Posts Tagged ‘how to apply mascara’
Tuesday May 9th, 2006
Next to lipstick, mascara is your most effective makeup tool. It is a great eye opener that emphasizes the lashes. Apart from the obvious choice of color, many brands promise to thicken, lengthen, darken, volumize and condition your lashes. Mascaras are available in waterproof and regular formulas as well as newer kinds that actually “tube” your lashes. (ie. Kiss Me Mascara which tubes around your lashes and is not an oil-based mascara)
Here’s 10 tips & techniques on how to apply mascara
- 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.
- Curl your lashes with an eyelash curler, if desired, and apply all other eye makeup prior to your mascara.
- For your upper lashes, wiggle the mascara wand back and forth at the base of the lashes to deposit color before rolling the brush through your lashes. Coat lashes from the very base to the tips with full strokes. This method creates a thicker looking lash with the ends separated and the base well defined.
- Hold the wand vertically when applying mascara to lower lashes, running this from side to side. Be extremely careful as to avoid smudging the under eye area. Use less mascara for the lower lashes.
- When applying more than one coat, combing through lashes between coats will help prevent clumping and separates the wet lashes. Also blot the lashes with tissue paper if necessary to remove excess mascara.
- If your mascara is new and the deposit on the wand is plentiful, tissue off the wand before applying to prevent smudging.
- To get more product on the mascara brush try twirling the brush. Pumping the mascara will push air into the tube, potentially drying out the formula and introducing bacteria into it.
- Remove any stray mascara around the eye with a cotton swab dipped in a small amount of eye makeup remover.
- Contact lens wearers should stick to waterproof mascara formulas (or Kiss Me Mascara as it doesn’t flake as much as others) , as they break down more slowly, minimizing the chance of any flakes getting into the eyes.
- Always remove eye makeup thoroughly before going to bed. This will keep lashes healthier and prevent any mascara from getting into your eyes during the night. (try Skeyndor’s Aquatherm Line – Eye Make-up Remover)
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