Perfect Mascara All The Time! Everything You Need To Know About Mascara

This little magic wand can transform our eyes in an instant. Mascara should always be a permanent resident in your makeup kit because you must be able to whip it up when you need to perk up those eyes. Just like any other makeup product, one kind doesn’t suit all.  Mascara comes in different shapes, colors and sizes. You must be in the know to ensure you get the best one for your lashes.

If we’ve gotten you worried, don’t be! We’ve created this complete guide on the mascara to make sure you can get the look you want anytime.

11 Valuable Tips On How To Get The Most Out Of Your Mascara

    1. If you have been using mascara for the longest time but never seem to get the right kind of lashes you want, you’re probably using the wrong type of wand and it’s time to make some changes.You need to know the shape of brush that can plump up, curl or lengthen your lashes.

      Here’s a quick guide on different types of mascara wands

      • Classic Wand. This cone shaped mascara wand adds volume to lashes.  This is the kind of wand that we are all too familiar with.  This is a good mascara for short lashes.Our Pick:  Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
      • Tapered Comb. The thin bristles at the tip of the wand grip the shorter lashes near the inner corner of the eye really well, while the thicker portion of the brush coats the outer lashes. This is perfect for cat-eye look.Our Pick: Diorshow New Look Mascara
      • Curved Comb. Gives small lashes the fanned out kind of curl they need because the shape of the wand copies the natural shape of the lashes.Our Pick: EyeKo Black Magic Mascara
      • Micro Wand. This brush separates lashes so it gets to coat each strand perfectly even the ultra-fine ones. This is great if you want to layer mascara on your small lashes minus the clump.Our Pick: NYX The Skinny Mascara
      • Fat Brush. This is perfect for ultra-fine lashes because the wand gets coat each strand thickly from root to tip.  If you want maximum volume for your lashes, use this type of wand.Our Pick: L’Oréal Paris Makeup Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
      • Ball Tip Wand. This is a tapered brush with a ball tip. If you want detailed corners, this is a good mascara to use because it is designed to reach the short lashes in the inner corner of the eye.  This also makes coating the lower lashes a walk in the park.Our Pick: Max Factor False Lash Effect Epic
      • Comb Bristle Wand. If you want length plus volume for your lashes, get this type of wand. This is best mascara for fine lashes because each strand gets to be precisely coated and defined.Our Pick: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Waterproof Mascara
    2. If you have short lashes, use eyelash curler before applying mascara so the formula would adhere better and create a fuller look.We recommend that you hold the curler down for 3-5 seconds then, pulse gently 2-3 times.  Avoid tugging.Quick tip: You can heat up your eyelash curler with a hair dryer.  This will curl your lashes faster and better.
    3. Use a primer to prep your short lashes. This way, your lashes will be fuller and longer even before you coat them with mascara. It also helps keep your strands from clumping after mascara application.
    4. Mascara should be replaced every three months. Every time you pull out the wand, it gets exposed to bacteria that can damage your irreplaceable eyes.Do not disregard the shelf life and try to hold on to your mascara till it smells funny.  If you are not a heavy user of mascara, get a small one so it won’t cause a big dent on your budget.
    5. Never sleep with mascara on. You should never sleep with any makeup on…period.  Use eye makeup remover to wipe off mascara.Quick tip: Soak a cotton pad with the makeup remover and gently press it down onto your closed eye.  Hold for a few seconds before gently wiping it off.  Do not rub as it can cause your lashes to break.
    6. Pumping the wand in and out of the tube will allow air to enter causing the formula to dry faster, clump and flake. It will also lead to bacteria build up. Remember to twist the wand back and forth to get enough mascara onto the brush before pulling it out of the tube.
    7. Fake volume by applying loose powder on your lashes. This will enhance the thickness of each strand so your lashes will appear fuller after you apply mascara.

How to do this?  Dip a mascara brush (not the one from the tube) in loose powder then tap excess.  Next, sweep the brush onto your upper and lower lashes.  Finish it off by coating your lashes with mascara.

  1. Black or brown mascara has always been the safe color to use. Dare to try other colors and discover how they can enhance the natural color of your eyes.If you have hazel eyes, match them green or burgundy mascara. If you have green eyes, try on violet mascara.

    For blue eyes, shades of brown or coral mascara looks divine.

    For brown eyes, rich plum is a good match.

    Gray eyes will appear more stunning with deep navy or royal blue mascara.

    When wearing colored mascara, remember to keep the rest of your makeup subtle or neutral so as not to look overdone.

  2. If your mascara dries up before it expires, save it by letting the tube sit in a glass of hot water. The heat will help thin out the formula.  You can also use eye drops.  Just put 10 drops into the tube, close the top and shake it. Then give it a good swirl with the wand before you use it.
  3. Avoid smudges by using a spoon.  Place the spoon gently on your eyelid when you coat your lash with mascara.  The back of the spoon serves as a shield and curler too.
  4. Makeup artists recommend bending the mascara brush horizontally.  This way all the strands…near or far and short or long in the hard to reach areas will be coated evenly.

Step-by-Step Guide On How To Apply Mascara Like A Pro

Do you need help on how to properly apply mascara? You’re not alone! Many ladies think they have mascara down to a science. But that in itself is the problem. It shouldn’t be so complicated.

Follow our simple 7-step approach and you’ll be applying mascara like a pro in no time!

  1. Curl your lashes. Place it on the base of your upper lashes, then close and hold for a few seconds before pulsing it outwards.
  2. Prime your lashes.
  3. Coat your upper lashes with mascara. Start off at the roots or base of your eyelash. Wriggle the wand as you apply from root to tip.  This way, the product will settle on the base more and not weight the tip down.
  4. Coat your lower lashes too. You may have to switch to thinner bristles to ensure that the short strands will get evenly coated.
  5. Get rid of the clumps by combing them with a lash comb or clean wand.
  6. Apply another layer of mascara. You can add more depending on your desired volume.
  7. You may opt to curl your lashes again. After the mascara dries, use the eyelash curler again.

Easy enough right? Mascara should be an important part of your morning ritual. Done properly and you’ll have many heads turning and doing a double-take!

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