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How To Best Apply Mascara To Bottom Lashes Without Smearing, Flaking, Clumping Or Fading: 2013 Makeup Tips

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When it comes to our makeup application, applying mascara has always been the quintessential finishing touch. But, it can sometimes be tricky to get those pesky bottom lashes evenly coated without flaking, smearing or fading.

We talked with BeautyStat’s very own Erin Sutera and celebrity makeup artist Bruce Grayson, to give us some prime tips to keeping our bottom lashes looking clump-free and gorgeous!

Giving your bottom lashes a coat of mascara is key: “Top and bottom [lashes] really open up the eye,” says BeautyStat senior writer and makeup artist Erin Sutera. “But if someone has a darker skintone, it can have the opposite effect. In that case I do a soft defining liner underneath.”

How To Best Apply Mascara To Bottom Lashes Without Smearing, Flaking, Clumping Or Fading: Makeup Tips

It is important to help keep your bottom lashes from smearing by focusing on the skin underneath the eye area. Erin advises to “always set concealer with a light touch of powder. Or, if I’m in a rush, I use a business card to avoid getting dots everywhere.

Some of Erin’s favorite products to use for this is the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($22.00). “[It] works great, and diffuses any lines around the eye.”

How To Apply Mascara To Bottom Lashes With Bruce Grayson

“Use a mascara fan brush and dip the tip of the brush into your mascara applicator. Wipe off the excess and then, starting at the root, apply mascara only halfway down the lash (stop where the lashes rise from the root), not carrying to the tips.”

“Only the tips of the lashes come in contact with under eye skin. Applying mascara halfway down the bottom lashes reduces the chance of mascara transfer, while giving bottom lashes gorgeous definition!”

“I like using a jagged tip mascara brush like the one pictured below.”

How To Best Apply Mascara To Bottom Lashes Without Smearing, Flaking, Clumping Or Fading: Makeup Tips

“I also like using a clump-free mascara formula, which makes painting lower lashes easy. Try CoverGirl Clump Crusher LashBlast Mascara ($6.99) — the formula adds volume and definition while reducing the likelihood of clumping.”

How To Best Apply Mascara To Bottom Lashes Without Smearing, Flaking, Clumping Or Fading: Makeup Tips

 

Bottom Lash Technique

Look slightly down into a hand mirror to give a better perspective of lower lashes. Hold fan brush 3/4 of the way down the handle, between thumb and index finger. Barely touching the lower lashes with the brush, apply mascara.

How To Best Apply Mascara To Bottom Lashes Without Smearing, Flaking, Clumping Or Fading: Makeup Tips

Bruce Grayson

Check out BeautyStat Editors’ best mascaras of 2013 with comparison photos HERE! And see what the BeautyStat readership picked as their Top 5 favorite mascaras (with plenty of honorable mentions) HERE!

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  1. I try to avoid applying mascara to the bottom lashes for the same reason that many have. The mascara smudges and smears throughout the day making me look tired and not very nice. These are some great tips though especially using a small fan brush instead of the mascara wand, awesome tip!! I’m definitely going to try it and maybe now I don’t have to shy away from mascara applied on my lower lashes! Great tips thanks

  2. I rarely apply mascara to my bottom lashes, unless doing a smokey eye. I think for every day it’s just too much.

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