The INSIDER Summary:
- Applying mascara to closed eyes makes them look fuller and longer.
- The liquid coats the lashes from bottom to top, preventing build-up at the ends of the lashes.
- I learned the trick from a senior makeup artist at Sephora, and have been doing it at home ever since.
According to my best friend, I make a weird face when I put on mascara. My eyes are wide open, my lips parted, and one eyebrow is always higher than the other.
But I learned recently that if I want gorgeous, thicker-looking lashes, I shouldn’t be keeping my eyes open at all when applying my mascara.
Turns out, you should be keeping each eye closed as you apply mascara. That way, the liquid coats eyelashes more evenly from the bottom to the top, creating the effect of fuller, longer lashes.
I learned the game-changing trick while having a mini makeover at Sephora’s 34th Street store in New York City. Senior makeup artist, Sandra, who was busy making my face flawless, asked me to keep my eyes closed as she applied Tarte’s Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara to my lashes.
I asked Sandra why she likes to put mascara onto closed, rather than open, eyes. She said that it’s her favorite way to apply mascara, because it makes eyelashes look fluffier while preventing build-up of the product. When you apply mascara to lashes on an open eye, she said, you can’t get as close to the bottom, which means mascara ends up collecting on the top.
She gently flicked the mascara brush under my eyelashes, and brought it to the top slowly, repeating this motion a few times until they were sufficiently coiffed.
When I glimpsed in the mirror, my lashes looked amazing. They looked curvier and more voluminous than when I put on mascara at home.
As you can see from this photo taken after the makeover, Sandra worked some kind of magic on my lashes.
Usually, when I put mascara on, my eyes are open, and it’s about five minutes after I should have left my apartment, so I do it pretty hastily. My mascara doesn’t generally make a huge difference to how my lashes look, except that it makes them darker.
While it sounds tricky to apply mascara this way on yourself, Sandra said she it does it one eye at a time, so she can see what she’s doing in the mirror.
I’ve been practicing the hack at home ever since. Admittedly, it’s easier to have a professional do it for you, but I’ve found that stretching my eyelid taut with one hand while applying mascara with the other works nicely.
Here’s how I apply it:
This is what my eyelashes looked like before putting on mascara:
And here’s what they look like after:
While I’m obsessed with the results of this eyelash hack, I still make a weird face when I put on mascara. Unfortunately, no one’s come up with a trick for that just yet.
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