My Mascara Tricks of the Trade

I make no secret of my mascara obsession.

I think great lashes frame your face equally as well as perfectly groomed eyebrows.

And as someone who doesn’t bother with elaborate eye makeup looks most of the time, I’m happy to spend a couple of extra minutes during my everyday makeup routine to make sure my lashes are looking their best.

Over time I’ve come up with a bit of a formula for defining my lashes, so I thought I’d share it with you on the blog today.

Here are my mascara tricks of the trade…

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Start with clean lashes.

If you want lovely lashes that don’t clump together, you need to start with a blank canvas.

Now, this is a bit of a ‘do as I say, don’t do as I do’ moment… you see, I’m a bit low key {read: lazy} when it comes to removing my makeup. On a good day, I’ll clean it off with some micellar water and cotton pads. On a bad day? Don’t ask.

When it comes to washing off my mascara, I do it under the shower. I gently rub my lashes between my wet fingers, rinsing with warm water until all of the mascara has come off.

This works for me, but might not work for you – so do whatever suits!

Next up, curl your lashes.

Apply your lash curler as close to the base of your top lashes as you can, then clamp closed for about 10 seconds. Repeat if needed.

I tend to ‘pump’ the curler open and closed for those 10 seconds. I have no idea why I do this, but it seems to work well.

Curling your lashes not only opens up your eyes, but makes your top lashes look longer too.

Open up your mascara wardrobe.

There are oodles of different types of mascaras on the market and while each product may claim to do various magical things, I find the proof is in the brush.

I usually have two or three different mascaras on the go at any one time. Two for my upper lashes and one for my lower lashes (that I can also use on my top lashes).

My current favourites are:

I tend to use the Benefit They’re Real! and L’Oreal Volume Million products on my upper lashes due to the bigger brush size and the L’Oreal False Lash mascara on my lower lashes, as one side of the brush has very small bristles.

Get to know the type of brush and brands that suit your lashes and start your very own mascara wardrobe.

Step 1: the swoop.

Start by applying mascara to the tops of your upper lashes.

Basically, this maneuver entails swooping the mascara wand down the length of your top lashes, starting from the root, along the lash and out to the tip.

This coat acts like the primer of your foundation routine. It’s the first step to long and voluminous lashes and really does make a difference.

Step 2: the fan.

This move is a bit faffy, but totally worthwhile.

The tip of the mascara wand should be pointed towards the corners of your eyes at all times.

This means when you’re applying product to the outer lashes, the tip of the wand should be pointing towards your ear. And when you’re applying product to the inner lashes, the tip of the wand should be pointing towards your nose.

Basically, the routine for this step goes like this:

  • inner lashes {tip pointing towards nose}
  • middle lashes {tip pointing towards nose}
  • outer lashes {tip pointing towards ear}

This will ensure every single lashes – even the teeny tiny ones – will be coated with mascara and you will end up with fabulous fanned out lashes.

Step 3: the flip.

As soon as you’ve finished step 2, dip your wand into the mascara again.

If you’re a multiple mascara user like me, now’s the time to swap to your second weapon of choice.

Starting as close to your lash line as possible, wiggle the wand upwards along the underside of your top lashes, from the root to the tip.

Doing this while your mascara is still wet helps your lashes maintain a gorgeous curl when dry (with no clumps).

Don’t forget to flip the wand when applying mascara to the outer corner of your eyes, as detailed in step 2.

Fanning the lashes out in the direction of their natural growth helps maintain that beautiful winged shape we all love.

Step 4: the lower lashes.

For your bottom lashes, work with whatever product you have left on your wand – don’t worry about reloading product.

Simply wiggle the wand at the lash line and then flick the underside of the lower lashes with the wand to give them a boost.

I know some people don’t like to use mascara on their bottom lashes, but I find just a tiny bit of product helps to fully define my eyes and gives my lower lashes {which are basically invisible} an oomph they desperately need.

Step 5: the clean up.

Clean up any mascara mess with a cotton bud.

Dip in a tiny bit of water and then gently swipe underneath your lower lashes from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye.

Flip the cotton bud over to the other (clean) end, dip in a tiny bit of water and swipe again underneath your lower lashes, but this time from the outer corner to the inner corner of the eye.

This will ensure a crisp clean finish and also that your lower lashes are sitting in place perfectly.

And there you have it – lovely luscious lashes!

For more mascara magic, check out this post over on Kimba Likes.

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  1. Lisa says

    Hi Sonia,

    Would you recommend replacing your eyelash curlers regularly? I feel as though mine aren’t curling as well as they once did.

    Lisa x

    • Sonia says

      Yes definitely! Good quality eyelash curlers usually come with replacement pads for the clamping section of the curler (where you squeeze your lashes between). If you’re using your curler daily or quite frequently, you should change the pad every few months. If you’ve run out of pads or it still doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, I’d look at getting a new eyelash curler. Hope this helps!

  2. says

    I’m currently loving Tarte Cosmetics Lights, Camera Lashes which gives a lovely separation and curl and for more drama, Essence Lash Princess which is so inky black and volumising, it’s hard to believe the ridiculously low, low price!

  3. says

    I love the fan effect I find it really helps length and de-clump the lashes. I use a mascara one of my friends bought from over seas its actually the gel that you use before you apply mascara fibres but it works just as well.


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