Mascara tips and tricks every girl should know
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Mascara tips and tricks every girl should know

Ezinne Osuagwu

The importance of mascara as a finishing touch for make up can never be overemphasized, but it unfortunately it is the major source of angst after a successful make up routine. If you have super curly lashes like I do, then it won’t be to hard to relate. This post addresses our worst mascara issues, thus, here are tips and tricks for a flawless mascara application.

1. Bend the brush of the mascara wand so it’s easier to maneuver.
As you pull the wand out of the tube, gently bend the tip so it’s perpendicular to the handle. This new shape will make the brush easier to control and get to the harder-to-reach areas, like the tiny hairs toward the inner corner of your eye, when applying multiple coats of mascara to both your upper and lower lash lines.

2. Wipe off excess mascara on a tissue to prevent clumps.
A brand new bottle of mascara can transfer a lot of extra product on the wand for the first few uses, causing clumpy lashes. So before your first coat, glide the brush over a napkin or tissue to remove any excess formula.

3. Keep your lashes curled longer by wiggling the brush back and forth at the base of your lashes, and then swiping to the tips.

If you coat your lashes evenly, it will weigh down the tips of the hairs, causing your lashes to straighten out after a few minutes. The best way to hold a curl is to apply a thicker coat of mascara at the root of your lashes and a lighter one toward the ends. You can achieve this by wiggling the wand back and forth at the base, and then lightly combing through to the tips.

4. Coat both sides of your lashes to thicken them.
If you have thin or light-colored lashes, coat both sides by alternating between looking up and looking down while applying mascara. That way, the hairs are fully covered and appear much thicker.

5. Soak your mascara tube in a cup of hot water to make the formula liquid-y instead of clumpy.

This will make the formula thinner and easier to apply.
If you’re down to the bottom of your mascara tube and it hasn’t reached its three-month expiration date (you should always toss your mascara after three months to prevent any eye infections), try setting a closed tube of mascara in hot water to loosen the product from the sides so you can use every last bit.

6. Hold a spoon underneath and above your eye when applying mascara on your lower and upper lashes to avoid getting marks on your skin.
Place a spoon below your eye with the curved side facing out, and then apply your mascara like you normally would to your lower lashes and vice versa. That way, the mascara will land on the back of the spoon rather than your skin.

7. Dust baby powder over your eyelashes between the first and second coats of mascara to plump up your lashes.
Translucent powder or baby powder has grip, so it will stick to your lashes in between each coat of mascara, making your lashes appear more voluminous. Try out this tip using this tutorial.

8. Spin the tip of a cotton swab over a dried mascara mistake to remove the spot without ruining your eyeshadow.

If you accidentally touch your eyelid with mascara after you’ve applied your eye shadow, wait for the spot to dry, then place the tip of a cotton swab on top of the spot, and spin it until it’s gone. If you try to remove the mark while the mascara is still wet, you’ll smear it and make the problem worse.

9. De-clump your mascara by combing through your lashes with a clean toothbrush.
Grab a new clean toothbrush (a used toothbrush could lead to irritation or infection), and comb it through your lashes from root to tip. The bristles will grab the excess mascara and leave you with clump-free lashes.

10. Curl your lashes with the edge of a spoon.
If you don’t have an eyelash curler nearby, use a metal teaspoon instead. Place the edge above your upper lashes with the back of the spoon against your eyelid. Then, with your finger, lightly press the base of your lashes against the edge to mimic the clamp of an eyelash curler. Finally, move the edge of the spoon out along the lashes and continue pressing against it for a full curl.

11. To straighten curly lashes
Turn an eyelash curler upside down to effectively straighten your lashes and allow you line and use your mascara without staining your make up.

Don’t let your mascara ruin your makeup ever again. Got extra tips? do share with us

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