Best. Mascara. Tips. Ever!

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think any girl wishes for stubby, short and sparse eyelashes.

Although it irks me that they have become part of a beauty ‘standard’ for women, thick, full lashes are undeniably beautiful; and since all it takes to make a difference is a quick swipe of mascara, why not give it a try?

best mascara tips ever

And so I thought today I wanted to share some of my mascara tips to getting the full potential from your eyelashes with mascara.

Since mascara was my very first makeup product (I was only 14 years old), and my first foray into my journey – and career – in beauty, I’d like to think I know quite a bit about mascara.

I feel like I’ve tested them all, whether which mascara to use or other products and tricks to making your eyelashes look amazing. Here they are:

1. Treat them.

And I mean treat them when you’re not wearing mascara, first. The best is with an eyelash serum, and there are plenty of mascara conditoning serums out there today that claim to make lashes grow longer, thicker and darker. As I mentioned in my post, How to Fix Overplucked Eyebrows, a lot of them are both made for the eyelashes and eyebrows, too.

I’ve tried Mavala Double Lash and RapidLash in the past and though I can’t say I saw any “miracles”, my lashes did indeed become stronger, thicker and darker, so I find these products do work, you just need to find the right one. I suppose our eyelashes are like the hair on our head – when conditioned and treated kindly, it does look much healthier.

Another option I tried in the past is using a clear plastic wand, and applying a very thin coat of organic castor oil to lashes. (Of course, make sure these products only go on your lashes, not into your eyes!)

best mascara tips ever!

2. Curl ’em!

Never underestimate the power of a few ‘presses’ from an eyelash curler. It takes your lashes from OK to amazing. Another trick to get the most of your eyelash curler is to curl your lashes like this:

  • Apply your eyelash curler to the base of your lashes and press gently, increasing in pressure slightly. Hold for about 5 seconds.
  • Next, hold your eyelash curler mid-lash, and press ever so gently for a few seconds.
  • Lastly, aim your eyelash curler at the very tips of your eyelash, and hold for a few seconds – this last tip really ‘pops’ your eyelashes out even more.

My favorite eyelash curlers has to be the cult-favorite eyelash curler by Shu Uemura, which can last for many, many years, or you can try a heated eyelash curler. I have tried Panasonic Heated Eyelash Curler with great success, although you have to be slow and careful with it.

3. Build the base.

While a lot of “beauty gurus” and even professionals suggest to first apply some loose power over your lashes to make the mascara go on thicker, I have to say: don’t do it.

Face powder is NOT meant to go anywhere near your eyes and you could risk some complications with it.

Instead, buy a lash primer that has been tested and is safe for the eye area. A lash primer looks just like a mascara, but are sold separately and are normally white in color – they are the step right before applying mascara, and are said to thicken and lengthen your lashes with its fibers and formula.

Some lash primers to try is the highly-rated Mascara Primer by Eisley Rose, or you can buy a mascara that has a primer with it – my favorite is L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara.

4. Last but not least, mascara.

lancome best mascara tips
Lancome Hypnose – my favorite thickening mascara, ever.

And finally, the next step is to apply the mascara. Of course!

One of the best tips I can give you when applying mascara is to do this mascara application tip. It’s a total game changer.

And then next, when doing the top lashes, position your mascara wand at the base of the root, and ‘wiggle’ it in a zig-zap motion as you apply the mascara, root to tip.

Another tip I’d like to share something I did all through high school, and that’s to use two mascara formulas; a lengthening one and a volumizing, thickening one. (Although, if you’ve applied a lash primer first, you should probably skip these two formulas and just apply your regular mascara – too much product and your lashes might weigh down, or even worse, end up falling out).

All you have to do is this: Apply your lengthening mascara first (one coat) and then finish off with a thickening mascara, which is heavier in product. This thickening formula thickens the lashes you just lengthened, et voila! you get the best of both worlds.

My personal favorites? One coat of any lengthening mascara finished off with Lancome Hypnose, the best thickening mascara out there – I’ve been a fan of it since… oh, a decade now.

P.S. I also shared some of my favorite mascaras in my post, Makeup Shopping for Beginners.

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  1. Yo Renee, love the article about lashes. I don’t really curl my lashes because their already pretty “out there” and are pretty long HAHA BUT I should give it a try. Nice review though. Keep it up as always!


