The makeup artist’s guide to keeping mascara off your eyelids
There are many ways creating an eye look can take a wrong turn. In fact, if you manage to make it to the very end of lining, eyeshadow-ing, blending, and mascara-ing without one mishap, you, my friend, deserve a medal, a ticker-tape parade and perhaps a monument built in your honour.
Thus far, we’ve shared our tips on how to use liquid liner; given you the shortcut to create a perfect winged line; helped you beat that annoying oily eyelid problem; offered up some sage wisdom on how to stop your eyeliner from smudging; and demonstrated the easiest way to blend your eyeshadow colours together.
So, now, we bring you tips and tricks on how to prevent getting your mascara on your eyelids just after your apply it.
And to do that, we asked make-up artist Hayley Dutton to share her tricks.
To avoid what is undeniably one of beauty’s most annoying things ever, Hayley recommends positioning your chin properly.
“When you’re applying your mascara, lift your chin and look down with your eyes, as this creates a better angle and allows space between your lashes and eyelid. Keep this angle for about 20 seconds until your mascara dries. If possible, it’s best to try not to look around (especially not up) for about 20 seconds after applying your mascara.”
Added to this, she suggests applying some powder to your lids before you get your mascara wand out, as it will minimise the chance of your mascara smudging once applied. Either a translucent powder or eyeshadow will do the trick.
But what about those times when the damage is already done? Hayley says, “The best way to sort it out is to grab a cotton tip [with some make-up remover] and use the end to softly dab the mascara off. Be sure to wait until the mascara is dry and try not to rub as this will just smudge and make it worse! Make sure you follow by using the eyeshadow brush you used to apply your colour to quickly blend out the area where the mascara has hit.”
And just in case you’re sitting there thinking that your finger is basically the same as a cotton tip, don’t be tempted to rub.
“This will just smudge it and create an even bigger mess for you to clean up,” says Hayley. Plus, that can a) get quite sore if you’re using a mascara that just doesn’t budge, and b) leave your eye area looking a little red and irritated.
Hayley also doesn’t condone just trying to cover it up with concealer, foundation, powder or eyeshadow, and says the best way to go about it is to remove the mascara before adding any product to your lids.
If all else fails and you’re still suffering? Hayley recommends heading to your local salon and treating yourself to an eyelash tint.
Do you suffer from this problem? Do you have any other make-up problems that you’d like Hayley’s advice on?