Mascara Tips and Strategies: Eyelash Application for Women

April 24, 2009

Mascara Tips and Strategy: Eyelash Application for Women

Next to lipstick, mascara is your most effective makeup tool. It is a great eye opener that emphasizes the lashes. Mascara defines and brings color to the lashes, and highlights and dramatizes eyes. Different formulas can enhance your lashes in different ways. Using a proper application technique when applying mascara is extremely important to achieve a finished look. You must ensure that the mascara covers the lashes from the root to the tip of the lash.

To begin, you will need a mirror, mascara, and brow brush. Follow these tips to ensure proper mascara application:

1. Consider the types of mascara and select one appropriate for your lashes and the occasion. You have a choice of lengthening, thickening, long-wearing, conditioning and waterproof formulas, among others. For day, you might decide to add length, while a night on the town may require a long-wearing or thickening formula.

2. Select a color. If you have blond or red lashes, opt for brown mascara. Darker-lashed women can consider brown for a casual look, and black or brown-black for more pronounced or dramatic lashes.

3. Be sure to remove dried existing mascara before application. Be sure you have already applied the desired amount of eyeshadow before beginning. Mascara can often be pretty tricky. You don’t want clumps of sticky goo on your lashes.

4. Remove the wand from the tube in one pull. Pumping the mascara will push air into the tube, potentially drying out the formula and introducing bacteria into it.

5. Move from the inside of your lashes out, making sure not to miss any on the way. To be sure there will be no clumping, it is imperative to give the mascara wand a slight wiggle while moving towards the end of the lashes. This will give you the most length and fullness of your lashes. Follow this step until you have reached the desired look.

6. Be sure to apply more mascara to the lashes both top and bottom before the first layer dries. If you wait until they have dried, the mascara will begin to flake off and often will end up in your eyes, and will certainly give you a great amount of discomfort. Follow each step the same way with the other eye and you are on your way to much more detailed eyes.

7. Use an eyelash comb to separate the wet lashes. Also blot the lashes with tissue paper if necessary to remove excess mascara.

8. Use less mascara for the lower lashes. To apply, simply work from the outside in, or the opposite of the way you did on the top row. You don’t want to make your lashes look too overdone so when applying to the bottom row don’t cover all lashes, only the lashes towards the outer corner of the eye.

9. Remove any stray mascara around the eye with a cotton swab dipped in a small amount of eye makeup remover.

Remember these tips:

-If your mascara is too thick, it is probably time to buy a new tube. Thicker mascara is harder to apply and often gives your lashes the kind of spider look that isn’t too appealing.

-To further prevent clumping, when you apply your mascara, place the wand at the base of the eyelashes. Apply mascara with back-and-forth sawing motion. The bristles of the wand will separate lashes. This way, you’ll get mascara on each individual lash, instead of clumping five eyelashes together.

-You must check to see if the lash base is coated as close to the skin as possible, as this shows up the shape of the eye and makes the look very natural. If you want to give the impression of not having any makeup on, coat below the lower lashes with clear mascara only and then comb them with eyebrow brush/comb after application. If you want really thick lashes, coat the upper and lower lashes with clear mascara, comb them and then coat the upper and lower lashes as with black mascara.

-To give an extra long look to your lashes: once they dry, coat the tips of the lashes two or three times with black mascara, while also drying and separating the lashes between applications. If you want very long lashes, coat them from the top. To avoid clumps, dot the tip on a tissue paper and gently roll and then apply. You can also run an eyelash brush gently through the lashes. If you wear contact lenses, you might want to invest in a mascara safe for contacts.

-To apply a thin, but even coat (if you hate those clumps, this will probably work no matter what kind of mascara you have –this is how professional makeup artists apply it). Using one finger, gently lift the skin of your upper eyelid up, then with your other hand gently stroke the mascara wand through your lashes a few times, from the inner corner to the outer corner, going over the tips of your lashes more than the base.

Mascara Warnings!

-After using your mascara for about three to four months, you should throw it out even if it is still in good condition. With mascara being used so close to the eye, the wand could carry bacteria that you don’t want getting into your eye, causing infection and other nasty things.

-If you have recently had a communicable eye disease such as pink eye, immediately replace your mascara. There may be germs on the wand and you don’t want to risk them getting back on/in your eyes.

-If you do poke your eye, immediately rinse your eye with water.

-Some people have allergies to different colors, different brands and different types of mascara. If you find your eyes become irritated after using waterproof you may want to try a different type. The same is true with the other brands and colors.

-For sensitive eyes,Clear mascara especially with curled lashes can be great way to go. The look is cleaner, more natural and much easier to remove.

-Make sure you aren’t using a cheap/trashy brand. They are more likely to cause clumps. Try any mascara by Revtalash. (See Blog) It conditions lashes to their fullest, no clumps!

Lash Strategies: These simple mascara tips can give you long, thick, voluminous eyelashes that last all day every day.

1.Curl: The crimper curlers are the most popular. Remember, you can never, never, never use these once you have applied mascara. Otherwise you could do one of two things, chop your eyelashes off or pull them out. Either way, not good! The best way to use this kind of a curler is to get as close to the eyelash line as you can, crimp and count to five slowly. Move the curler out just slightly and crimp again, move with the angle of the eyelashes. Depending on the length of your lashes, do repeatedly until you have curled all the way out. Most people can do this 2-3 times.

2. Thicker Eyelashes: Holding your mascara in a horizontal position, apply your mascara at the base of the eyelash line and “wiggle” your brush all the way up to the top of the lashes.

3. Longer Eyelashes: Hold your brush in a vertical position, apply your mascara pulling the brush up, this will feel odd at first but it definitely works. If you need thicker and longer eyelashes, alternate steps 3 and 4, doing multiple coats. Just remember to take a minute and let the mascara dry in between so you don’t have a big mess.

4. Comb: A lot of inexpensive brush sets come with a plastic lash comb. Do yourself a favor, throw it away and find yourself a metal comb. This will straighten out any mascara mess you may have gotten yourself into. You don’t want tarantula leg eyelashes!

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