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Video:Get Length Using Mascara

with Mattie Sproul

Lengthen lashes with mascara for a bold, sultry look. Here are some tips on how to lengthen lashes with mascara.See Transcript

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Transcript:Get Length Using Mascara

Hi, I'm Mattie Sproul here for About.com, and today I'm going to be showing you how to get length using mascara.

Long eyelashes help to brighten your eyes and complement your overall look. When it comes to lengthening lashes with mascara, technique and products go hand-in-hand. Follow these steps to achieve the best results.

Clean Your Eyelashes Before You Lengthen Lashes With Mascara

When applying your mascara, make sure that your eyelashes are clean and free of any makeup from the previous day. Applying new mascara over old will cause clumping, which impedes our ability to get the length we desire. You'll also want to be sure that you're using the right product, so purchase a lengthening mascara from the drug store or your favorite cosmetics counter.

Apply Two Coats to Lengthen Lashes With Mascara

First, draw the wand out of the tube and remove any excess clumps on the brush using a tissue. Next, hold the wand horizontally and slowly twirl as you move the brush from the roots to the tips. By twirling the wand, you'll start to curl the lashes, which is key to making your them look longer than they actually are. To set the curl in your lashes, hold the mascara wand and lashes together at the tip for several seconds. This allows the mascara to "set" for a few moments.

Before the first coat of mascara dries, apply a second coat using the same technique. While your eyelashes are still wet, carefully comb through them with an eye lash comb to separate each lash. You can also purchase a second tube of mascara that has a comb wand instead of the traditional brush wand. Since you already have to apply two coats of mascara to maximize length, this tube can be used for both combing through the lashes and coating them at the same time.

Best Mascara Brands for Lengthening Lashes With Mascara

You'll find that any of the more popular brands at your drug store, for example, Revlon, Loreal, and Maybelline, offer lengthening mascara formulas. If you don't mind spending a little extra cash at a cosmetics counter in the mall, Lancome offers a great lengthening mascara as well.

With the right mascara and a little work on your technique, you can have the long lashes that you've envied on others. It really only takes a few extra minutes when you're putting your makeup on, and worth the extra attention.

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