From Wand to Lash: A Mascara Guide

mascara-wanderApplying Mascara – The Right Way

  • Don’t pump the wand in and out of the bottle. This pushes excess air into the tube which will make the mascara dry out faster causing exactly what you want to avoid: clumping and flaking. Instead, gently twist the back and forth or in circular motions to gather the desired amount of product.
  •  Before applying mascara, consider curling you lashes with an eyelash curler. If you decide to curl your lashes, begin at the root of the lashes being careful not to get any skin into the eyelash curler. Press the curler together and hold for about 10 seconds and move the curler out to the end of your lashes and repeat. Again, this step is optional but it does make for longer looking lashes and opens the eye.
  •  When you remove the wand from the bottle make sure to scrape off any excess mascara from the wand, especially towards the tip of the wand. This will help you avoid making your lashes clumpy and unwanted mess.
  • For the top lashes, look straight forward, holding the wand horizontally, place at the root of your lashes. Using a back-and-forth, wiggling motion to keep lashes from clumping together. While moving the wand up your lashes and sweep upward, to help give your lashes a curled effect. Keep repeating this until you get your lashes as thick as you want, usually 2 coats is enough.
  • Clinique Bottom Lash MascaraFor the bottom lashes, tilt your head forward slightly to keep from getting mascara elsewhere on your face. Hold the wand vertically and use wiggling motions starting at the roots, towards the tips of your lower lashes. In case of mess, you may want to fold a tissue in half, holding the edge just under your eye to prevent smearing etc. If desired, you can even purchase a mascara specifically for your lower lashes. Check out Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara : the brush was engineered to grasp and coat your tiniest lashes; while the expert formula resists pesky formulas.


Keep Lashes From Clumping

Lash combs are great to keep your lashes from clumping.  To use a lash comb, first applymascara at the lash base, and then wiggle the lash comb through to the tips of your lashes.
Don’t Be Afraid to Mix Mascaras

It’s okay to have two favorite mascaras, so why not combine them? Easily make your lashes pop by applying one coat of lengthening mascara, followed by one coat of a volumizing mascara.

Try a Colored Mascara


Basic mascara rules are simple:  Black works for everyone but can be harsh on light-skinned blondes.  Blondes should opt for brown/black by day and reserve black for night.  Burgundy or plum colors make blue eyes pop, as do blue mascaras.  Purple mascara looks great on brown eyes. Here’s a great example of hued mascara by Estee Lauder, it’s the Sumptous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Violet. Estee Lauder carries a variety of colors from this line to add that pop of color to enhance your eyes.

Use a Mascara PrimerSmashbox Layer Lash Primer

Just like you do before applying foundation, prep your lashes with a primer.  The primer can help you get the most out of your mascara, while working with the formula to get maximum, lasting effects. Try Smashbox Layer Lash Primer, packed with strengthening and conditioning panthenol for longer, healther lashes.

Wait to Blink & Double-Check Once Dry

Before you blink or even think about touching around your eye area, wait a few minutes to let the mascara dry to prevent smudging, smearing, and raccoon eyes.


Picking the Best Mascara for You
There are what seems to be a zillion mascaras out there – so how do you know which one is the one for you? Consider what your target concern is: length, volume, growth, waterproof, extra curl,  multi-tasking etc. Once you decide what you want from your mascara, your search has narrowed down! Here are a few picks I selected that you may want to try for yourself…

Multi-Purpose Mascaras

Too Faced Lash Injection MascaraToo Faced Lash Injection

Elastic polymers surround each lash to stretch beyond the natural lash for extreme volume and intense drama. In one coat, have rich, full lashes. With 2-3 coats, get extreme volume and intense drama. Long-wearing, weatherproof formula ensures lashes never smudge or flake. Blended with a generous dose of moisturizing Vitamin E for longer, healthier lashes. Free of parabens, chemicals and phthalates.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin MascaraPhysicians Formula Organic Mascara

Revolutionary 100% Natural Origin formula contains the purest ingredients and provides 5x Lash Boosting for lash length, volume & definition naturally.

