Oh,mercy! No on the needle idea! That gaget Novice has pictured is very good. I get pounds mixed up, but you can get one here at the drugstore for 89 cents! Keep it clean,though. Baby shampoo helps!
Kitty, the main thing I have found is don't put the mascara on too quick. Wipe the tip off on a tissue and wave it around a bit. Then you get just the right amount. Just swoop on once if you possibly can. Look in you mirror profile. Most of the time you will have the perfect slight slope upward, barely there. Of course, make sure the mascara is fresh, old gets clunky. We are talking about 3 months,max.