Mascara Tips & Tricks

9 Jun

Hi beauties! As a beauty blogger and makeup addict, I am often asked about what mascara I use. I actually have a wide variety of these magic wands as I rarely leave the house without mascara. I feel it’s the one beauty product that can actually transform my face and make my eyes prominent. The key is to find the perfect mascara for you and applying it correctly. Below are some of my favourite mascara tips and tricks.


1) Mascara Application:

Place the wand deep into the base of the lashes, wiggling it in left to right direction. It’s the mascara placed near the roots — not the tips — that gives the illusion of length. Next, pull the wand up and through lashes, wiggling as you go. The wiggling part is key because it separates lashes. In the final step (which I always skip), close the eye and place the mascara wand on top of lashes at the base and pull through to remove any clumps.

2) Mascara Selection:

When picking a mascara, you should consider the formula you want (lengthening, thickening, waterproof or non-clumping). You should also consider price. Either get a good basic drugstore mascara or spend more money on a luxurious mascara. I find the fancier mascaras are less clumpy and last longer, but it’s likely no one would be able to tell if you were wearing a drugstore brand or a department store brand. I prefer Elizabeth Arden mascaras and always use waterproof mascara.

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.


3) Avoid Clumping:

The best way is to use lash combs as they 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 clumps 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. They’re called “spoolies” at Sephora.

Recycle an old mascara wand if you don’t want to bother with spoolies. When you finish a mascara, clean the wand with eye makeup remover, then wash with soap and dry. Keep it clean by washing it whenever you wash your makeup tools.

4) Mixing Mascaras:

A trick makeup artists use to make lashes pop is apply one coat of lengthening mascara, followed by one coat of thickening mascara. Remove excess product with a clean spoolie wand.


5) Coloured Mascara:

Basic mascara rules are simple: Black works for everyone but can be harsh on light-skinned blondes. Blondes should opt for brown/black by day and reserve black for night. Burgundy or plum colors make blue eyes pop, as do blue mascaras. Purple mascara looks great on brown eyes.

6) Use an Eyelash Curler:

Curling lashes gives eyes the appearance of being wider and brighter. Shoot warm air from your blowdryer on the mascara curler for 3-5 seconds to warm it up before curling lashes. Touch it first to make sure it’s not too hot. It’s a myth that you have to curl lashes before you apply mascara. You can curl lashes after mascara application, just make sure the mascara is dry first. 

7) Zig-zag the Mascara Wand:

Zig-zagging the wand back and forth during application helps cut down clumps.

8) Apply to Top Lashes Only:

Many makeup artists recommend applying mascara only to the top lashes (I abide by this rule). If you want to make eyes appear wider, apply mascara to the bottom lashes but make sure you give lashes a light touch. Not great at getting those bottom lashes? Try putting a tissue under them before application.

9) Use a Mascara Primer:

Primers coat lashes and separate them before you apply mascara. Makeup artists swear by them. I tried it and liked it, but because it’s an added step, I usually skip this one.

10) Multiple Coats of Mascara:

Apply the coats of mascara all at once before the first coat dries. Once the first coat dries, you’ll get clumps if you attempt another swipe at the lashes.

11) Do Not Pump Wand In & Out of Tube:

This only introduces air into the tube, which will cause your mascara to dry out sooner than it should.

12) Wait to Blink & Doublecheck Once Dry:

Since I have long lashes, I try to wait 5 seconds before blinking after I apply mascara or I end up with mascara dots all along my lid. I also doublecheck my lids before I step out because chances are good, I’ve got those dots going on and it’s embarrassing to find out hours later that you’ve done a poor makeup mistake.

I hope you’ll find this post useful. I’ll soon review my current favourite mascaras for you. So stay posted!



4 Responses to “Mascara Tips & Tricks”

  1. katietigerlily June 11, 2015 at 1:47 am #

    I have one for you: Place a spoon below your eye with the curve out and then apply your mascara like you normally would to your lower lashes. That way the residue will land on the back of the utensil rather than your skin. This also works when applying mascara on your upper lashes if you place the spoon on top of your upper eyelid.

    Great Article btw!!!


  2. blushandsuch June 9, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

    Awesome tips!


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