Thursday, August 7, 2008

Mascara Tricks and Tips

Do you love to wear mascara? Or do you even like wearing mascara? I personally think that my makeup (most esp. my eye makeup) won't be complete without mascara. I tend to buy lots of it since i wear mascara everyday...yep, every single day that i'm putting on makeup. I have mascaras in brown, black, green and even blue. But i try to limit myself from buying a lot, since we have to dispose after 3 months of use. I try to keep at least one for each color i like :)

Anyways, let me share with you some tricks and tips in applying mascara which i got from ABOUT.COM:

Tip #1: How to use a lash comb. For some, lash combs are simply too fussy. But for some makeup artists, they're a great invention and keep lashes glob-free and perfectly separated. So how to use? Apply mascara at the lash base. Then wiggle the lash comb through to the tips of your lashes. Not into the lash comb? Get rid of clumbs without them by removing excess mascara from the wand. Wipe wand on tissue, this eliminates blobs BEFORE you start.

Tip #2: Try a clean mascara wand. Sweep a clean, fresh mascara wand through lashes when they're wet. Don't worry, you don't have to buy them. When you finish a mascara, clean the wand in a capful of eye makeup remover, then wash with soap and dry. Keep it clean by washing it whenever you wash your makeup tools.

Tip #3: Don't shy away from colored mascara. Basic mascara rules are simple: Black works for everyone but can be harsh on blondes. Blondes should opt for brown/black by day and reserve black for night. Blue mascara, however, can brighten blue eyes while purple mascara makes brown eyes pop. The most popular mascara sold in the US is Maybelline Great Lash mascara, a great buy at under $6. The company estimates one tube is sold every 1.6 seconds in the U.S.

Tip #4: When applying mascara, wiggle the wand at the base of the lashes. It's the mascara placed near the roots (not the tips) that gives the illusion of length.

Tip #5: Thin, short brushes are best. A thinner brush allows you to get into the corner of eyes. Short brushes give you more control.

Tip #6: Give a few coats to the edges by blinking. Blink onto the brush to give ends an extra coat.

Tip #7: Powder under the eye before applying mascara. Sometimes mascara smudges because it's attracted to oily concealer or eye creams.

Tip #8: Use an eyelash curler Curling lashes gives eyes the appearance of being wider and brighter. Shoot warm air from your blowdryer on the mascara curler for 3-5 seconds to warm it up before curling lashes. Touch it first to make sure it's not too hot. It's a myth that you have to curl lashes before you apply mascara. You can curl lashes after mascara application, just make sure the mascara is dry first. Shu Uemura makes the most popular eyelash curler on the market ($18-$22).

Tip #9: Zig-zag the wand. Zig-zagging the wand back and forth during application helps cut down clumps.

Tip #10: For a dramatic look, apply mascara only to the upper lashes. To make eyes seem wider, apply to the bottom, too. But make sure you give lashes a light touch. Not great at getting those bottom lashes? Try putting a tissue under them before application.

Tip #11: Use a mascara primer. Primers coat lashes and separate them before you apply mascara. Makeup artists swear by mascara primer. I tried it and like it, but because it's an added step, I usually use primer only on special occasion when I spend more time on my makeup.

Tip #12: Want that 2nd coat? Just make sure to do it before the first coat dries, otherwise you'll get clumps.

Tip #13: Do NOT pump wand in and out of the tube. This only introduces air into the tube, which will cause your mascara to dry out sooner than it should.

Tip #14: Another smudge-proof tip -- bend the wand. A top makeup artist once gave his secret to his steady hand: he always bends his wand at a right angle.

Tip #15: Wait five seconds before blinking. You don't want to paint your lids, do you?

so how about you, any mascara tips you might want to share?

good morning, darlings and have a great day ahead....and of course, goodnight to those who are in the other side of the world. sweet dreams, muaaahh!


AskMeWhats said...

You feel not complete without a mascara? Shame on me, I usually go out without a mascara..and come to think of it, I have the shortest, non existent lashes in the world. I am so lazy! Lol thanks for the tips!

.cupcake love. said...

What great tips! I use to never put on mascara or curl my lashes because they are so short (why do filipinos have such short lashes?!) but taking the extra few seconds to do this makes such a difference!

dianaoldfield said...

sis jheng, thanks for the wonderful tips.. i feel so lazy putting on mascara..

Vanessa M. said...

love it! i learned some stuff thanx! i love love mascara i hope my lashes dont fall off one day! another trick is a mini eyelash curler la cross has a great one for under 5 buks!

goooooood girl said...

So good......

Iambrigitte said...

yeah sis nikki i can't live without mascara. good thing i no longer rub my eyes like crazy like i've used to.

hi there cupcakeloveyou cantry using an eyelash primer. i am loving shiseido lash base... :)

hi nurse diana hehehe...i've started wearing mascara eversince i started wearing makeup. it really opens up your eyes :)

ohh, i wanna get my hands on a mini lash curler too vanessa like you, i am also hoping that my lashes won't fall off one day. i think i might have been pulling them too hard at times :(

hi there bad girl!

xxemptysoulxx said...

hi! just followed you after reading this post. hehe i'm very fortunate i have long eyelashes so i love wearing mascara everyday! these are great tips! keep on posting sis! (:

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