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You know your way around waterproof mascara and even fiber mascaras, but how familiar are you with tubing mascara? Tubing mascara has received an influx of attention as of late, but it’s still safe to say that despite being a makeup trend, not everyone knows how to use it—or what it is. To clear up what we’re talking about, tubing mascaras contain polymers that wrap around each lash, whereas your standard mascara brushes pigment directly onto your lashes.
The perks of using a tubing mascara—and the reasons for their newfound popularity—include the natural-looking, ultra-long look they give to your lashes and the fact that they’re smudge-proof, long-lasting, and easy to remove. Think you want to branch out from your eye makeup holy grails and try tubing mascara? Read on to learn all about how to use tubing mascara, plus get the scoop on our best mascara with a tubing formula.
Determining if you already own a tubing mascara is actually quite simple. Like we mentioned, tubing mascaras contain polymers that wrap around each lash. To figure out if your mascara is of the tubing variety, simply flip the packaging and read the ingredients! If you find polymers in the list, you’ve got a tubing mascara in your arsenal.
Now that you know a little bit about tubing mascara—and you may have even found one in your collection—should you use one? Well, if you’re concerned a tubing formula won’t be good for your lashes, know that isn’t the case. Unless you consider long-lasting volume a bad thing, that is. As long as you’re not sleeping in your mascara—which you shouldn't be anyway—tubing mascara gets a thumbs up from us! In fact, tubing mascara is ultra-easy to remove, which means you’re less likely to experience lash fallout during removal.
If you don’t already own a tubing mascara, you may not be sure how or where to find one. But don’t worry, tubing mascaras are likely in closer reach than you would think. While they don’t take up quite as much of the beauty product market as typical, washable mascaras do, you can still find tubing mascaras most places you shop for beauty products—and that holds true whether you’re a savvy drugstore shopper or a luxury beauty store fan.
Of course, it can be helpful (especially when searching for a new type of product) to have a recommendation—and we can assist with that. The L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes is an award-winning tubing mascara that provides a lash extending effect. The double-ended mascara features a basecoat to nourish and protect lashes, and a tubing topcoat for lengthening. The mascara also ticks off all the benefits you’d expect from a tubing mascara, including being long-wearing and smudge-proof.
Using tubing mascara is no more challenging than sweeping any mascara onto your lashes, but the process isn’t exactly the same. So, when you’re ready for that long-lashed effect, follow these (super-simple) steps.
Tubing mascaras are meant to provide intense length—something you no doubt want—but they typically don’t help with curling your lashes. That’s why you’ll want to break out your eyelash curler before applying our two-step tubing mascara. While your lashes are perfectly clean, with no remnants of last night’s mascara in sight, hold the curler at the base of your lashes.
Place your lashes between the clamps, getting as close to your eyelid as you can without pinching yourself. Close the clamp on your eyelashes and hold down for just a few seconds. When you release, walk the curler toward the middle of your lashes and clamp down again. Release after a few seconds, and repeat on the very ends of your lashes. And there you go, a complete curl! Do the same on your other eye, and then it’s time to tube.
Moving right along, pick up our tubing mascara and open the end with the white cap. Then carefully apply the basecoat, which is infused with Ceramide-R and D-Panthenol, to your lashes, being sure to coat them completely. This step works to help protect, nourish, and strengthen lashes, effectively preparing them for tubing. Oh, and no need to worry about mistakenly applying the topcoat instead of the basecoat—the basecoat is very easy to identify thanks to its white hue.
Here’s where the tubes come into play. Remove the red cap from the other end of the mascara and begin applying the topcoat to your lashes. Be sure to cover every bit of the white basecoat. As the mascara sets, the tubes will form, and you won’t have to fear smudging, smearing, or flaking. Totally low maintenance!
Since tubing mascaras are all about lengthening, rather than volumizing, you’ll have to take a different route to create visual volume—with the help of a soft pencil eyeliner, that is. That’s right, eyeliner. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Black to tightline your eyes, filling in your waterline at the base of your upper lashes. You may not think this extra step would add much to your eye makeup look, but it actually creates an “invisible eyeliner” effect that makes lashes appear thicker. Pretty cool, right?
Yes! Since tubing mascaras are known for creating length, you may want to layer them with a volumizing mascara formula. You can apply tubing mascara before or after your washable mascara, though we’re partial to leaving the tubing formula for last to get a smudge-free lash look.
We’ll admit it, taking off mascara can be a challenge—but not tubing mascara. There are two easy ways to remove tubing mascara, and conveniently, neither option requires makeup remover. Seriously!
If you’ve ever thought that removing mascara is overly complicated and requires too many products, you’ll be thrilled by this tubing mascara removal method because all it requires are your hands and warm water. Head to the bathroom and warm up the water, being careful not to crank the temperature too high, since hot water can be drying. Splash the water onto your face and simply smooth the tubes away from your lashes using your fingertips.
For those who are used to soaking a cotton pad with eye makeup remover and sweeping away their mascara, you don’t have to totally change your routine. All you have to do it swap out the makeup remover with more warm water. Saturate a cotton pad with water and hold it against your lashes for 30 seconds. When time is up, wipe the tubes straight off of your lashes.
Ready to learn about other types of mascara? You can be an expert on pretty much every time of mascara if you head over to our article, Mascara 101: Your Guide to the Different Formulas.
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