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12 Mascara Tricks for Flirty Lashes

Let your eyes speak for themselves.





Putting on mascara isn't exactly rocket science: remove wand from tube, swipe, swipe again, look appraisingly in mirror, nod at self, and put wand back in tube. Seems simple—is simple. But as well as our swipe-and-go routine has served us, we can't help but feel we're missing something. We've watched pros do this oh-so-basic beauty move a hundred times, and where we get a slightly chopped-up fringe, they create mile-long lashes that would make Kim Kardashian cry.
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We wanted to learn how to get more from our mascara. So we talked to some of our favorite makeup masters to learn how they create crazy-long, full lashes. Turns out, there are a ton of tiny tweaks that could make a dramatic difference in your lash look.

Read on for their secrets to a lush, fluttery fringe.



Curl First

Almost every makeup artist we interviewed for this story said that curling your lashes before you apply mascara is, hands-down, the most impactful way to make them legit long and lush.
"I always curl the lashes with an eyelash curler by gently bending at the base of the lash and holding for a few seconds, then gently walking it out to the end of the lash," says makeup artist Julie Harris. "This opens up the eye immediately and lifts the lashes so they stand out more."

"Lash curlers flip the lashes upward and allow more light to hit the iris of the eye, so the overall effect is that eyes appear larger and brighter," says makeup artist Troy Surratt. "If you wake up feeling like you could use two extra hours of sleep, use a lash curler."

And if you don't have your curler handy—or are too scared of the contraption—try this trick from makeup artist Lucy Halperin: Apply your mascara, and while it's still wet, use your fingertips to push up your lashes. It's not quite as good as a quality curl session, but it will do in a pinch.

You can also try applying primer before curling and applying mascara. "Applying primer first conditions lashes and prevents breakage—and actually helps lashes curl more because they are malleable," says makeup legend Laura Geller.
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Still not convinced? "Think of a lash curler like prepping your skin with moisturizer or primer before you apply foundation," says Surratt. "Sure, your lashes will look nice with a great mascara, but curling them amps up your look."



Wipe It Off

While some of us are all about the clumpy-lash look, others still consider it the bane of their existence. Okay, maybe that's a little dramatic, but clumps when you don't want them can be annoying.

Makeup artist Robert Sesnek—who works with beauties like Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge—has a crazy-simple fix: "To avoid clumping, always clean excess mascara from the wand with a tissue," he says. Since most mascara brushes grab too much product, wiping them off ensures you only get the amount you need.



Wiggle It

For most of us, swiping on mascara is a strictly one-direction move. But we could all benefit from wiggling our wands (just a little bit).

"I wiggle at the roots," says Harris. "Then as I sweep upward to the end of the lash, I blink, so it forces the brush to comb every lash." A more advanced move is to start wiggling at the outer corners and then brush inward toward the center of the eyes, which lifts and builds fullness, says Harris. Then, she wiggles the wand again and lifts outward to lengthen. To finish, she holds the wand so that the tip is pointing at the lashes and brushes each lash individually, so they fan out.

The wiggle helps create a "voluminous, full lash with separated ends and a well-defined base," says Sesnek. He recommends doing the wiggle once, letting the mascara dry, and then applying a second coat with the same technique.
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Zig Then Zag

We couldn't do a mascara tips story without talking to the Queen of Lashes herself, Charlotte Tilbury. The go-to makeup artist for celebs like Kate Moss and Gisele B√ľndchen, Tilbury is such a fanatic about creating the perfect lash look that she used to cocktail five different mascaras together to get the result she wanted.

Fortunately, you don’t need to carry around an arsenal of lengtheners to achieve her signature full, fat lash. After many trials, she created the mascara in her eponymous line to do the work of five with just one tube.

To get the most out of it, here's Tilbury's secret method: You need to apply mascara in a zigzag motion from root to tip and pull it outward diagonally, from the outer corner of the eye. This creates a sexy, fluttering Bambi [look] and really flicks out the lashes—great for amplifying a feline eye! For the bottom lashes, hold a tapered brush vertically to coat each lash individually. Finally, always use three coats of mascara.

Halperin is also a fan of the zigzag. "It gives the lashes a fabulous extra coat of color," she says. "Plus, adding extra mascara to the roots will give them a boost of thickness and make your eyes look bigger."
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Finish With Powder

"I have a great trick to make lashes look fuller," says makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen. "After curling them, brush them with a bit of loose powder." It adds texture and gives them more body, just like dry shampoo does for hair. After that's done, apply your mascara—you'll be surprised at how rich your lashline looks.



Work In The Shadows

Did that seem a little high-maintenance for you? If so, Geller has a way to get the dry-shampoo effect without any extra effort. "If you apply powder eye shadow first, don’t clean the extra flakes off the lashes," says Geller. "That extra powder acts as a volumizer—the same way lash fibers do—and helps lashes look fuller and plumper." Mascara alone just can't replicate the added texture of powder, she says.
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