Your eyes are the windows to your soul. They’re also on the front line if you’re flirting with that cute boy across the bar. Really, they are the first thing everyone sees when they meet you – or even see you walking down the street.
That’s why you’ve heard us preach it over and over again: if you’re going to only make up one part of your face, definitely, positively, make it your eyes. It doesn’t matter what else you do with your makeup; if you don’t nail your eyes, your look can fall flat. Likewise, you can put on absolutely zero makeup everywhere else, but if you just rock some awesome eyes, you can still look really put together.
In other words, it’s important! And there are lots of things to take into account when you sit down to do your eyes. You don’t need a ton of stuff, but you do need a few things. Namely, you need, at the very least, some eye shadow, eye liner and (the reason you’re here…) mascara!
Mascara can really tie your whole look together. It gives you those long, voluptuous eyes that say, “Get over here, or lose me forever!” It gives you some allure, some style, you know?
Luckily, mascara is probably the least complicated of the three essential eye makeups. There are some things you can do to enhance the effect of mascara, like curling your lashes, but with mascara, it’s much more about finding a great product than being some kind of makeup genius.
And that’s why we put this list together! We wanted you to be able to walk into a drugstore and know all about the best drugstore mascaras available. So check it out!
Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your Mascara
Now, mascara is pretty easy. Still you can’t really just dunk your mascara wand in the bottle like an Oreo cookie and start slathering mascara on your eyes. You’ve got to use a little technique! So, here are a few tips and tricks to help you rock your mascara like, well, a rock star!
- Don’t pump the wand! Remember, it’s not an Oreo. Don’t just dunk it in there like a friggin’ cookie. When you do this, you’re basically aerating the mascara (forcing air bubbles into it), which will make it dry out much faster. Instead of pumping, insert the wand gently and twist it to fill it with mascara – kind of like you would with a paint roller.
- Curl your lashes. Curling your lashes may not be necessary, especially if you’ve got naturally long eyelashes. However, for most girls, it can help add a little volume to your eyes. If you do curl your lashes, start at the base and hold for about 15 seconds. Then, drag the curler to the ends of your lashes and repeat a few times. Again, you don’t have to do this, but this definitely opens up the eye, and I do it most days.
- Scrape it off! Back to our paint roller analogy. You know how when you first get your roller filled with paint? You have to scrape off the excess paint so you don’t leave globs on your wall. Mascara is the same way. After you load up your wand, scrape off any extra mascara to avoid clumpy-looking eyelashes.
- Look ahead! For your top lashes, you’re going to want to look straight ahead. Start at the base and uses a kind of oscillating sweeping motion as you move the wand up and out. Make sure you’re moving with the natural curve of your eyelashes. Repeat until your lashes look how you want them. For me, it usually takes 3-4 passes.
- Use a business card. Sometimes, it’s tough not get mascara on your cheeks when applying to your lower lashes. If this sounds familiar, one of my favorite tricks is to use a business card. Just hold it between your lashes as your cheeks to make sure none of the mascara is transferred onto your face!
- Use a bit more eyeliner. Using eyeliner creatively can go a long way to making your lashes look nice, dark and full. The trick here is to apply it to the waterline of your upper eyelid. Just pull back your lashes slightly and apply a bit of liner right under there on your lid. Obviously, be super careful.
Those are just some quick tips! To help you out a bit more, here’s an awesome video: