Did you know that if you're not using the correct technique to put on your mascara, you might actually be damaging your eyelashes or your mascara brush? Not only that, but you may not be getting the dramatic look you really want if you aren't applying your mascara the right way.
In this article, we'll give you some helpful advice for how to use your mascara and mascara brush to achieve an absolutely fabulous look!
1. Start By Coating Your Mascara Brush Correctly
The intuitive thing to do with a mascara tube is to pull and push the brush in and out of the tube several times before applying mascara. As common as this practice is, it's actually a serious mistake.
One would think that doing this would load the brush up with more mascara, but it really doesn't. All it does is cause the bristles on the brush to break down faster, making them less effective at their job of coating and separating your eyelashes.
You only need to dip your mascara brush once and then remove it. It will be coated with mascara just fine, we promise.
2. Use The Correct Style Of Mascara Brush
Mascara brushes come in a variety of styles. The style that works best has a short brush head and a relatively small number of bristles. Why is it the best?
The reason is because a smaller brush will give you more and better control when you apply mascara. Also, it makes it easier for you to get to the lashes at the corners of your eyelids.
3. How To Avoid Clumping
If there's one thing that everyone who has ever tried to apply mascara has probably wondered, it's: "How do you keep mascara from clumping together on your eyelashes?" The answer is to always apply mascara with a clean mascara brush. (You wouldn't try to paint a picture or a house with a paintbrush that still had paint all over it from the last time, would you?)
You should clean out your mascara brush whenever you can. Start by removing most of the mascara from the bristles with eye makeup remover. Then, use plain soap and water to remove the rest of it. Don't put it back in the mascara tube until you've let it air dry completely.
4. How To Coat Your Lashes Completely
If you want your mascara to make your eyelashes appear fuller and thicker, begin at the roots of the eyelashes and pull the brush gently toward the tips, giving it a slight back-and-forth wiggle as you go. This motion helps the brush separate the lashes, so they get coated individually.
5. Don't Be Afraid To Experiment With Color
If your eye makeup needs an additional splash of color, you can use a mascara in one of many out-of-the-ordinary colors available, such as royal purple, sapphire blue, or even emerald green.
6. How To Avoid Getting Mascara Smudges On The Rest Of Your Makeup
Have you ever had your mascara bleed into the foundation you were wearing? Here's how to prevent that from happening.
As soon as you've finished putting on your foundation and eyeshadow, add a thin layer of face powder all over your base makeup. After that, you can put on mascara. Adding a powder sets the other makeup, and if any mascara does end up on your face, the powder will keep it separated from the other makeup, so it will be easy to wipe off the mascara mistake.