My father has Trilogitis. It is the compulsion to say the same thing three ways so that “people understand you.” (I have argued that saying something once clearly does the job, but he disagrees.) You won’t find Trilogitis in the DSM-5 because I made it up.
Here’s my go-to example of this disorder which affects dozens of people–who congregate in groups of three–worldwide. This conversation happened after I told my father how much I weigh.
Dad: “I’m twice your size!”
Dad: “I mean, two of you would be one of me!”
Dad: “If there were two Allisons sitting in this truck right now, that would equal one Ray!”
Allison: “I UNDERSTAND WHAT ‘TWICE YOUR SIZE’ MEANS!”
My father says things are better in threes, everything should be a trilogy and three ways is ideal. In some cases, I have to agree. Destiny’s Child; Pop, lock and drop it; Tito’s, club soda, splash of cran. They go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong. I myself have a beauty trio–a lash trifecta, if you will–and that’s what I’m here to talk about.
After a separation from Dior Diorshow Mascara, my one true love, we are back together. But like any couple giving it another go, we decided to try different things. So we brought Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum into the mix. I top it all off with L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara and the “Are those your real eyelashes?” questions are back.
With any beauty product, timing and technique are just as important as the product itself. So here’s what you need to know, in a step-by-step format to please my fellow Type A-ers.
- Apply a thin layer of lash serum to the top lashes on one eye. (I like to start with my left eye, in tribute to TLC.) The serum is white and on the thicker side so you will need to comb it through. Do this with a metal lash comb, not a pair of tiny scissors like I use on my own lashes.
- Immediately after, apply mascara and comb through. You need to work fast here–no stopping to text your sister or Facebook wish someone you’ve never met a happy birthday. Once the serum dries, you’re dealing with hardened lashes that don’t play well with others. I keep my serum and mascara open during the process so there is no time wasted. It’s serum, comb, mascara, comb. Don’t get it twisted.
- Repeat on your other set of top lashes.
- Next up is the final coat for top lashes (which I don’t do right away–I’ll post about my makeup steps another day). Take out the L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara, hold the wand up to your lashes and lightly blink into it. This mascara adds length and inky blackness to your lashes.
- Apply Telescopic to your bottom lashes. You don’t need to dip back into the tube for this. The amount left on the wand after applying to your top lashes is plenty. The goal of bottom lash mascara is to add volume–not length–to the lash roots, which gives definition to the eyes. If you focus on adding length, you head into spidery territory.
- Sit back and let the compliments roll in.
This trifecta has made me very happy. It seems like a lot of steps but you know what? Some things take effort. You’re probably not going to get the best overall makeup results in 3 minutes with all drugstore products. That doesn’t mean you need 45 minutes each morning and an insurance policy for your makeup bag, but I would be doing you a major disservice if I told you everything was quick and wallet-friendly. I suggest that you decide what is most important to you for your everyday look–maybe it’s lashes, even skintone or concealing undereye circles–and put the most time and effort into that area. This post is for the Lash Girls out there, in hopes that this trifecta will improve their beauty lives too.
Have a beautiful day 🙂