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The 3 Mascara Mistakes You're Making Every Morning

Are you getting your best lashes? See what Allure found out when they investigated the three most common application myths.

Unfortunately, there's no Snopes for the beauty world, so I like to take beauty-myth busting into my own hands. I regularly scroll through Pinterest and pin ridiculous beauty "hacks" and myths to a secret board, in hopes of one day debunking them with a team of experts. For the August issue of Allure (out now!), I got the chance to shut down three common mascara myths — and my lashes have never been thicker. In the name of science!

Myth 1: Baby powder will make your lashes look thicker. You may have stumbled across an Internet beauty tip that suggests dusting baby powder on your lashes in between mascara coats. The World Wide Web claims it will make your lashes look "fake" and "thick" . . . both sort of true. But what it doesn't tell you is that "powder absorbs moisture, and mascara without moisture cracks," says makeup artist Kate Lee. Not only will you probably get powder in your eyes, but your mascara will flake and eventually fall off. "It's not a good idea," says Lee.


Myth 2: Waterproof mascara is just fine for every day. Waterproof mascara is kind of genius. I mean, why would you risk your mascara running down your face, à la Lauren Conrad, when you can opt for something that just stays put? Well, it turns out waterproof mascara isn't so great for day-to-day wear. "They dry too quickly," says makeup artist Jillian Dempsey. Meaning, if you want to really load up and thicken your lashes, you run the risk of mascara that's flaky and crusty. Non-waterproof and volumizing mascaras are wetter and more pliable; so unless you're a bride or a professional mermaid, reach for the regular stuff instead.

Myth 3: You should only curl your lashes before applying mascara. This is half true. If you regularly and recklessly curl your lashes after applying mascara, you could rip out your eyelashes — ow. However, if you're careful about it, curling after you've applied a coat can have some benefits. "It can squeeze the base and smoosh the mascara, making it look super-duper thick," says makeup artist Mally Roncal. Here's how to do it: Wait a few seconds so the mascara is damp but not wet, then clamp down and open up the curler gently. No ripping.

More from Allure:

6 Simple Tips to Make Your Eyelashes Appear Thicker
26 Beauty Hacks That Will Change Your Life
Bring Out Your Eyes by Blinging-Out Your Lashes

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