In a makeup bag full of beauty products, I like to think of mascara as my best friend. No matter my look, she’s always got my back. You may or may not be surprised to know that a lot of women aren’t following the proper rules when it comes to applying mascara. If you want long, luxe lashes abide by these 10 commandments.
- Know your mascara.
You might have stopped in Sephora recently and picked up that brand-new mascara that promises thick, long, curled, voluminous lashes. It’s likely that when you swiped it on, maybe 2 of the 4 happened. Experts say it’s nearly impossible for a mascara to offer all these benefits. Instead, stick to 1 or 2 specific things. Keep in mind that the brush matters too. If it’s big and fluffy, that’s how your lashes will look.Online portals such as Cherie provides a great real beauty product reviews that will help to find the best one.
- Black looks good on everyone.
Black doesn’t discriminate and looks great with every skin tone and hair color, yes, even blondes. The whole point of applying mascara is to make your lashes visible. Experimenting with color can be fun too though. Just don’t end up looking like Ke$ha; unless you’re into that sort of thing.
- Use an eyelash curler.
Because why wouldn’t you? They may look a little intimidating, but eyelash curlers curl your eyelashes. Crazy, right? For years I’ve been using the Eyelash Curler. Yes, the price is a little steep but it’s worth the investment. I’ve had mine for 5+ years and occasionally switch out the silicone pad when necessary.
- How to use an eyelash curler:
- Use before applying mascara
- Squeeze curler at the base and hold for 3-5 seconds.
- Slowly walk the curler, holding for 1 second, to the tips of your lashes.
- Don’t pump the wand.
You probably pump your mascara wand in and out of the tube, everyone does, but don’t! It actually dries out your mascara. Instead, try a spinning method or dab the excess mascara on a tissue.
- Start at the base.
Hold your wand parallel to the floor, and move the mascara wand from the base to the tip of the lashes. To prevent clumping, move the brush back and forth in a wiggle motion. Always apply mascara from underneath the lashes. Brushing on top will weigh lashes down and make them look limp.
- Let them dry.
If you’re going for a dramatic look, give your lashes a chance to dry before applying multiple coats of mascara. This will also help with clumping.
- Don’t use waterproof every day.
Waterproof mascara is tough to remove and using it every day could cause your lashes to break. Instead use a regular formula, or something that’s water-resistant. Waterproof mascara should be saved for days when you really need it.
- Use a “primer.”
If you’re still wanting to amp up your lashes try using a primer. Mascara primers boast that they nourish your lashes and promote growth, strength, and vitality. They enhance your lashes to make them look long and luscious..
- Remember your lower lashes.
Many women forget about their lower lashes, but they’re the finishing touch to your look. Gently apply your normal mascara, or purchase a mascara specifically for lower lashes.
- Take it all off.
You’ve piled on coats of mascara and it’s going to take more than your nightly face wash to get it all off. Use a makeup remover with an oil base to dissolve the most stubborn formulas. Soak a cotton ball in the remover and gently place on top of your lashes for a few seconds. Slowly wipe the cotton ball across your eyes to remove the product.