100% Recyclable Eco-Brush defines each lash with ultra-soft plastic bristles and 100% Free of Harsh Chemicals, Synthetic Preservatives, Parabens, Clumping, Smudging, Flaking, Fibers & Dyes.

Maybelline Great Lash MascaraMaybelline New York Geat Lash Mascara

A lengthening and thickening mascara.

It has a medium-size brush; the tube has a wiper to keep the formula from getting gloppy on the brush; it’s ophthalmologist-tested and safe for sensitive eyes and contact-lens wearers.

Great for everyday, the light formula delivers long, evenly spaced lashes and keeps them soft, not brittle or spiky.

Endless Lengths

Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara

Maybelline Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara

The hottest thing lashes will ever wear. The mascara that does for lashes what stilettos do for legs.

Grip & Extend brush grasps each lash and coats from every angle. Elastic formula stretches lashes for provocative length. Pro-Vitamin B-5 formula conditions and smooths for black-patent shine.

 Contact lens safe.

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara

BareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara

A lash-defining and lengthening mascara

The wand has a thin, tapered brush that evenly deposits the dark formula.

This conditioning formula (loaded with jojoba and meadowfoam seed oils and shea butter) is paraben-free, and the narrow brush grabs and defines every last lash for a natural, you-but-better look.

Pump up the Volume

Buxom Lash

Buxom Lash

An intensely volumizing mascara for bigger, fuller lashes.

This vitamin-enriched formula deepens, darkens, and thickens from root to tip. The curvy hourglass-shaped brush holds the ideal amount of mascara to ensure every lash is coated evenly with a silky, clump-free formula.

L’oréal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof

Wimpy lashes turn big and beautiful in a few smooth, clump-free swipes.

(Shown in waterproof formula)

The Millionizer brush has a multitude of bristles to separate lashes for a fanned-out lash effect. The excess wiper removes excess mascara. It leaves the brush coated with just the right amount of formula to achieve maxed up volume with no overload and no clumps.

MAC Haute & Naughty Mascara

MAC Haute and Naughty Lashes

The double, screw-on tops are placed one over another on a single tube: the hot pink cap puts less color on the wand; the sparkly purple one beneath loads the brush with more product for a thicker application.

The top precision wiper combs lashes for length and hits the teeny corner hairs and bottom baby ones; the other gives plenty of fullness and lush-looking color, but with a few more clumps.

More Curl

Lorac Multiplex 3D Lashes Volumizing & Thickening Mascara

Lorac Multiplex 3d Lashes Volumizing&Thickening Mascara

This buildable, smudge-resistant and multidimensional mascara contains Silk and Keratin, which help to nourish and condition your lashes.

This mascara instantly delivers up to three times the volume of your natural lashes for a dramatic lash look while silk and keratin nourish and condition. Its professional curved brush easily grabs, lifts, and curls for maximum coverage and length.

Urban Decay SuperCurl Curling Mascara


This formula boosts curl, separates lashes, and literally crafts each one into an expertly-shaped, battable set.

Part of the secret lies in the molded and curved new technology wand that shapes lashes AND holds curl effectively throughout the day. The incredible conditioning ingredients of the  formula – packed with glycoprotein for lash thickening, moringa seeds to help with curl definition, and Meadowfoam seed oil and Shea Butter for conditioning and smoothing. 


Team BB Cream

You’ve heard about them, but have you tried them? BB Creams (short for Beauty Balm, or Blemish Creams) are becoming more and more popular in the beauty industry. These differ from tinted moisturizers in that they are multi-tasking skin perfectors that provide multiple benefits for your skin and make-up regimen. Continue reading for a list of some of the top rated BB’s out there and some facts about them you need to know.

All-in-One Results

  • Most BB creams have similar qualities as foundation, are rich in SPF like sunscreen, and resemble products of your usual skin-care system. Specific features and benefits of BB creams include: hydrate skin, even skin tone, texture improvement,anti-aging benefits and protects the skin from UV sunlight and pollutants in the air. If that wasn’t enough reason to include BB creams into your make-up routine, they are generally lightweight formulas; wearing a BB Cream feels natural on the skin.  Even so, they will help enhance whatever skin care you use.
  • Since BBs are designed to be multitaskers, finding the best one requires prioritizing: Choose one based on your primary complexion concern, and the other benefits will follow.

