Lashing Out: The Ins and Outs of Mascara

Want long, lush lashes like all the celebs have? Well, you don’t need fakes to get the look. With the right application tips — and, of course, the perfect mascara — your lashes will be thicker than you could have ever imagined. Keep reading to have all your mascara questions answered quicker than you can say Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler.jpgPREP AND PRIME
First off, you want those lashes curly. And since taking a curling iron to your lashes might singe, burn and otherwise hurt them more than you might like, it’s important to find another option. The absolute best one out there? A good eyelash curler, of course! And all the pros simply swear by the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler ($19 at There are many options out there, but this one really grabs each and every lash and pulls them upward and outward, making it next to impossible that coats of mascara must follow … well, almost! Best of all, it won’t grip your lashes too hard, so you won’t feel like you’re about to hurt yourself!

Sephora Lash Comb.jpgA FOR APPLICATION
What don’t you want when applying mascara? Clumps and flakes come to mind. But don’t worry … even with seriously wet, clumpy mascaras, there are ways around these problems! The easiest trick in the book is to comb through your lashes after applying each coat with — you guessed it — a lash comb. Our total fave is the Sephora Professionnel Platinum Lash & Eyebrow Comb #21 ($10 at It really grabs and pulls through every lash — even the baby ones at the inner corners — to make sure no clumps are left behind. We suggest applying one coat, combing through, applying a second coat and combing through again. This way, your lashes will be fat and spidery long!

Here’s a good rule to follow: The more you apply, the more appropriate the look becomes for night! We believe that one coat is perfect for daytime — whether you’re heading to class or out for some shopping with the girls. For a more pumped up look, though, try two coats — or even three for the more daring gals out there! Each coat will add more drama and pizazz to your lashes, making them look more and more intense.

Lancome BiFacil Remover.jpgTAKE IT OFF!
The best way to keep from getting eye infections, sties or other unsightly blemishes and bumps? Remove that mascara before bed! No matter how tired you may be, it’s absolutely important to make sure every trace of the stuff is taken off before you climb in between those sheets. Not only will you keep your pillowcases pristine without any pesky mascara smudges, your eyes will totally thank you. There are literally tons of fabulous options out there for you to use, but our number one pick is definitely Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($26 at Yes, it’s pricey. But you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck — it removes even the stubbornest of waterproof formulas and isn’t at all greasy or sticky. Plus, you only need a tiny drop on a cotton ball — so it will last for months!

And, of course, what would any mascara story be without a couple of recommendations? We’ve tried a lot of versions in our day … and while there are many that we’ll deign to use, only two really get our pulses racing.
Dior Diorshow.jpg1) Dior Diorshow Mascara ($24 at Our color of choice? Black. Why, you may ask? Because it results in the curviest, longest, sexiest lashes we’ve ever seen. Plus, it never clumps, fades, streaks or runs. We were hooked the very first moment we tried it — and we haven’t looked back since!

Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof.jpg2) Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara ($4.49 at This was one of our first-ever makeup purchases, and we’ve been in love for years. While some naysayers will say it makes their eyes water or burn, we’ve only had the best of experiences with it. We love how long our lashes look with only one coat, and the price is not too shabby!

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