Mascara is an indispensable tool in drawing attention to your eyes and making them stand out. Even if you have great eyeshadow or used the sassiest technique around your eyes, no one would hardly notice without a set of great looking lashes. Lucky for us these mind-blowing hacks can help us get the luscious lashes that we all want.
- Bend the mascara wand.
The mascara tip may be bent slightly as you pull it out of the tube, making the tip perpendicular to the handle. The new shape will make it easier to control the brush, especially when getting to the hard-to-reach areas like the tiny hairs toward the inner corner of your eyes.
- Excess mascara must be removed to avoid clumps.
Excess mascara on the wand can cause clumps when applied on the lashes, especially if you’re using a brand new tube of mascara. To prevent this, glide the brush over a tissue or napkin to remove any excess product.
- Keep your lashes curled longer by applying a thicker coat of mascara at the base of your lashes.
Coating the lashes evenly will weigh them down and cause them to straighten out in just a few minutes. In order to hold a curl longer, apply a thicker coat of mascara at the root of your lashes and a lighter towards the tip. You can do this by using a back and forth motion at the base and then sweeping up towards the tips.
- Layer your regular mascara with waterproof mascara to make it last longer.
Waterproof mascara is great at holding curl and keeps your makeup from smearing throughout the day. But they can also damage your lashes because they’re harder to remove. Instead, try applying your regular formula then top it with a coat of waterproof mascara.
- Coat top and bottom sides of lashes to thicken them.
You can make your lashes look thicker and fuller by coating the top and bottom sides of your lashes. You can do this by looking up and looking down alternatingly while applying mascara.
- Plump up your lashes by dusting baby powder over your lashes between the first and second coating.
Applying coat after coat of mascara while it’s still wet only moves the product around instead of adding fullness, volume or length to your lashes. Dusting on translucent powder provides grip and texture so you can layer additional coats of mascara while building up volume.
- Hold the brush vertically for a natural finish and horizontally for fuller, thicker lashes.
The way you hold your mascara brush while applying mascara can make all the difference when creating the look you want. Hold it horizontally and use a back and forth motion to create fuller, thicker lashes. On the other hand, hold the brush vertically and run it along the length of your lashes if you want a longer, more natural finish.
- Soak your tube of mascara in a cup of hot water to make the formula less clumpy.
Don’t add water to your mascara to try making it thinner and less clumpy. This can contaminate your mascara and put you at risk of an eye infection. Try soaking a closed tube of mascara in a cup of hot water to loosen and make the formula easier to apply.
- Add a few drops of saline solution to rewet your tube of mascara.
If your tube of mascara is turning flaky without yet reaching its 3-month expiration date, try to revive it by adding a few drops of saline solution. This will help to rehydrate the formula for a smoother, flawless application.
- Swirl the tip of a cotton swab over a mascara mistake to avoid ruining your eyeshadow.
If you accidentally touched your eyelid after you’ve applied your eyeshadow, don’t try to remove the spot while the mascara is still wet. You’ll only smear it and make the spot worse. Wait for the spot to dry. Then using a cotton swab, place the tip over the spot and swirl it until it’s gone.
- Use a toothbrush to de-clump your mascara.
Run a toothbrush from root to tip to grab the excess mascara and leave you with clump-free lashes. Use a new clean toothbrush for this hack; a used toothbrush could lead to irritation or infection.
- Heat your eyelash curler to make your curl last longer.
Heat your eyelash curler by blowing warm air unto the curler with your blow-dryer. Make sure it isn’t too hot by testing it at the back of your hand. Once it’s cooled slightly, use it to curl your lashes. This trick works the same way a curling iron curls hair.
- Bend your fake eyelashes around the handle of a makeup brush to curve the strip.
Give your fake eyelashes a little curve by wrapping it around the handle of a makeup brush to keep them from sticking up while you apply them.
Use the tip of a clean cotton swab or a bobby pin to apply glue to fake lashes.
The glue’s amount may be regulated when you disperse it on fake lashes by squeezing some glue on the tip of a cotton swab or a bobby pin and then spread it evenly along the base of the strip. Wait for the glue to become tacky before applying the fake lash.
- Use black liquid liner to blend your fake lashes with your real lashes.
As much as possible, set the strip of false lashes close to your lash line. But if you accidentally left a gap between your false lashes and your real ones or glue imperfections are visible, simply cover it up with a thin lie of black liquid liner.