How To Apply Mascara

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Mascara is the one product I can’t live without so below is 5 quick steps you can apply it like a pro.


Step 1. Curl your lashes. If you curl them after you apply mascara, you risk pulling them out.

Step 2. Take the mascara wand out from the tube. Rub off excess product with a tissue to prevent clumps. No matter what you do, do NOT pump your wand in and out of the tube. This will get air and bacteria into the tube.

Step 3. Holding the wand parallel to your lashes, start wiggling it in a zig-zag motion from the base of the lashes and brush towards the tip. For lower lashes, hold the wand vertically and carefully brush lash by lash. Remember to go easy on the lower lashes because too much mascara on there can accentuate undereye circles and have an aging effect.

Step 4. Repeat with a few more coats until you have achieved the desired look. Allow each coat to dry before reapplying to prevent clumps.

Step 5. Run a mascara comb over your lashes to remove any clumps. Clean up any smudges with a Q-tip.

Extra Tool You Can Use With Mascara

With both a mascara protector and a lash comb, the Koji 88 Mascara Protector & Comb I picked up in Asia has definitely become my best friend to nail flawless mascara application. All you do is place the protector under your lower lashes or above your upper lashes when you apply mascara. The protector will act as a shield by isolating the lash line so you will never get mascara onto the rest of your eye. The lash comb on the other end helps separate clumpy lashes so you do not get that spidery look. The device can also be folded so it is like half the size of a credit card which makes it so easy to travel with! This is definitely a great product for both klutzes and pros!

How To Remove Mascara
Gentle is the key when it comes to removing mascara. Soak a cotton pad and a Q-tip in your favorite eye makeup remover. Place the cotton pad under your lashes and gently use the Q-tip to wipe off the mascara from your lashes. Next, close your eyes and place another cotton pad soaked with remover on your eyelids for 10-15 seconds. Repeat if necessary.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

10 COMMENTS

  1. thanks for the tips!
    hey i have a question about the lenses you wore in your profile picture. considering the lenses are 14.5mm in diameter which is a lot larger than the typical contact lens which is 13.8mm in diameter, do they make your eyes look bigger? do they provide that same eye-widening effect as the circle lens?

  2. thanks for the tips!
    hey i have a question about the lenses you wore in your profile picture. considering the lenses are 14.5mm in diameter which is a lot larger than the typical contact lens which is 13.8mm in diameter, do they make your eyes look bigger? do they provide that same eye-widening effect as the circle lens?

  3. Hey Phyllis, another great post! What’s your opinion on heated lash curlers? I’ve always been wary of using them but am now thinking of going for it and trying one.

    Thanks!
    Grayburn @ blogspot

    • hey Grayburn, I’ve used them before and I love mine from National. If anything, I think they work better than regular curlers because of the heat. I would not suggest using it after mascara though because the heat can melt your mascara and make it clumpy.

  4. hi Rebecca, I don’t think they make your eyes any bigger. Like regular contacts, color contacts also come in different diameters. You just need to get yours fitted by a optometrist.

  5. Hey~
    Everytime I curl my lashes after applying Voluminous mascara, it tends to chip. Does this happen to you? Is there any way to prevent this?

  6. Hmmm that does not happen to me at all. Are you pressing the curler too hard? You really should stop doing this if your lashes are falling out. Try to use a lash conditioner to strengthen your lashes as well.

  7. hey phyllis , love your blog but i need some advice. i have NC30 skin with dark circles but there sort of grey/blue not brown and when i wear concelaer it looks weird and almost ashy , also it often cakes. i am young and dont like the look of heavey make up but i dont like my dark circles either, got any suggestions as for products ( p.s. my skin is oily) Thanks!

  8. To counteract your grey/blue circles, try a peachy concealer. Remember to also use one that is a shade darker (instead of lighter) than your original skin color to avoid the ashy look. You can also try a BB cream – I heard it helps with undereye circles as well.

  9. hey phyllis! where can i find that lash protector and comb? it’s a fab idea, and it sure beats making weird faces while applying mascara on my bottom lashes.

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