How to Make the Most of Your Mascara

Follow these tips and get ready to bat those lashes.

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1. Curl Your Eyelashes Before Applying Mascara

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Even if you're not using a curl-inducing mascara, a quick pass with a eyelash curler before mascara application can help give your lashes a boost.

2. Allow Coats to Fully Dry Before Applying More

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"You're probably rushing out the door and want to apply another coat of mascara as soon as possible—but if you go near your eyes before the mascara is dry, you may lose your curl," the Alima Pure cosmetics team advises. Wait a few seconds and reapply for the thickest, most voluptuous lashes.

3. Start Applying Mascara From Root to Tip

"Start at the base of your lashes and wiggle the wand through to build volume and length," says Alima Pure. "Keep it simple, and let it dry."

4. Coat Both Sides of Your Lashes

For thick lashes, apply mascara from root to tip first on the tops of your lashes, then repeat on the bottom.

5. Wipe Excess Mascara Off Your Wand Before Applying

A fully saturated mascara wand makes precise application difficult. Run your wand over the tube's opening before applying, so as to not waste mascara.

6. Don't Pump Your Wand!

Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics, $24,

Pumping your mascara wand in and out of the tube won't help to coat it—instead, you'll let air into the tube, drying out the mascara faster. Instead, swirl the wand around as you pull it out.

7. Replace it Every Three to Six Months

When your mascara is dry, it won't give you the results you want. Toss it once it starts to lose its moisture.

8. Give Brown Mascara a Chance

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"Brown mascara plays up lighter eye color—it's a trick Bette Davis swore by," says Alima Pure. "Plus, it can multitask to define brown eyebrows."

Still looking for the perfect mascara? Give one of these a go.

Natural Definition Mascara, $22,

All-natural ingredients give lashes an effortlessly defined look.

Volume Express The Falsies Mascara by Maybelline, $8,
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Like a dramatic lash? Try this affordable option.

HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara, $23,
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Go big or go home with an inky mascara that comes with an ultra-fluffy brush.

High Impact Mascara, $18,

Proof that brown mascara can give the same volumizing effect as a darker option.

Secret Weapon 24Hr Mascara by Mirenesse, $29,

This long-lasting mascara ensures you won't end the day with raccoon eyes.

Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics, $24,

For a wide-eyed look, curl lashes and then use this mascara to lift lashes into a perfect swoop.

Voluminous Original Mascara by L'Oréal Paris, $5,

L'Oréal's thickening mascara is a drugstore option that rivals pricier mascaras.

Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara, $20,

At last, you can watch your favorite tear-jerking movie and still come out with long, thick lashes.

From: Seventeen
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