People with blonde eyelashes know the struggle of trying to get their eyelashes to show prominently. Blonde lashes are often referred to as “ghost lashes” because they blend into lighter skin tones.
However, with the right mascara application techniques and color selection, you can make your blonde eyelashes pop!
The easiest way to put mascara on blonde eyelashes is to use brown mascara on your bottom lashes first then tightline your upper waterline with a dark eyeliner. Finish off with 2 coats of brown mascara on your top eyelashes.
In this post, I connected with a few talented makeup artists in the industry and asked them to provide me their best tips for putting mascara on blonde eyelashes.
Things To Know Before Starting
Use Brown Mascara
Andrea Clarie, a celebrity hair and makeup artist with clientele like Henry Golding, Liv Lo Golding, Seal, Margaret Atwood, and more suggests that for blonde lashes, a brown mascara usually looks best for a natural look, but don’t shy away from black-brown or black. There is nothing wrong with an intense eye. Bold color is fun, especially for the summer months paired with a sun-kissed glow.
Curl Your Lashes
Andrea also suggests curling your lashes. It really makes a world of difference. Curling opens the eyes and helps to stop mascara from smudging. For more tips from Andrea, check out the additional tips section below.
Note that curling your lashes is optional and is not included in the step-by-step guide below.
How to Put Mascara on Blonde Eyelashes – Step By Step
Note before starting: I advise you to apply mascara to your bottom lashes first. Many people roll their eyes around a lot when applying mascara to their bottom lashes. If you do your bottom lashes after you’ve done your top lashes, the rolling of your eyes may cause the mascara on your upper lashes to smudge on your top lids.
- Start off by applying mascara to your bottom lashes using a bottom lash mascara. Get the wand close to the base of the lashes, press softly, and wiggle in a zig-zag motion towards the tip. Ensure you’ve covered all of the bottom lash hairs before moving forward.
- If you find that you have too many clumps of mascara on your lashes, use a lash comb to gently comb them out.
- Use an eyeliner to tightline the waterline of your upper lid. Dot your eyeliner along the waterline to fill in the gaps between your lashes and then tightline the rest of your waterline by staying as close to the roots as possible with your eyeliner.
- Apply mascara to your top lashes by gently pressing your mascara brush at the root of your lashes and then wiggle in a zig-zag motion towards the tip. It may help to blink your lids to pull your lashes towards your brush. This helps to spread the mascara more evenly on your lashes to make your application easier.
- As with your bottom lashes, if you find that you have too many clumps of mascara, use a lash comb to gently comb them out.
- If you find that the color of mascara you selected isn’t dark enough, wait for the first coat to dry and then apply a second coat with a darker color.
Note that many people may wrinkle their forehead when applying mascara. If this is a problem for you, check out my guide on how to apply mascara without wrinkling forehead.
Coat Your Lash Curler For Better Visibility
Alyssia Chang, a makeup artist of over 12 years and founder of Prevail Beauty, suggests applying two coats of matching pencil eyeliner to your mascara color on the top of the rubber band on your lash curler. When you curl your eyelashes, you will have the pencil liner at the base of the lashes so that you can see and not mistakenly apply mascara on the eyelid skin!
Start At The Lash Tips
Alyssia also suggests that when applying mascara, apply a thin layer at the tips of the lashes first with light pressure. This will help control the application and not make a mess.
Let Mascara Dry Before Fixing
If you do apply some mascara by accident on the skin or eyeshadow. Wait for it to dry! Then use the tip of a Q-Tip to gently twist off the mascara on the skin. This guarantees that you will not have smudged mascara everywhere and doesn’t ruin your makeup look. I’ve written a guide on how to fix mascara on eyeshadow. Check it out if you have time.
Try Mascara Guards
Mascara Guards are the BFF to any mascara wearer, but especially helpful with those with blonde lashes. Using a guard or a business card held under your lashes, start at the roots of your lashes and apply your mascara by rocking the wand back and forth, roots to ends. The guard trick allows you to thoroughly coat your lashes without getting them on your lids.
Use a Magnifying Mirror
Light lashes can look like they’re floating if the mascara skips any part of the hair. Use a magnifying mirror to double-check your precision. Comb through to remove any clumps then reapply your mascara if you like a strong lash look.