This is the definitive two-step guide to applying mascara

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Sarah Biddlecombe
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When it comes to buying make-up, it’s easy to think we have to shell out on the big-name brands in order to get the best results.

But happily that’s not the case, with both celebrity make-up artists and celebrities themselves frequently recommending products that we can hunt down on our local high streets.

In fact, it’s more often than not a little-known beauty hack or industry secret that is the key to creating the ultimate make-up look, such as hair stylist Jen Atkin’s clever toothbrush trick or Adele’s make-up artist’s genius guide to covering under-eye circles.

And now we’ve been let in on another brilliant insider trick, with celebrity make-up artist Kenneth Soh sharing his definitive guide to applying mascara using the “cocktailing” technique with

Spoiler alert: this hack is quite the game changer.

Soh, whose A-list clients include Naomie Harris, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Jenna Coleman, recommends using not one but two mascaras to give a super-long lash effect.

“Using two mascaras – one lengthening and one volumising – allows you to customise your mascara needs,” he explains. “It also means you can lengthen the lashes where you need to, especially the outer corners to create a feline look.”

While you might assume that two different products will lead to a clumpy look, he goes on to explain how to use the combined mascaras to avoid that.

“You want to achieve lashes that are separate but not clogged up,” he says. “To do this, apply the volumising mascara first and then go over it with the lengthening one. The usually denser brush combs through the lashes to define, separate and remove any clogging.”

So which mascaras should we be looking for?

For the volumising stage, Soh recommends Eyeko Sports waterproof mascara (£19,, Marc Jacobs O!mega lash (£22, and La Roche-Posay Respectissime mascara (£16,

And for lengthening, he recommends Marc Jacobs Feather Noir (£18, and Benefit They’re Real! Beyond mascara (£20.50,

So there we have it – a two-step guide to applying the perfect mascara look.

We’ll be adding it to our repertoire immediately.

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