The Skinny on Phat Lashes

Written by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc

Finding your mascara
There’s always talk about mascaras…but two things I find most important in finding, purchasing and using a “good masacara”.

1) A good formula*
You want a good formula, one that gives the richest color deposit (shouldn’t be dull in color), long lasting (wears all day without flaking), eyelash conditioning (gel mascaras or silkening mascaras) and in some cases ones that are truly waterpfroof.

2) It’s always about a good brush*
A good brush begins with knowing how your lashes grow (the texture, length and how often you shed). If you don’t know your own lash you are liable to pick the wrong mascara expecting amazing results.

The bristles on the brush varies from brand to brand. You want to find the right brush for your lash type (short, medium, long, super curly, sparse, full, too straight, curl under…etc…I’ve seen them all).

20140402-200710.jpgAlso there are no rules when it comes to getting what you personally want from a mascara. The real question for you is..”What do you want the mascara to do for your eyelashes?” Have you just ever stopped before you shopped and asked yourself that question before making that $30 purchase?

Or have you just splurged because its a designer brand and you had to have it and now you’re angry and want to take it back because its not working for you? Don’t be mad at the brand be angry that you didn’t ask the right question before the purchase!

What the Pro Makeup Artists recommend

Every Pro I know will recommend 7 brands that we all know of
1) Great Lash by Maybelline
2) Definicils, Extencils by LANCOME
3) Voluminous by LOREAL
4) Volume Mascara by Kevyn Aucoin
5) Georgio Armani by Armani
6) Cle De Peau by Cle De Peau
7) MAC Volumizer by MAC

My personal fave mascaras…
1) Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara
2) Loreal Voluminous
3) Benefit They’re Real
4) butter London

*Rule Breaking Tip*
Let’s say you have one brands formula you like better than another but, you like another brands brush better for your personal lash….(here’s the tip)… buy both and simply switch out one brush for another provided the brush will actually fit in another brands bottle!

I’m going to give you another piece of advice (and this is for free)…invest in a good lash curler!

Why? Because it really does make a difference in how your lashes look and how your mascara will finish your look.

My personal favourite is the “Individual Eyelash Curler” (pictured bottom left). This curler gets into all the places that the big contraption ones don’t get (the inner and outer corners of the lashes)! I’ve found over the years that the contraption one curls the lash into an “L” shape (follow me ok) and the individual one curls the lash into a “C” shape.

You want a “C” shape curl so that the lash has a natural bend that lasts longer than your “L”…get it? Hope so.;)

Oh, and P.S. be careful using the heated lash curler on synthetic false lashes…honey they’ll crumble up like potato chips (you’re forwarned)… Moving on…
Healthy Real (your own)Lashes

20140402-221643.jpgOkay so we’ve talked all about the products and tips and tricks now, lets talk real talk.


You can add all the amenities you want to but the truth is it all starts with you, a healthy diet and common sense. Think about it like this. Your eyelashes, eyebrows and the hair on your head are ALL HAIR!

So just like you care for the hair on your head by getting treatments and moisturizers, the same goes for the hair on your face (lashes & brows). Does that make sense? Sure it does. So lets go ahead and get you started on a regime that’s all natural and just simply works…trust me on this!

Now, lets start by getting a plastic mini travel squeeze container (with a flip top). Plastic disposable mascara wands. A bottle of Castor Oil, Almond Oil and Coconut Oil.

To the plastic container you will add a 1/3 of each oil making sure to leave a bit of air in the top so when you’re placing the mascara wand in your tube you won’t have spilling.

Use this oil just like you would your regular mascara, only you are now deep conditioning and treating your lashes with care.

Trust me on this, in a matter of days you will see growth and even prevent lines around the eyes naturally. Why? Because its moisture. I usually do it overnight or during the day running errands with my UV sunglasses on. It’s all about eye care and skincare.

Here’s another tip for lashes…Vasaline! Stay tuned for my next blog on this age old product…trust me in 3 days you can see a great difference with Vasaline and a mascara wand or just your fingertips.


So, I know this was a long one but well worth it.

Paint On viZionaire, Paint On,


7 thoughts on “The Skinny on Phat Lashes

  1. Never knew I still had so much to learn about lashes, I didn’t even know about individual eyelash curlers! One of the best posts I’ve read. Following you now 🙂

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  3. OK Queen NZingha, this was a great article and informative. Funny you have been on my mind and I had some questions for you on makeup in general, I just haven’t had the opportunity to sit down and write it out. In accordance to this article, how would I know or find what my lash line is like? I truly have no idea. I don’t wear much makeup and definitely go for a more natural look, but I would love to know some inexpensive ways to glam up my look from time to time.

    In addition, what remedies would you suggest for tired looking eyes? I know I suffer from lack of sleep and feel like I am starting to carry around way too much luggage in the eye area.

    I am all for learning, thank you so much for sharing your expertise.

    • Hi Lady Cheryl!
      Please forgive me for just reading your comment and my being free to reply. I’m so glad to know the article served you well!

      To answer your question regarding where your lash line actually is the skin where your eyelash hairs grow out of your eyelid. That is called the lash line. Thats where you put the eyeliner on, on the upper lid.

      For tired eyes…first it means…how about getting some sleep!!! For real! Try using some lavender oil on your pillow cases or tuck a sachet of real lavender in the pillow. Truth is you need rest. But to aide you can massage the eye area with a cooling hydrating moisturizer. Circling the eye in upward and outward motions to stimulate the blood flow. Reduce your salt intake to reduce puffiness and hydrate by drinking lots of water!

      The other key may be an effect of allergies or heredity.

      Also makeup wise it may be advantageous to invest in a concealer, lash curler and a good mascara. The concealer will temporarily hide bags, the lash curler will lift the lash upward defying gravity and the mascara will help build up the lash with color that may be dulled over the years.

      Hope I answered some of your questions.


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