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Reasons for smudged mascara
January 4, 2018, 5:40 pm

You’ve all looked in the mirror at noon and seen faint black streaks on your upper lids from blinking, or had to wipe away black smudges from beneath your eyes at the end of the day.

You don’t have to resign yourself to a life of melting makeup, you can easily and totally prevent it from happening. Keep reading to find out some tips:

Skip the creams: If you have a tendency to slather your moisturizer all over your skin, eyelids and all, you’re basically creating the perfect smudging ground for your mascara, especially as your skin heats up and your eyelashes tap against your tacky lids ever few seconds. It is a similar issued for your cream-based eyeshadows; skip them and opt for powders instead.

Blot it out:  Your lids may just be a bit oilier than the rest of your face, and because oil inherently melts and dissolves the bonds in makeup—including your mascara—you need to soak up any and all excess oil at the start of your makeup routine.

The best trick is after cleansing and moisturizing your face in the morning, take a powder-laced blotting sheet and gently press it over your eyelids and under-eyes to completely mattify your lids. Then, for good measure, do one more pass with the paper after applying your liner and eyeshadow, just in case any residual oils from your brushes or beauty blender have made their way onto your lids.

Prime yourself: When you are not using a face primer to blend up and over your eyes at the same time, take 20 extra seconds to dab on a designated eye primer to mattify your lids. Not only will it keep your shadows and liners from creasing and sliding, but it’ll also help prevent your mascara from leaving marks after a few hours.

Waterproof it: Water-resistant mascaras can be both difficult to remove and super drying on your lashes (all of which can cause lash loss and damage over time).  But, if you’ve already meticulously powdered, blotted, primed your lids, and also tested a different mascara formula, and you’re still dealing with smudging, try switching to a waterproof formula.

You can help mitigate the drying effects by swiping on a conditioning lash primer first, before using your waterproof mascara. 

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