When you’re dealing with a makeup product that’s as pigmented and messy as mascara, and you’re working on an area that’s as small as your lash line, you’re bound to make mistakes and get super frustrated. With a few helpful tips, you can step up your game so you never have to leave the house with blah-looking lashes again.
Layer multiple coats of mascara: The number of times you coat your lashes totally depends on the look you want. For a more natural effect, stick with one coat. For bigger, thicker, more dramatic lashes, layer on two or more coats. A cool trick to making sure they don’t look too clumpy or spidery? Switch up your mascara formula with each layer.
One example, first use a thinner formula with a curved brush to separate and define your lashes, then a thicker formula with a fuller brush to add volume and length. If you do end up with a few clumps, grab a lash comb to separate the hairs. Tip: Use the tip of your brush to coat the hard-to-reach lashes on the very outer or inner corners of your eyes.
Prevent mascara from smudging on your eyelids: If you’ve been blessed with lashes so long they hit your eyelid or your under-eye area mascara smudges sound all too familiar. One way to handle it is to dust a little setting powder exactly where the tips of your lashes hit your skin before you apply your mascara. The powder will help create a little barrier while you brush on your mascara and, more important, will also absorb excess oils that might cause smudging later.
Apply mascara on lower lashes: If you love that big lash look, but don’t exactly have a ton of bottom lashes to coat in mascara, don’t stress. One trick that creates the illusion of a fuller lower lash line is with the help of a liquid eyeliner. Before applying mascara, use a fine-tip liquid liner to draw tiny dots between the hairs along your lash line. Once the marks are in place, wiggle your mascara through your bottom lashes. The combination of the mascara and the dots will give your bottom lashes an instantly fuller effect that looks surprisingly real.
Wiggle while you work: A simple swipe is not enough. You should always move the mascara brush in a zigzag motion. Many women make the unfortunate mistake of only coating the tips of their lashes which tends to cause them to stick together. To avoid this, wiggle the brush at the base before extending to the ends. Mascara doubles as faux eyeliner if you wiggle the brush at the lash line to give the illusion of a dense black liner.
Coat both sides of your lashes: If you always apply mascara in one direction, you’ve been forgetting half of the job. For super thick lashes, coat both sides of your lashes by first looking down and coating the backs of your lashes, and then looking up and sweeping the brush upward from below.
Use a hot tool: Turn your eyelash curler into a mini curling iron by holding it under the nozzle of a blow-dryer for a few seconds just before using it on your lashes. (Test it first to make sure you don’t burn your delicate eyelids. The heat will help seal in the curl, so you can bat your eyes all day.