"Two to three coats of mascara are perfect," says makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff, whose clients include Alicia Keys and Jordin Sparks.
Her recommended technique? "I call it, 'Uptown, downtown, and crosstown,'" Sheriff says. "First, sweep up from the base to the end of the lash -- that’s uptown. Next, go from the tip of the lash to the base -- downtown. Then bring the mascara brush across the lashes -- that’s crosstown." This will give a rich, full look to your lashes, she says.
If you’re blending false lashes with your real ones, you need only one coat.