How to apply hair mascara

Updated February 21, 2017

Hair mascara comes in a wide variety of exciting colours that can be used to streak wild temporary highlights to a glamorous "up-do" or loosely flowing locks. The mascara washes out easily and will not leave colour residue behind. Read more to learn how to apply hair mascara.

Brush your hair thoroughly. Hair mascara works best on clean, tangle-free hair.

Style your hair as you wish. If you are going to wear your hair up, then go ahead and pull it up at this time.

Separate a small section of hair using your ring and middle finger. The section should be measured from the top layer of your hair. If your hair is pulled back, perform this step from the ponytail or fringe.

Streak the mascara onto the section of hair. Start as close to the roots as possible and use a smooth downward motion. If the colour is not bright enough, you can repeat the streaking motion several times to get the desired results. Do not overuse the product, as you may end up with a coloured spike in your hair. Remember, your goal is to create an interesting and colourful accent.

Select a section of hair on the other side of your head. It can be opposite the first section or in a completely different area, but it should be about the same width.

Streak the hair mascara into the new section. You should add as much hair mascara to this section as you did on the first.

Continue adding streaks of hair mascara. When you have as many highlights as you desire, you are now ready to head out for an exciting evening of show and glamour!

Things You'll Need

  • Hair mascara in one or more colours
  • Hairbrush
  • Wall-mounted mirror
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