I find mascara is always feared when starting to apply it. I for one hate stuff in my eyes and here it an easy way to do it.
Hold the brush of the wand near your eye: horizontally.
Now blink so that the lashes come into contact with the brush naturally and lighter.
With that; eventually you will learn how to make the brush and blinking sync to have good tear free application.
So keep blinking flirty with easy tear free mascara application.