Sunday, November 23, 2014
Since I'm so obsessed with making my lashes look luscious, I've found oodles of tips on the subject over the years.
Here are a few of my fave go-to mascara secrets:
Powder Your Lashes
An oldie, but a goodie. Using an eye shadow brush, dust powder onto your lashes 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 lashes. 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 you're applying mascara to your bottom lashes. It’s easier to reach those tiny 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. Bonus? 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 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.
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