Mascara is a key part of any woman’s makeup routine, but it can be frustrating when it starts to smudge. So, if you’re looking for tips to keep your mascara from smudging, read on! We’ll share some tips that should help you avoid this issue. Plus, we’ll give you a few ideas for mascaras that are less likely to smudge.
What causes mascara to smudge under the eyes?
Mascara is one of the most popular beauty products out there, and for a good reason—it can make your eyes look dramatically different. But sometimes, that gorgeous eyeliner can end up smudging under your eyes, which isn’t exactly flattering. So, what’s the culprit behind this pesky problem? Keep reading to find out!
Excess mascara on eyelashes or too much rubbing of lashes with a washcloth can cause smudging. Excessive humidity and sweat can also cause smudging. The best way to avoid this is by using an oil-free, non-comedogenic (will not clog pores) waterproof or water-resistant product and applying in the right places: along the base of upper and lower lashes only! If you use a disposable waterproof applicator wand, be sure to throw it away after one use. Using an applicator brush means more bacteria near the eyes, which also causes more breakouts and infections such as pink eye (conjunctivitis).
Ways to stop mascara from smudging
The only problem with mascara is that it tends to smudge easily, especially when worn in hot weather or during physical activities like exercising or dancing. So, here’s how to keep mascara from smudging:
- Always curl your lashes before applying mascara. Curl first, then put on several coats of mascara, allowing time to dry between applications. If you prefer not to use an eyelash curler, try using the end of a paperclip.
- Try using an eyelash primer before applying mascara to coat your lashes completely. Eyelash primers help thicken the appearance of thin, sparse lashes by coating them with protein-rich ingredients like wheat protein and silk powder. They also give your lashes a nice sheen. Mascara will cling better to primed lashes for longer wear between touchups.
- Apply a thin layer of eye makeup primer before applying mascara. Eye makeup primers help eyelash colors stay true and brilliant longer and help control oiliness by creating a barrier that locks moisture into the skin surrounding the lash line. They also provide your mascara something to adhere to, resulting in longer wear between touchups.