How To Apply Mascara So That People Think You Have Falsies

How to Apply Mascara

Mascara. No eye makeup is complete without a nice, smooth layer of mascara. It’s such a versatile game changer that it can give the illusion of bigger eyes and lifted eyes, and it can even make you look like you’ve slept! A properly applied mascara is the finishing touch to a perfect cat eye.

And if you think that there’s a limit to what you can achieve with the lashes you own, you are sorely mistaken, my friend. If you can master the art of mascara application, you can look like you’re wearing false lashes. Whether you’re a beginner or not, keep reading to learn how to apply mascara correctly.

How To Apply Mascara

1. Curl Your Lashes

If you’ve been wearing mascara since forever but you don’t seem to get the results you want, start using an eyelash curler because it’s a guaranteed way to get an instant lift no matter how straight your lashes are.

Make sure to be gentle with the application and remember to use the curler for about 10 seconds. And instead of holding the curler, try squeezing and releasing from the base to the tips, which gives a better curl.

2. Apply Lash Primer

Lash primer primes your lashes by defining, coating, and conditioning them. There are clear, colorless primers but also black primers, which add length and volume to your lashes before you even start applying mascara.

Even though you don’t need a lash primer, it can have an incredible effect, especially if you have thin straight lashes that could use some thickening and curling.

It also helps you apply your mascara evenly as opposed to clumpy. So apply a thin layer of lash primer and wait for a few seconds to let it dry down a little.

3. Separate Your Lashes

Okay, I don’t know about you but sometimes I sleep on my face or on my side and my lashes get stuck leaning on one side. When I apply mascara when they’re like that, I get this super clumpy look.

But combing your lashes and separating them prevent this. Even if this isn’t something you deal with, using a brow brush, a lash comb, or a spoolie to comb your lashes makes them more voluminous compared to when you don’t.

4. Apply Mascara on the Upper Lashes

Now, this is the most important part. Here’s how to apply your mascara for maximum length and volume:

  • Apply the mascara starting from the roots and brushing them upward toward the tips
  • Instead of just sweeping the lashes, wiggle and twist the mascara wand all the while
  • Keep the mascara horizontal to reach the small lashes on the inner and outer corners
  • Apply several coats and keep wiggling and rotating the mascara from the roots all the way to the tips until you achieve your desired look
  • Wait for about 15-30 seconds for your first coat to dry and then move on to your second coat

5. Layer Your Mascara

If you want more length and volume, consider mascara layering, which is also known as mascara cocktailing. Instead of applying several coats of the same mascara, you layer mascaras with different benefits.

You can combine a volumizing mascara with a curling mascara. Or you can apply a lengthening mascara and set it with a waterproof mascara. Either way, you don’t have to settle with one type of mascara. Here’s how to do it.

Once you’ve applied your first coat, wait for it to dry down just a little bit -about 15 seconds. Then apply the second mascara of your choice to get dazzling, fluttery lashes with maximum length and volume.

Again, remember to wait between layers when applying multiple coats of mascara. If you wait too long, the second coat will make your lashes get clumpy. If you don’t wait long enough, you’ll just be messing up your first coat.

If, by any chance, there’s clumping, remove the excess mascara by using a clean lash comb. It’ll separate the lashes and pick up those flakes so you can layer more easily.

6. Apply Mascara on Bottom Lashes

If you want, you can apply mascara on bottom lashes. Hold the mascara wand vertically and swoop the tip of the wand over the lower lashes.

Then hold the wand horizontally and gently wiggle and swirl the mascara to evenly distribute the pigments. Lower lashes usually require just a bit of definition.

Layering multiple coats on your lower lashes usually results in a dirty, smudgy, and spidery look. So keep that in mind and avoid using too much product.

7. Clean Up Mascara Smudges

Applying multiple coats of mascara, even if you have the most steady hands, can cause smudging. It happens to the best of us, so don’t worry. And don’t let that keep you from applying your mascara freely.

Once everything dries down, it’s time to clean up any mistakes. Simply dip a cotton swab into micellar water, and press it onto the stains to remove any mascara smudges.

Alternatively, you can actually prevent mascara smudging by placing a little tissue paper on the eyelid while applying mascara. The paper will pick up all the mess and you won’t have to deal with messy eyelids and mascara dots all over the lids.

So this is how to apply mascara correctly. It’s a beginner-friendly, clump-free way to apply your mascara so you can complete your eye makeup with long, voluminous lashes.

Tips For Applying Mascara Like a Pro

1. Choose the Right Mascara Type

There are different types of mascara wands and formulas out there. There are volumizing mascaras, curling mascaras, and lengthening mascaras each with a certain type of wand shape to help you achieve the look you’re going for.

To get the best results, choose a mascara that will give your lashes what it lacks. If you have thin lashes, go for a thickening mascara, which usually has an hourglass-shaped wand.

If you have straight lashes, go for a curling mascara with a curved wand. Remember, you can always cocktail and layer two different mascaras for multiple benefits.

2. Consider Your Eye Shape

Another way to enhance your eyelashes is by considering your eye shape and choosing and applying mascara depending on that.

Whether you have almond eyes, round eyes, or hooded eyes, concentrate on ways to bring out the best in your eye shape and make your eyes pop.

For example, when choosing a mascara for hooded eyes, go for a lengthening formula, and apply it focusing on the outer lashes for a lifted appearance.

Similarly, if you have round eyes, you can concentrate on the outer lashes and avoid applying mascara on the bottom lashes as this can weigh things down and give you a droopy look.

So focus on your eye shape and instead of going for anything and everything, perfect your technique in a way that it’s custom to your unique features. Practice makes perfect!

3. Tightline

Tightlining is applying an eye pencil on the upper waterline. If you want to add more drama to the lashes, try tightlining to give the appearance of fuller lashes.

Additionally, the skin below the upper lash line becomes more visible when you use an eyelash curler. By tightlining, you can achieve a more seamless look.

4. Properly Remove Mascara

Mascara removal is just as important as application. So remember to remove your mascara and eye makeup and make sure your lashes are clean before applying mascara.

Moreover, certain mascaras require more caution than others. Waterproof mascaras, for example, can dry your lashes so it’s extra important that you properly remove them.

If you’re not sure how to do that, check out our guide on how to remove waterproof mascara without damaging your lashes.

5. Know When To Toss Your Mascara

Your mascara can dry up and get flaky after a while. This may be caused by you pumping your mascara in and out every time you apply it or it may be that your mascara is expiring.

And it can result in a dry, flaky mascara application, which is far from what we’re trying to achieve. It can also cause black mascara flakes to fall on your under eyes several hours after applying makeup.

So replace your mascara every 3-6 months, which is also a great way to keep things hygienic, especially if you have sensitive eyes.

On a side note, if you’re on the lookout for a gentle formula, check out our recommendations for the best mascaras for ocular rosacea.

6. Don’t Use Too Much Mascara

Applying too many coats of mascara and using too much product can feel heavy on your lashes. This can prevent you from getting the most out of your curler or having your mascara look sleek all day long.

To avoid that, don’t layer more than 3 coats of mascara. When getting your wand out of the tube, wipe off the excess mascara on the bristles on the side of the tube.

7. Try Waterproof Mascara

And speaking of long-lasting makeup, never underestimate the power of some good waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascaras are resistant to water and sweat and are the perfect products to grab before heading to the beach or heading out in rainy weather.

Read Next: Best Drugstore Waterproof Mascaras

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