9 Sneaky Tricks for Fuller, Longer, Bolder Eyelashes

Updated 09/23/16

Applying mascara may be a task you’ve been doing for ages, but there’s always room for improvement. Just because you learned long ago that wiggling the wand makes for more voluminous lashes and that a heated eyelash curler creates the best crimp doesn’t mean you’ve mastered every trick in the book. Keep reading to find out how to get bigger, bolder lashes!

Powder Your Lashes

Using an eye shadow brush, dust powder—any finely milled loose powder or even baby powder will work—onto your eyelashes between your first and second coat of mascara. The powder sticks to your lashes and the next coat of mascara grabs onto that layer. The result is fuller, thicker lashes. 

Bend the Wand

Bend the brush so it is almost perpendicular to the stem of the wand. This shape makes it easier to reach the tiny hairs in the inner and outer corners, and is great for pushing your lashes up to get a lifted look.

Warm it Up

If your formula is starting to feel a little dry, add a few drops of saline solution to it and place the sealed tube in a cup of warm water. Saline solution revives flaky formulas and the warmth loosens up the product, allowing for smooth application.



For the longest lashes possible, you need to coat both sides of your eyelashes. Blinking softly once you reach the tips allows you to cover the topsides in mascara. Only do this for one coat to avoid clumps.

Hold the Wand Vertically

Flip the wand vertically when applying mascara to your bottom lashes. It’s easier to reach those small hairs from this angle. You’ll be able to coat them in mascara all the way down to the tips without getting mascara dots everywhere. 

Use Your Finger

Gently press on your eyelid with your finger when applying mascara to your upper lashes. This pops them out ever so slightly, but just enough so that you can get the wand right into the base of the roots. Your finger also shields your eyelid from stray marks. 

Get a Clump-Free Application

Lightly clean off your mascara wand with a paper towel first. Wiping off the excess product before you begin prevents clumps. If you do get a clump, use a clean spoolie or toothbrush to brush them out. 

Look Down

Look down at the mirror to do your top lashes. You’ll be able to see what you’re doing better, so you can reach every hair, and you’ll avoid dotting your eyelid in mascara.

Roll the Wand

For lifted lashes, don’t brush straight up. Instead, place the brush against the roots, curl it downward just a bit, and then pull it upward and outward. Do this in three sections. Start from the inner corner, directing the lashes towards your nose. Next, brush the middle section up towards the arch of your eyebrow. Finally, do the outer corner last, directing the lashes out towards the end of your brow. This creates a fanned-out effect.

Do you have any tricks for look-at-me lashes that we missed? Share them in the comments!

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