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How to Apply Mascara

There's nothing like a layer or two of mascara to help you accentuate your eyes—and face the world in style.


  • Step 1: Curl lashes & apply eyeliner If you plan to do so, curl your lashes and apply eyeliner before applying any mascara.
  • Step 2: Remove the wand Remove the wand from the tube of mascara and wipe any excess mascara onto the paper towel.
  • TIP: Don't pump the wand in and out of the tube—this puts air into the tube and dries out the mascara.
  • Step 3: Hold wand Hold the wand horizontally, parallel with your eyelid, on the underside of your upper lashes.
  • Step 4: Apply mascara Starting at the roots, slowly draw the brush upwards in a zigging, zagging motion. Use just the tip of the wand to define the outer lashes of your eye.
  • TIP: Looking straight into a mirror only shows you the tips of your lashes. Hold a hand mirror below your eyes and look down into it to see if your roots are covered.
  • Step 5: Wait for coat to dry Wait at least a minute for the coat to dry. Then add another if needed.
  • TIP: If you have light lashes or want a more dramatic look, add a coat of mascara to your bottom lashes.
  • Step 6: Get rid of clumps Before your lashes dry, run an eyelash comb through them to get rid of any clumps. Now bat those beauties at whomever you please.
  • FACT: "Modern" mascara was invented in the 1800s and consisted mainly of crushed coal and petroleum jelly.

You Will Need

  • A mirror
  • Mascara
  • A paper towel
  • And an eyelash comb
  • An eyelash curler
  • Some eyeliner
  • And a handheld mirror

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