27th August, 2010
Here we shareÂ tricks and tips on how to apply mascara correctly. If you suffer from thick, clumpy, spider-like lashes, you may be applying mascara incorrectly.
Tip 1: How to properly apply mascara. Ace your mascara application with a three-step process:
Step 1: Wiggle the wand left to right at the base of lashes. Itâ€™s the mascara placed near the rootsÂ not the tipsÂ that gives the illusion of length.
Step 2: Pull the wand up and through lashes, wiggling as you go. The wiggling part is key: it separates lashes.
Step 3: In this final step (which I always skip), close the eye and place the mascara wand on top of lashes at the base and pull through to remove any clumps.
Tip 2: How to keep lashes from clumping. For some, lash combs are simply too fussy. But for some makeup artists, theyâ€™re a great invention and keep lashes glob-free and perfectly separated.
So how do you use mascara? Apply mascara at the lash base. Then wiggle the lash comb through to the tips of your lashes.
Get rid of clumbsÂ by removing excess mascara from the wand. Wipe wand on tissue, this eliminates blobs BEFORE you start.
Tip 3: Try a spoolie (a disposable mascara wand). Sweep a clean, fresh mascara wand through lashes when theyâ€™re wet. You can buy a pack or look for them in any store that carries specialty beauty products.
You can also recycle old mascara wands. When you finish a mascara, clean the wand in a capful of eye makeup remover, then wash with soap and dry. Keep it clean by washing it whenever you wash your makeup tools.
Tip 4: Mix mascaras. A trick makeup artists use to make lashes pop is apply one coat of lengthening mascara, followed by one coat of thickening mascara. Remove excess product with a clean spoolie wand (see tip 3 above).
Tip 5: Donâ€™t shy away from colored mascara. Basic mascara rules are simple: Black works for everyone but can be harsh on light-skinned ladies. These ladiesÂ should opt for brown/black by day and reserve black for night.
Tip 6: Use an eyelash curler. Curling lashes gives eyes the appearance of being wider and brighter. Shoot warm air from your blow dryer on the mascara curler for 3-5 seconds to warm it up before curling lashes. Touch it first to make sure itâ€™s not too hot. Itâ€™s a myth that you have to curl lashes before you apply mascara. You can curl lashes after mascara application, just make sure the mascara is dry first.
Tip 7: Give a few coats to the edges by blinking. Blink onto the brush to give ends an extra coat.
Tip 8: Powder under the eye before applying mascara. Sometimes mascara smudges because itâ€™s attracted to oily concealer or eye creams.
Tip 9: Zig-zag the wand. Zig-zagging the wand back and forth during application helps cut down clumps.
Tip 10: For a dramatic look, apply mascara only to the upper lashes. To make eyes seem wider, apply to the bottom, too. But make sure you give lashes a light touch. Not great at getting those bottom lashes? Try putting a tissue under them before application.
Tip 11: Use a mascara primer. Primers coat lashes and separate them before you apply mascara. Makeup artists swear by mascara primer. I tried it and like it, but because itâ€™s an added step, I usually use primer only on special occasion when I spend more time on my makeup.
Tip 12: Want that 2nd coat? Just make sure to do it before the first coat dries, otherwise youâ€™ll get clumps.
Tip 13: Do NOT pump wand in and out of the tube. This only introduces air into the tube, which will cause your mascara to dry out sooner than it should.
Tip 14: Another smudge-proof tip â€” bend the wand. A top makeup artist once gave his secret to his steady hand: he always bends his wand at a right angle.
Tip 15: Wait five seconds before blinking. You donâ€™t want to paint your lids, do you?
Quick Tip on how to Get Thicker Lashes with Mascara
Want thicker, lusher lashes? Try this quick tip: Apply lengthening mascara followed by thickening mascara. (Yes, the types of mascaras really do mean something, itâ€™s not just a marketing ploy). Just be sure to apply the second coat before the first one dries.