtotoe.com/2013/08/tutorial-no-makeup-makeup_28.html

  8. I like your curly hair on your Meet & Greet invitation. Can you do more hair tutorials?

  9. I absolutely love this tutorial! I also use the heated lash curler and find it makes a HUGE difference in my straight sparse lashes!

    Can you please do the eye makeup tutorial you are wearing? I, too, have monolids, and absolutely love your look here! Thank you!!

    1. It's my "No Makeup Makeup" tutorial.

  10. I have asian lashes as well, but I do have a crease. I have found my very old LaCross eyelash curler (a few dollars from Walmart...probably 15 years old now) to be my favourite because, as you said in your video, it fits the shape of my eye the best (both curve and width). My current favourite mascara is MAC Zoom Waterfast Lash (waterproof, holds the curl, and pretty smudge-proof/flake-proof while providing volume and length). Instead of curling lashes your way, I curl as I fan the curler out to the left (i.e. keep curler touching the outer edge of face) and repeat a second time by fanning the curler out to the right (i.e. keep curler touching the inner edge of face). This way, I never get crimped lashes, but a very nice, "natural" curve upwards. I get compliments all the time and people think I'm wearing falsies, but it's just mascara! Also, I don't need to repeat curling after mascara has been applied.

  11. So happy I saw this post off of Bloglovin! I Asian too and can only manage to use waterproof mascara. Otherwise, it seems like I just waste my time curling if I don't use a waterproof formula. :/

  12. After being disappointed by Maybelline Falsies and Covergirl Lashblast (both too clumpy), I've recently found my HG - Maybelline Illegal Lengths Fiber Extension Waterproof Mascara.

    It has a dry texture that doesn't clump, holds curl all day, contains fibers for lots of lash extension, and a thin brush that catches every one of my little Asian lashes. I love the clean, natural look it gives, and that it doesn't make my eyelashes brittle. It sounds quite similar to the UD Canonball, although I haven't tried that one.

    You should give it a go and let me know what you think!

  13. This video was so helpful, Jen, thanks for sharing!



  14. very beautiful <3

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  15. lovely you can really tell the difference

    Carrieanne x

    Beauties Unlocked

  16. This was so helpful! I'm Korean as well so it's really hard to find mascaras that work with my eye shape as well as make my small lashes look longer! Thanks for your help, Jen xx


  17. This is a great post! Another important step is using a great eyelash primer (especially if you're going to use a heated eyelash curler) because it will lengthen, volumize and condition lashes. My favorite is Dior Diorshow Maximizer, which I talk about on my blog if you're interested in checking that out. It's great for us girls with straight hair because it's the only one that doesn't weigh down curl. Thanks for sharing your tips!!

    xx Lauren
    Dirty Blonde Ambition

  18. I love using the lash king mascara by majolica majorica!

  19. I have the same problem with my non-existent lashes~ but I found that using a combination of the Diorshow Maximizer Lash Serum and Maybelline's Full 'N Soft waterproof mascara with my Shu Uemura eyelash curler helped. The only thing is that the curl doesn't last all day... would you say that a heated eyelash curler is necessary for that?

    1. A heated lash curler would help, but it could be that the Dior and Maybelline mascara formulas weren't dry enough. I would test out the heated curler regardless because it should help but if it doesn't, try switching up your mascara.

  20. Hey Jen! Do you ever use mascara primers or find them helpful at all? And if so, are there any good drugstore versions you can recommend? Thanks so much! <3

    1. I don't know of too many mascara primers that work well from the drugstore, but the Shiseido one is what is known best for holding a great lash curl and giving volume!

  21. Same problem here - but after some heavy eyelash curling, Blinc primer and Blinc amplified mascara I actually manage to create some sort of lashes. :)

  22. My eyelashes and eye shape are very similar to yours and it's been so frustrating trying to find mascara products that work for me. Thank you for your helpful insight! I appreciate it very much!

  23. My eyelashes were short and straight too but since I tried eyelash serum I got more longer and thick lashes. it really worked! I use it 3times a day for 3months straight. and trust me it really worked :D

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  25. Jen, do you ever use Primer? Would love to hear your thought on mascara primer as I'm a primer addict :)

    I was just looking up guides on lashes for stubborn lashes 2 days ago :/

    Thank you Jen, thank you :D

  27. Hi Jen!

    Thank you for again another helpful and enjoyable tutorial! My Korean lashes are straight and short and my lower lashes actually even grow upwards (don't ask me how that even can be possible :p).However, for me the ModelCo turbowand heated eyelash curler works best and also the Maybelline falsies and Lancome Hypnose mascara are really helpful. I haven't used a regular eyelash curler since I accidently tore out all my lashes at once with it when I was 13, so keep those tools away from kids XD. Anyway, keep up the good work and the Lancome Hypnose is really worth trying!


  28. Hi! not sure if u have ever seen or heard of majolica majorca mascara? it's crazy good! holds curls, lengthens/ adds volume depending on ur needs and it works even better than the cannonball for me!

  29. Hi Jen,
    I am in LOVE with your complete makeup look for this tutorial, however...I literally have no clue (and absolutely no skill) when it comes to applying makeup so I don't wear it. There are days when I would like to be a little more dressy and feminine and your look seems like it would be the perfect natural go-to makeup for me. Would it be possible for you to do a quick tutorial?

    1. Ah, I just realized you had answered this question in a couple of earlier comments. Your tutorials have been so helpful so thank you and I look forward to more! :)

  30. I watched because I wanted a closer real look at the shiseido curler. I have a very flat face and very thick skin, so my lashline is very flat. I always pinch me lids when trying to curl, or I should say I USED to. I noticed in your video that your curl with your eyes OPEN. I usually close my eyes, but I just tried with my eyes open like you do, and for the very first time in my life, I managed to curls both eyes without any pinching, and it was very quick too! Thank you so much!

  31. I was just wondering what lipstick you are wearing in this? I checked the no make up tutorial and they look like different colors. But I could be wrong.

  32. Check out Younique 3D Fiber lashes. Its amazing stuff!


  33. Try the loreal telescopic waterproof mascara! My hands down fav, holds the curl all day!