We all know that mascara can lengthen and add volume to your eyelashes. And is there anything more flirtatious than fluttering your mascara coated lashes at that cutie across the room? Amazing how a little lash-action can go such a long way. But with every great makeup product, there is usually a drawback. With mascara there are two minor obstacles every wearer has to overcome: how to properly apply mascara and how to remove mascara at the end of the day. To make life a little easier for everyone out there, here is a step-by-step guide to applying and removing mascara.
Guide To Applying and Removing Mascara
How To Apply Mascara - 3 Easy Steps
Step 1. Remove any excess mascara from the tip of the wand using a clean tissue.
Step 2. Starting with the top lashes, place the mascara wand horizontally at the base of your eyelash line with the wand positioned on top of the lashes. Then, wiggle the wand through to the tips of your lashes, brushing downward. Wait at least 30 seconds and apply a second coating, this time with your wand positioned under the lashes at the base and brushing upward.
Step 3. For the bottom lashes, hold the mascara wand vertically and skim it back and forth across the lashes. Use a clean spoolie brush to comb out any clumps.
Wow! How easy was that?! Who knew applying mascara would be so simple. Click on the following article link for tips on how to choose the best mascara for your type of lashes.
Now that you know how to apply mascara, how do you take it off? Luckily, removing mascara is almost as easy as applying it. But before we discuss different methods of removing mascara, it is important to know that you do not rub or pull on the lashes. Why? Because doing so may cause them to fall out. With this in mind, here are some easy and effective ways to remove mascara.
How To Remove Mascara
Step 1. Take a cotton pad and wrap it in a tissue, then saturate the tissue-covered pad with an oil-based remover (like Lancome Bi-Ficil Eye Makeup Remover).
FYI: Wrapping the cotton pad in a tissue prevents the pad from leaving behind cotton debris.
Step 2. Hold the saturated pad over your closed eye for 5 to 10 seconds. Next, gently wipe down, up and toward the outer corner of your eye. Repeat for other eye.
Step 3. Wash your face and eye area with your regular daily facial cleanser.
How To Remove Waterproof Mascara
If you wear waterproof mascara and the above method does not work, don't panick. Waterproof mascara is really hard to remove, even with eye makeup remover. The old fashioned method of removing waterproof mascara was to use baby oil and a cotton ball. However, the petroleum in the baby oil can cause eye irritation and/or damage. So this method is no longer advised. Instead, we recommend using olive oil to remove your mascara. Here is how:
- Dab some olive oil onto a clean cotton ball or pad, then place the cotton ball/pad over your lashes (eye closed).
- Hold the cotton ball/pad against your eye for about 30 seconds. The lipids in the olive oil act as a detergent and will dissolve/breakup the pigment in the mascara. Gently wipe down, up and toward the outer corner of your eye to get your lashes clean. Repeat for other eye.
- Wash your face and eye area with your regular daily facial cleanser.
We suggest you do not wear waterproof mascara on a daily basis. It is more difficult to remove than regular mascara and the process may cause you to lose lashes. This is not a good thing if it happens too often. Instead, save waterproof mascara for the weekends and special occasions. Other tips on how to remove waterproof mascara: using baby wipes to remove your mascara.
I have been using baby wipes for a while now. As all parents know, baby wipes are disposable cloths with cleaning agents. The cleaning agents in the baby wipes function similarly to the lipids in the olive oil and act to break down the mascara. The baby wipes take off both my waterproof mascara and waterproof eyeliner in no time. I find this method to be very effective. - GlamourEdited staffer
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