1. Keep It Clean
A clean mascara wand means much smoother application and a more even finish. Wash it every alternate week with warm water to get rid of any mascara build-up. Meanwhile, keep the tube covered with some scotch-tape during cleaning, to prevent hardening of the product. Ensure the wand is completely dry before placing it back in the tube. Next, prior to applying, wipe excess product off the wand, thereby leaving just the right amount needed to coat the lashes.
2. Heat It Up
Another useful tip is to avoid the hassles of clumpy, cakey mascara by warming it up slightly, before applying. Simply roll the tube briskly between your palms, and the heat from your body will warm the product, enabling a smooth, clump-free application.
3. Be Choosy
Be sure to invest in a mascara that suits you. Choosing water-proof mascara is essential, as 'raccoon eyes' look adorable on them, not on us. It's also important to know the finish of your mascara. For instance, sparse lashes require a volumizing formula, whereas short lashes need curling and lengthening options. This also implies choosing the right shape of brush being used.
Our favourites are the Lakmé Eyeconic Curling Mascara and Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara. The former has a Smart Curl Brush and D-Panthenol Moisturizer which gently adds volume to the eyelashes for a fresh day look. The latter is best suited for a night out as its easy applicator gives the eyelashes plenty of volume and definition while keeping them smudge-resistant and waterproof.
4. Wear It Right
It's always advisable to allow your mascara time to dry and set between coats. Use an eyelash comb to carefully remove any clumps of excess product, so the next coat can be applied smoothly. Opt for mascara that will curl your lashes outward, so you don't need an eyelash curler. Additionally, switch from your conventional black mascara to a tinted one. Purple, mauve and turquoise blue add a dash of excitement and tend to brighten the eyes, making them appear larger. Lastly, be sure to change your mascara every 3 to 6 months, to keep your eyes healthy and avoid bacterial build up.
5. Trick n' Treat
Primp your eyes with this quick 3-step trick. First, apply a single coat of mascara on your eyelashes. Next, douse a makeup brush in baby powder and gently dab it on the first coat, ensuring the powder doesn't enter your eyes. Lastly, finish off with a second and final coat of mascara. Your eyelashes will instantly appear full and thick.
There you go; 5 easy steps to achieve dramatic eyes. And remember, confidence will do for you, what no amount of makeup can! Good luck!