Dr. Hauschka’s International make-up artist Karim Sattar provides advice on the best way to apply Mascara.
Dr. Hauschka: Mascara applied in the mornings makes tired eyes look more awake. What should we think about when applying it?
Karim Sattar: I want to start by saying something about the choice of colour as this can already influence the entire impression given off by the made-up eye. Black has a powerful effect whereas brown is equally as colour-intensive but looks far softer. If mascara is pretty much the only make-up you want to apply or you’ve only just started experimenting with cosmetics, brown is the right choice. However, those who want to apply black mascara should, in all events, choose a softer colour such as brown for the lower lashes. This graduated colour immediately makes the face look far younger.
Rejuvenation through colour selection, that sounds exciting. So, I’ve chosen a colour, extracted the brush and start with my top lashes…
…and you can already optimise your technique. If you want to apply mascara to both your top and bottom lashes, you should always start with the bottom ones. By doing so, you avoid any loss of colour from the still wet mascara on your top lashes. If your eyes start to water while you’re applying mascara, remain calm. Don’t fan air into your eyes but instead gently close your eyes and swallow. The application process itself is most effective if you use a zig-zag movement. This is a special application technique in which we use the brush from the side, i.e. holding it at a diagonal to the lash growth direction, and move it back and forth. Finally, take the brush away to the side, not upwards.
And that has a visible effect on the lashes?
Oh yes, the effect is impressive: you get right to the upper edge of the lash line, making the lashes appear thicker. The eyelid area looks as though an extremely thin line has been drawn along it.
That sounds good! Are there ways of fixing this beautifully applied mascara?
Yes, of course. The best thing to use is powder. Use an eyeshadow brush to apply a little Translucent Face Powder or Body Silk to your lashes before applying the mascara.
You hear a great deal about special brush designs. Does the design really make a difference?
The design is extremely important in fact as it determines the effect. For example, when we were designing the new brush for our Volume Mascara, we ensured that it would paint even the finest of lashes. This created a product for women with both full and sparser lashes.
Sometimes my lashes clump together when I apply mascara. What can I do to prevent that from happening?
It can help to brush through the painted lashes with a clean brush. The lashes are then beautifully separated but still coated in colour. Lashes often clump together if you apply mascara several times. This is a good way of strengthening the colour’s effect but also quickly makes your lashes stand out too much for the wrong reasons. In such cases, less is more.
Do you have any further special application tips for mascara?
With Dr. Hauschka Mascara, your lashes remain so elasticated that you can accentuate the tips with a different colour without the individual lashes sticking together. This makes your eyes appear more open and friendly. It also creates a wonderful lightplay in the sunshine. It’s like revealing a little secret when a different colour suddenly appears.
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