5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Mascara

When it comes to makeup, there really are no rules. Makeup should be fun, and an expression of who you are. There are, however, a few tips that can be helpful to everyone no matter how you prefer to wear your makeup. Read on to see if you are making any of these 5 mistakes when applying your mascara. 

Mascara is one of the first makeup products that most people learn to use when they first start wearing makeup. It can make such an impact on the eyes, and make even a bare face look more put together. Most people will skip blush or lipstick before they skip a quick coat of mascara, so why not use it to its fullest potential? Here are 5 mistakes that you may or may not know you are making when applying mascara.

1. You apply to your top lashes first


Here’s what happens when you apply mascara to your top lashes first — Your wet top lashes will hit your eyelids when you tilt your head to apply to your lower lash line. This will leave you with black specks on your lids that are near impossible to remove. Applying mascara to your bottom lashes first will prevent this since they don’t really have a range of motion like your upper lashes do. Once you get in the habit of starting with your bottom lashes, you won’t even think twice about it. 

2. You don’t curl your lashes


Curling your lashes is an essential part in the eyelash “lengthening” process. Of course it doesn’t actually lengthen your lashes, it just makes them appear longer by making them stand up. An eyelash curler that many swear by is the Revlon eyelash curler. It’s able to get close to your lash line, which is the key to a good curler. Go one step further by warming up your eyelash curler with a hair dryer. Just as you use heat to curl your hair, a warm eyelash curler will help your lashes hold a curl longer. Remember to check your warmed curler on your arm first to be sure it’s cool enough to put next to your eyes!

3. You pump your wand


Pumping your wand pushes air into the tube, causing your mascara to dry out more quickly. Not only will it shorten the life of your mascara, it will also make it clumpy and hard to apply. Not to mention, all the air that is pushed into the tube creates bacteria that will multiply over time. You don’t want that in any of your makeup products, but you especially don’t want it in anything that goes near your eyes!

4. You’re using the wrong wand


The wand can make all the difference in how you want your eyelashes to look. It doesn’t really matter what the formula of the mascara is like if you can’t apply it the way you want it. Reuse your favorite wand by cleaning it with brush cleaner, or make a DIY version with olive oil + antibacterial soap. Read our post on how to properly clean makeup brushes. Your clean wand will be good to go with your new mascara!

5. You’re using old mascara


You might be surprised just how quickly mascara expires. Typically the lifetime of a mascara is around 4 months! Many people are guilty of keeping mascara past its prime, whether they know about it or not. Buy an affordable mascara, like Covergirl Bombshell Volume and you won’t feel as bad about replacing it so often. Old mascara is harder to apply because it is thicker and therefore applies more clumpy. Things that can shorten the life of mascara include leaving it open and exposed to air, causing it to dry up, and leaving it in extreme heat or cold.


Now that you know what not to do, you can be confident your mascara game will be on point. Whether you’re doing a full face of makeup or just looking for some lash definition with a fresh face, avoid these 5 mistakes and you’ll have the perfect lashes every time. 

Be sure to check out our post Busy Mom Beauty Basics: BB Cream & Mascara and visit our Beauty section for more beauty posts.


Photo Credits: Kristen Love

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Kristen Love

Kristen Love resides in the Chicago area with her husband & two kiddos-- an energetic toddler who will do anything to make his sweet, baby sister giggle (which doesn't take much). She is the author behind The Love Notes Blog, a YouTube beauty vlogger, an extreme DIY’er, obsessive chick flick watcher, lover of all things pretty & her spirit animal is Li’l Sebastian. Connect with her! Blog: www.thelovenotesblog.com | Instagram: @thelovenotes | Facebook: The Love Notes Blog | Twitter: @lovenotesblog | Snapchat: @thelovenotes | YouTube: www.youtube.com/kristenlove13

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