Mascara is the one beauty product most women can’t leave the house without. And, let’s be real: Why would they? Just one swipe of mascara can instantly transform your look, making your eyes look brighter. If you’re working on three hours of sleep (we’ve all stayed up late to catch up on our favorite TV show), you probably need whatever help you can get to look your best the next morning.
But when it comes to mascara, it’s not just about the formula. It turns out that there are quite a few tricks you can use while applying mascara to get the lashes of your dreams. Keep reading to find out how to use your mascara to its full potential, plus try these seven lash hacks.
1. First Up: Pick the Right Mascara for You
Want va-va-va-voom fringe in one step? Volumizing mascara formulas are popular for a reason. Try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Feline Waterproof Mascara for a bold look. The formula is clump-resistant, fragrance-free, and ophthalmologist-tested.
2. Consider Using Multiple Mascaras to Achieve Your Goal
Sometimes, one mascara isn’t enough to fulfill your lash needs. If you have more time to spare, try a mascara cocktail to beef up the look of your lashes.
Step 1: Start at the bottom of the lashes and use gentle wiggle motions as you glide the wand upward. This helps make sure your lashes are covered and prepped for mascara layering.
Step 2: To add curl and width to the center of the lashes, choose a mascara that has a wider, fatter brush. Apply mascara to the middle of your lashes and move the wand upward. You can do this one or two times, but make sure it doesn’t get too thick or clumpy—there’s one more layer to go!
Step 3: For the final coat, it’s all about volume. Apply a volumizing mascara that can help pump up the appearance of lashes and you’ll have fringe that makes everyone envious!
3. Look Down
OK, this is probably going to sound like the easiest tip in the world once you hear it. But many women forget to do this when applying mascara, so it’s worth repeating! The next time you apply mascara, instead of looking at the mirror, just look down. This shifts lashes lower and keeps them hitting your lids when you put on mascara. That means you won’t have to deal with mascara smudges on your lid ever again. Who knew such a small change could make such a big difference?
4. Go for Color
Sleepless night? Sometimes all it takes to look a little more bright-eyed and bushy tailed is a quick coat of mascara. And, while we often reach for black, why not opt for a colored formula instead? Ditch the black and go for a blue or purple to help bring out the whites of your eyes. Plus, colored mascara is great for making a major statement.
5. Focus on Your Bottom Lashes
Truth: When it comes to mascara, we often neglect our bottom lashes. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Give them the TLC they deserve by applying some mascara on them. Doe-like eyes are a possibility when you swipe on a coat or two of mascara on your bottom lashes.
6. Bend the Brush
Applying mascara on those shorter lashes at the innermost corner of your eye without poking you nose seems impossible, right? Well, get those hard-to-reach lashes by using this next mascara hack: Bend the handle of your mascara so that it’s perpendicular to the brush. This will allow you to reach corners without struggling.
7. Wiggle Your Wand
You probably learned to apply mascara by just swiping the spoolie brush upward in a single motion. But, if you want thicker-looking lashes, you have to wiggle. Yes, you have to wiggle your wand as you work your way through the entire lash to every single lash gets coated from root to tip!