Beauty Tip: More Mascara!

The first thing to keep in mind about mascara is that you’re eyelashes aren’t going to look like the ones in the ads.  Those are fake.  Or Photoshopped.  Or both.  BUT here are some tips to make your lashes look as pretty as they can (sans Photoshop)…

Double Up:  Apply a “base coat” of mascara (I use my cheapest one for this).  Once it’s nice and dry, apply a second coat – and a third, if you really want to. You’ll get that dramatic eyelash look without buying fake lashes. Not that I have anything against fake lashes – I just don’t think I’m coordinated enough to get them to work right!

 Other Tips:

–  Don’t “pump” your mascara wand.  Just pull it out cleanly, apply mascara to one eye, and put it back in to repeat for the other eye.

– If your mascara is goopy (some of them are, because they’re made to lengthen lashes), gently scrape it against the inside of the tube as you pull it out, and only apply with the “scraped” area.

– Get as close to your eye as you can without getting mascara into it.

– If you end up with “clumps”, gently comb them out with an eyebrow comb.  Make sure you work from the “eyelid” side of your lashes, so you don’t end up smearing mascara onto your lids. (especially if you’ve already done your eye makeup!)

– Apply extra mascara to the outer corner lashes with a horizontal motion.  This will make your eyes look more feminine.

Some of My Favorite Mascaras:

Too Faced Lashlight (on sale for $22.50 at


Revlon Grow Luscious (not the “plumping” one!) –  approx. $8

Maybelline Volum’Express Colossal Waterproof – approx $7

Sephora Collection Advanced Lash Booster – $12

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  1. Love the mascara reviews! It’s my number one make-up item. I have tried a lot of brands but love very few.

    • I’ve had allergic reactions to a couple of L’Oreal ones, and one by Buxom (and mascara is the only thing that’s ever given me problems!). So, you won’t see me reviewing those brands…

  2. Stacy

     /  September 10, 2012

    Since I usually go out with just powder foundation & mascara & lip balm on, guess I should look into trying one of these more “upscale” brands. I still use the ol’ pink tube 😉


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