5 Tips for Perfectly Applied Mascara
#1. Just Twist
Do not "pump" your mascara, meaning moving the wand back and forth in the tube in attempts to mix it or get more product on the brush. This can actually dry out the product and lead to flaking and clumping due to air being invited into the tube.
What to do instead: Twist top open. Without lifting up the wand too much, gently twist the top in a circular motion. Lift wand out of tube. Simple.
This bad habit can be difficult to stop if it's something you've always done, so make sure to pay special attention next time you break it out.
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#2. Curling Your Lashes
Note: You could do this after applying mascara instead - it's your preference.
Position the curler at the base (roots) of your lashes. Clamp down and hold for approximately ten seconds. Move the curler to the ends of your lashes and repeat the step.
Do not pull your lashes, just curl them, and beware of pinching your eyelid skin... Ouch!
#3. Removing Excess
Rid your brush of extra product before applying to further prevent clumping. You can do this on the edge of the tube opening and/or on a clean tissue, cloth, etc.
#4. Coating Your Lashes
Upper lashes: Looking straight ahead of you, apply the mascara carefully from the base of your lashes, moving the brush upward, to the ends of your lashes. Repeat until you reach your desired look. A few coats may do the trick, depending on the results you're after; of course, the more coats, the thicker the lashes.
Lower lashes: (Optional) Apply very lightly. Doing this before the upper lashes may prevent unwanted black dots from forming on your eyelids from blinking.
Bonus Tip: For whatever reason, opening your mouth while applying mascara is helpful.
Don't poke your eyeball!
#5. Make it Last
If your mascara starts getting low or drying out, try adding a few drops of liquid saline solution (the kind used for contact lenses) or eye drops and gently swirl the wand around to stir it. This can stretch the life of the product.
This is also a good tip if you find the product too thick to use as-is!
Bonus Tip: You can use this method for liquid eyeliner, too!
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