Fake a fuller flutter with these magic wands & top make-up artist tips

On the lookout for longer lashes and volume? You’re not alone. There’s a reason why #eyelashes, #falseeyelashes and #mascara have attracted billions of views on TikTok as we try to find ways to boost our eye make-up game and master our own ‘is she wearing false lashes’ look.

A slick of mascara is the ultimate quick fix for condensing our make-up routine and helping us feel more put together in an instant. How can we unlock its full potential? From essential prep to top curling dos and don’ts, here are the tips pros swear by for clump-free, eye-opening perfection. Plus, we round-up our Boots' top volumising mascara and beauty product picks to help you curate the ultimate toolkit.

Top mascara prep tips

"The most important part of the prep is to ensure there’s no excess oil on your lashes," says make-up artist and Max Factor UK ambassador, Caroline Barnes. "This can usually come from your skincare or possibly your foundation or concealer."

To create the perfect canvas, "take a cotton bud, dip it into a cleansing water and wipe over your lashes," Caroline recommends.

For stronger, healthier lashes, why not try adding a treatment into your morning and evening routines? Lash care is fast becoming the new hair care thanks to a bevy of new lash serums designed to help nourish and condition.

Try: The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Lash & Brow Serum

• Size: 5ml

• Silicone-free

• Vegan-friendly

• Cruelty-free

Lightweight and non-sticky, this serum powered by peptides helps support healthy lash and brow growth. Use twice a day to help lashes feel stronger and fuller.

Top lash curling tips

A great eyelash curler can help you get the most out of any mascara.

Like with most things though, it’s how you use one that counts most.

If you have extremely straight lashes (like we do), you may find curling from ends to roots in sections transformative. Taking inspo from make-up artist Erin Parsons' TikTok (that’s been liked a massive 3.5 million times), start with a gentle couple of pinches at the tips, working your way back to the base. The curl you get will surprise you.

And want a trick to make your curl last longer? "A really great way of getting lashes to curl is to warm up your eyelash curler very lightly with a hairdryer," make-up artist Mira Parmar suggests. “Give it a couple of seconds to cool though before using it.”

"Then rest the curler on your cheek and curl lashes as close as you can to the lash line."

Another top tip? "Using a waterproof mascara underneath your normal mascara is a pretty amazing way to help your curl last all day," says Mira.

Try: MASQD The Eyelash Curler

• Precision grip

• Made of carbon steel

With a design that allows you to get as close to the lash line as possible, this thoughtfully crafted eyelash curler helps keep your curling efforts as ouch-free as possible.

For extra oomph, try a mascara primer. When it comes to volume, it’s your secret weapon.

Try: Kylie Cosmetics Kylash Volume Mascara

• Size: 12ml

The Kylash Mascara provides instant volume, length and holds curl. The weightless fibres paired with the extra black colour, separate and coat each lash without feeling heavy, flaking or smudging.

Top tightlining tips

When it comes to a false lash effect, an eyeliner isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, tightlining is a true insider trick for feigning a more voluminous flutter.

"Tightlining involves lining your upper waterline," explains Mira. "It can make lashes look fuller and bolder and adds definition."

Sounds tricky, but nail the basics from the get-go and you’ll be hooked. "Use a great waterproof kohl liner or a gel liner," Mira suggests for longer-lasting (and cleaner) results. Avoid liquid eyeliners as they may run and irritate your eyes.

If you’re using a gel liner, Mira recommends using an angled or small brush to apply it. Using a pencil? "Always sharpen it so you get a more precise and defined finish," she recommends. "Then warm it up on the back of your hand to flatten the tip so it’s more comfortable to apply."

Try: Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl Waterproof Eye Liner

• Sharpener included

• Vegan-friendly

• Waterproof

Keep your tightlining budge proof with this waterproof kohl pencil. Providing rich and intense colour, it also has an in-built sharpener to keep lines crisp.

Top mascara application tips for false-lash effect lashes

So you’re prepped, curled and tightlined, what next? Finding the right volumising mascara wand.

Look for a brush that works for your lashes. "Flexi wands are amazing because they can get into all the small nooks and crannies," Mira recommends. We also love hourglass, full and oversize brushes for added fullness.

Worried about clumps? "To get the best flutter, concentrate the mascara at the base of your lashes and feather it towards the tips," Caroline recommends. "This way, it has a solid foundation to lift from and the product won’t weigh lashes down."

As well as technique, certain tools can help. "Use an eyelash comb in between coats to separate lashes and make them look longer and more defined," suggests Mira. Try No7’s Lash Comb and Brow Brush for double the grooming benefits.

How many coats is best? It depends on the look you’re hoping to achieve. "If I’m after something super simple and natural, I might go for one or two," says Mira. "If I want drama, then three coats, using a zigzag motion from root to tip to ensure every lash is coated and looking fabulous."

Another top trick? Mix up your mascara shades. "Ombre your lashes – use a brown mascara for the base and a black mascara for the tips," Mira tells us. "It’ll make them longer and more 3D."

7 of the best volumising mascaras at Boots

From cult to future classics, affordable to luxe, here are 7 of Boots' favourite volumising mascaras to suit any budget.

Shop more top mascaras in our full range.

Best waterproof mascara

Try: No7 Intense Volume Waterproof Mascara

• Size: 7ml

• Available in two shades

Think plumped lashes minus the panda eyes. This smudge-proof, waterproof formula from No7 helps give new lengths, curl and volume extra staying power.

Best for mega volume

 Fenty Beauty Hella Thicc Volumizing Mascara

• Size: 10ml

Looking for lashes that go beyond volume? This full-bodied formula delivers a voluptuous and curvaceous lash effect that will have everyone turnin’ heads.

Best for clump-free volume

Try: Max Factor False Lash Effect Volumising Mascara

• Size: 13.1ml

• Available in three shades

Caroline Barnes’ top pick, the densely packed bristles on the brush volumise and separate lashes in one fell swoop. Great for even application from root to tip, we also love its flake-proof formula.

Best mascara for volume and lift

 L'Oréal Paris Telescopic Lift Mascara

• Size: 9ml

This mascara’s two-sided brush is what sets it apart. Use its flat edge to get close to the root to lift and define, and its curved bristles to catch lashes and add volume and depth.

Best for a fanned-out effect

Try: Maybelline Falsies Surreal Extensions Mascara

Maybelline mascaras are beauty fan favourites for a reason. They tend to deliver, don’t break the bank and boast impressive tech. This new launch is no exception thanks to its formula containing different sized fibres and its spiralled, extended helix brush that elongates and enhances.

Best mascara for volume and length

 MAC Magic Extension Mascara

• Size: 11ml

The difference that this multi-tasking mascara makes will have you doing a double take. Its tapered 5D brush reaches even the shortest of lashes for serious volume and length that looks full and fabulous.

Best for a fanned-out effect

Try: L'Oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara

• Size: 6.4ml

For a conditioning formula, try this. "It’s not only super black, but it’s full of lash-loving ingredients like castor oil," says Mira. "It lengthens and volumises, plus it’s brilliant on the purse strings." We’ll be stocking up.