Even when you find the perfect mascara, it still takes some finesse to get lashes that look so long and full, they border on falsies. (So much for "swipe and go!") Lately, we've been obsessing over Beautycounter Lengthening Mascara (so much, in fact, that we included it in the February Allure Beauty Box), but we wanted a little help from our friends—the makeup pros—to get our application just right.
Tip 1: Get a Magic Wand
Don’t underestimate the magic of your mascara wand. We love Beautycounter Lengthening Mascara for its no-frills, almond-shaped wand. Straight as an arrow with a spiral of long, evenly-spaced bristles, this simple brush defines each lash and prevents clumping. With a little sleight of hand, you can use it to effortlessly add length and volume to your lashes. The longer bristles at the center are “good for distributing mascara along each side of a lash,” says cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson; while the tapered tip is perfect for the hard-to-reach lashes in the inner corner.
Tip 2: Get Back to Your Roots
For long, lush lashes in the blink of an eye, wiggle the wand gently at the base of your lashes, and then push outward. “If you don’t get mascara at the roots, your lashes look shorter than they are,” says makeup artist Diane Kendal.