It’s taken me years to perfect the art of lash dressing. And I am here to tell you when it comes to wands, there is no one-size fits all. Here's what I have learned from beauty experts across the globe about the one makeup item most women would not be without.
Don’t pump for volume. Pumping adds air only to the mascara tube. If you are searching for fullness, you can’t rely on the mascara alone. Apply mascara, and then dust pressed powder onto your lashes, and then add another coat of mascara. The powder acts as a thickener and is excellent for preventing smudges.
Avoid black dots under your eyes. Paint the mascara onto your bottom lashes first, wait a few minutes, and then apply to the top lashes.
Mascara can double as eyeliner. In a pinch, I have used mascara as a gel eyeliner. Use a fine brush to apply a thin line of mascara along the top eyelid, look down until the formula is dry.
Blend grey. For brunettes, brown mascara is the ideal root-touch-up. For a temporary grey cover, swipe mascara at the roots around the hairline, or in brows. In summer go for a waterproof formula.
Keep mascara on the lashes. There is nothing worse than that lash blunder, where you get marks on the smoky eye you’ve worked so hard to create. Don’t fret. Wait until the mascara dries, and use a dry spooley brush (eyebrow groomer) to brush the marks away.
Emergency revival. Add a couple of drops of saline solution, (the kind you use for keeping contacts moist) into your mascara and swirl around with the brush to mix the formula with the solution. It will give any mascara a second life, for a few extra days.
Pale roots. Wiggle mascara at the base of your lashes. If you don't apply mascara from the roots, and then to the ends, your lashes will appear shorter than they are.
If your lashes need separation and length, here’s are my picks of the latest launches.
YSL Noir Haute Densite Mascara, $63. Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara, $57. Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara, $28. Maybelline New York Colossal Go Extreme Leather Black Mascara, $25.