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15 Mascara Tricks & Tips

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Jun 13, 2004
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15 Mascara Tricks & Tips

From Elizabeth Waverly

Everything You Need to Know About Mascara

I've compiled a list of great mascara tips & tricks I want to share with you. Follow these mascara application tips & tricks and you'll save money, you'll look prettier & your eyes will look brighter & wider.

  • Tip #1: Skip the lash comb. They're really just fussy. Instead, remove excess mascara by wiping the wand on a tissue, eliminating the blobs BEFORE you start.
  • Tip #2: Try a clean mascara wand. Sweep a clean, fresh mascara wand through lashes when they're wet. Don't worry, you don't have to buy them. When you finish a mascara, clean the wand in a capful of eye makeup remover, then wash with soap & dry. Keep it clean by washing it whenever you wash your makeup tools.
  • Tip #3: Skip the colored mascara. Mascara rules are simple: black works for everyone but blondes. Blondes should opt for brown/black by day & reserve black for night.
  • Tip #4: When applying mascara, wiggle the wand at the base of the lashes. It's the mascara placed near the roots (not the tips) that gives the illusion of length.
  • Tip #5: Thin, short brushes are best. A thinner brush allows you to get into the corner of eyes. Short brushes give you more control.
  • Tip #6: Give a few coats to the edges by blinking. Blink onto the brush to give ends an extra coat.
  • Tip #7: Powder under the eye before applying mascara. Sometimes mascara smudges because it's attracted to oily concealer or eye creams.
  • Tip #8: Use an eyelash curler BEFORE applying mascara. Curling lashes gives eyes the appearance of being wider & brighter.
  • Tip #9: Zig-zag the wand. Zig-zagging the wand back & 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.
  • Tip #11: Use tissue. Not great at getting those bottom lashes? Try putting a tissue under them before application.
  • Tip #12: Want that 2nd coat? Just make sure to do it before the first coat dries, otherwise you'll get clumps.
  • Tip #13: Do NOT pump wand in & 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 -- 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 5 seconds before blinking. You don't want to paint your lids, do you?