Length, volume, separation and drama are generally the four elements we strive to achieve when applying mascara. Proper mascara application is key when attempting to achieve full, flirty lashes. Although application may seem straightforward, these tips will help you get the most out of your mascara.
1. Be sure to curl your eyelashes prior to applying mascara. Begin with clean, dry lashes. Although you can slightly curl your lashes with the wand, curling them prior to application preps them for precise application, and helps the mascara glide on smoothly.
2. To apply, move the lash wand straight up the eyelashes rather than outwards. This will make the lashes appear longer (moving them outwards is a common mistake, and will make them appear much shorter and clumpier). To get the most out of your mascara, blink, then wiggle the brush through the lashes. Repeat 2-3 times.
3. Mascara layering the best way to achieve the same effect as false lashes. Use a defining mascara first, to separate lashes. Follow with a lengthening mascara and finish with a volumising mascara to obtain fuller lashes. Ensure you have a lash comb on hand to obliterate any clumps while mascara layering. Ensure you leave the mascara dry for at least one minute or so before applying the next coat, as otherwise the mascaras will combine rather than layer.
4. Do not forget the top of your lashes. Be sure to apply mascara here to attain fullness.
Never pump the wand back into the case. Pushing the air back in will not only cause your mascara to dry out more rapidly, but it will also encourage nasty bacteria into the tube (which you do not want anywhere near your eye area!)
If you accidentally get mascara on your skin, the easiest way to remove is with a cotton tip dabbed in a little bit of water or eye make up remover. Wait until the mascara is dry and the gently swipe over the area.
If you do not have an eyelash curler handy, hold a teaspoon up to your eyelid when applying mascara. This will curl your lashes (and remove any chance of mascara on lid).
Here are some of our favourite Mascaras:
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara $38
They’re Real! mascara lengthens, curls, volumises, lifts and separates. The long wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out and creates great lashes to finish off your eye look. The exclusive brush has been designed to maximise performance grabbing close to the root and boosting length. The precision bristles on the custom-domed tip will help to lift and define lashes without clumping.
Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara $52
This custom wear volume mascara helps to leave your lashes 6 times thicker and perfectly separated creating deep and glamorous intensity. The dual sided brush leaves lashes volumed and curled.
Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara $19.95
The latest Maybelline New York mascara is the first eye opening double brush with the upper lash brush helping to volumise top lashes and the lower lash brush magnifying bottom lashes. Eyes will look dramatically bigger!
L’Oreal Paris False Lash Butterfly $25.95
Fan out your lashes with L’Oreal Paris False Lash Butterfly mascara. The revolutionary asymmetrical design of the brush stretches and lengthens each lash whilst the brush fibres envelop the lashes to give volume and softness.
shu uemura Eye lash curler $29
shu uemura’s eyelash curler has been a cult product and the go-to eye lash curler for celebrities, make up artists and has won many awards for giving the ultimate precision that delivers the perfect curl. The emblematic curler features enhanced curved angle design and upgraded silicone pad and patented hinge. Perfect for creating the perfect eye lash curl.