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Getting The Most Out of Your Mascara

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What's the proper way to apply mascara?

Getting The Most Out of Your Mascara

Do you ever notice how amazing the model's eyelashes look in the beauty shots for cosmetics ads? Of course they do! They have makeup artists who spend hours making the model's lashes look perfect. Makeup artists on commercial sets use anywhere from three to five different types of mascara, a lash comb, a toothpick, and a tweezers to make each lash stand up just right. If you had a makeup artist poring over your eyelashes for three unbelievable hours then yours would, too. But let's get real! There are a few basic things you can do to make the most out of whatever mascara you are using:

  1. Replace your mascara every 3 months - old mascara doesn't go on smoothly, making your lashes dry, short and clumpy looking. If you are on a budget, try to find a great drugstore brand.
  2. Get a hand mirror - when you apply your mascara, hold the mirror down by your nose and look into it. This will allow you to see the root all the way to tips of your eyelashes and gives you the best length possible for application.
  3. “Wiggle and Pull” - wiggle the brush back and forth to ensure your lashes grab the most mascara possible from the wand. It's great for volume and length.
  4. Go Slow - practice your mascara application technique and take time out of your makeup applying routine to devote to applying your mascara. Great lashes make a big difference!



1/25/2008 8:00:15 PM
lilana said:

i think that this siet is so cool

5/19/2008 12:10:50 PM
Jennifer said:

These are some great tips! When my Mascara dries out some I dip the wand into some Olive Oil then stir the wand around in the tube and it comes back to life. It even looks better than before. My eye lashes are smoother, longer, healthier and not clumpy at all. I love doing this trick to my eye lashes!

6/16/2008 8:56:17 AM
viloet said:

Thank you soo much! I love the site and I was only on for 2 min.! Keep it coming because I am sure girls like me would love this site too!

10/1/2008 5:03:50 AM
Jean said:

I have used the wiggle and pull suggestion and it works great.

12/12/2008 2:21:08 AM
natalie said:

this site is very useful and it is gr8 for learning how to put on make-up.

12/26/2008 9:01:55 PM
sally said:

this is a great website and i was looking at one of the comments and jennifer had a great suggestion to dip the wand in the olive oil graet tip thank you

1/10/2009 5:10:41 PM
maddi said:

i have to say i was doing my makeup a little different. ha. i probably sound a little stupid. this makes a little bit more sense. great tips!!

2/5/2009 5:28:55 PM
suzzanna said:

wow thanks

7/6/2009 9:20:10 AM
zara said:

It is good to read a few advices befor starting to use makeup.It helps girls not to look sloppy or childish or funny .Thank you!!

7/12/2009 8:53:21 AM
Cassandra Rae Ferguson, Makeup Artist said:

If your mascara has dried out, it's time to dispose of it. This is also the case if it becomes watery or smells different. Adding something to mascara to change the texture can actually be dangerous!

Also, using an eyelash curler works wonders with mascara use. Start at the base, crimp gently, then release & move upward, crimp again etc until the end of your lashes.

10/22/2009 3:43:14 PM
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