5 Quick and Essential Mascara Tips

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Raise your hand if you feel naked without mascara? Are you raising your hand? If you are, you’re not alone. Wearing mascara has become a daily part of our makeup routine. As a blogger who dabbles in the beauty department, I love experimenting and trying out different brands.

Mascara comes in so many different formulas, colors, and qualities. But, there are a few quick and essential mascara tips that every makeup user should know. Things I’ve learned along the way from brands, experts, and some of the best makeup artists around.

Expiration Dates

First and foremost, know that your makeup has an expiration date. No matter how much we spend on it, it’s not going to last a lifetime. Yes, that means your beloved mascara has a shelf-life. According to Good Housekeeping, you should toss your mascara away after three months. Apparently, a mascara tube is the perfect place for bacteria to grow!

Quit Pumping

I’ve learned over the years, that one of the most common things we do with our mascara is a big “no-no.” Before applying, how many of us pump the mascara wand in and out? We think we’re getting more product on the brush, but in reality we’re drying it out by forcing air into the the tube. Instead, simply turn the wand a few times. The brush will get all the product you need for application.

Wiggle It

Yes, there’s a way you should  be applying your mascara—one that will add thickness to your lashes. According to CoverGirl, hold the brush as close as possible to base of  your upper lashes. Then wiggle it as you move it up through your lashes. Let your mascara dry for 10 seconds and repeat.

Messy Clean Up

I don’t know about you, but I tend to make a little bit of a mess when I apply my mascara. You might get some on the upper lid, sometimes your cheek, and even on your nose. What? I’m only human! A makeup artists once taught me to allow the mascara to fully dry, then grab a cotton swab and just flick the dry mascara off. Trying to clean it off when it’s wet, will just make more of a mess.

Sharing is Not Nice

Yes, our moms taught us to share. But, what they didn’t tell us is that sharing our makeup is not nice! According to, it might not be such a healthy decision. Especially when it comes to your mascara. Beauty and skin care expert Dr. Laurie Polis tells WebMD why: “When it comes to bad makeup sharing habits,” Polis says, “the eyes rank as the most dangerous. The most common viral infection of the eye is conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, which is extremely contagious. People don’t always know they’re brewing it.” So…keep it to yourself!

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Article Posted 3 years Ago

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