Applying mascara seems simple enough: buy a tube of your choice, swipe it on your eyelashes, make them thicker and longer, and voila! You can walk around with gorgeous lashes for the rest of the day. I hate to break it to you, but it’s not always this simple. In fact, a lot of you are probably doing the wrong thing with your mascara without even realizing it.
There are some mascara tips and myths floating out there that aren’t true (we’ll tackle those in a minute), and then there are just general things people think about mascara that are actually totally wrong. If you want to become a beauty pro, then read on – here are 10 common mascara mistakes you never knew you were making (and how to fix them):
You're Applying Way Too Many LayersMistake:I've seen advice on the Internet suggesting you should apply four-five coats of mascara, and I also know people who pile on layer after layer in an attempt to get the thickest lashes possible. Don't do this. Mascara dries quickly, and after two coats, it will be dry while you're still applying it. Applying wet mascara over dry mascara makes your lashes super clumpy and gives you that icky spider-leg look you want to avoid. Quick Fix: Apply no more than two coats of mascara, and work on one eye at a time rather than doing one coat on one eye, then the other eye, then back again. Source: YouTube
Using Waterproof Mascara Every DayMistake: Waterproof mascara is great because it lasts forever, even if you start crying or something. Using it every day is not so great. Waterproof mascara is really tough to take off, and so when you do try to remove it, you spend more time rubbing and tugging your eye area. Not only does this cause early signs of aging, it also makes lashes fall out faster. Quick Fix: Wear waterproof mascara only on special occasions or emotional days when you know you'll be crying. There's nothing wrong with wearing it once in a while, but every day is too much.
You're Not Applying It To The RootsMistake: Most people only apply mascara to the tops of their lashes because that's where you see a really obvious difference. If you're doing this, you're missing out on a great mascara experience! Start applying it to the roots of your lashes to make them look even longer. Quick Fix: To apply to the roots, wiggle your brush gently back and forth without smudging. This makes lashes look longer and thicker. Source: ShutterStock
You're Rubbing Mistakes Off Too QuicklyMistake: What do you do when you mess up and get a swipe of mascara on your face or eyelid? If you immediately wipe it off, you're doing the wrong thing. Wiping it off right away while it's still wet will leave a big, annoying smudge that will require makeup remover to get off. Quick Fix: Give the mascara swipe a minute to dry on your skin. Once it's dry, it should come off easily without smudging all over the place. Source: ShutterStock
Throwing Out Your Old WandsMistake: If you're one of those people who throw out the mascara wand and tube when the mascara is done, shame on you! You're wasting perfectly good materials! Quick Fix: Keep your wands and give them a deep cleaning to get everything off of them. Old mascara wands can be used as brushes for your lashes to get rid of clumps or extra products. You can also spray them with hairspray and comb through your eyebrows to set them, or you dip them in powder and comb through your eyebrows to give some oomph. Source: ShutterStock
You're Applying Too Much ProductMistake: If you don't rub your mascara off the wand before applying, you're probably putting way too much of it on your lashes. This makes lashes clumpy faster because the product gets all over the place. Quick Fix: Twirl the wand once as you pull it out of the tube to get rid of some of that extra product. You can also gently rub the wand on a tissue to get rid of some of it. Source: ShutterStock
You're Applying Mascara To Your Bottom Lashes After Your Top LashesMistake: Not everyone applies mascara to their bottom lashes, but if you do, make sure you're doing it right. It's natural to apply mascara to your top lashes first, but doing so makes smudges. When you go to apply to your bottom lashes and you look upwards, the fresh mascara on your top lashes will smudge all over your eyelids. Quick Fix: Apply to your bottom lashes first! It's that simple. Source: ShutterStock
Keeping It For A Really Long TimeMistake: If you never throw away your mascara, and you've had one product you've been using forever, you're doing it wrong. Mascara does have an expiration date, and it should be followed. Not only will it not work as well as it dries out, but mascara is also a breeding ground for icky bacteria that can give you eye infections. Quick Fix: Get rid of old mascara after three months. That should be plenty of time to use up your mascara, anyway. Source: ShutterStock
You're Curling Your Lashes After You Apply MascaraMistake: A lot of people make the mistake of applying mascara before they curl their lashes, thinking it makes lashes look thicker and longer. Not so. Curling your lashes afterwards makes mascara very clumpy and flakey. Quick Fix: Curl your lashes before you apply mascara. You should always curl your lashes when they're clean and naked. Source: ShutterStock
You're Pumping The WandMistake: A very popular old piece of mascara advice was to pump your wand right before applying to get rid of clumps and extra mascara. Nope. Pumping the wand puts a ton of unnecessary air in there, which actually leads to clumping - this means when the mascara is on you, it will be clumpy and flakey. It also makes your mascara dry out faster. Quick Fix: If you must do something, twirl the wand once as you're taking it out. Don't pump! Source: ShutterStock
Which of these mascara mistakes have you made? What did I forget about? What do you disagree on? Tell me in the comments.