Ask a panel of women the one makeup item they can't live without and you'll likely hear mascara multiple times. It's an essential. But most women know that unfortunately, putting it on isn't always easy. The wand could poke an eye out! Not to mention, the entire process could result in inky smudges on your eyelids, cheeks and fingers (we know we aren't the only ones that has happened to)!
To help prevent makeup emergencies like these, Get The Look is going through 5 mistakes you're probably making with mascara, and how to fix them!
5 MASCARA MISTAKES TO STOP MAKING
ONLY USING THE WAND HORIZONTALLY
We know, wiggling the mascara wand at the base of your lashes is the classic technique for applying mascara. But in addition to that, you should also turn your mascara wand vertically to coat lashes. When you use your wand vertically, you can really get to the roots of your top lashes. Use a windshield wiper motion along the root of the lashes with the wand help up and down. Then, do the same method to coat the tiny bottom lashes.
USING ONE MASCARA TO CURL, LENGTHEN AND VOLUMIZE
Layering is a crucial way to get the best overall mascara look. And believe it or not, not every mascara can do everything. While some mascaras volumize, others lengthen, so it's important to figure out your priority and get your hands on a couple of mascaras that cater to what you need. If you'd like a double duty mascara, use L'Oreal's Superstar Mascara that will volumize and lengthen using two different formulas in one mascara wand!
ONLY COATING 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. We suggest grabbing a piece of paper and holding it up against the top of your eyelid (so you won't make a mess) and then, focusing on the tips of your lashes, apply your mascara. This will help you to really coat the tip-tops without being afraid of getting mascara everywhere.
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 your eyes looking down for a couple of seconds before you open them. 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 at the end of the day. If you have oily eyelids, mascara can move. So use an eye primer or concealer on the lid so it does not transfer. This will also create a nice base for eye shadow to sit on top of!
PUMPING THE MASCARA WAND INTO THE BOTTLE TO GET MORE PRODUCT
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.