Chances are, you apply mascara the exact same way every day and it works pretty well for you. But here's a little secret: Top makeup artists almost never open one tube of mascara, swipe the wand a few times, and call it a day. Instead, they mix and match formulas, wands, and even shades to solve the most common mascara mistakes. And you can do the same.
For lashes that won't droop
Makeup artists including Mally Roncal swear that layering a coat of regular mascara over a coat of waterproof mascara is the best way to coax stubborn lashes into holding a curl. Oh, and curl your lashes the right way: Pumping a curler along your lashes gives you a more natural-looking bend than just pressing it right at the base.
For ultra-natural eyes
In addition to the usual black mascara on the upper lashes, makeup artists often apply brown mascara to the lower lashes to "make eyes look naturally defined," explains makeup artist Pati Dubroff, who works with celebrities like Margot Robbie and Priyanka Chopra. If your lower lashes look crazy long with mascara on them, try pressing the brown formula onto just the base of your lashes with the wand.
For eyes you can't stop staring at
Even before bright lashes were trendy, makeup artists were strategically using colorful mascara to enhance eyes. Dubroff applies a coat of black mascara then presses a burgundy shade - we love Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Garnet - onto just the tips or the base of lashes. It's subtle but still brings attention to the eyes, she says.
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