It can be quite difficult to pretty yourself up when you’re running late.
But with just a neat coating of mascara, it can drastically enhance your look. Applying the right amount of mascara can make your eyes pop, and the best part is it only takes a few minutes. Your face will appear brighter and full of life, add a little bit of lip color, and you’ll be good to go.
But whether you’re planning on doing a natural look or want to go for a full glam style, it’s undeniable that mascara is an essential part of your make-up routine. But it can also ruin your entire look if you apply it incorrectly.
Incorrect mascara application can make your lashes look clumpy, uneven, and smudged. This commonly happens with people who are new to make up.
Luckily, we are here to guide you. Here are some beginner-friendly tips for a hassle-free mascara application (and eye make-up in general too.)
But first, here are some essential items that you need:
- Your chosen mascara
- Eye primer
- A clean mascara wand
These are just some of the items that you need to achieve a brighter and youthful look through eye make-up.
It may be tempting to order cheap mascara online and call it a day, but it’s important to consider the quality of the mascara before using it.
Do your research!
Your eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of your body, using a cheap mascara you bought randomly online can put you at risk and give you an allergic reaction, or worse, make you blind. That is why it is essential to do your research before buying one and putting it close to your eye.
But how exactly should you choose your mascara? It varies from person to person, but these factors are what most beauty gurus look for in a mascara:
The Color: Like your eyebrow pencil, you also need to match your mascara with the color of your hair to make it look more natural and consistent. If you have a darker hair color, it’s recommended that you use black mascara to make your eyes pop. However, if you have lighter or blonde hair, brown mascara would most likely suit your eyes better.
The Formula: Different mascaras have different formulas. Some mascaras are formulated to lengthen your lashes while others aim to volumize. It all depends on what your preference is. Read the product description and choose the mascara that you think would help you achieve the look that you want.
Bonus Tip: If you’re going out during the day or have any strenuous activities planned that might make you sweat, waterproof mascaras can come in handy. It can stay on all day long without the need to reapply.
So, you think you’re ready to get started with applying eye make-up? But there’s one vital step before you dip your eyeshadow brush onto your eyelid.
Primers are important
Before you start applying eyeshadow, it’s important to prep and prime your eyelids first. To do this, you need a good quality eye primer. Eye primers are available in beauty stores and even the make-up aisle in drugstores. It’s vital to apply eye primer first because it creates a base for your eye make-up and can make your eye make-up last longer and crease-free.
There are different types of primers available, and you should buy one according to your skin type. If you have oily skin, I recommend that you purchase a mattifying eye-primer to avoid your eyelids from oiling up. If your skin is more on the dry side, then a moisturizing eye-primer may be the product for you.
This is optional, but if you want to go for a more glammed up and polished look, then applying eyeshadow is definitely a recommended step. If you’re aiming to achieve a more subtle and natural-looking eye, then you should use eyeshadow with a neutral color palette. But if you’re feeling daring and adventurous, then go for more intense colors such as pink, blue, green, or whichever shade you feel would be suitable for you.
Lining your eyes
This is an optional step again, but if you want a more polished make-up look, you should definitely line your eyes. The thickness or the liner’s thinness depends on your preference, but it’s better to do your research first about what kind of line you should make depending on your eye shape.
Now that you’ve done all those steps, you’re now ready to apply your mascara as the finishing touch to your make-up look.
Applying Mascara Properly:
Applying mascara isn’t as simple as you think it is, there are actually some steps you have to follow to avoid ending up with clumpy eyelashes.
Curl your lashes
Yes, this step is crucial as it helps with shaping your lashes and making mascara application easier. It’s a simple step, but it can help a lot. Just put your lash curler at the base of your upper lashes, close the curler and make sure you hold it in place for a few seconds before letting it go.
Get your mascara
Take the wand out of the tube, but make sure that you’re not pumping the wand into the tube repeatedly, as this can cause the mascara to get clumpy and dry out faster. Using less product is actually advisable as it’s better to gradually build it up instead of starting with too much right away as it’s harder to repair.
Coat your Lashes
Make sure your eyes are open in this step! Put the brush at the roots and work your way up to the tips while making a wriggling motion. By doing this, you can avoid getting clumpy lashes. Do the same to your lower lashes as well.
Remove the clumps
Clumps can be annoying to deal with. When your lashes feel clumpy cause of the mascara, it’s good to have an extra clean wand to brush out those pesky clumps. This can help your lashes feel lighter and cleaner.
If you’re going to be out all day, you may want to bring your mascara and lash curler with you to maintain your lashes.
But don’t worry, reapplying them will be relatively easy. Just make sure you coat them lightly to avoid any clumpiness and curl them while your lashes are dry.