Caution – They’re NOT one shade fits all. Despite what some packages claim(most seem to adhere to a general spectrum, i.e. “Light to Medium”, “Medium to Deep”, etc.), it seems that for the best results, you go and test out a few formulas that match your skin tone before settling.


  • Clinique Age Defense BB Creamclinique-bb-cream

What it is formulated to do:
– Antioxidants to prevent and banish imperfections
– Features SPF 30 sun protection
– Comes in three shades

This instant morning routine gives skin just about everything it needs for a quick start: SPF protection, antioxidants for prevention, and just enough coverage to banish imperfections. In addition to these beneficial factors, it makes the perfect primer, too.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates
What Shade is right for you?
Very fair complexions with pink undertones, use Shade 01
Very fair to moderately fair complexions with golden undertones, use Shade 02
Moderately Fair to Medium with Golden Undertones, use Shade03

Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream

  • Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream

What it is Formulated to do:

Skin concerns, such as discoloration, dullness, blotchiness and dryness can come from a number of different sources. It’s hard to find just one product that addresses all these concerns at once.Garnier introduces it’s first BB Cream, Miracle Skin Perfector. Multi-benefit skincare that combines intense hydration with tinted minerals and vitamin C.

How It Works:

Vitamin C provides antioxidant properties, boosts radiance and luminosity of skin. Mineral Pigments delicately and immediately beautiful skin. The rich pigments instantly melt and spread flawlessly over skin.

Too Faced Beauty Balm

  • Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20

What it is:
A multi-benefit BB cream that tints, primes, nourishes, prevents, and protects skin in one easy step.

What it does:
This innovative cream offers both makeup and skincare benefits in one effortless step. Achieve better-than-real looking skin today and healthier skin long term by using this antiaging, multi-mineral complex that promotes cell health, strengthens skin’s elasticity, and enhances luminosity. This versatile tinted skin perfector instantly delivers oil-free hydration and primes the skin while protecting with a chemical-free SPF 20 UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen. Wear any of the shades alone or under foundation to achieve your ideal level of luminous coverage.

  • Tarte BB Tinted TreatmentTarte-BB

What it does:
Indulge your skin with this powerful multitasker that works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, antiaging treatment, and sunscreen to give you a youthful-looking glow. Worn alone or as the perfect base for makeup, this 12-hour, age-defying, oil-free primer offers light-to-medium, buildable coverage that helps even skintone and other skin imperfections while diffusing light to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. The creamy, silky formula goes on smooth and blends easily, leaving you with a natural-looking, flawless finish with a broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 that offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.

What else you need to know:
This product is powered by tripleB complex, a proprietary blend of natural diamond dust, plants, and lipoamino acids that diffuses light and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores while improving the appearance of skin luminosity.


  • Urban Decay Naked Skin BB CreamUrban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream

What it is:
A five-in-one beauty balm that minimizes pores, lines, wrinkles, and redness instantly and gives you significantly firmer, more-lifted skin in eight weeks.

What it does:
Blur flaws in seconds and get serious antiaging benefits in just eight weeks. This lightweight, velvety, oil-free miracle works instantly and over the long term. Naked Skin Beauty Balm is invisible on your skin (zero rub-off): the universal shade glides on and dries down to a translucent, flawless finish that works on most skintones. While many beauty balms are tinted to provide coverage, Naked Skin diffuses light with high-tech pigments to give you amazing, natural, naked-looking skin that keeps getting better every week. Unlike a lot of beauty balms, Naked Skin delivers measurable antiaging benefits—and the claims to prove it.

  • Stila Stay All Day Beauty BalmStila BB

What it is:

Age is nothing but a number with Stila’s Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm, a luxurious, priming beauty balm that seemingly turns back the hands of time by visibly improving the look and feel of skin and creating an impeccable canvas for flawless makeup application. Enriched with broad-spectrum SPF 30.

