I don’t often wear a lot of makeup, but I wouldn’t leave a burning building without first putting on my mascara. It’s my desert island makeup essential and I feel at least five times prettier with my coat(s) of lash armour. Yup, mascara is a great way to open the eyes, fake a good night’s sleep and add a sneaky dose of sex appeal. But, believe it or not, you could be doing it wrong. Read on to discover seven of the most common lash-tastrophes.
You’re hanging on to your old faithful waaaay too long.
Some of the bigger mascara tubes might last you six months or more. But that doesn’t mean you should keep your fave in rotation for so long. Chuck your mascara after three months or you’ll risk a nasty eye infection as bacteria takes up residence. You’ve been warned.
You’re applying top to bottom.
Make sure you apply mascara to your bottom lashes first. If you do your top lashes first, you’ll likely have a mascara smudge underneath your brows as you hold your eyes open and focus on applying.
You’re using the wrong formula for you.
Using a mascara with ingredients that make your tear up? It’s important to shop around for a product that’s right for you. Certified organic and formulated with nourishing plant extracts, Zuii organic mascaras are ideal for reactive eyes. And they also happen to smell like a bed of roses.
Not all mascaras are designed to do the same thing, either, which is why Zuii mascaras come in regular, volumising and lengthening formulas. Trust me – you’re sure to find your very own magic wand.
You’re leaving too much excess on your wand.
To avoid clumpy, spidery lashes, wipe any excess mascara off your wand with a tissue. Unless that is in fact the look you’re going for. In which case, carry on.
You’re not down with the wiggle method.
For gorgeous lashes, you really do have to wiggle it. Just a little bit. To make sure you coat all of your lashes and to avoid clumping, wiggle your mascara wand at the root of your lashes, then sweep upwards.
You’re pumping your wand.
Stop right now! To get enough mascara on your wand, try swirling in a circular motion rather than pumping it in and out of the tube. Your crazed pumping will only fill the tube with air and dry out the liquid. Which results in clumpy, flaky lashes.
You’re curling your lashes after you’ve applied mascara.
For wide-awake, fresh looking eyes, a lash curler is your BFF. Just make sure you curl first, mascara later. Otherwise you’ll end up with weirdly kinked lashes and risk yanking out a few in the process.