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Young actress and Eat Bulaga! mainstay Pauleen Luna is a great fan of full, curled eyelashes. In fact, she never leaves home without using her curler and mascara, simply because "it widens up my eyes and it takes away my puyat look." If you want to achieve a similar look, here are four different ways of getting star-quality lashes.

MASCARA

Use a mascara if you are not happy with the length of your lashes, and you want them either fuller or longer for the day. Many female celebrities own at least two kinds of mascara. The popular consumer brands are Maybelline and L'Oreal. Pauleen actually has stocks of Maybelline Great Lash in Very Black (3) and Lash Discovery in Wild Black. Black gives more accent to the lashes than brown.

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Use your curler before putting on mascara to prevent hair breakage. A Shu Uemura eyelash curler (2) is a staple in most celebrities' kikay kits. A heated curler (battery-operated or heated under a hair dryer) can make the curl stay for a long period of time.

Quick Tip

If not washed off properly, mascara tint may stain your eye area and make you look as though you had dark circles. Always use a cleansing oil or cream. Pauleen uses both Shu Uemura cleansing oil (1) and Cetaphil cleanser.

What else is in the market:

•Maybelline Unstoppable (9) gives added length to lashes and doesn't smear even after you've worn it for hours (or even if you accidentally fall asleep with it). This is for already thick lashes. Also try L'Oreal Panoramic Curl (4) for more drama.

•L'Oreal Double Extension (5) is highly recommended by print and ramp model Bubbles Paraiso and actress Camille Prats. It almost doubles the length and thickness of your lashes with its conditioning primer.

•Also try Maybelline Volum' Express (8), a favorite of commercial model Michelle Quizon and of most professional makeup artists.

2 EYELASH EXTENSIONS

If you have really short lashes and you want to wake up to a longer one, an eyelash extension can provide the length and thickness you desire. An eyelash extension is a semi-permanent accessory that can only be attached professionally.

SOP mainstay April had hers done at Hairbytes Salon in Eastwood City, Libis. "I'm very happy with it," she says, "as long as I don't sleep on my face because they get crooked and are hard to fix." The first visit cost April P1,200. Usually, the pain-free procedure takes about two hours, and the extension stays on for about six to eight weeks.

Though most of the eyelash extensions that we have seen on people do not look natural up close, they can look fabulously lush at a distance. Actress and rocker Julia Clarete admits that she wants to try the procedure: "Eyelash extensions may mean less time in front of the mirror doing makeup." Curling and applying mascara take about a good three to five minutes per eye.

Quick Tip

Refrain from rubbing your eyes. Wash them gently and pat dry.

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Quick Tip

Mascaras may be applied, but only the water-based kinds. You can't use heated eyelash curlers, and you can't use creams and oil-based cleansers. They can loosen the bonds of the eyelash extensions, since these extensions are just "glued" on the line of your eyes.

3 FALSE EYELASHES

False lashes (6, 7) are widely available in department stores (try The Landmark in Makati) and provide natural to exaggerated highlight to the eyes. A full set of false eyelashes adds high drama to your evening look. Longer clumps of fake lashes on the outside corners of your eyes create a look of sophisticated glamour. Best of all, you may not need a pro to attach it.

Here's how to put on false eyelashes: Align the falsies on the natural line of your lashes. Measure and trim the extra (horizontal) length. Run the adhesive thinly along the line (or tip, if you're using the per-strand type) of the falsies, making sure you have covered the entire base. Then slowly place the falsies above your natural eyelashes, as close to your lash line as possible. Add more glue if needed. Curl both natural lashes and falsies together once the glue has totally dried up.

Quick Tip

Be careful not to get the adhesive on your fingers, since this may make the application difficult. Do not sleep wearing false eyelashes. When taking them off, never pull. Use a hot compress or a makeup remover instead.

4 EYELASH PERMING

If you have naturally straight or limp eyelashes, this advanced treatment offers a long-term alternative, compared with using an eyelash curler. You can now wake up to "alert," sexy, and dramatic eyes. Permed lashes remain curled even when wet, and the perming can last up to eight weeks. Gym instructor and product endorser Chinggay Andrada recommends having this done "for natural-looking lashes that last, given that you don't use as much mascara."

Quick Tip

You might not like the smell of the perming solution. Also, if done regularly, this treatment may make your lashes brittle, just like when you have your hair permed. A slight pinkness may be experienced for an hour afterwards.

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