How to get the most out of your mascara application

For Kristen Stewart it's all about sultry volume.
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For Kristen Stewart it's all about sultry volume.

We talk to legendary backstage makeup artist Elsa Morgan about the finer points of that desert island must-have: Mascara.

WHICH CELEBRITIES DO YOU THINK GET MASCARA REALLY RIGHT?

I love how Kristen Stewart, Bella Hadid and Beyoncé all work their mascara so well, while achieving quite different effects.

Beyonce make-up is always as fierce as her performances.
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Beyonce make-up is always as fierce as her performances.

For Kristen Stewart it's all about sultry volume, while for Bella Hadid, it's separated, fine definition and for Beyoncé it's major, full-on glamour. Each look takes not just the right mascara choice but also technique. 

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WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR APPLYING THICKENING MASCARA A LA KIRSTEN STEWART?

For lashes that complement a cool smoky eye, use a thickening, volumising mascara and work the mascara wand well into the lash line for lashes that are super full and well coated. Use a horizontal wiggle of the wand to really get into the base of the lashes both top and bottom and then push the wand up and out; two coats should do the trick. It is key to get the mascara right into the base of the roots to create the illusion of more length.

Use a lengthening clump-free formula that separates lashes well for Bella Hadid's look.
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Use a lengthening clump-free formula that separates lashes well for Bella Hadid's look.

FOR BELLA HADID LASHES?

For well-defined lashes that give a pretty, fresh-eyed look, use a lengthening clump-free formula that separates lashes well. Apply one coat to the top and bottom lashes and use a spoolie [this resembles a clean mascara brush] to comb out any excess clumps of mascara.

FOR BEYONCE'S GLAMOUR LASH?

For full glam lashes, go for a high-impact volumising and lengthening mascara. Remember to use a fanning out action with the wand and apply a third coat for intensity.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MASCARA AND WHY?

My favourite mascara at the moment is Kevyn Aucoin's Volume Mascara. I love that it's a "tubing" formula [a formula that creates a 'tube' around your lashes rather than coating them], so it just cleans off at the end of the day in the shower without the need for harsh rubbing or makeup remover!

DO YOU EVER STRAY FROM BLACK MASCARA?

I personally have never been a fan of any mascara colour other than black.

INCOMING: NEW MASCARA TREND – TWO-TONE LASHES

This trend is about combining black and brown mascara (or a personal favourite of mine, navy). Try coating three quarters of the lash with black mascara and finish the last third with brown or navy. Or take a leaf out of makeup artist Tom Pecheux's book and mix it up by coating the top lashes with black and applying brown to the lower lashes.

 - Sydney Morning Herald

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