How to Do Pretty Mascara

October 27, 2011
Let's be honest, at some point we've all been frightened by a random passer-by's pointy, spidery eyelashes.  Or maybe we've scared ourselves after catching a glimpse of our own lashes at the end of a long day.  
Let's put those bad lash days behind us! 
Here are a few tips to help freshen up your mascara routine.  

1.  Always start at the base of your lashes and work up.  This will create the most volume at the base, making your lashes look fuller and creating less clumps.  
2.  When you do your eyeshadow, some of it will most likely fall onto your lashes, making them look powdery on top.  Once you've applied your mascara, close your eyes and do a few swipes on the top of your lashes to darken them.
3.  Rather then pumping your mascara wand in and out of the tube (which will make it dry out faster), put the wand in the tube and twist it around instead.  You'll get more use out of one tube.
4.  DON'T apply more mascara after it's already dry, this will only make them clumpy.  When applying, if you are going to do more than one coat, do each coat while your lashes are still wet.  If you like to freshen up your mascara throughout the day, wet your fingers and use them to wet your lashes a little bit before you apply another coat.  This will make them pliable and help avoid clumping and flaking. 
5.  To help separate your lashes, wiggle the mascara wand back and forth as you apply. 
6.  Rather then buying a mascara the lengthens AND creates volume, buy two separate mascaras - one that lengthens, and one that creates volume - and use them both each time you apply.  Mascaras designed to do one specific thing (lengthen OR create volume) usually work a lot better than mascaras that claim to do both.
7.  If you have a problem with your mascara smudging, try only putting mascara on your tops lashes, or putting a setting powder under your eyes to keep things dry.  If all else fails, try a waterproof mascara.
8.  Most importantly, don't feel bad if your lashes don't look like this - 

Don't let Kim fool you.  They are definitely fake! 

Hope this helps!