February 17, 2015 12:00 AM | by Zeina Tawfik
10 Mascara Hacks Every Woman Should Know
When you ask women about the one makeup product they can't live without, the majority always answer 'mascara.' To make the most out of this popular makeup product, we thought of 10 mascara hacks every woman should know. There's a perfect mascara out there for every woman, but you need to know some tips and tricks to use it efficiently for the best results. From having clump-free lengthy eyelashes, to using your mascara in ways you never thought of before, here are 10 mascara hacks every woman should know.
1. When to throw away your mascara?
Your mascara should be thrown away 3 - 6 months after you first use it. Mascaras usually dry out, and using it for longer than 6 months will not guarantee you the desired look for your eyelashes.
2. The secret to clump-free eyelashes.
Don't blame your mascara for your clumped eyelashes, you're probably applying it in a wrong way. After you apply the first coat of mascara to your eyelashes, wait for a couple of minutes so it dries a bit, then apply the second coat. Now that's just one of the mascara hacks that will give you flawless eyelashes!
3. Removing excess mascara from the wand.
There's a right and wrong way to remove excess mascara from the wand. The right way, is to wipe the extra product off the mascara wand gently using a tissue paper. The wrong way, which most of women do, is to rub the wand bristles against the opening of the mascara tube. This will make the product accumulate around the opening and dry out each time you use it.
4. Using mascara instead of eyeliner.
This is one of the mascara hacks that can save you, if you ran out of gel or liquid eyeliner! Use your mascara as an alternative to gel or liquid eyeliner, by slightly dipping a slanted makeup brush into the mascara tube, then apply the product to your eyelids. Stay close to your lash lines and avoid the waterline!
5. How to fix dried-out mascara?
You can't really fix a dried-out mascara, it should be thrown away! However, if your mascara is just starting to dry out and you need to use it because you have no alternative, you can use this trick. Fill a cup with hot water, and soak the mascara in it (closed) for five minutes. When you open it, the product will be more easy to apply.
6. A trick to get thicker eyelashes.
You can thicken your eyelashes without applying false eyelashes! All you need is your mascara, baby powder and an eyelash curler. Start by applying a coat of mascara, then apply baby powder on your lashes using a cotton swab, finish off with another coat of mascara then curl your lashes with an eyelash curler.
7. What to do if you applied excess mascara to your eyelashes?
Don't freak out and wipe off all your eye makeup because you applied excess mascara! One of the mascara hacks you should know, is to use an eyelash comb to remove any excess product. Run the eyelash comb through your eyelashes from roots to tips, and the bristles will get rid of any excess mascara.
8. Avoiding mascara marks on your face.
Did you know that you can use a spoon in your beauty routine? To avoid any mascara marks on your face, get a spoon and hold it underneath/above your eyes while applying mascara to your lower/upper eyelashes. This way, any extra product will land on the spoon and not on your face!
9. A quick fix to cover your grey roots.
One of the unexpected ways to use your mascara is using it to cover your grey roots! If you don't have time to go to the salon to get your hair dyed, then use a mascara in the same shade of your hair and gently apply onto your scalp and hair roots. Make sure not to over-do it though, and brush your hair after you're done.
10. Don't ever share your mascara.
This isn't actually a mascara hack, but you must know that you should never ever share your mascara. Mascaras are one of the products that be contaminated with infection-causing bacteria! So for your health and safety, don't share your mascara with anyone.
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