Even if you got yourself the best wand mascara for your lashes and the look you’re going for and you can’t get enough of your mascara, you don’t always get the looks you want. Why is that? Is it something you’re doing wrong?
Check out our list of big “Don’t” when it comes to applying your mascara. Who knows, maybe you’ve been doing it all wrong until now…
1. You’re pumping the wand a bit too much.
Some like to spend some time separating the lashes and not that much actually applying a top mascara. You don’t want to pump the wand too much in and out of the bottle. You’re going to push air into the tube like that and that’s only going to dry out the mascara a lot faster. This also causes the clumping and the flaking, but there’s a solution for that: you need to slowly twist the wand back and forth, using a circular motion. This way, you’re going to get just the right amount of your mascara.
If nothing seems to work, you can always use a lash separator- an old wand is going to do it, but you need to properly wash it first.
2. Well, you’re starting with the top lashes
Have you ever noticed some black dots on your eyelids or under your eyes? If so, you should change the application routine and start with the bottom lashes when applying your mascara. Your lashes smudge when you’re looking down, which is why you get the messy look.
You should also look straight ahead while applying mascara on the top lashes, placing the wand at the base of the lashes. Use the famous zig-zag motion while moving the wand up the lashes, for the curled effect. You should stop only when you got the thickness that you want. Typically, two or three coats are going to do it.
As for the bottom lashes, you need to tilt your head forward, making sure that the mascara doesn’t get to your cheeks. A tiny piece of paper, a credit card or a business card is also going to stop the mascara from staining.
3. The mascara is just old
One of the things you never want to get is an eye infection, so you should change your mascara from time to time. 6 months should be enough for a mascara, but you should throw it away even sooner than that if it starts clumping. Anyways, using an old mascara is going to increase the risk for clumping, which isn’t something you want.
4. You forget to wipe off the brush
This little step is essential for a clean and clump-free appearance. most of the amount of the mascara you’re picking up you’re not even going to use, so you need to wipe the excess nice and slowly off on a tissue.
This trick is going to help you get the long and amazing lashes, and not the spidery mess instead.
5. You’re curling the lashes after applying your mascara
This is one big and fat “no” that you should always consider. If you’re aiming for long and attractive lashes, you should never use the curler afterwards. Once the mascara is dried, the lashes are harder and lose their flexibility so you’re going to end up breaking them after curling them. Let’s not forget to mention that the mascara may stick to the curler and your lashes may break after being curled.
You should always curl the lashes prior applying your mascara instead.
6. You just won’t use the eyelash curler
Curling the eyelashes is going to create the impression your eyes are bigger. The main purpose of applying mascara is to make your eyes look bigger and to open them up. The eyelash curler is your mascara’s best friend.
Begin at the root of your lashes, making sure you don’t catch any skin into the curler. Maintain the curler for 10 seconds or so, pressing it together. Move on to the end of your lashes and do it once again, enjoying the results.
7. You don’t pay attention to the details
Applying mascara is a personal thing and people get different results while using the same mascara. For instance, if your eyes are further apart, you should apply several coats on the inner part of the eyes.
On the other hand, when your eyes are close together, you want to fade away that look, focusing on the outer edges. There are many techniques to use for getting fuller, curlier, thicker, longer lashes and it’s a shame not to try them.
8. You don’t use anything else except mascara
Even if less is more, this isn’t the case to use that principle. Two mascara is better than one as each mascara comes with its specific wand or texture. Some mascara is going to give you length, whereas others are great for volume and definition. So, make sure you don’t hesitate combining two mascara for just one look.
9. You don’t know how to remove it properly
No matter how new you’re to this, at least you know one thing: you need to remove it before going to sleep.
It’s not unusual for your mascara to be the most difficult part to remove from your makeup, especially if it was a waterproof mascara. You need to use an eye makeup remover especially made for that. Get online and look for one as the options are many.
Now that we’re on it. How to take care of your lashes?
No matter how great mascara is, it does have its effect on our lashes which is why you need to take care of them.
• Use some jojoba or avocado oil for conditioning your lashes every night. Use an old and clean mascara wand for the operation.
• Get a mascara primer to prime your lashes. The market is pretty generous in that area too so it’s not difficult to find one that fits both your needs and your budget.
• Unless you’re going swimming, try to stay away from the waterproof mascara as much as you can. If you really need to use it though, it’s better to only apply it sparingly. Don’t worry about the flaking or oxidation, as the primer is going to help you on that.
• Never curl your lashes after you applied mascara. You’re only going to break them.
• No matter how tired you are, always remove your mascara before going to sleep. The oil based makeup removers are a better choice than the non-oil base ones, as the last ones contain alcohol.