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Step-By-Step Instructions For Applying Mascara [2010-08-11]

Many women think that they know the secrets to perfectly applying mascara. Without proper instructions, mascara could end up being too clumpy or sparsely applied that it barely looks visible. Follow these simple steps every time you apply mascara and it should come out perfect every time.

Step 1: Curl your lashes

Spend a few dollars and invest in an eyelash curler, you will be so glad that you did! Always remember to curl your lashes before you apply mascara, this will keep your curler clean and your eyelashes in great shape. Simply place your lashes within the curler and squeeze for five seconds. Begin at the base of your lashes and repeat this process several times until you get to the end of your lashes.

Step 2: Define your lash line.

You can do this quite easily by using black eye shadow to "push" your lash line and give the illusion of thicker, fuller eyelashes. Simply dust a thin line of black eye shadow along the lash line of your top lid.

Step 3: Apply Mascara to your Eyelashes

Hold your mascara wand in a horizontal position and apply the mascara from the base of your upper lashes. Move the brush all the way up from the base of the lashes to the tips. Repeat this to ensure that all lashes are covered. Do not apply mascara to your lower lashes. The next step is to hold your mascara wand in a vertical position. This allows you to apply the mascara by pulling the brush in an upward direction.

Step 4: Comb your lashes using a lash comb

When you are applying mascara, you should remember to comb your lashes. Mascara can sometimes bunch up in clumps and you need a way to remove this. It is recommended to purchase a metal comb because it is more durable than other types of brushes.

Step 5: Curl your lashes a second time

Although this step is optional, it is highly recommended because it can make a big difference after you are finished applying your mascara. Curl your lashes one more time, but do not use your standard lash curler. This time, you should use a battery operated heated lash curler. This can help ensure that your long, thick lashes have the perfect curve to them all day long.

Additional Mascara Application Tips and Tricks

1 Using a lash comb can be a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, you may wonder why you did not previously use one. Lash brushes are an integral part of keeping your lashes looking long, perfectly separated, and clump-free. If you just cannot get used to the idea of the lash comb, you can remove extra mascara by wiping your mascara wand on a clean tissue before use.
2 Try using a clean mascara wand by combing it through your lashes while they are wet. You can buy packages of these at your local beauty supply store or simply keep the wands from your old mascara tubes. Just remember to wash them along with the rest of your makeup tools. Professionals call this a "spoolie."
3 Do not be afraid of colored mascara. While basic black works well on almost everyone, those with blond hair should consider using brown. Blue makes your eyes brighten up and purple can really make them stand out.
4 Mascara is attracted to oily eye creams and concealers, so be sure to powder under the eye before applying your mascara. This can help prevent mascara from smudging under the eyes.
5 Applying mascara only to your upper lashes can give you a more intense, dramatic look.
6 Use a mascara primer before applying mascara. The primer can coat your lashes and prepare them for mascara application. Think of it as a sort of eyelash conditioner.
7 Do not pump your mascara wand in and out of the tube. This causes extra air into your mascara tube causing it to dry out much sooner than it should.
8 Try to wait at least five seconds before blinking after applying mascara to avoid smudging.
9 Always apply mascara to clean, dry lashes.

Whether you are a makeup novice or a professional, these simple steps and tips can help you apply mascara perfectly each time. You should no longer have to worry about your mascara being applied in clumps. When applying your makeup, five simple steps to keep in mind are to curl your lashes, define your lashes, apply mascara, remove clumps of mascara with a lash comb, and finalize the process by curling one last time. These are several step-by-step instructions that can help you look great after applying your mascara. Even if you are a professional makeup artist, it is important to brush up on the basics once in a while.