Are you doing right by your lashes, or failing at making them as luscious as can be? Take a look at our mascara dos and don'ts and be the judge.
Ask women what makeup they cannot leave the house without wearing and many will give you the same answer: mascara. It seems that we feel naked without amping up the length or volume of our lashes. But, it seems some of us ladies aren't applying and wearing mascara as well as we could. Read on for some of the top mascara mishaps and how to gaurantee gorgeous lashes all the time.
Makeup tips: Clumpy mascara
We've seen mascara gobbed onto lashes on the runway, but in real life, clumpiness is to be avoided. And the solution is a fairly obvious one: use less product. You can do this, says Greg Wencel, Cover Girl Makeup Pro, by removing the excess product on the wand onto a tissue before applying it. Also, he suggests letting the product set in two separate coats. "Apply one coat on your lashes and then wait a few minutes before applying a second coat," he says. "This will give the second coat something to adhere to, and help create a great build."
If you have a clean, bare mascara wand, you can also use this to reduce clumpiness. Just brush through with the dry wand between each coat before it dries, says Wencel, who is also cofounder of Page One Management.
Makeup tips: Mis-timing your lash curling
Wencel insists that curling your lashes before you apply mascara is a must. "Once your mascara has set to try, they're stiffer and more brittle with the coating of mascara on your lashes, so it's better to curl beforehand when your lashes are malleable," he says. He recommends curling once right at the root and holding for 30 seconds (rather than working your way up the length of the lash) to get a great flip right back of the lashes to get a wide-eyed look.
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