What it does:

Luxurious beauty balm glides onto skin and leaves a silky, powdery finish. High-definition formula helps reduce pore size and provides oil and blemish control. Contains innovative micro spheres, which have been shown to hide skin imperfections and reduce wrinkle depth by up to 84%. Features an exclusive complex, which helps reduce redness and skin irritation. Enriched with Tripeptide-37, bamboo and pea extracts, which help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Infused with natural, skin-protecting emollients which have been shown to increase anti-oxidant activity by up to 89.7%. Uses the smallest particle size of coated pigments for seamless, smooth coverage. Ideal for all skin types and skin tones. Oil-free, paraben-free and dermatologist tested

Pink & Purple (Barbie) Valentine

Here is my third, and final fave make-up look for Valentine’s Day! I decided to channel my inner Barbie / Girly-Girl, and do a pink, and purple eye, with a cute pink lip! Watch, and let me know what you think; also, I am open for all new requests for my next tutorial so let me know if there is something you would like to see! For this tutorial, I am using….

  • Eyebrow Cake Powder Kit in Ash/Taupe by NYX
  • Concealer in Mid-Dark by Jemma Kidd
  • Shadow Insurance in Candlelight by TooFaced
  • 113 Piece Make-up Palette by Beauty Gems
  • Telescopic Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black by Loreal
  • Lash Injection Mascara in Black by TooFaced
  • Glamour Wispies Eyelashes in Black by Ardell
  • Lash Glue by Salon Perfect
  • Fly With Me Mascara in Black by NYX
  • Alchemy of Color Face Palette by Sephora + Pantone Universe
  • Contouring Lip Pencil in Rose Quartz by Rimmel London
  • Round Case Lipstick in Strawberry Milk by NYX
  • Moisture Renew Lipgoloss by Rimmel London

ALL BRUSHES FROM e.l.f. (also sold at your local Target)

  • Gem Eyeshadow Brush
  • Angled Eyeshadow Brush
  • Gem Angled Blush Brush

Music Credit:
Body Language / Work This City (Sammy Bananas Remix) Niki & The Dove / Mother Protect (Goldroom Remix) The Temper Trap / Love Lost


I went on a mini-shopping haul; meaning I indulged myself in unnecessary retail therapy the other day, and found myself on somewhat of a make-up spending spree…

I ended up using a gift-card I had received to Sephora, and I must say, not only was it much appreciated, but it was money well spent too! I had my eye on the Sephora + Pantone Universe Alchemy of Color Face Palette earlier this year and decided that was a must, and img_36811I also thought I would pick-up some fun and quirky eyeliner, along with a ruby red shade lip pencil to use in my Pin-Up Valentine’s Day Tutorial. Although the pencils are mini-sized, they have jumbo-sized quality and are perfect for those creative urges you’re dying to try!


Then I treated myself to another item I had been eyeing since this past summer: my Toofaced La Creme Lip Cream in “In the Buff”. I often use lipstick, lip crayons, lip gloss, and lip stain – but by far this is the most satisfying product I have yet to come across. It’s moisture rich, made with lotus flower & power peptides, and has a comfortable color drenched appeal to enhance your natural lips. I am pretty much in love with this lip cream, and our bond will be quite difficult to break. And besides…it’s so pretty!

img_36831Finally, I picked up some other necessities on a more affordable budget.  I am  obsessed with concealer so it is always an item that is bound to end up in my shopping basket. I really enjoy this Match Perfection 2-in-1 concealer and highlighter because it has a brush tip applicator, making concealing imperfections super easy and mess free!  The Fix&Perfect primer was a purchase that I now feel bad for having a bit of early buyer’s remorse… but after using the Rimmel primer, I think I have found the same quality product, at just a lower budget – and I couldn’t be happier! As for the Lip Contouring Pencil – I wanted something that was neutral enough to not overwhelm my natural lip color,as well as to not take away from other lip products I may or may not decide to use over it.This pencil did exactly that, plus it lasts all day!

So, although my wallet may be hurting, I am beyond satisfied with these picks I got and encourage you to go out and try them for yourself!

A Few of My Favorite Things

    I’ve been meaning to make a decent list of products for any one out there who may spend a little too much of their time in the make-up aisle at the store or online researching the latest beauty products. I for one have spent too many days reading about products, and indecisively lurking in the beauty aisles – its no crime! But here’s just a small list of a few of my favorite and new products that I am currently loving, and hopefully will give you an idea of what to look for and purchase when you’re out on your next make-up haul.