    1. You’re so lucky! I want ‘out there’ lashes as well 🙂 Glad you liked the article and thanks for your kind words as always, Danielle 😀

    1. Yay! I’m glad it works for you … would hate my tips to get comments such as ‘um no, doesn’t work!’ Haha. 🙂

  2. Great tips! I’m kind of OCD about curling my eyelashes. Even if I don’t wear makeup, I still curl them. My lashes are long, but stick straight out, so I just curl them at the base of my lids to lift them up. Luckily they haven’t fallen out. My favorite mascara at the moment is Revlon Lash Fantasy Total Definition. It’s a double-sided mascara with primer on one side and mascara on the other. Makes my lashes huge without smudging or flaking, and it’s a affordable.

    1. Hey Tammy, that’s great that Revlon works for you! I’ve not had the best experience with Revlon mascaras 🙁 And I know what you mean, my eyelashes are kiinda long but they stick straight DOWN, which I hate – Asian thing, no? 🙁

  3. Hi Renee! This was really a helpful interesting post. I should link to it sometimes. As a treatment I tried Castor oil and it’s really helpful.

    1. Hey Tavia, thanks so much! I have heard great things about castor oil as well, I just dunno where to find some to try out 😛

  4. Im not sure if anyone does this but I usually just wash my mascara wands when it starts getting clumpy with all the product..

    And one thing i do is hold my mascara wand for ten seconds on my lashes as I brush it through. Im gonna try out the powder trick and see how it goes 🙂

    1. Hey Nish, that’s a really good tip – normally all the clumps is ’cause of the clumped up brush! Hope the powder trick works for you, let me know 🙂

  5. I’ve been SO busy lately so I’m playing catch-up, but my best lashes ever come from a combination of Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion and Dior DiorShow mascara. A friend at work actually told me that she thought my lashes were fake because they were so full and long!

    I don’t curl my lashes much either, but it’s because if I do, my lashes hit the top of my orbital bone and annoy the heck out of me. It does look fabulous, but comfort is still my priority.

  6. Max Factor’s False Lash Effect Mascara definitely is my all time favorite mascara! It gives you dark, really thick and long dramatic lashes. When I used it for the first time, I fell in love immediately! And also it doesn’t clump at all if you apply it nicely. Believe me, you should try it out! I think it’s already a year that I’ve been using it 😀

  7. i LOVE Revlon Fabulash, you just have to remember to remove the excess mascara from the brush. other than that, its instant thicker longer lashes.

  8. I absolutely swear by Buxom by Bare Escentuals. I will usually use it as my second coat and it makes my lashes HUGE without curling or anything else!

  9. Hi! I just wanted to know.. any good tips on how to apply ascara on LOWER eyelashes? It seems to be very fashionable lately and everyone seems to know how to do it except me 🙁
    😀 xx

    1. Hey Jessica! There are no real tips except that placing a tissue underneath your eyelashes helps the smudging, and to make sure your mascara wand has been wiped down a bit, cos it can get very clumpy at the bottom! Just wiggle the brush through, root top tip and it should be OK! If smudges are a problem, perhaps try a waterproof version? xx

  10. Another cool thing to do with mascara that I like is when I’m flat ironing my hair, I put the mascara inbetween the flat iron (not touching it) and let it kinda heat it up. It gets the chunks out.

  11. Hi i just discovered your blog I LUV it sooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to wear make up but not a lot I like to look really natural as if I’m not wearing anything and look “naturally” pretty normally I only wear lip balm because I heard if u start wearing makeup to early it might wash you out. If I wear makeup it’s for plays only because I luv 2 act! <3 I'm wondering if u can help me. I'm from Cali and I have SUPER thick dark brown hair with natural lighter brown streaks towards the bottom and I can't really do anything with it because it's soooooooooo thick ! If I curl it it lasts for like almost an hour and then it just falls into waves 🙁 Can u help me?

    1. Hey, thanks so much for reading 😀 So happy you like my blog!

      Hmm… do you use product in your hair to make the curls last? Hairspray or even molding creams work for me (sometimes!). Sometimes our hair can’t really hold it in ’cause of the weather and the humidity weighs it down a lot. 🙁 I say try some products to hold it in! They also work better when your hair is wet, not dry xx


  13. what i do is:
    curl my eyelashes (place on base of eye and squeeze then without loosing a lot of pressure place it upside down and pull. my lashes haven been harmed by the eyelash curler and they just look better, for more info look in the beauty department.)
    then i place gel eyeliner (i just place some on the brush then i “stamp” the roots & the upper waterline. the beauty department, tighting)
    then i apply mascara: three times left then three times right then you push them up. then when dry use a toothpick and separate them. (beauty department, how to do it wright).

    my eyes are my best feature.

  14. I have found that warming my lash curler with my hairdryer, curls the lashes like a curling iron does your hair. ***Remember to feel it 1st before applying curler to lashes***you just want it to be warm not HOT! It will burn you. 🙂

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