How to Get More Out of Your Mascara

One piece of makeup that helps us feel instantly glam is our mascara. It opens up the whites of our eyes and makes them look wide awake. And whether you're spending $5 or $25, you can always find a good lash match.

Love your mascara and looking to get more out of it? Check out these tips that we've learned from working with a slew of makeup artists and make your lashes better than ever before.

1. Instead of looking head-on in the mirror, place a compact or a folding mirror onto a flat surface and look down into it. This will allow you to see where you're putting the mascara, and any places where it's clumping.

2. Always wipe off the tip of the mascara wand on the inside edge of the tube opening-excess can cause clumping and can get around your eyes, messing up your look if mascara is your last step. Plus, you'll want to use the tip to get your lower lashes and outer corners.

3. Use the zigzag motion favored by makeup pros to saturate all sides of each lash with color. Start with the wand at the root of your lashes and wiggle it as you're going up-this movement creates more volume. (Or you can opt for a vibrating mascara wand, like Lancome Oscillation.)

4. Follow this path to fan out your lashes best:
For inner lashes, move the wand up and towards the inner corner of your eyebrow.
For outer lashes, move the wand up and out towards the outer corner of your eyebrow.
Then, coat your middle lashes by bringing the wand up towards the center of your eyebrow.

5. Waterproof formulas won't run on your face and also hold a curl better than regular formulas. Invest in a great makeup remover like Biore's new makeup removing towelettes.

6. Pumping the wand in and out of the tube will dry out your mascara. Don't do it.

7. Swap your mascara every six months, as it's a breeding ground for bacteria and you don't want to risk getting an eye infection.

What's your best lash-maximizing tip? Tell us in the comments below.

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Reprinted with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc.