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I agree that warming the mascara helps. I'm lazy though. I just sit on it first thing when I sit to put my makeup on. It's amazing how much heat your body can generate.
By prematurely gray from New Jersey
To create the effect of rounder eyes, first apply one coat as you normally would. Then just coat the upper, outer lashes of your eyes.
To create a more natural effect, wiggle the wand at the base of your lashes so that the product is concentrated there. Then just swipe upward.
When applying mascara to the bottom lashes, don't hold the wand horizontally like you would when you coat your upper lashes. Instead, hold it vertically and swipe the tip of the wand across your bottom lashes.
I don't use mascara often, but when I do, I let the container soak in hot water for a few minutes. It always makes it last longer plus it goes on easier without any of the clumping!
By Bon-Bon from Bardstown KY
In humid weather, mascara can smear around your eyes and make you look like a raccoon. A final coat of clear mascara will seal in the color and prevent that look.
By Lynda from Kearny, NJ
While putting on your foundation, just place your mascara somewhere next to your body. The mascara will heat up to your body temperature and it will be so much easier to apply. I usually place it down in my bra or you can put it under your leg if you're sitting down. It doesn't dry it out at all, just makes it smooth for application.
Recently, I purchased a new mascara. Immediately I realized I didn't care too much for the brush in it. I kept the old mascara as well. I now take the old mascara's brush and insert it in the new mascara, just long enough to get it coated and then re-insert it in the old container. It's good for a couple of uses. But I'm able to get the "right" amount of mascara on my lashes using the old brush, it's better than getting all those terrible globs of mascara while using the new mascara and its brush.
I keep slivers of soap by the sink. I use a wet Q-Tip and rub it on my sliver of soap to remove spill over mascara. Works like a charm.
When you notice your mascara is starting to run out you can stretch it a little farther. Simply add a few drops of saline solution for eyes to the tube, you will be amazed by how well it works.
I learned this recently. When applying mascara, remove the wand from the tube and wipe the excess off with a tissue before use. No more clumpy eyelashes.
We have all heard that every three months, you should replace your toothbrush and your mascara due to bacteria. I want to share my easy way to keep track of doing these replacements.
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Does putting water in mascara really help?
Prettyeyes from Seattle, WA
Pleas do NOT do that! It causes bacteria to grow rapidly and can cause nasty eye infections. If you already have done so throw it away.
Please don't! There is bacteria in water that reacts badly with mascara and could cause problems with your precious eyesight. I learned this years ago from my opthamologist.
my daughter is a cosmotologist and she says never keep mascara more than three months. it can get bacteria in it just from daily use. another tip is: don't jam the brush in and out to load it. you just mix air in with the mascara and dry it out faster. twist the brush in the tube repeatedly to load it.
I would not put water in the mascara. I do put hot water (not boiling) in a cup and set the mascara in it, with the lid on tight and only the bottom part is in the water, about half way up the tube for about 3 to 4 minutes. It goes on like new mascara ever time.
Putting water IN mascara is not what you do if you want to get the last tid-bit out of the bottle. What I do is put the tightly, closed tube of mascara in a small glass of hot, tap water. Make sure the water does not go above the lid line, you only need to get the bottom 1/3 of the tube in the hot water. What this does is get that last little bit of mascara warm enough to collect on the brush inside the bottle. After a few minutes, take out the tube of mascara and use as usual. I found this a great way to completely use up a tube of favorite mascara. To reclarify, you're not putting water IN the mascara, you're putting the CLOSED TUBE of mascara in hot water. Hope this helps you some!
--->Remember, If you ever get an eye infection. Do not risk giving it back to yourself... THROW THE TUBE AWAY! I've made this mistake myself!
---> Also, don't ever share your eye makeup up with friends!
& as the other posters said. Never put water or anything else in your mascara... It's not worth losing your vision for especially if you wear contacts. Be very careful!
I agree - please don't add anything to your mascara tube.
But instead of the hot water method mentioned, I have also used a blow dryer set on warm on a closed tube of mascara.
The warm air loosens the mascara and makes it thinner.
This is also a good way of extending your mascara and getting the very last bit out of the tube!