Mascara Tips & Tricks

I’ve always wanted to share a few mascara tips here. A huge part of it might have been cause I wanted a photo with this pearl eyelash curler I got as gift. Isn’t it pretty? My bf’s mom visited Sephora in Singapore and nicely bought it for me. She said the golden curler reminded her of my blog, which I’m glad it did :)

Anyway back when I had just started exploring makeup, and even shortly after that, I used mascaras the wrong way. Don’t worry it wasn’t anything disastrous, it was more like I’m not making the most out of the product. Good thing now I’ve adapted a few simple tricks that I found quite… revolutionary…. yess inserting Independence Day related words (btw belated maligayang araw ng kagitingan to everyone in the Philippines ;). Hope you find these useful!


curl your lashes first

I had my first fear of eyelash curlers when my mom used one on me for my preschool graduation. I swear to you my six year old self thought the curler was going to rip all my lashes out. It didn’t by the way :) And since then i never really enjoyed using it. For those of you who don’t mind using a curler it’s really good to curl your lashes with it before applying any mascara. And for those of you who dislike curlers like i do, there are a few mascara wands that could do the curling for us. I was fairly happy with Maybelline Falsies Mascara till i started using Hypercurl Volume Express and noticed that Hypercurl does the curling thrice as nice as Falsies can.

wiggle it

Ive seen girls apply their first coat of mascara by swiping the wand on their lashes left and apply the second coat by swiping it right. For me though, that method clumps the mascara on my lashes even more. So what i like to do is stroke the wand in a mini zig zag direction as i run it up my lashes. That way the mascara covers my lashes with less clumping.

apply mascara on the side corners of your lashline
and lower lashes for a fuller effect

Applying mascara on our outer and lower lashline will open and lift the eyes. Both areas however are quite hard to reach with a mascara wand. I tilt the wand vertically to reach my outer corner lashes and gently brush the wand left and right over my lower lashline. If this still doesnt work, you can also use a tiny lip brush to apply the mascara on the areas the wands cant reach. Its honestly more work for me but it does the job well. Paying attention to the little details count.

clean up excess mascara using cotton buds and makeup remover

Pretty self explanatory but i just wanna point out that the alternative method, which is to cover up a mascara mishap with a foundation, doesnt really work all the times. Especially if the area is close to your eyes or on the area where you apply eyeshadow on. Its still best to patiently dab the area with a cotton tip with makeup remover before applying any makeup over it. Because foundation can slip throughout the day and some products dont really give full on concealing coverage. Also just a quick reminder, taking off all your eye makeup thouroughly is the best way to avoid eyelash fallout, irritation, or damage.

save up on the mascara

As much i love high end brand mascaras like my little Lancome Hypnose mascara, i never really get to use up an entire bottle of mascara without it drying out in the bottle first. That’s why i like to save money by exploring the drugstore brands. And when it comes to drugstore mascara Maybelline already has a pretty good reputation for having the best affordable mascaras ever. My favorite so far are Falsies, and Hypercurl mascara — which btw is going to be more affordable cause starting today all Hypercurl Mascaras at any Watsons Store will cost for only P199, and on July it’ll price down nationwide.

Any other tricks you want to share? :)
*In collaboration with Maybelline


  • Great tips loving the eyelash curler.

  • cassie cadiz says:

    This is a very helpful tip! thanks btw for the info about the mascara sales on watsons! Have a nice day… ;)


  • Jo says:

    Hi Shayne,

    I haven't been around your blog for a loooooooong time and I do miss you on mine too. I'm a mascara freak. I need my eyeliner and mascara. I do the zig zag trick with brush mascara too. Now I've been using Cybercolor mascara (Sasa's house brand) with comb brush and I swear those really cover ALL my lashes from root to tip. I'm into my 3rd tube now. I recommended comb style mascara to many people and some have become converts though some found that it doesn't work on their lashes. And oh yes, curling is a must!

