Finding the perfect mascara is hard, but your technique is just as important and can improve even the most basic mascara formula. Over the years, we’re tried and tested tons of hacks; some of them were amazing, and some were slightly disappointing. Today, we’re sharing the 10 best tips and hacks we’ve ever tried, from how to avoid clumps, how to make your mascara last longer, and how to prevent smudging. Check out our go-to mascara hacks for long, legit lashes!
If you’re not planning on wearing eyeshadow – and therefore don’t need to worry about the fallout on your lashes – apply your mascara before your foundation. This gives you free rein to be as messy as you like without messing up your makeup – let’s be real, it’s so much easier to get better lashes when you don’t need to be careful of your flawless cut crease. Clear up messy lids with a little micellar water or eye makeup remover on a Q-tip, then apply your foundation and powders as usual.
With that said, if you’re planning a major eyeshadow look with formulas that typically have some fallout, then do your mascara last to keep your lashes fresh.
For super fluttery lashes, wipe your mascara wand lightly on a tissue to remove any excess formula from your brush. This will help you avoid unwanted clumps or flaking.
Applying mascara to already dried mascara more often than not turns out looking clumpy. After all, If it dries clumpy, no amount of brushing on more formula will change that. When building up mascara, layer gradually and do one eye at a time so you can continue to brush through the formula while it’s wet, until you’re happy with the length and volume you’ve built.