It's no surprise that mascara is a deeply personal choice, and hard to part with when we find the perfect formula. Depending on what kind of result you're looking for, you can choose from a myriad of options. Whether you want thick, voluminous lashes, or need help with length and separation, everyone has their own needs and preference. In just a few swipes, mascara can instantly change your appearance, making it one of the most popular beauty items found in everyone's makeup bag. But what are the best ways to apply mascara, to ensure you really get the most out of your daily ritual? Keep scrolling for a step by step guide on how to apply mascara and make your lashes instantly stand out.
Step One: Start By Curling Your Eyelashes
Curling your eyelashes will give them instant length and help mascara go on more easily. When you curl your lashes, be sure to get as close as you can to the lash line without pinching them, and squeeze the curler a few times slowly for maximum effect. If you don't prefer to use an eyelash curler, or the thought of using one is too overwhelming, just make sure your mascara of choice promises to help curl your lashes with each application.
Step Two: Apply a Lengthening and Conditioning Eyelash Primer
Applying a thickening, lengthening and conditioning eyelash primer is a great way to protect your eyelashes and keep them healthy. Think of it like this, you condition your hair to make sure it stays soft and shiny, right? Eyelash primer does the same thing for your eyelashes, and works with mascara to give you even better results than if you were to just use mascara alone. Sometimes lash primers contain ingredients to help your eyelashes grow, if they've become sparse over time. You can apply one to two coats of primer to the top and bottom of lashes, wait 30 seconds, and then move on to applying your mascara.
Step Three: Wiggle Mascara at the Base of the Lash Line
When applying your mascara, wiggle the brush at the base of the lashes to ensure everything gets coated as you move your way up. This is really important, because getting a strong base will ensure that no lash is left behind, and helps the lashes appear much thicker. Move the brush upward in slow motion, to avoid any kind of clumping. Repeat this step two-three times until you have enough mascara on your eyelashes and are pleased with the result. If wiggling isn't what you prefer, you can always move the wand in a zig-zag shape through the lashes to make sure you get a similar effect. Do the same on the other eye and if you prefer, apply mascara to the bottom lashes as well.
Always keep in mind it's best practice to not pump the wand repeatedly in and out of the tube, as this can cause air to become trapped inside and your mascara will dry out more quickly. If you need to add more product to your wand, simply re-insert it slowly back into the tube, and then pull it back out.
Step Four: Lightly Separate Lashes at the Top
Angle your mascara wand and lightly go over the tips of your lashes at the top, to help separate them even more and make sure there are no clumps in sight. This is also a great tip if you want your lashes to look a tad bit more spider-like, because you can help add gaps in between lashes with the mascara wand at this angle if you choose. All you need to do is push them together with your wand.
Mascara can often end up on our eyelids, at one point or another it's inevitable that it might smudge a bit when being applied. One of the easiest way to remove mascara from skin is with a dry q-tip. Rub the q-tip over the mascara and it will pick it right up, which also works well when you get mascara on your eyelids close to your lash line.
Step Five: Always Remove Mascara Before Sleeping
It's imperative to remember to remove your eye makeup and mascara every night before bed, to help make sure nothing gets irritated. Since our eyes are extremely sensitive, it's pertinent to the health of our skin and eyes that makeup is always removed before bed. This keeps bacteria away, along with anything else that might come with leaving mascara and makeup on too long.