The One Thing You Should Do When Putting On Mascara

September 21, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

If you consider mascara one of your top stranded-on-a-deserted-island beauty products, you’re in good company. Longer, fuller lashes and a quick swipe of lip gloss are really all you need to take your look from pretty to pretty glam in just minutes. But, while lipstick application is fairly straightforward, there is one little-known rule you should be putting into play when applying mascara.

Before you say it–yes, you must have an eyelash curler! But, believe it or not, that isn’t the only mascara trick that will rev up your lashes in no time. The key is where you should place your mascara wand, and it probably isn’t where you think.

“After scraping off any excess mascara from the brush, I always start at the tips to elongate and define them,” says Vivian Cook, head makeup artist and licensed esthetician at Sight Commerce. “For women who have thin lashes, volumizing mascara will weigh the lashes down and cause them to un-curl if you start at the base first.  So I apply mascara to the tips first, let them dry for a second or two and then proceed with the root of the lashes and upwards.”

Still find your lashes “un-curling” as soon as you coat them with mascara? Try this trick: “Use your blow dryer on the cool setting to dry them upwards,” Cook says. “Remember to keep your eyes closed to prevent irritating your eyes.”

Location really is everything.

For more beauty tips, check out how to curl your eyelashes with a Q-tip and 5 ways to make your eyelashes longer.

Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter.




Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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