You’re a mascara fanatic and so are we (it’s why we get along so well). But between the two of us, sometimes we're not so sure that our current mascara situation is doing everything that it can for our lashes. To ease our doubts, we reached out to four makeup pros who (thankfully) spilled their favorite mascara buying, applying and maintenance tips.

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TIP 1: BUY MASCARA TWO AT A TIME

Things that are better layered: cookies, rugs and your lashes. Leveraging different-sized wands is how makeup artists give their clients those crazy long lashes. Pro makeup artist Jordan Liberty explains, “For too-good-to-be-real lashes, first apply a mascara with a small wand that gets closer to the roots of your lashes, then follow with a mascara that has a larger wand to amp up the volume.”

IT Cosmetics Tightline Primer ($24), IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara ($24)

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TIP 2: BUT HAVE A BACKUP PLAN

OK, so what happens on those days when you hit the snooze button three times and have zero time to futz with primer? You need a mascara that can work in a flash--no eyelash curler necessary. Beauty and wellness expert Jeannine Morris says, “Sometimes less is more, like with IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara. You really only need one coat for long, voluminous lashes.” Sold.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara ($24)

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TIP 3: LOOK FOR MASCARA WITH A SIDE OF VITAMINS

You’re a lash girl. You know that you can’t live life without mascara, even if all the rubbing and removal does wear your lashes out. YouTube beauty expert Michelle of ReadySetGlamour advocates buying from a new host of products that “do good as they make you look good”--products that are fortified with vitamins like biotin and collagen. Two birds, one stone, people.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara ($24)

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TIP 4: SWITCH IT UP

We can hear you groaning. But really, people, mascara should not last as long as a season of Scandal. YouTube beauty expert Belinda Selene explains why: “Make sure to switch out your mascara about every three months. That’s when it starts to get dry, and that way you won’t have fallout underneath your eyes during the day.” Oh, and whatever you do, never pump the wand; ding so pushes air into the tube, causing the mascara to dry out faster.

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