You may think we’re crazy when we tell you how to do silly things like how to curl your eyelashes, but I mean honestly, did you guys really know how to do it the correct way? We’re just looking out for your own beauty good here. This time we’ve rounded up makeup guru Bobbi Brown, YouTube sensation Elle Fowler and our favorite bloggers over at Lovelyish to dish out on how to properly apply mascara. They’ve even given us tips on how to prevent smudging (which involves a spoon!) and what to do if it happens to you. So before you pick up your wand again, check out these seven tips on how to perfectly apply and remove mascara.