Top 5 Mascara Tips

Mascara may seem like a basic product, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Using different techniques with mascara wands—or even a revolutionary mascara brush like that new one with no bristles—can change your eye makeup in a way that makes others notice. And it takes almost no time at all.

Here’s how to use a traditional mascara brush—or one of many newly-released mascara wands—to glam up your look.

Line Your Eyes and Apply Mascara in One Fell Swoop

Have you ever smudged coal-black mascara onto your eyelid and had to start all over again? Of course you have—you’re only human. So why not do what humans do best, and adapt? Next time, try approaching mascara from a different angle.

At the beginning of every swipe, gently press the mascara brush against your lash line. So in essence, you’re smudging it right above your water line—just high enough so the makeup won’t irritate your eyes. And voilà; an extra-dramatic look with no extra drama involved! You can take that to the bank (or, you know, out to the club this weekend).

Use a Mascara Wand to De-Clump Your Look

Most of us make the mistake of thinking that mascara wands exist only to give our lashes more bulk. Actually, that’s not true at all! If your lashes are looking a little clumpy—like, in a bad way—start by carefully removing your brush from its tube, making sure to unload any extra product by wiggling the brush against the rim. You can even gently wipe the wand on a tissue if it’s still too saturated.

Then, focusing on messy areas, comb through your lashes, applying more pressure when you come to clumps. It may seem counterintuitive, but the results speak for themselves.

Keep Things Flexible

Did you know that there’s a real reason why mascara wands are so bendy? To leverage your most-neglected lashes, simply bend the tip of your mascara brush so it stands at a 90-degree angle from the rest of the wand. Now you can master hard-to-reach places without breaking a sweat.

Oh, and when it comes to staying flexible? Make sure to choose waterproof mascara before you head into a hot yoga or Pilates class. Your skin will thank you later.

Have Your Cake, and Eat It Too

There’s no law that says you have to use only one mascara, and in fact, most makeup artists encourage the opposite. So mix it up by combining a thickening and a curling mascara for both effects at once.

Or, consider using two different shades, like a deep black on top and brown on bottom, for a more dramatic look to contrast a subtle, natural lower lash. Remember—everything can be customized, especially eye makeup.

How to Use Powder as Eye Makeup

For extra staying power—and bonus volume—pause between layer one and two of mascara, then pat a translucent powder over your lashes with an eyeshadow brush. When you return for round two of mascara, you’ll discover that your eyelashes pick up (and keep!) more product.

If you’ve ever returned home after a long day to discover that your mascara is completely gone, this tip is dedicated to you!