How to Prevent Mascara From Smudging

There is seemingly no more of an “omg!” feeling than coming home after a long day, looking in the mirror, and finding that your mascara has melted down your face. How long has it been like this? Why didn’t anyone tell you!? Unfortunately, even the most experienced makeup aficionados know this feeling all too well. Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can introduce to your makeup routine to keep you from experiencing this again.

Clean Those Lashes

It’s probably safe to assume that mascara is one of the last steps of your makeup routine. It comes after primer, foundation, eyeshadow, and more. Even the most seasoned makeup artist can get some residue from these steps stuck on their lashes, which could explain why your mascara isn’t lasting as long as it should. So before you whip out your mascara, take a minute to clean your lashes with a Q-Tip dipped in micellar water or gently squeeze them in between a makeup wipe (being careful not to smudge away any face makeup).

Use Mascara Primer

It may seem counterproductive, but ensuring your lashes are moisturized before applying mascara can actually prevent it from smudging. Not only that, but primer can also make your lashes look fuller, longer, and more voluminous.

Our Pick: Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer ($24, shop here)

Opt for Waterproof Mascara

Makeup artists can attest that opting for a waterproof formula is one of the biggest tricks to ensuring that your mascara stays smudge-free. Some may think this type of mascara is only necessary for the pool or beach, but the truth is, your lashes are constantly coming into contact with hydration, including sweat and the condensation in the air. A waterproof mascara protects against both of those (and can preserve a curl better than other formulas).

Our Pick: Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara ($4.99, shop here)

Dry Them

Leaving the house and exposing your lashes to the natural elements before they are completely set is a surefire way to compromise the lasting ability of your mascara! A quick way to dry your lashes is by blasting them from underneath with your blow-dryer on its lowest setting. A couple of seconds is all it takes. Alternatively, you can fan them with a piece of folded paper for the same results, though it may take a little longer.

Set Your Eyes

As mentioned, sweat is one of mascara’s biggest enemies, so it’s helpful to keep the skin around your lashes nice and dry with a high-quality setting powder. A good translucent powder is best, though a brightening one may look better on the under-eyes!

Our Picks:

BareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Setting Powder ($30, shop here)

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder For Under-Eyes ($30, shop here)

Are there any smudge-proof mascara tricks that you have up your sleeve? Share with us in the comments below!

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