Mascara is an amazing invention and is considered fundamental to any kind of makeup application. Many makeup artists, including myself, say that if you’re not wearing any other makeup but still want to wear something, wear mascara. On the other hand, many of us—and I’m guilty of this too—get carried away and wear way too much mascara.
Unfortunately, applying too much mascara increases the chances that the mascara will flake, chip, or smear, and that the lashes will appear hard and spiked. Also, the eyelashes can take only so much weight, and excess weight can break them.
The desire for longer, more noticeable lashes inspires many women to use an eyelash curler. To curl your lashes, only do so before you apply mascara, never after, or you will end up with broken or strangely bent lashes. The best lash curlers are the ones with a sponge tip to protect your eyelashes. Squeeze gently with even pressure. Hold for a few seconds and release slowly.
Types of Mascara
Mascara comes in two basic types: waterproof and water-soluble. Mascaras should not smudge, flake, or clump. It is not your fault if they do. Price does not tell you anything about how a mascara will perform. Drugstore mascaras can be as good as any on the market, and sometimes even better.
Water-soluble mascaras: The problem with some water-soluble mascara is that they don’t come off easily with water, even though they should. Luckily, there are great water-soluble mascaras that build long, thick lashes without clumping or flaking and that come off with a water-soluble cleanser.
Waterproof mascaras: These can be problematic, because in order to remove this type of mascara you must pull and wipe around the eye area. This, in turn, sags the skin and causes lashes to fall out. I understand the desire to go swimming while wearing your makeup, or to cry at weddings and not have mascara streaming down your cheeks. If you are wearing waterproof mascara every day, make sure that you have an eye make up remover such as Loreal Plentitude Refreshing Eye Make-Up Remover.
Start by applying mascara to the lower lashes by holding the wand perpendicular to the eye and parallel to the lashes. Combine this technique with the traditional upper-lash application of brushing the mascara wand from the base of the lashes up. Keep an old, clean mascara wand in your makeup bag to be used for removing mascara clumps and separating lashes.
Have you ever had mascara end up on the eyelid or under the eye while you’re applying it? Wait until it dries completely and then chip it away with a cotton swab or your sponge. Most of it will just flake off, with very little repair work needed. Always check for mascara smudges; they can look sloppy and distracting.
Mistakes to Avoid
- Do not wear colored mascara such as blue, purple, or green if you’re going for a professional daytime look.
- Do not wear mascara that smears; there are lots that don’t. Best Buy: Maybelline Full N Soft Mascara – does not have that hard mascara feel.
- Do not forget to apply mascara evenly to lower lashes.
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