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What Are the Best Tips for Accentuating Bottom Eyelashes?

M.C. Huguelet
M.C. Huguelet

Accentuating the bottom eyelashes is one of the simplest ways to make the eyes “pop,” adding a bit of drama to one’s look. Using either traditional mascara or a mascara designed specifically for the bottom eyelashes is a popular way to enhance this area in a hurry. Applying eyeliner or eye shadow beneath the eyes can also help accentuate the bottom eyelashes, although makeup experts caution that for the best effect, these products must be used with care. Finally, those seeking to dramatically boost the volume of their bottom eyelashes for special events might consider using false lower lashes.

One of the easiest ways to accentuate the bottom eyelashes is to simply coat them with mascara. While normal mascara can be used on the lower lashes, some cosmetics manufacturers produce lower eyelash mascara, which features a small applicator specially designed for use on this area. Regardless of which type of mascara one opts to use, many find that the best technique for coating the lower lashes is to hold the wand vertically and lightly sweep its tip back and forth against the lashes. Care should be taken to avoid applying too much mascara to the area, as excess product can clump, producing a messy look.

A woman wearing make up on her bottom eyelashes.
A woman wearing make up on her bottom eyelashes.

Another popular method for accentuating the bottom eyelashes is rimming the lower lid with eyeliner or eye shadow. Makeup experts caution, however, that using these products on the lower lid can create a harsh look when poorly executed. For best results, it is advisable to choose a dark or semi-dark neutral shade of shadow or liner, such as black, brown, gray, or plum. To create the most natural look, the product should be applied only to the outer two-thirds of the lower lash line. Finally, stark lines should be softened by using a cotton swab to blend the product into the lash line.

Lastly, false lower lashes can be used to highlight the bottom eyelashes in a dramatic fashion. False lower lashes are generally available from specialty cosmetics manufacturers in strip form as well as in individual lashes. Usually, these false eyelashes are applied by coating their base with adhesive and then pressing the base onto the desired area until it adheres. While false lashes are a good option for making the bottom eyelashes stand out, their application can be time consuming, and therefore may be most suitable for special occasions.

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@heavanet- You should use waterproof mascara on your bottom eyelashes, because it dries faster and stays in place better than non-waterproof mascara.


@heavanet- A good way to prevent raccoon eyes caused from mascara transfer onto the lower eyelids is to cut down on oils on the skin.

Before applying mascara on your lower eyelashes, gently blot the skin under your eyes with pressed facial powder. This will help to keep your mascara in place.


I like to apply mascara to my bottom eyelashes, but it has the tendency to fade and smear onto the skin under my eyes by the end of the day, giving me a raccoon-eye appearance. I'm looking for some tips to avoid this unattractive look.

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      A woman wearing make up on her bottom eyelashes.