Mascara tips from Gong Li’s make-up artist: How to make your lashes look longer

Serene Seow

CNA – Many of us have a love-hate relationship with mascara. We make solemn vows with each new mascara tube – committing to stick it out through thick and thin and to go the extra mile unconditionally. Three swipes later, though, it becomes clear that the union is not meant to be.

Veteran make-up artist Yuan Sng – who counts Chinese superstar Gong Li and Italian actress Isabella Rossellini as his clients – will have mascara sceptics know that the promise of longer, more luscious lashes is not the stuff of fairy tales and can materialise for any girl.


“Tightlining – an eyeliner technique in which you line your upper waterline – your eyes can help your lashes look fuller,” advised Sng. “To fill the gaps between the lashes, I use a liquid liner to line the eyes before coating the lashes with mascara. It is a great way to boost your mascara.”


Pimp your lashes. “Either a lash primer or work with a mascara that comes with buildable fibre will do,” said Sng.

The trick to building beautiful lashes lies in giving something for the mascara to grip on to. “Between coats of mascara, you’d want to pat pressed powder onto the lashes.” The powder acts as a thickener and helps keep mascara in place.


“Coax straight lashes into a soft curl with a heated curved eyelash curler. But if you don’t want to invest in a gadget then lightly warm up your eyelash curler to achieve the same effect,” suggested Sng.


Make up for your lashes’ lack of length with a mascara that has a lengthening effect.

To keep lashes long and separate, warm up mascara by setting the mascara tube in a cup of hot water before application. “If your mascara is clumpy, application becomes difficult. Warming it up will make application so much easier.”