It’s 6:30 in the morning. You just barely saved your white blouse from a nice warm coffee demise, and all you’ve left to do is throw on some mascara. Do you…
A. Close your eyes, wiggle the wand randomly in the vicinity of your lashes, and hope for the best?
B. Look straight into the mirror, and take a few seconds slowly sweeping the bristled brush from base to tip, possibly allowing time for a second coat?
C. Stop, take a deep breath, and with your disposable sponge, gently lift your eyelid while you wiggle your brush at the roots, sweeping them quickly outward and upward, turning the brush vertically to add a bit of length at the corner, and wiggling it over the lower lashes?
Hopefully, you picked (C), as you may have guessed that in this case, the most complicated answer is the right one.
Mascara is one of those magic products that can completely transform your look, even if you’re not wearing another stitch of makeup. But, like trying a new hair color, not all transformations work out well. Some methods of application could leave you with spindly lashes, clumpy lashes, flakes of black on your cheeks, little freckles dotted over your meticulous eyeshadow or bare lids… You get the idea.
Find the right method, however, and even the shortest, lightest lashes can turn into wham bam eye-poppers! Devote an extra minute or two to perfecting your mascara routine every day, and all this could be yours.
So, grab a disposable, triangular makeup sponge and your favorite mascara. Look straight ahead into the mirror, and place the side of the makeup sponge at the root of your upper lashes, then pull upward toward your brow. Having the sponge here serves a dual purpose: to protect your lid from spots of accidental mascara, and to prevent your finger (which, hopefully, you would be using for the same, prior reason) from creating a dent in your lashes during application, which could lead to uneven distribution of the product.
Take the wand, and blot it lightly on a tissue to remove excess product that could produce clumping. Place the brush nearly horizontally at the base of your lashes, and wiggle it back and forth. Sweep it up and out, with a slight flick at the end. Repeat once or twice to add definition. This method both volumizes and lengthens. The wiggling at the root distributes the most product there, which gives the appearance of thick lashes (the same reason why we push eyeliner into the lashline), and sweeping up and out quickly, adding a flick at the end, barely coats the lashes — tinting them — with a bit of extra product at the tips to lengthen without bulk.
Turn the wand vertically now, and use the same method of wiggling side to side and sweeping up and out, but just at the outer corners. Adding length and a tiny bit of clumpiness (this is the only time that this word is not to be feared!) at the outer edges not only makes your eyes pop and look incredibly bigger, but it gives the illusion of perfectly defined lashes all across your eyes as well.
Keeping the wand vertical, just pat it over and slightly wiggle it across the lower lashes to add some definition without going all Twiggy with it.
Now, out you go! Work that wand! I’m sure your boss won’t mind you being a few minutes late if you show up looking this good, right?