Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mascara: Everything You Need to Know

When you start putting your makeup on, the first thing you want to do is your lashes. There are a couple of reasons for this.

  1. You can work on the rest of your makeup when you are waiting for each coat to dry.
  2. Chances are, you will get mascara all over the place. If you apply the mascara first, you can wash it off wherever you need to without screwing up the rest of your makeup.
Before you get on your way applying primer to your lashes. They make lash primer, but if you don't have any, you can use foundation. Give it a couple of seconds before getting your mascara out.

Okay, so now you're ready to apply. Before you even unscrew the mascara you want to run it under hot water (or let it soak in hot water) for about 30 - 60 seconds. This is going to loosen the product up and decrease the chances of clumpy mascara.

Alright...unscrew the mascara and pull the wand out! Wait - don't pump it in and out, that will just let air into the container and we don't want that. Just wipe any excess product off onto the side of the container.

Now, there are a few ways you can apply your mascara. Personally, I just run the brush up the lash and that's it. But we'll talk about the two most common ways:
  • The Zig-Zag: You start at the bottom of the lash and run the wand up your lash in a zig-zagging motion. This is supposed to cut down on clumping as well.
  • The Blink and Coat: This one is simple. Just hold the wand at the bottom of your lash line and blink.
Alright - the first coat is on. Now, we all know that applying 2 or more coats is how you really get killer lashes, but wait - you want to let your lashes dry first! So go apply some lip conditioner, start with the cover up, apply your sunscreen, etc. until the lashes are dry.

Now - back to lashes...apply a little baby powder to give yourself thicker lashes and apply your second coat - I've heard different colors can cause more volume. I am not sure if this is true, so if anyone knows for sure, please leave a comment!

Now, when you are finally done take a lash brush or even an old tooth brush to your lashes to get rid of any clumping and ensure your lashes are as spread out as they can be - You're done! That wasn't too hard, was it?

Taking the mascara off:
The best product I have found for taking your mascara off is...olive oil! It does the best job at getting everything off and is quite gentle on the lashes. It also helps condition, so you will have longer, thicker lashes without mascara!


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