Mascara 101: our top tips for dreamy lashes

Thickening, lengthening, curving, coloured… There are so many different types of mascara available today. To get the look you love, you’ve got to do more than just find the right one. You also have to know how to apply it and remove it without damaging your lashes.
To find out how, just follow this guide!

THE PERFECT MATCH FOR YOUR LASHES

You take your eye colour into consideration when choosing your eye shadow, right? Well, you also have to think about the shape of your lashes to find the right mascara. Short, full lashes demand a lengthening formula with a curved brush, while volumizing mascara is the right choice for long, thin lashes.

Pro tip: When you find the right formula, you want it to last! So remember: when you’re applying your mascara, avoid waving the applicator tube back and forth as air gets into the tube, which dries out the product, affecting its quality.

Our suggestions

Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara, 10 ml
Lancôme

Monsieur Big Volumizing Mascara, 10 ml
Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, 8 ml
L'Oréal Paris

Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, 8 ml

Take your lashes to paradise! There is L'Oréal Paris' first mascara for voluptuous volume and length, and a dramatic effect.

Total Temptation Mascara, 9.8 ml
Maybelline New York

Total Temptation Mascara, 9.8 ml

Total Temptation mascara builds lashes for full and soft volume.

THE SECRETS OF PROPER TECHNIQUE

Using a mascara brush might look like child’s play, but maximizing its effectiveness requires professional technique. The secret? Start by placing the bristles of the brush at the roots of the lashes. Then run the brush all the way up to the end of the lashes in little zigzag movements. To spread the formula evenly, start with the middle lashes then move outwards. If you’re looking for more intensity, apply a second coat.

If you slip and make a little mess, a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover will clean things up in a second. If you’ve already applied eye shadow or liner, you can let the stain dry and try lifting it off your skin later with the tip of a dry cotton swab.

Pro tip: Apply a little dab of mascara on the top of your lashes before you apply your regular coat to get a boost in volume. To accentuate the length of your lashes, sprinkle a little mattifying loose powder on your lashes while they're still moist and then add a new coat of mascara.

Our suggestions

Volumazing Mascara, 9 ml
Revlon

Volumazing Mascara, 9 ml
Worth the Hype Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara, 1 unit
NYX Professional Makeup

Worth the Hype Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara, 1 unit
V Element Volcanic Minerals Mascara, 1 unit
Lise Watier

V Element Volcanic Minerals Mascara, 1 unit

SAY GOODBYE TO LUMPS

To prevent your lashes from sticking together (and avoid the "crow's foot" look), make sure you apply the second coat of mascara while the first coat is still slightly wet. Another helpful tip: keep a tiny comb on hand to separate the lashes, spread the mascara more evenly and remove excess product after application.

REMOVING EYELASH MAKEUP GENTLY

This isn't a step you should neglect; the health of your eyes may depend on it. To make eyelash makeup removal easier and avoid irritating your eyes, always use a makeup remover designed specifically for the eyes. Soak a clean, cotton cloth with the makeup remover and lay it over the eyes, letting the product work its magic for a minute or two. Then wipe the cloth along the top and then bottom lashes without rubbing. To finish, use an oil-based makeup remover if you wear water-resistant mascara. 

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Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion with Cornflower Floral Water, 100 ml
Personnelle Cosmetics

Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion with Cornflower Floral Water, 100 ml

Gentle on the eyes. Paraben free, pH balanced.

Biocils Eyelash Care Eye Make-Up Removal Care, 100 ml
Biotherm

Biocils Eyelash Care Eye Make-Up Removal Care, 100 ml

Eye make-up removal care, limits lash loss.

Makeup Remover Pads Moisturizing, 78 units
Andrea Eye Q's

Makeup Remover Pads Moisturizing, 78 units
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Mascara 101: our top tips for dreamy lashes

Thickening, lengthening, curving, coloured… There are so many different types of mascara available today. To get the look you love, you’ve got to do more than just find the right one. You also have to know how to apply it and remove it without damaging your lashes. To find out how, just follow this guide!
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