Mascara cheats worth knowing

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Cheats to applying mascara

Most women who wear make-up won’t leave the house without mascara. It’s the single item that can take you from looking your usual self, to looking wide awake, flirty and bright eyed. Applying it is easy enough, but with some insights on the product, you can learn to make the most out of your favourite little wand. Here, our cheats to getting the most out of your mascara.

Cheats to prevent clumping
* If you’re applying more than one coat of mascara, never allow a coat to dry before applying the next. Applying wet mascara over dry mascara is sure to leave you with clumps.
* Remove any excess product from your wand before applying your mascara by gently wiping it on a tissue.
* While your lashes are wet, sweep a clean, dry mascara wand through them to remove any clumps. Some stores sell clean ones solely for this purpose, but you can also create your own one by thoroughly washing and drying a wand from an old mascara tube.
* Close your eye and carefully pull the mascara wand through the top of your lashes from root to tip. This works wonders in removing clumps.

Cheats to make the most of your product (and your lashes)
* Some women swear by only wearing mascara on their top lashes, but if you want to open your eyes and make them appear wider, add a few slicks to your bottom lashes as well.
* If you’re used to getting mascara all over your skin when applying it to your bottom lashes, carefully place a tissue underneath your lash line – this will capture any excess product. Or try the spoon trick some folks swear by. Simply hold a teaspoon gently against the upper eyelid and apply the mascara, any residue will coat the spoon and not your lids.
* Instead of pulling the wand through your lashes in one rapid movement, wiggle it from left to right as you slowly move it through the lengths of your lashes. This action separates the lashes and also helps give the base of your lashes a bit more volume.
* Curl your eyelashes with an at-home eyelash curler. Not only does it make your eyes appear larger, but it widens them too. Plus your lashes will start to resemble the lashes in mascara adverts thanks to their new shape!


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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Carly Andrews

    Cant go anywhere without my mascara, always done the wiggle. Thanks for the tips

    11 months ago •

  1. Leigh- Christyn

    Applying a thin layer of Vaseline to lashes before applying mascara also prevents clumping and makes the mascara slide on better :)

    1 year ago •


    Great tips! I already do most of them.

    2 years ago •

  1. Tandana Mtegha

    Mascara is a must have beauty item for me! ALWAYS brightens up the eyes

    3 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    Good tips. Noticed and shall comply.

    3 years ago •

  1. Sandra Phoma

    Best tricks ever. My favourite is removing excess product on a tissue. It promises even application and no clumps. A lot of make-up artists do this.

    3 years ago •

  1. Janneke Gerber

    Pressing the wand against the bottom lashes instead of using a sweeping motion makes it much easier to apply mascara to your bottom lashes without getting product onto your skin as well.

    4 years ago •

  1. Sunuri Subramoney

    The wiggle tip is a winner!

    4 years ago •

  1. Hess

    Some really useful tips – I almost always struggle with putting mascara on the bottom lash.

    4 years ago •

  1. Jenna-Lee Pretorius

    I never know if I am doing it right, I always use mascara and always want to try new things, but it can be messy to have to redo

    4 years ago •

  1. Gervase

    I’m afraid of the eyelash curler. LOL. I intend to try the wiggling while applying. I usually only use one coat as I once ended up trying to separate my clumped eyelashes and needless to say I am quite a few eyelashes short!

    4 years ago •

  1. me

    The tip to wiggle and sweep the wand to keep the lashes separate is a great one.

    4 years ago •

  1. Nadia Lucas

    Wow thanks for the tips, I have very long lashes and will defz try these tips.

    4 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    I swear by the eyelash curler! I’ve been using mine for a few months now, and have never looked back. It does take some getting used to, because you can clamp your skin (sometimes I still do!), but it gets easier. Remember to clamp down as near to the base of the lash as you can. I find gently flicking the lash outward after curling them, serves to open my eyes even more. Do this just before applying your mascara. If there are clumps, just keep brushing and they should disappear. I’ve always had a problem with my short lashes, but ever since I’ve added the curler to my beauty routine, I’ve been getting tons of compliments. People even think I’m wearing falsies sometimes! :) Go for the curler. It’s well worth it and retails for around R50 at Clicks. You can get them in a pretty pink or a plain silver. xx

    4 years ago •

  1. Fuhri

    Thank you, never thought of cleaning an old brush and use it to remove clumps. Definitely doing this from now on.

    4 years ago •

  1. Manyela

    I found the tissue useful no more messy eyes. haaay!

    4 years ago •

  1. Carina Vermooten

    So many great tips! Thank you!

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Thanks for this! I normally store the open top of my mascara tube upside down on top of a tissue when I’m using the wand. My thinking is that I keep more air out of the bottle while I’m busy apply mascara.

    4 years ago •

  1. Lorraine

    I have always waited for my mascara to dry before I put on the second cote. Now I know what I have been doing wrong.

    4 years ago •

  1. Alae Conradie

    I never thought about cleaning my mascarra wand in between uses! This is such a great tip that makes sense! I’m sure there’s some old dry mascarra stuck on the wand that makes the wand clumpy and messy!

    4 years ago •

    1. MEL1SSA

      If it smells, throw it away. Mascara has a lifespan of about 3 months.

      4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I was always told to let mascara dry between coats. I guess I have learnt something new.

    4 years ago •

    1. MEL1SSA

      If you let it dry, it clumps. Its not like painting a house, the fresher the application, the easier it is for the mascara to bond with each other and look good…
      I have another little tip. I use 2 different mascaras because (be honest – we all know that mascara advertising is as fake as flying unicorns – those woman have lash perms and extensions) … My first application is of a mascara with thin bristles that adds length (I do no coats of that to smoothen the lashes and make sure they are all singular) … Step 2 is to apply a mascara with Volume to make the lashes look thicker and darker. Works all the time – Doesnt matter what brand you really use as long as you using 2 different bristles. You cant use 2 mascaras that are for volume as you will end up with clumps and it will look like you painted tar on your lashes. Try it … It works and is easy … If you want to save money, buy a cheap lengthening / see-through mascara and then use your normal mascara :)

      4 years ago •

  1. Nickay Heyman

    Because I always mess I never wanted to apply to the below lash, but thanks for the advice makes me feel little more confidant in giving it a try. Miss N

    4 years ago •

  1. MissAnnieMK

    I love to play up my eyes. Great tips!

    4 years ago •

  1. Charlie

    Great tips thx! I always wear mascara on bottom lashes as well.

    4 years ago •

  1. Liezel Maree

    Dare leave the house without mascara and people start asking if you’re tired or sick. Mascara is the oxygen of my make up world.

    4 years ago •

  1. Cornelli

    Mascara is my favourite beauty product as it can do wonders for your face! These cheats are really helpful!

    4 years ago •

  1. Kariwo

    The tissue tip for the bottom lashes sounds awesome. I always end up with a mess and had given up. Will def give it a try. Thanks!!

    4 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    These are just amazing tips thanks guys, I really do mess so I almost never apply the lower lashes but will try the tissue

    4 years ago •

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