    It's so cute and sweet that your bf's mum bought you something that reminds her of your blog. I don't think our parents even know of blogs. ;P

    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

  • Diana says:

    Ohhh so many amazing tips <3

    I would probably add that it's always nice to remove excess mascara from the wands. Most of the time excess mascara it's what clumps the mascara and makes everything messy ( at least, that's my personal experience :c )

    And choosing the right lash curler makes a huge difference too. Ever since you got me the Shu Uemura lash curler, my lashes curl nicely than before :3 sometimes a bad lash curler can damage our lashes >__>

    Also, I've heard people talking about lash primer…I never anything like that and I might ask a friend to get me one from Japan…(I'm actually making a list of goodies and makeup that I want from there ;U; The struggle is real xD)

    Take care <3

  • Fifi ♥ says:

    Omg that eyelash curler is gorgeous! Your bf's mum is such a darling :)
    I actually the discovered the third trick awhile ago and it really does work! It gives a really good illusion for longer lashes even though my asian lashes are naturally short and stubby :(
    I'm actually so sad that Maybelline mascara's work on everyones lashes except mine! Falsies gave me really nice looking lashes except it didn't last long and i had panda eyes at the end of the day!


  • good tips. I don't have problem curling my lashes as if I don't, they will be so straight and wouldn't hold any product. The wiggle part is a good tip and I will definitely try as I find when I apply a second coat, no matter which mascara I use, it still clumps up.

  • CJ says:

    Btw that bit from your younger years, yeah that would've been scary for me too. First “real” makeup that was put on me was lipstick and I HATED IT is smelled bad. It tasted bad. Blegh. :))

  • These tips are fantastic. You are the best for sharing them! Also, that curling wand is SO so cute. I cannot get over it.

  • Very helpful tips Shayne!! especially to those na hindi pa sanay gumamit ng mascaras. How nice of your bf's mom to buy you something sooo cute! haha kilig much!!!

    love lots,

  • Hey Shayne, I usually run a facial tissue lightly from the roots to the tips of my lashes after applying mascara to avoid any smudges that usually happens when I close my eyes.

  • Thanks for sharing :) Maybelline used to be my go-to brand too

  • Lily says:

    Excellent tips :) I've been using just that! I found some mascara life extension liquid at Japanese shops, I haven't tried it but my friend swears by it.

  • Jhanz A. says:

    Awesome tips and super helpful! :)

  • Jackie says:

    I loved this Shayne and I still have a hard time applying mascara and I was so scared of the eyelash curler after my mom literally almost took my eye out during my first ballet recital. I think that pearl one would make me less scared of them. I think we should really hang in person since I feel we could just talk forever with the things we have in common.

  • Great tips! My fave mascara is Maybelline's Great Lash :-)

  • Keiagasshi says:

    Great tips.
    And I love Maybelline falsies too :).

  • Naaj Rona says:

    Don't use curlers don't know why…. I don't normally wiggle, only on rare occasions, I should probably try it often.
    I love love Lancôme mascaras but they are pricey but great
    Winters are harsh and dries up mascaras big time so I keep it in warm water 5 mins before application and that does the trick for me.

  • ahhh! such a beautiful little eyelash curler <3 and great tips too, Shayne! I've been guilty of covering mascara mishaps with foundation, but that usually never works out well, haha. I am in love with Falsies, but I'll have to try Hypercurl now! :)

  • I remember when I was a kid, my cousins apply mascara first before curling which keep their curling wands dirty. I sometimes experience the magic of mascara specially the lengthening and curling effect (on special occasions), too bad that I'm lazy when it comes to removing make-up and I wear glasses (anyway, my lashes are not that bad (they have a good length and natural curl), so I'm thankful).

  • Janet H says:

    Hi Shayne, how are you? :) Thank you for a great review and sharing with us all these wonderful tips and tricks, they are all so helpful thank you for the information :) Btw the eye lash curler is so cute, where did you get it? I haven’t have a chance to try theMaybelline Falsies Mascara, I will for share go check it out next time I am at the drugstore, hope you have a wonderful week, talk to you soon, xoxo Janet

  • Vanessa N says:

    Oh man, the first tube of mascara I ever had was terrible (really really wet and I didn't know how to properly 'coat' them, which often lead to spider leg lashes LOL). Which sucked for me, because I thought I was using mascara wrong (this was probably at age 16 btw). Glad that didn't stop me, because now I really really like wearing mascara!
    I loooooove coating my bottom lashes too. It's a bit tricky with a regular sized mascara wand (even if I'm using the tip of the wand) but I really think that more companies should release mini wands like Clinique to get at the bottom lashes. I JUST WANT TO BE PRETTY, OK? ;-;


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