Mascara 101

November’s beauty tip is dedicated to mascara, how best to apply it and make the most out of which ever brand you’re already using. Since last month was Lash Care 101, I thought it would be great to follow that up with how to accentuate those lashes of yours now that you’re taking good care of them. If you missed October’s beauty tip, check it out here.

Mascara 101

Because mascara is such a personal thing, I’ll mention a few of my fave brands, but really, this post is more about making the most out of the one you already have. With all the different reasons for loving or hating a mascara, there really just isn’t one universal one that works for everyone – so it’s trial and error to find one you love. Either way, the best way to apply it is by following these easy steps.

  1. Curl your lashes first

Curling your lashes first helps to make the eyes appear bigger so unless you were blessed with perfectly curled lashes, taking the 10 seconds (for each eye) to curl your lashes first really makes a difference. Here is a great one, but they do make eye lash curlers based on eye shapes (deep set eyes, round eyes, etc.), so definitely look for one specific to your eye shape for the best results.


  1. Use a lash primer

Priming your lashes also helps which ever mascara you have perform better. A good lash primer can prevent your mascara from flaking throughout the day, amplify volume and length, as well as condition and moisturize your lashes. A few of my faves are linked in the section below.

  1. Wipe the excess product from the brush prior to applying

Most mascara brushes actually have too much product on them when taking the wand out of the tube so it’s important to wipe off the excess on a tissue to prevent your lashes from getting too clumpy. I think most people tend to wipe the excess on the sides of the tube, but that can lend itself to mascara building up at the opening and eventually affect the bristles of the brush and adding additional, unnecessary further clumping.

  1. Apply to your bottom lashes first

It might feel un-natural, but it’s really the best way to prevent any mascara mishaps from happening. If you do your top lashes first, and then move to your bottom lashes, you could potentially get your wet mascara on your eyelids the moment you look up to get your mascara on those bottom lashes.  So start from the bottom up to save yourself some correction time.

  1. Apply to your top lashes last

For all the same reasons mentioned above.

  1. Use two mascaras

Using two mascara’s can really take your mascara game to the next level. I guarantee you’re likely doing more than one coat of mascara anyways – so why not use two different mascara’s to make a huge difference. For instance, I really like to use a curling mascara first, but then follow up with more coats of a lengthening mascara. The lengthening mascara really builds on top of the fibers of the first mascara and seems to work even better than alone as is. So depending on what you’re looking to do, it’s great to have two different mascara’s to work together to make the most of your lashes.

The Do-Not’s of Using Mascara

  1. Do not pump the mascara wand

This can add air into your mascara tube making it dry out faster, and could even potentially allow for bacteria to grow in your mascara tube – Ewwwww!!! So if this is a habit for you, try to break it ASAP! If you’re at the end of your tube, it’s best to make circular motions with the wand to get any product that could be in there instead of pumping the want.

  1. Do not use old mascara

I know it’s tempting to keep mascara around for as long as possible. Typically you should replace it at LEAST every 6 months, but if you wear it everyday, it’s probably more like 3 – 4 months. As soon as you notice more flaking, or that it’s not going on as smoothly anymore, those are all signs you’re about to need a new tube. This is one rule to follow to prevent eye irritations and making your lashes look their best all the time.

  1. Do not curl your lashes after applying mascara

This is more important than you think. Once you apply mascara, the product hardens on your lashes and if you curl AFTER this hardening, then you’re likely going to cause lash breakage. Not good! This makes for short lashes – which no one wants. You could also risk your lashes sticking to the curler and being pulled out once you remove the curler from your lashes. So this is another rule to follow to ensure you are taking the best care of your lashes as possible.

  1. Do not sleep in mascara

Another tempting mistake to make, but be sure you GENTLY remove that mascara every night. It’s so important, again for that breakage thing. Leaving mascara on during sleep can cause lash breakage or excess shedding as well. It’s best to use a product specifically for removing mascara (especially if you wear waterproof mascara!) so that you’re not having to rub those eyes excessively, which leads to premature aging and causing additional shedding. We all need every lash we grow these days, right?

A few of my faves


Chanel Beaute Des Cils Nourishing Mascara Base – $32

Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer – $22

MAC False Lashes Maximizer – $18


MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black – $23

Chanel Le Volume De Chanel – $32

W3ll People Expressionist Mascara – $21.99 *Most natural option

I would love to hear from you once you start using some of these tips and if you’re happy with your results.