For many of us, applying mascara is as routine as a morning latte. It’s part of our beauty ritual and completes our look, like the perfect lipstick. You’d never think of going to a cocktail party or a date without mascara right? But who taught you how to apply mascara? Your mother? Your sister perhaps? Or maybe it was just a DIY project when you were 12 and having a sleepover with your bestie. If you thought mascara was a no-brainer, think again. We’re here to tell you that there’s a good chance that no matter who taught you, you’re doing at least one thing wrong. But the good news is that there’s an easy fix for every mistake.
1. You Don’t Zig Zag
This basic motion ensures a fuller, thicker lash look. For top lashes, hold the wand at the bottom of your lashes, then zig-zag as you move the wand upwards. “This will help give your lashes a curled effect. Keep repeating this until you get your lashes as thick as you want, usually two to three coats. When it comes to the bottom lashes, tilt your head forward slightly to keep from getting mascara onto your cheek,” Marlena, founder and CEO of the blog Makeup Geek, explained to GoodHousekeeping.