Today’s important question is: are you a mascara wiggler or a blinker?? You may answer with another question that goes something like, what the heck are you talking about?! You see, there are actually two ways you can apply mascara to your lashes: you can either wiggle the brush from root to tip, or conversely you can hold the brush against your lash line and just simply blink into the mascara.
Personally I’m a big fan of the wiggle technique; I like the control it gives you. But when I stumbled upon a recent Allure article that declares that blinking into your mascara gives you fuller lashes (or so according to celeb and beauty business owner Jessica Alba), I became intrigued. Now I have seen people blinking into their mascara before but I honestly never really understood why they did that; I thought it was just personal preference. I’m usually not too easily swayed by celebrities when it comes to…anything really…but when I hear the words “thicker, fuller lashes” I take notice! Maybe it was worth giving it a good try then.
JESSICA ALBA’S MASCARA TRICK, DEMONSTRATED
Below you’ll find the British Vogue video where Jessica demo’s the mascara-blinking technique. If you don’t want to watch the whole video, below are some important time markers:
- At the 2:38 mark she applies a lash primer
- At the 3:40 mark she applies the mascara
MY FIRST ATTEMPT USING BOBBI BROWN SMOKEY EYE MASCARA
I don’t use lash primers really ever (can’t be bothered frankly), so I just go straight in with mascara. I wanted my first attempt in trying Jessica Alba’s mascara trick to be using a bigger, fluffier brush since that’s what I generally prefer. Right now I’ve really been loving the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara, so I went with that.
(DISCLAIMER: I was gifted this mascara at a brand event, but this is not a sponsored post in any way.)
In order to better gauge the difference between methods, I applied the mascara by wiggling the brush on my left eye (my preferred method), and by blinking into the mascara on my right eye (Jessica’s method). Admittedly it’s very hard to tell the difference in these photos but I could definitely see a difference in real life.
I definitely felt my lashes were coated more thoroughly on my left eye (where I used the wiggle technique), plus I made a big mess on my right eye. Mascara just transferred everywhere. Not ideal. Perhaps I was just inept at this blinking technique or the brush I used was simply too big. I wanted to try it again with a slightly smaller, tapered brush.
MY SECOND ATTEMPT USING MAYBELLINE SNAPSCARA
I had higher hopes when using the Maybelline Snapscara as it’s a much more tapered shape than the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara. I feel like I could be more precise about the placement of the brush against my lash line. I wrote up an entire review on the Snapscara, so if you’re interested in more info on it I highly suggest you check out that post.
Again, I did the same thing as above: I wiggled the brush to apply the product on my left eye, and I blinked into the brush to apply the product on my right eye.
As predicted, I had a much easier time with the whole blinking technique using the Snapscara. I was better able to coat my lashes this time around, and there was definitely less of a difference between the two sides. However, I did manage to get at least one smudge onto my right lid at the end. I guess I got a little overconfident!
SO HAVE I CONVERTED TO BEING A MASCARA BLINKER??
Despite the more promising second attempt I had, no I have not converted methods! I generally like using big, fluffy mascara brushes so I need as much control over them as possible; blinking doesn’t give me that, but wiggling does. I also thought I was going to poke myself in the eye every time I blinked into these mascara brushes, so that kinda freaked me out!
However, what I have realized since doing this little experiment is that using both methods together can give you beautiful full lashes. I don’t do this all the time but hear me out. After I apply most of my mascara using the wiggling method, I then blink into the brush right at my center lashes to get maximum length. So pretty! Try it sometime and let me know what you think.
So are you a mascara wiggler or blinker?? What do you think of Jessica Alba’s mascara trick? I’d love to know!