Mascara is the staple of any make up bag, with a few slicks of the wand we have Bambi eyes! My last blog discussed how to choose the right mascara for your lashes. This blogs gives you a step-by-step approach on how to apply your mascara.
Before application, consider what colour you would like which depends on the effect. A brown mascara is a good day look especially if you have fair skin and hair or red hair and pale lashes. A black mascara is the all-rounder, dramatic at night. If you have dark hair and skin, then a black mascara is best. Experiment with coloured mascaras, to make your eyes pop, however avoid the 1970s look by keeping the rest of your style and make up in tune.
At the base of the lash, apply mascara in a zigzag way from inner and outer corner.
When you get to mid lash, pull the wand upwards to ensure that you are coating all the lashes.
Apply a second coat and at the tips of the end of lashes in the outer corner wiggle and pull up and outwards.
Consider curling your lashes. Use a good curler that has a soft rounded rubber pad as this will give a rounder soft curl rather than a sharp look. Hold the curler as close to the root of your lashes as possible without pinching your skin. Hold for a count of 10 and then slightly move the curler down your lashes and pump the lashes (squeeze and release) several times.
If required prime the lashes. You should do this if your lashes are sparse and very short so that it adds volume.
Unscrew the mascara and twist the brush so it picks up the mascara. Do NOT PUMP the wand as this dries out the mascara.
Hold the mirror up and slightly tilt your head back until you can see the root of your lashes. Hold the mascara wand horizontally and at the base of the lashes apply the brush in zigzag movements part way up the lash. This will give it a curl and some volume. Now pull the wand upwards towards the tip of your lashes, this movement will lift the lashes.
If you have deep set eyes, follow the above and using your free hand lift the brow upwards to prevent the mascara getting on your brow bone.
While the lashes are still wet, apply a second and/or third coat in the same movement as in step 4. Ensure you have covered all your lashes. Move the wand to a vertical position to cover the hard-to-reach lashes. Do not apply more than three coats as the mascara will clump as it dries. Finally, if your mascara starts to clump, use a makeup eye comb to brush through the lashes to separate them.
Bal’s Top Tips:
- I never curl lashes after applying mascara as the lashes are brittle and fragile.
- Often I use a curling mascara and then apply a second coat with a lengthening mascara. It is good to mix mascaras to get the right effect.
- If the mascara smudges, let it dry and use a damp bud or with eye makeup remover.
- If you want to apply mascara to the lower lashes, apply them first before doing the top lashes.
- I cannot emphasise the importance of removing your makeup at night. Keeping your lashes clean is very important as remnants can cause inflammation of the eyelids and cause the lashes to fall out.
- I always allow my lashes a break from make up and have at least two days a week mascara free.
- Always change your mascara every three months to avoid infection.
- Never share your mascara with your friends or at the makeup counter. It is the surest way of picking up infections.