These mistakes are totally worth fixing because mascara is one of the holy makeup trinity. As in, one of the three makeup game-changers. Brow pencils (or powders or gels, whatever you prefer) help frame the face. Lipstick (especially in a brighter hue) can help you look instantly polished. And mascara helps open your peepers, making you look more bright-eyed and awake.
#1: Trying to coat the roots of your lashes with a huge wand
Getting the roots of lashes closest to the lash line coated can be hard with a big, oversized mascara wand. “It’s not easy when you DIY to get the roots without getting it everywhere,” says Inglessis. “Use an angular flat brush to paint the mascara really near the root.”
#2: Trying to get the tiny inner lashes while looking down
You’ve probably heard the classic mascara application tip: Look down into a mirror, or tilt your chin up and open your mouth. In actuality, you should be looking in all directions to get the product even. It’s like an exercise routine for your eyeballs! Inglessis looks up to apply mascara to the lower lashes, down to apply product to the top lashes, and side to side to get the inner and outer hairs.
#3: Skipping concealer on your lids
The most annoying thing about mascara: The smudges it can leave on your lids while it’s still wet. “If you have really long lashes, keep eye looking down for a couple of seconds before you open them,” says Inglessis. When you get a smudge (it’s inevitable), use a pointed Q-tip dipped in makeup remover to get rid of the stain ASAP—before it dries.
But even if you’re diligent during application, you can still end up with black smudges on your lids around 5 p.m. “If you have oily eyelids, mascara can move,” Inglessis said. “Use an eye primer or concealer on the lid so it does not transfer.”
#4: Pumping the mascara wand into the bottle to get the very last bit
This is a classic mascara mistake. Pumping can bring unwanted air and bacteria into the bottle, drying out your product and causing a spidery lash look. Use a twisting motion to get all the product from the bottom of the tube. And once the three-month expiration date has passed, toss it.
#5: Leaving the excess product on the tip of the wand
Does mascara from your wand always end up smudging in the inner corners of your eyes? That’s because you didn’t wipe off that clump of mascara which can float on the end. Use paper towel or the edge of the tube to get rid of excess before combing through your lashes. “A well-designed mascara with a well-designed wand should not allow for a big clump of product,” says Inglessis.
#6: You only coat the bottom of your top lashes
Blondes, this tip is especially for you! Typically when you apply a coat of mascara, you’re only coating the bottom part of your lashes. Use the wand to brush down on the topside of your upper lashes to coat all sides. Then, brush the lashes back up. “Do the top first so you don’t weigh the lash down,” says Inglessis. This way all 360-degrees of your lashes will be covered completely in product.
#7: Curling your lashes after applying mascara
Always curl your lashes before applying your mascara. Do it the other way, and you risk losing lashes. “Once your lashes are coated with mascara, curling them back is bad news. You can break lashes easily,” says Inglessis. “And the curl is funky because that coat makes a really sharp bend.”
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