Written by Kimberly in: Makeup19 Oct 2010
OK this may seem a bit basic to some of you, but have you ever wondered how to apply mascara properly? Or maybe you’ve wondered how to get your lashes looking flawless without being clumpy? (Clumpy mascara isn’t sexy.) Well I’ve got the answer to those questions and more! Getting mascara just right is a skill that takes experimentation and practice, but with a little effort you can get sexy, dramatic lashes any time you want.
When applying your mascara, starting with the top lashes, you want to start the brush at the base, or root of the lash line, and gently wiggle the brush upward and outward. If you have very fair lashes, you want to make sure to not only get underneath the lashes, but on top as well, otherwise it will look funny to only have half of your lashes covered. Some people like to only do the top lashes, and that’s fine, but I like to do the lower as well, or at least the out lower lashes. When applying mascara on the bottom lashes, once again start the brush at the root of the lashes and wiggle out and down.
Just take your brow brush (you know, the brush with a little comb on one side, and a little brush on the other?) and use the comb side to run through your lashes and help to separate the lashes as well as get rid of those pesky clumps. Don’t have a brow brush? You can also use an old, clean mascara brush. Of course it’s much easier to do this before the mascara dries, once it’s set, it will be much more difficult to remove the clumps or separate lashes.
Tip Never “pump” your mascara wand while removing it from the tube! Pumping the wand will force air and bacteria into the tube and will not only cause the mascara to clump and dry out prematurely, but can also increase the risk of an eye infection. The correct way to remove the wand is to twist and pull.
It’s not as tragic as you might think, so don’t panic if you get mascara on your perfect eyeshadow, or underneath your eyes. The secret is to gently rub the mistake with a Q-tip before the mascara dries. It works almost like an earaser! If it has already dried, then you may need to put a tiny bit of eye make-up remover on the Q-tip first (try Laura Mercier Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover), you’ll just want to make sure the remover is dry before touching up.
So now you know all my professional make-up artist tricks for applying perfect mascara. Enjoy those fabulous lashes, ladies!