How to Use Mascara

Mascara can draw attention to your eyes and create a fun, flirty look. It can make your lashes darker, longer, and thicker and enhance the appearance of your eye shadow. If it is not applied correctly, however, mascara can clump or flake off. Here are some tips to help you choose the right mascara and use it correctly so you look great.

Mascara comes in many formulas, including lengthening, curling, thickening, and volumizing. If you want longer lashes, use a lengthening mascara. If you want fuller lashes, use a volumizing formula. Some mascaras can do both.

If you plan to wear your mascara all day, or if you will be in the sun or sweating, choose a waterproof mascara. It will also help maintain the curl in your lashes from your eyelash curler. Waterproof mascara is harder to remove than other types, so be sure to have a good remover that is specifically designed to remove waterproof mascara. If you wear contacts or have sensitive eyes, wear a mascara that is hypoallergenic.

Black mascara can open up your eyes and give your lashes a fuller effect. If you have very light hair and skin, black mascara may be too overpowering. In that case, try a brown/black mascara.

If you curl your lashes, start at the roots and be careful not to get any skin in the eyelash curler. Press the curler together, hold for about 10 seconds, move it to the end of your lashes, and repeat. Curling your eyelashes is not necessary, but it can make them look longer and open up your eyes.

When using mascara, don’t pump the wand in and out of the bottle because that will push air into the tube, which can make the mascara dry out faster and cause clumps and flaking. You should gently twist the wand back and forth in a circular motion to get the desired amount of mascara on it.

When you remove the wand from the bottle, scrape off any excess mascara. This will help you avoid clumpy lashes.

It doesn’t matter if you start with your top or bottom lashes. If you start on the bottom, you can avoid tiny dots on your eyelids when you look down to apply mascara. When putting mascara on your bottom lashes, tilt your head forward slightly to avoid getting it on your cheek. Use side-to-side motions to get a good coat. When putting mascara on your top lashes, look straight ahead, place the wand at the base of your lashes, and use a back-and-forth motion while moving the wand up your lashes and sweeping upward. Apply two or three coats until your lashes are as thick as you want. If mascara transfers from your lashes to your eyelids or cheeks, hold a business card, credit card, or small piece of paper over the area while applying your mascara.

You can make your eyelashes look even thicker by applying a coat of black eyeliner to the upper waterline of your eyes. Pull your lashes up a bit and run the black eyeliner on the top of the inner waterline. You can dip your eyeliner pencil in black waterproof gel eyeliner and line the waterline to give it extra staying power. It will create a black base that will create the appearance of thicker, fuller lashes.

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