I love mascara deeply and if I had to limit myself to just one make-up element for the rest of my life, that would be it. But it may not deliver everything you would hope for if you make mascara mistakes. These are some of the most common mascara mistakes and some ways to correct them. I hope that this will help eliminate some of your mascara problems.
1: NOT CHANGING IT OFTEN ENOUGH
One of the mistakes you may make is not changing your mascara often enough. Mascara does not have a long shelf life. It usually has to be changed every 3 months. You do not have to stay on a tube of mascara for more than 6 months. It not only dries out, but it can also become a place for bacteria.
2: NOT REMOVING IT AT NIGHT
If you do not remove your mascara at night, two problems arise: First, your eyelashes become hard, which makes them more prone to breakage when you sleep. It also prevents you from having a good base to start with the mascara of the next day. Mascara never holds good over the make-up of yesterday. Take the time to remove your mascara at night to take care of your lashes in the best possible way.
3: NOT WIPING THE END OF THE WAND
Sometimes you get a dab of mascara at the end of the wand when you pull it out of the tube. If you are not careful, you will get clumps in your lashes and dirt on your face. It is easy to avoid this. Simply wipe off the excess mascara when you pull out the wand. You want to spread the mascara over the bristles and not at the end of the wand.
4: NOT COATING BOTH SIDES
If you don’t coat both sides of your lashes, you’re really missing some magic. If you coat both sides, your lashes will look fuller and darker. Start with the top. Pull your wand several times over your upper lashes before you go to the bottom. You’ll probably find that you need fewer coats on the bottom and don’t need to work much on your lower lashes.
5: NOT TURNING YOUR BRUSH VERTICALLY
By turning the brush vertically, you get a whole new application technique. It gives you more control when applying the mascara to your lashes and allows you to focus on smaller, more specific areas. This is a wonderful way to ensure you get the lashes at your inner corners. The vertical application also works well on the lower lashes. It usually works best to apply your mascara horizontally first and then vertically.
6: DRY BETWEEN COATS
Let your mascara dry between coats, this can be a recipe for disaster. What usually happens is that your eyelashes become dry, crispy, and no longer malleable. It’s okay to give them a minute or so between coats, but you don’t want to wait much longer than that. What I usually do is make one eye, go to another and then go back to the first. I keep this order until I get the look I want.
7: PUMPING THE WAND
If you put the wand in and pull it out, you should put enough mascara on the wand to get a good coat. If not, then it is probably time for a new tube.
I hope this advice will help you avoid mistakes with mascara. What are your best mascara tips? I can’t wait to hear from you!