Wearing mascara: You can’t make this stuff up


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Maybelline rocket waterproof mascara waiting to be used.

Whether you wear makeup on a regular basis, you most likely know what mascara is. Let me start by saying that if you’re going to put any makeup on at all, you have to put mascara on as well. It’s just a given.

Now, we can define it in a couple of different ways. The dictionary definition of mascara is “a cosmetic for darkening and thickening the eyelashes.” However, I have come to define it as “the lifesaver of girls who are running late.”

If you’re completely out of time to get yourself ready, a little mascara can make you look like you tried a whole lot harder than you really did. Because let’s be real, hair has to come before makeup. If I’m having a bad hair day, it’s normally a sign that my day is going to drag. So, if you take up the time you have doing your hair, mascara is a quick way to make you look a little less like you were in a hurry.

If your outfit and hair look good, then a full face of makeup isn’t necessary anyway. For the longest time, the only cosmetic I put on my face was mascara and a light lip gloss. You don’t need to layer it on to look nice.

When choosing my mascara, I am guilty of picking the most expensive-looking Cover Girl option on the shelf. If you are the same way, let me tell you this: you don’t need to spend that much money for good mascara. While Cover Girl mascara is good quality mascara, you would be amazed at what you can find in Walmart or CVS.

When you go somewhere out of your home, you always manage to leave something. I was staying with a friend for a weekend at college, and this particular time I forgot my mascara. I ended up borrowing my friends and I absolutely loved it. I asked her where it was from and she told me she got it from Walmart. It worked better for me than any of the Cover Girl mascaras, and I’m willing to bet it was a whole lot cheaper as well.  I haven’t been to Walmart in a while, but next time I drop in, I totally going to get me some of that stuff.

Now good mascara doesn’t do much if you don’t apply it correctly. You may be thinking “Well how could you possibly mess up mascara?” Well my friends, I have seen a few mascara disasters with my own two eyes.

The one that stands out most to me is when I meet someone with clumpy lashes. I always wonder how may coats they had to put on to create that effect. You do not have to put on multiple coats of mascara to darken your lashes. Like I always say, a little bit goes a long way. One coat will do, two at the most.

If you have done two coats and still aren’t getting the results you want you can try one of these two things. If you want your lashes to look longer, apply more to the tips. If you want them to look fuller, apply more to the base of your lashes or closer to your lash line.

​There is one last thing you need to know about the application, don’t just paint your mascara on. I have seen girls that have been doing makeup for years just paint each individual lash. It just doesn’t look natural.

While you apply the mascara, starting from the base of your lashes (as close to your lash line as possible), wiggle your wand very lightly from side to side to evenly distribute the product throughout your lashes instead of clumping them all together.

If you would like to add a little extra something to your lashes, you can always curl them before you apply your mascara. It takes a few seconds and makes a huge difference.