A beginner's mascara tutorial by makeup artist Tracy Murphy.

Products used: Lash Star Beauty Full Control Mascara
                     Lash Star Beauty Lash Styler Brush

TRACY'S TECHNIQUE

Starting with clean, curled lashes, follow these steps to use both Full Control wands like a total pro.

TOP LASHES STEP 1: TIGHTLINE BRUSH

Keep your chin up and eyes down in front of a mirror. Wiggle the tightline brush deep within the roots of the lashes and slowly roll the wand between your thumb and forefinger, while continuing to wiggle/zigzag very slowly up to the tips.

As you apply, slightly close the eye to help nudge the brush upwards. (When you do it correctly, you’ll feel your lid lift gently off your eye.) This will not only pull the lashes up and into the wand for better curl, but will also saturate them with mascara from root to tip.

A game-changing approach is to think of the lashes as a sunburst with three distinct sections, and coax the hairs in the direction they naturally grow:

  • 1. Inner corner of the eye – coax hairs to the top of the nose/start of the brow
  • 2. Center lashes – coax hairs straight up
  • 3. Outer corner of the eye – coax hairs out towards the tail of the brow, adding a little extra dab to open the eye.
STEP 2: CURVED SILICONE BRUSH

Repeat the process from step 1, this time using the curved silicone brush.

Once you’ve coated every section, repeat the process. If you are doing this correctly, you will most likely have smudges, don’t worry, it’s all part of the process. Leave any smudges until application is complete, then erase them with a cotton bud and an oil free cleanser.

LOWER LASHES

The tightline brush is usually enough for the lower lashes. The defining formula deposits color without being too showy, since the main attraction tends to be the upper lashes. (Although there are lots of looks you can create with dramatic lower lashes, too.)

To apply mascara to the lower lashes, put your chin down and look up. It helps to make an “O” shape with your mouth, which stretches the skin downward for easier access to the lashes.

First, use the wand horizontally to deposit a little more mascara at the root, starting from the outside of the eye and working inwards. Then follow up with a final sweep using the wand vertically to separate the lashes. Check to make sure it seems balanced with the amount of mascara on the upper lashes. All good? Then you’re all set.