 Coastal Scents Corrective Concealer Palette

Particularly useful for highlighting, camouflaging unruly blemishes, or even practicing make-up on others. Includes a wide range of skin tones for coverage, and corrective colors to minimize imperfections.

Particularly useful for highlighting, camouflaging unruly blemishes, or even practicing make-up on others. Includes a wide range of skin tones for coverage, and corrective colors to minimize imperfections.

As a conceal-aholic, I always find myself on the endless hunt for the perfect concealer. I particularly look for perfect coverage, light weight application, and am always conscious of my sensitive, oil-prone skin.

I have tried concealers from local drugstores, but I just can’t fight my obsession and am constantly going through tubes of concealer like there’s no tomorrow. So I figured, why not try a concealer palette?

So I went on, and found this perfect, affordable Coastal Scents Corrective Concealer Palette. Not only does it provide many different shades to perfectly camouflage imperfections and this amazing applicator brush, but it also has these great corrective shades to find the right balance for your skin.

113 Piece Beauty Gems Make-Up Palette

Perfect for travelling as an all-in-one kit. Includes eye shadows, highlighting powders, blush, and lip gloss.

Perfect for travelling as an all-in-one kit. Includes eye shadows, highlighting powders, blush, and lip gloss.

Palettes have almost always been one of my make-up “must-haves”.  Not only do they provide the essential eye shadows, blushes, and lip glosses, but they are absolutely perfect for any girl on the go. Palettes come in all sizes, and you can even find some that focus on just one aspect of your face! Perfect right?

Investing in this 113 Piece Beauty Gems Make-Up Palette from Ulta ( has been one of my better decisions; as far as make-up shopping goes. Affordable, compact, and fun to create with, this palette has definitely become one of my favorite products, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is searching for a total face palette.

TooFaced Cosmetics

Amazing Face Foundation, Primed and Poreless Primer, Shadow Insurance-Candlelight, and Absolutely Flawless Concealer. (

Amazing Face Foundation, Primed and Poreless Primer, Shadow Insurance-Candlelight, and Absolutely Flawless Concealer. (

As mentioned before, my number one concern when shopping for make-up is my sensitive, oil-prone skin. In attempt to make the switch from tinted moisturizer to liquid foundation and concealers, I discovered one of my all time favorite make-up brands: TooFaced.

I instantly fell in love after my first few purchases because they aimed towards those ladies who have sensitive skin, oil-prone skin, and provide more than satisfactory products. These are bit more pricey compared to average drugstore products, but absolutely worth every cent.

Since my first trial purchases, I have transformed my make-up case into an overpopulated haven for TooFaced products. Definitely, if you are looking for quality and skin-friendly formulated make-up products, I encourage you to try TooFaced!

Black & Grey Smokey Eye w/ Contour

Hey guys !
This is my very first YouTube and make-up tutorial video! Creating this video was a learning process, but I hope you guys enjoy! Feel free to leave suggestions, questions, and/or requests!

For this tutorial, I am using….

  • Acne Solutions Liquid Make-Up  in Fresh Amber by Clinique
  • Concealer + Highlighter in Mid-Dark by Sonia Kashuk
  • Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation in Caramel by NYX
  • Tango with Bronzing Powder in Confessions of a Tanaholic by NYX
  • Shadow Insurance in Candlelight by TooFaced
  • Lash Injection Mascara in Black by TooFaced
  • 120 Demi-Wispies Fashion Eyelashes in Black by Ardell
  • Lash Glue by Salon Perfect
  • Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara in Plush Black by MAC
  • Jumbo Lip Pencil in Irish Coffee by NYX
  • Round Case Lipstick in Paparazzi by NYX
  • A Make-Up Palette by Sephora I had received as a gift

ALL BRUSHES FROM e.l.f. (also sold at your local Target)

  • Total Face Brush
  • Gem Blush Brush
  • Eye Shadow Brush
  • Gem Eye Shadow Brush

Music Credit: Eton Messy – Messy Mix 3