- Soak your mascara tube in a cup of hot water to make the formula liquid instead of clumpy. This will make the formula thinner and easier to apply.
If you’re down to the bottom of your mascara tube and it hasn’t reached its three-month expiration date, try setting a closed tube of mascara in hot water to loosen the product from the sides so you can use every last bit.
- Dust baby powder over your eyelashes between the first and second coats of mascara to plump up your lashes.
Translucent powder or baby powder has grip, so it will stick to your lashes in between each coat of mascara, making your lashes appear more voluminous.
- Wipe off excess mascara on a tissue to prevent clumps.
Brand new mascara can transfer a lot of extra product on the wand for the first few uses, causing clumpy lashes. So before your first coat, glide the brush over a napkin or tissue to remove any excess formula.
- Bend the brush of the mascara wand for easier application.
As you pull the wand out of the tube, gently bend the tip so it’s perpendicular to the handle. This new shape will make the brush easier to control and get to the harder-to-reach areas, like the tiny hairs toward the inner corner of your eye, when applying multiple coats of mascara to both your upper and lower lash lines.
- Keep your lashes curled longer by wiggling the brush back and forth at the base of your lashes, and then swiping to the tips.
If you coat your lashes evenly, it will weigh down the tips of the hairs, causing your lashes to straighten out after a few minutes. The best way to hold a curl is to apply a thicker coat of mascara at the root of your lashes and a lighter one toward the ends. You can achieve this by wiggling the wand back and forth at the base, and then lightly combing through to the tips.
- Coat both sides of your lashes to thicken them.
If you have thin or light-colored lashes, coat both sides by alternating between looking up and looking down while applying mascara. That way, the hairs are fully covered and appear much thicker.
- Hold the brush at a horizontal angle if you want thick lashes, or turn it vertically for a more natural finish.
The way you hold the brush when applying your mascara can make a huge difference. Holding the brush horizontally and wiggling it back and forth will give you voluminous lashes, while holding it vertically and running the tip of the brush along the length of your lashes will leave you with a longer, more natural look.
- Hold a spoon underneath your eye when applying mascara on your lower lashes to avoid getting marks on your skin.
Place a spoon below your eye with the curved side facing out, and then apply your mascara like you normally would to your lower lashes. That way, the mascara will land on the back of the spoon rather than your skin. This trick also works when applying mascara on your upper lashes.
- De-clump your mascara by combing through your lashes with a clean toothbrush
Grab a new clean toothbrush (a used toothbrush could lead to irritation or infection), and comb it through your lashes from root to tip. The bristles will grab the excess mascara and leave you with clump-free lashes.
- Always remove all your eye makeup at night
It’s very important to remove all traces of eye makeup every night before you go to bed. If you leave makeup on, it can get caught on your bed Sheets or pillows and pull your eye lashes out. It can also cause eye infections too. When you do remove your makeup, do it gently and avoid tugging the lashes or you will break them.