Ace your mascara application with a three-step process:
- Wiggle the wand left to right at the base of lashes. It’s the mascara placed near the roots — not the tips — that gives the illusion of length.
- Pull the wand up and through lashes, wiggling as you go. The wiggling part is key because it separates lashes.
- In this final step close the eye and place the mascara wand on top of lashes at the base and pull through to remove any clumps.
Pick the Best Mascara for You
When picking a mascara, you should consider the formula you want (lengthening, thickening, waterproof or non-clumping).You should also consider price. You can get a good basic drugstore mascara or spend more money on a luxurious mascara.
Always use waterproof mascara in summer time or when skiing.
Most drugstores and department stores have excellent return policies so if you try a mascara and hate it you can return it. Never try mascara on at a department store, there’s too much risk for infection. Instead, check out the store’s return policy and take a few home to try. Also, don’t get suckered into a full-makeover at the cosmetics counter.
How to Keep Lashes From Clumping
For some, lash combs are simply too fussy. But for some makeup artists, they’re a great invention and keep lashes glob-free and perfectly separated. To use a lash comb, first apply mascara at the lash base, then wiggle the lash comb through to the tips of your lashes.Not into the lash comb? Get rid of clumbs without them by removing excess mascara from the wand. Wipe wand on tissue, this eliminates blobs BEFORE you start.
Another great way to get rid of clumps is to sweep a clean, fresh mascara wand through lashes when they’re wet. Either buy new ones or recycle old ones.Recycle an old mascara wand if you don’t want to bother with spoolies. When you finish a mascara, clean the wand in a cap-full of eye makeup remover, then wash with soap and dry. Keep it clean by washing it whenever you wash your makeup tools.