There could be two possibilities on why you’re reading this article now:
1. You’re probably a cosmetic rookie – bought your first mascara, had a look at the mascara wand and your scared that you might poke your eye out with it.
2. You may already have your mascara and you’ve been practicing but you figured that there’s something not quite right about your mascara application.
Either way, you don’t have to worry. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to apply mascara like a professional!
1. There are 2 kinds of mascaras – the water-proof mascara (which should be removed with a make-up remover) and the regular non-waterproof mascara.
2. What’s the formula? – choose from a volumizing mascara formula (for thin eyelashes), a lengthening mascara formula (for short eyelashes), or maybe a mascara formula that’s a combination of both (this one’s ideal!). There are different types of formulations out there so choose wisely or what the heck! Try them all!
3. The magic wand – other than the mascara formulation, the mascara wand can also help in giving you the result that you want.
Down to business! Remember these key words: wiggle and flick!
1. Take your mascara and start with clean eyelashes.
2. Curl your eyelashes.
3. Tilt your head back – but not too far back of course! Tilt your head back a little so your eyelashes and your lid have space in between them. This makes the application easier without the mascara it going on your lid or smudging.
At this point, your face will be similar to this one (including the open mouth). It’s silly but tilting your head back a little really does help!
4. Position the mascara wand at the base of your eyelashes. Let’s apply the keywords we talked about earlier. Wiggle the mascara wand and then flick upward. The wiggling motion helps separate the eyelashes better and the flicking upward motion helps you create feather like eyelashes. Wiggle and flick until you have each lash coated. Do the same on the other eye.
5. Now you can move on to applying mascara on your bottom eyelashes. This step is optional but you can do this if you want your eyes to look brighter.
6. With a cotton swab, clean up any smudge that you can see on your eyelids. With the same swab, clean up any area of your eye that has unwanted mascara on it.
Some trade secrets you need to know: The extra umph!!
- Let your mascara dry completely. Once it’s dry curl it again. It is important that you let it completely dry first to avoid your lashes from sticking to your lash curler.
- See the difference? Now you can leave it like that or go the extra mile by lining your upper waterline with your favorite eyeliner. This step is called tight-lining. This helps make your eyelashes appear thicker. This could tickle and could take some getting used to but it’s worth it!
- Use an eyelash comb when you see any clumping. Comb it out to separate the eyelashes evenly.
- Combine different types of mascaras to layer! Experiment, have fun and don’t forget to have a make-up remover near by.