It has happened to all of us. We’re out and about with our friends, laughing and enjoying ourself, when we suddenly notice our reflection in a mirror. And horror! Staring back at us is a raccoon! Yep, our mascara, has smudged. Again! Wasn’t it supposed to be waterproof?!
Unfortunately, waterproof means just that: WATER proof, not OIL proof. Our skin produces oil throughout the day to stay moisturized and healthy, and when mascara comes in contact with it, it can melt and leave those dreaded black smudges all around the eye area.
So, if waterproof mascara doesn’t work (not always, anyway), what does? Here are 3 tricks that help me avoid raccoon eyes:
1. Knock off excess product
Before I apply mascara, I’ll wipe off excess product with a clean tissue. One quick swipe is more than enough. You don’t want to remove all the mascara, just the excess. I know it’s a bit of a waste, but it does help reduce smudging a lot. And it’ll make application easier too.
2. Pull up and away
This is a technique I learned recently from a youtube video (sadly, I don’t remember which one 🙁 ). Basically, you apply mascara as usual, from the root up, but pull away before reaching the very tips of the lashes.
It’s the tips that usually get in contact with your skin, leaving those awful smudges everywhere. If there’s no mascara on them, that just can’t happen. And no, it doesn’t look weird either.
3. Powder up
This is my least favourite tip because it’s the most risky, but it works. Here’s how it’s done. Before mascara, I apply, with the help of a small eyeshadow brush, some translucent loose powder on my lashes. This helps mascara stay put. Some people prefer to apply mascara first, and then set it with powder. That works too.
The important thing is that you use a powder that’s made with ingredients approved for the eye area, or it may irritate and hurt your eyes. If you don’t know if your favourite powder is suitable, compare its ingredients with those in your eyeshadows, eyeliners, and mascaras. If it contains something that’s in none of your eye products, don’t risk it.
How do you prevent mascara from smudging?