Mascara: Tips and Tricks

Applying mascara is not as easy as it seems, with so many brands, formulas, types and choices, it’s difficult to find that magic blend. The perfect mascara gives the appearance of thick, lush lashes and the illusion of length and curl. Not all mascaras are created equal, and just because one looks amazing on your friend doesn’t mean it will look that great on you.  Here are a few tips that will help you to achieve the lush lashes you have always longed for.


Tips to Apply Mascara

  • Thin, sparse lashes just can’t hold up against a wet mascara formula because it weighs them down.  Thicker formula mascara has a dramatically different effect, reach for one that offers volume.
  • The shape of the wand is as important as the formula.  Let the wand do some the of the work for you, and apply two thin coats rather than one thick coat.
  • Thick lashes can use wet formulas to build them up sky high.
  • For brand new mascara, wipe off excess product on a tissue to avoid transferring massive clumps to your lashes.
  • If you live in a warm, humid climate use a waterproof formula on your lower lashes to avoid transferring or smearing any product under your eyes.
  • Placing a business card between your skin and lashes will also avoid transfer during application.
  • For the absolutely thinnest of applications, use a lash comb to comb mascara onto lashes from base of the lashes through to the tips.  Be careful as you go to avoid poking yourself in the eye, go over this with a lash curler, and finish with another thin layer of mascara for definition and curl that lasts all day long.
  • To get very dramatic results apply one coat of lengthening mascara and then one coat of thickening mascara, keep that lash comb handy to remove clumps.

Knowing what type of lashes you have, along with what formulas work for and against your lash type will help you avoid any mishaps when selecting a mascara that’s best for you.  Drugstore brands, by comparison, offer really great options for significantly less than you’d expect to spend on a high-end product so don’t write them off too quickly.

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