Mascara is one of the most commonly used makeup products, and can make a big difference in making the eyes look brighter and giving the illusion of longer, thicker eyelashes. It is important to apply mascara correctly, however, to avoid clumping or prevent infections in the eyes. Before you can apply mascara, you need to first find the type of mascara that is right for you.
There are many different versions available; you may choose a regular version or a waterproof version if necessary, but be sure to pick up some makeup remover as well if you choose a waterproof version. Colors of mascara range from dark black to brown, though jewel toned colors are also available. In general, it is simply a matter of preference, though people with very light blonde hair may want to avoid black mascaras. You may also choose lengthening or conditioning mascaras, which may actually encourage eyelash growth. Remember to replace your mascara every three to five months.
Once you have chosen the best product, it is time to apply mascara. Begin with clean, dry lashes; be sure not to get any facial moisturizer on the eyelashes, which will make it difficult for the mascara to stick. Pull the wand out of the mascara tube in one motion; do not pump the wand in and out of the tube, which can introduce air and bacteria into the mascara. Then, starting at the lash line on the upper lashes, gently pull the mascara wand through the lashes, all the way from the root to the tip. Always apply mascara up and away from the eyes, not down and toward the eyes.
For the appearance of a thicker lash line, some people recommend gently wiggling the wand back and forth at the base of the lashes, and as you are pulling the wand through the lashes. If you already have relatively thick lashes, you do not need to do this step when you apply mascara. Do not do this on the bottom lashes; in fact, some people do not apply mascara on the bottom lashes at all.
Once the mascara has been applied, you may use an eyelash comb if necessary to separate clumps. Wait a few seconds before blinking to avoid smudges, and only apply a second coat if necessary before the mascara has dried. It is best to only apply as much mascara as necessary to avoid clumps, and to prevent the mascara from flaking off and falling into the eyes. Some people may also choose to curl the eyelashes before they apply mascara, to make eyelashes look even prominent.