Simple Tips for Mascara Application

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Nothing makes eyes pop like mascara. If you want to give your lashes a boost, we’ve got some simple tips – made especially for moms – for mascara application.

Let’s start with color. If you have light colored eyelashes, blonde brown mascara is a beautiful thing. Save the black/brown mascara for evening; it could end up looking too dramatic.

Here’s how to apply:

1) Reduce the amount of mascara from your wand by dabbing the wand on a tissue.

2) Twist (don’t pump) the wand to avoid extra air into the tube. This can make your mascara dry out quicker. When you notice flaking and dried particles of mascara under your eyes it’s time to change out your mascara.

3) Begin with the wand at the roots of your lashes and wiggle the wand in a zig-zag motion pulling upward to the tips. Wiggling coats each lash all the way through.  Add a second coat before the mascara dries to avoid any clumping.

4) For FLIRTY lashes – hold the wand at the outer corners and blink a couple of times to coat the outer edges.  Brush out any unwanted clumps with a clean mascara brush or comb.

Now for your lower lashes:

1) Blot the tip of the wand on a tissue to remove extra mascara (you won’t need much here).

2) Turn the wand so it’s horizontal and gently swipe the wand across your lower lashes from side to side.  Once you have coated each lash, turn the wand back and gently comb through to separate the lashes.

3) If your lower lashes tend to smudge easily, lightly dust some loose powder right under your lower eyelashes.

Extra tips:

  • Intensify your look: try lengthening mascara, followed by a coat of thickening mascara. Another intensifying technique: use a mascara primer. Primers will coat the lashes before you apply mascara.  Primers promise to give your lashes a thicker and fuller appearance without using several coats of mascara.  Blink onto the brush to give ends an extra boost.
  • Curling your eyelashes will make your eyes look bigger and brighter.
  • To curl or not to curl you lashes after applying mascara…go ahead, just make sure it’s 100% dry.
  • For stubborn-straight lashes, you can warm up your eyelash curler with a quick blast from your blow dryer.  Touch the curler first to make sure it’s not too hot, and then curl.

Disclaimer:  I am a makeup artist but I am still a MOMMY!  I know we don’t all have time to shop the fancy or intimidating makeup counter.

SOLUTION: I live at Target between toilet paper runs and Band-Aids for the kids.  I try to find one bargain beauty buy each time I go.

Lash combs/brushes are great for keeping lashes clump-free and separated and can be used for your eyebrow grooming as well. Go Green! Recycle your old wand/brush.  Use makeup remover to remove mascara.  Next wash with mild soap and water.

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