If you could only take one item of makeup with you, there’s a good chance you would grab your mascara. If you’re like most women, you may have several types of mascara that you use to create different looks for your eyes.
While you may think you know everything there is about this seemingly simple product, there are some lesser-known facts that you should keep in mind.
① Bacteria Loves Mascara
You aren’t the only one who loves your mascara. After approximately three or four months of use, every tube of mascara starts to accumulate bacteria.
If you don’t throw your tube out and buy a new one, you’re risking bacterial eye infections. At least twice a year, toss out your tubes and pick up a new one.
② Wide Open
Have you ever wondered why many women naturally open their mouths when applying makeup? Perhaps you have even seen yourself do this in the mirror. An open mouth makes it more difficult to blink, so you’re not just being silly.
③ Wash before Sleeping
Have you ever fallen asleep with your makeup on? This is a great way to encourage an acne breakout, but it can also damage your lashes. The hardened mascara will cause some of your lashes to fall out, and they can scratch your cornea while you sleep.
④ Baby Powder Adds Volume
Gently dust your lashes with baby powder before applying your mascara if you want to create a more voluminous look. This is best done with a cotton swab, and you only need a little powder.
⑤ Eyelashes Crave Moisture
You moisturize your face and drink water to ensure your body remains hydrated, but what about your eyelashes? These tiny hairs are just as thirsty as any other hair on your body, so dust them with castor oil or olive oil before bed at least a couple times a week. You only need a small amount, and you have to be careful not to get the oil in your eye.
⑥ Careful with the Wipe Off
You have to be quite gentle when wiping off your makeup at the end of the day. Harsh rubbing and wiping will cause your lashes to fall out. Waterproof mascaras are typically more difficult to remove because they’re resistant to water and wet makeup removers. You may want to save your waterproof mascara for rainy days so that you don’t have to wash them off each night.
⑦ Create a Barrier to Avoid Smudges
If you’re tired of getting dots of mascara on your eyelid above the lashes, hold a small piece of paper or business card just above the lashes during application. Those pesky dots will go on the paper rather than your lid.
⑧ Practical Wand Uses
Instead of throwing your wands out with your old mascara tubes, save them. You can wash them with mild soap and start using them as small brushes or “spoolie” brush to groom your eyebrows.
⑨ What’s Clear Mascara For?
If you thought clear mascara was just to add some volume without adding color, you’re wrong. You can add a coat of clear mascara after applying colored mascara. It will help seal your colored mascara so that it doesn’t run or wear off too quickly.
⑩ The Perfect Mascara:
There are so many types of mascaras out there, you have to figure out what works for you and your lashes. Do you need to lengthen? curl? give volume? Whatever it is you need, there’s a mascara out there waiting for you. If you can’t find it, find a few and make a mascara cocktail!