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7 Insider Tips for Getting Your Mascara Just Right ...

By Eliza

Do you need tips for getting your mascara right? Don’t we all? Applying mascara is a fine art that you wouldn’t think would be that hard, but sometimes is. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve ended up with mascara smeared under my eyes or I’ve poked myself in the eye with the wand. Ouch! Fortunately, in general, putting on mascara isn’t all that hard. However, having some tips for getting your mascara right can really help you. It sure helps me. Here they are!

1 Find the Right Mascara

Find the Right MascaraApplying mascara is infinitely easier if you find the right one. Do you want to lengthen? Or thicken your lashes? Or maybe you just want them to look darker. Whatever your needs, one of the best tips for getting your mascara right is to evaluate what you want from it. Once you have that figured out, you can buy the one you need and look fabulous every time you put it on.

2 Don’t Pump

Don’t PumpWhen you pump the mascara wand up and down in the tube, all you do is push a bunch of air in there. When you try to put it on, you’ll wind up with bubbles or pockets that don’t have any mascara, which means an uneven application. Instead, make-up experts suggest twisting the wand in a circular motion before pulling it out of the tube.

3 Coat Both Sides

Coat Both SidesMost women only put mascara on one side of their lashes. Well, it turns out that it’s better to swipe it on front and back. Not only does it create a more defined look, but then you can get enough mascara on to make a difference. It takes a little getting used to, but once you give it a try, you are going to love the way it looks.

4 Curl First

Curl FirstIt was once thought that mascara then the curling mechanism was the best order for things. It’s not! Don’t worry, I used to do it the wrong way too. Instead, it’s a better idea to curl your lashes first. That way your eyelash curler doesn’t get all gunky and gross and it protects your eyelashes from breakage, which is more likely if you curl second.

5 Wiggle the Wand

Wiggle the WandInstead of swiping the mascara from top to bottom in one single motion, experts recommend wiggling the wand at your lash line before pulling it outward. That way you retain some of the curl you just put in and it helps to separate the lashes as well. No spiky, clumped together lashes here!

6 Use Warm Water

Use Warm WaterIf your mascara gets a little clumpy or thick, soak it in a glass of warm water for a few minutes. That will help soften it so you can still apply it. However, when it gets to that point, it’s probably best to toss and buy yourself a new tube of mascara. That way you aren’t battling it every time you want to put it on.

7 Throw It Away

Throw It AwayYou might not realize it, but mascara has an expiration date. Beyond that date, you could be doing some real damage to your eyes by continuing to use it. If you’ve ever had an eye infection, I know you want to avoid ever having to deal with it again. So if it’s past it’s prime, spend a few dollars and get something new. And never share mascara either. It’s just as dangerous.

Do you have trouble with your mascara? It’s not as easy as it might look, is it? Getting those lashes perfect can take some time and effort. Do you have any other tips for perfect mascara application?

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