There's one beauty question I get asked way more often than any other. It's not about what foundation I wear, or how I wash my face at night, or even my favorite lipstick. It's "what falsies are you wearing?"

But truth be told, I rarely ever wear false lashes. In fact, I kind of despise them. And I've never been asked that question on a night I've actually mustered up the patience to wear them.

This is going to sound like such a stupid humble brag, but most people are astounded when I tell them what I'm sporting on my eyes in nothing but mascara. Sure, I'll admit my lashes are naturally on the longer side thanks to genetics — but their eye-turning length is mostly due to a simple application method you'll kick yourself for not knowing.

This mascara trick doesn't require a specific kind of mascara, but I'd generally suggest using one that's formulated for length rather than volume. These are my two favorites.

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Why length over volume? It's just plain easier to build volume with a lengthening mascara — which you can do by applying extra coats near the base of your lashes — than it is to achieve length with the fluffy applicator of a volume-specific one.

My go-to for everyday wear is Glossier Lash Slick ($16, Glossier).

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Its applicator is perfect for building length because its has tons of short bristles that can grip lashes tightly.

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When I want something a little more bold, I reach for Benefit Cosmetics BADGal BANG! Volumizing Mascara ($25, Sephora).

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It has an extremely similar applicator to Glossier's (this style of applicator is the common denominator of all the mascaras I like), but the formula itself is fibrous and sticks to itself enough that it can practically build new eyelashes for you.

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For the purposes of showing you how I apply mascara, I used this one.

Here I am pre-mascara. When bare, my lashes are practically invisible despite being pretty long.

photo: Nicola Dall'Asen

And here is how I've noticed a majority of people apply mascara: Outwards.

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I think people fault to applying mascara this way because it seems like a no-brainer to follow your lashes' natural direction.

Brushing the lashes outwards will make them look... nice, but not nearly as coated, full, and long as they could be.

photo: Nicola Dall'Asen

And that's why I apply my mascara upwards and inwards, especially near the inner corners.

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I also make sure to wiggle my applicator back and forth the entire time to fully coat each lash.

Now that's more like it.

photo: Nicola Dall'Asen

The key difference between a pair of real eyelashes and a pair of wispy falsies is the amount of volume that's visible in the inner corners and the direction of those lashes.

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Getting into those corners with your mascara wand is the number one way to make those real lashes pop.

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It might seem like a small difference, but trust me, people notice it. Plus, it'll save you all the discomfort of a pair of fake eyelashes.

It's really that simple. No go out into the world and use those lashes of yours for good.

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You know, like SpongeBob would.