Everyone applies mascara differently. However, when it comes to coating your lashes, there are a number of things to avoid. From pumping the mascara wand to applying too much product, this round up explores the mascara mistakes you might be making without even realizing it.
YOU’RE PUMPING YOUR MASCARA WAND
Repeatedly pumping the wand pushes air into the product. This makes the mascara dry out faster, which will cause clumping.
HACK: Try gently twisting the wand back and forth to pick up the desired amount of product without filling the tube with air.
YOU DON’T WIGGLE YOUR WAND
If you simply pull the mascara wand straight through your lashes, you won’t properly coat them.
HACK: Give your lashes the volume and length they deserve by wiggling the wand horizontally. You can also try a vibrating mascara such as the Lancôme ÔSCILLATION – Vibrating Infinite Powermascara (US $36; AED/SAR 134), which provides 7,000 oscillations per minute. In one sweep, the vibrating brush coats every hair for longer, denser lashes.
YOU DON’T WAIT TO CLEAN UP MISTAKES
If you get a little mascara on your skin, don’t rub it away immediately.
HACK: Wait for your makeup mishap to dry before using your nail to lightly scratch it off, or, opt for a product such as the Sephora Collection Targeted Eye Remover Swabs (US $5; AED/SAR 18). These cotton swabs contain just the right amount of makeup remover to erase unwanted traces of mascara without making an even bigger mess.
YOU’RE APPLYING TOO MUCH PRODUCT
If you don’t scrape mascara off the wand before applying it, you’re probably putting too much of it on.
HACK: After you remove your wand from the tube, gently wipe the excess mascara off on a tissue. This will ensure that you end up with longer lashes without any unwanted clumping.
YOU’RE NOT REMOVING YOUR MASCARA AT NIGHT
Not removing your mascara at night can cause two problems. Firstly, it hardens your lashes, which makes them prone to breakage while you sleep. Secondly, it prevents you from having a good base when you apply mascara the next day.
HACK: Try the Dior Instant Eye Makeup Remover (US $31; AED/SAR 113), to quickly and effectively remove all eye makeup—waterproof mascara included.