Found the perfect mascara? Make sure you’re getting the most out of it by following these handy tips for perfect application, every time. By Nicole Mangura.
1. Brush up on your knowledge
Mascara brushes come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s vital to know which brush does what. Short rubber bristles are excellent for getting to the base of the lashes, while fibre ones are ideal for creating a wide-eyed flutter.
2. Wiggle while you work
When applying mascara to a client, wiggle your wand in a zig-zag motion from root to tip to achieve maximum product coverage, then use the wand vertically to coat bottom and corner lashes.
3. Get layering
Apply a regular formula to your client’s lashes before you go in with the waterproof. Waterproof is good for holding a curl and avoiding smudging but the regular layer makes it easier for clients to remove at the end of the day.
4. Feel the heat
To give lashes more body, heat up your lash curler with a hairdryer or warm water before using it. Just make sure to test the temperature on your wrist before using it on a client.
5. Don’t toss those old brushes
Get a flawless, clump-free look for your clients by recycling an old clean brush and combing it through their lashes from root to tip. A clean wand can also be used in a pinch to tame flyaway hairs and groom brows.
6. Patience is a virtue
Smudged mascara is a pain to deal with but the best way to remove it is to allow the mascara to dry before spot cleaning. Use a cotton swab and dab at the dry product to keep the rest of your client’s eye make up in tact.
7. Always play both sides
Swiping underneath and upwards is the go-to for mascara application but to get more product on those lashes, have your client look down so you can also apply mascara to the top side.
8. Get to the root of it
On your client, use mascara to line the tiny areas of skin between the roots of each lash. Filling in these spots gives the illusion of thicker, more voluminous lashes while still allowing a natural looking finish.
9. A little something extra
After applying the first layer of mascara to your client, coat both their top and bottom lashes in a fine layer of baby powder before adding more layers. This build up will give your client a false lash look without all the hassle. Just be sure not to use this trick on clients with sensitive skin.
10. That’s a wrap!
Having some trouble getting your client’s fake lashes to stay stuck? Wrap them around a make up brush before applying, to give them a little curl. It’ll make it easier to form them to the shape of your client’s eyes when you’re applying them.
Have your say: What’s your number one, fail-safe mascara tip for getting those perfect lashes?