The newbie’s guide to leveling up your lash game
The eyes are the windows to the soul—and they deserve *gorgeous* curtains.
BECOME A WAND WIZARD
Sure, your mascara’s formula is important, but how you apply it is *really* what makes your lashes pop. “Boost your curl with your first coat by rolling the wand from root to tip,” explains Amanda Bell, makeup artist and Pixi’s global director of education and artistry.
CURE YOUR CLUMPS
Layering your mascara helps build volume and length—but things can get clumpy if you wait too long between coats. “Brush lashes with a clean mascara brush [aka spoolie] while the formula is still a bit damp to separate sections,” advises Bell.
BEND ’EM LIKE…
If you’ve got super straight lashes (or just want to amp up your curl), try this hack: “Before applying mascara, first use your lash curler right at the root, then move up to the middle of your lashes and gently squeeze for added lift,” says Bell.
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TRADE UP YOUR TUBE
“A great mascara is 50% wand and 50% formulation,” says Bell. Want length? Look for a skinny wand with fibers that act as extensions. Trying to build volume? Look for thicker formulas with big, fat brushes.
If bits of your mascara end up on your face throughout the day, make sure your lashes are healthy and hydrated. “You can moisturize them at night by massaging a bit of facial oil into your lashes,” says Bell. (Just make sure the oil is free of fragrance or irritants like lavender or peppermint.) “And don’t hold on to your mascara for too long—toss it after three to six months.”
Whether you’re going for just a glimmer or full-on glam, prepare for your gaze to be glorious.
MOST NATURAL LOOKING
This mascara goes on light so you can build it as much as you want. Plus the clean, conditioning formula leaves lashes healthier after every use.
Saie Mascara 101, $24, saiehello.com
The tiny tubular fibers in this formula attach themselves to your lashes to create faux length without the need for falsies.
Hard Candy Dare to Extend Ultimate Lash Extension Mascara, $7, walmart.com
Yep, this mascara volumizes, defines and curls lashes—but it does all that while staying on through sweat *and* sad movies.
L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Waterproof Mascara, $11, drugstores
We *love* this gel mascara’s jet-black pigments that build up on top of each other to create super exaggerated volume without weighing down lashes.
Pat McGrath Labs Dark Star Volumizing Mascara, $30, sephora.com
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