It may seem like one of the simpler steps in your daily beauty routine – simply pump and coat – but applying mascara can get a little more complicated than you would expect. It can be smudged against your eye lids, or worse, dry too quickly causing your lashes to become clumpy and thick. And because mascara is essential to almost every woman's beauty routine, it's important to know how to properly use it to achieve full, natural-looking lashes.
From pumping your brush to curling your lashes, Get The Look reveals the 5 most common mascara mistakes you probably didn't even know you were making!
PUMPING YOUR MASCARA BRUSH
We do this almost without thinking about it. We pump our mascara brush in and out of the tube about three or four times before applying the product to ensure we get as much product as possible on the wand, but believe it or not, this is a huge mistake! When you perform the pumping motion with your mascara, you allow air to go in and out of the tube, which will eventually dry out your product, or in other words, ruin your beloved mascara.
If you find yourself in a rush with little to nothing left of your mascara, turn the brush against the walls of the tube to collect a maximum amount of product without drying it out.
STARTING WITH THE UPPER LIDS
For most of us, it seems only natural to simply start with the upper lashes and proceed to the lower ones when applying mascara, but unfortunately, if you do this, you're doing it wrong! If you start your lash makeover at the top, when you go to apply mascara on your bottom lashes and look up, you'll end up with traces of that fresh mascara on your upper lids – not a good look! If you're a makeup pro and feel confident applying product however you please, go ahead! But if you're a little unsure or unskilled, stick to the bottom lashes first!
APPLYING SEVERAL LAYERS
We all want to achieve full, long beautiful lashes, but applying several coats of mascara over top of one another is not the answer. When you apply coat after coat, you not only waste product, but your lashes begin to clump together, creating an unnatural look. Of course, there is nothing wrong with applying a few layers of mascara, but before doing so, make sure that the previous layer is somewhat dry to avoid lash clusters.
CURLING LASHES AFTER APPLYING MASCARA
It's true that at first glance, a lash curler looks more like a weapon. But once you get the hang of it, you won't be able to go without it! Many women have gotten in the habit of curling their lashes after mascara, but this can actually cause your lashes to break or tear off, especially if the product has already dried – a complete nightmare! So, to ensure this never happens, always curl your lashes prior to applying mascara. We promise you'll still achieve long, curly lashes!
APPLYING SEVERAL COATS IN ONE DAY
It's not unusual to touch-up your makeup during work, or after in preparation for a night out. You touch up your cheeks with a bit of blush, freshen up your lip colour with gloss and make your eyes pop with a little more mascara, right? Wrong.
It's no secret that applying makeup on top of makeup isn't the best thing for your skin, but applying more mascara to your lashes hours after the original coat has dried is a major no-no. This will not only not make your lashes more voluminous, but it will clump them together for an uneven, unnatural look.
And there you have it, everything you need to master the art of applying mascara!