Pro Eyelash Tips & Tricks
Curling lashes gives eyes the appearance of being wider and brighter. Shoot warm air from your blowdryer on the mascara curler for 3-5 seconds to warm it up before curling lashes. Touch it first to make sure it's not too hot. It's a myth that you have to curl lashes before you apply mascara. You can curl lashes after mascara application, just make sure the mascara is dry first.
Zig-zag the Mascara Wand:
Zig-zagging the wand back and forth during application helps cut down clumps.
Apply to Top Lashes Only:
Many makeup artists recommend applying mascara only to the top lashes (I abide by this rule). If you want to make eyes appear wider, apply mascara to the bottom lashes but make sure you give lashes a light touch. Not great at getting those bottom lashes? Try putting a tissue under them before application.
Use a Mascara Primer:
Primers coat lashes and separate them before you apply mascara. Makeup artists swear by mascara primer. I tried it and like it, but because it's an added step, I usually use primer only on special occasion when I spend more time on my makeup.
What it Means to "Apply a 2nd Coat" of Mascara:
I was always confused by magazine's directives to coat eyelashes with "no more than 3 coats of mascara." It seems magazines have been giving these directions since I was a pre-teen and likely before. What they mean is to apply the coats of mascara all at once before the first coat dries. Once the first coat dries, you'll get clumps if you attempt another swipe at the lashes.
Thou Shalt Not Pump Wand In & Out of Tube:
This only introduces air into the tube, which will cause your mascara to dry out sooner than it should.
Bend the Wand:
A top makeup artist once gave his secret to his steady hand: he always bends his wand at a right angle.
With these simple tricks you will be batting perfect lashes in no time!