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While applying mascara may seem like one of the easier steps in our makeup routine, it isn’t as completely foolproof as we think. Without even realizing it, there’s sure to be some slip-ups taking place before, during, and even after application. To get on the right track to making our lashes all that they possibly can be, below we’re filling you in on the mistakes you probably didn’t even know you were making with your mascara—and how to fix them.
1. Pumping It: This is the number one thing that we’ve probably all done and definitely shouldn’t. While we think pumping the wand works to get the most product on it (so we can then achieve some killer lashes), what we’re actually doing is pumping air into the mascara, which will make it dry out quicker.
2. Applying All of It to Your Lashes: Once you pop the wand out of the tube, it’s usually overloaded with product. To avoid clumps, wipe some of the product off of the wand before you apply. You can always go back and add more, but getting rid of excess formula when it’s already on your lashes isn’t as easy.