There are many ways to apply mascara but I find the very best way to get the thickest, non-clumpiest lashes ever is to abide by these tips:
- First off, do NOT pump the wand in and out of the mascara. This will dry out your mascara.
- I like to curl my lashes and then apply a mascara primer. The primer separates the lashes and the curler (Shu Uemura, of course) gives just the right amount of curl at the root of my lashes. I usually blast the curler with 3 seconds of heat from my blow dryer for added curling power.
- Always start your stroke as close to the roots as possible.
- Wiggle the wand back in forth at the root so you get as much of the mascara at the base of your lashes as possible.
- Pull the wand through to the tips of your lashes, wiggling back and forth along the way.
- Go through with a couple more strokes to make sure you get as much mascara on the lashes as possible. Don't wait until your first coat dries, make sure the 2nd and 3rd coats follow while lashes are still wet with mascara.
- I don't do this, but some makeup artists like to apply mascara to the back of lashes to double coat them.
- You can lightly paint your bottom lashes. Mine are naturally long and dark so I skip this step.
One last tip: If you have a light complexion and blonde hair, a dark brown may look less harsh than a black mascara.
Get more mascara tips in How to Apply Mascara: 15 of My Best Tips & Tricks.
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