We have all been there, applying our makeup, and something happens to where your mascara smears down your face from:
- Poking yourself in the eye with the mascara wand.
- Getting something in your eye like dust or eyelash that makes your eye water.
- Fake eyelash glue getting into your eye.
- Poking yourself in the eye with eye liner pencil.
- Children distracting you while applying.
- Crying for whatever reason while doing your makeup.
My most recent experience of this is the eyelash glue. Yeah, and that freaking hurts. So I removed all of the makeup from the left side of my face because I didn’t want it to be uneven or splotchy looking by just adding more foundation to that area. Of course I was going to a big event, and of course I had worked meticulously on my makeup for an hour.
I wish I knew this info when this happened because it seems that I didn’t have to re-do all my makeup with these tricks.
1. Wait! – Let the mascara smudge dry for about 60 seconds. It should then become flaky and come off “almost like a crumb rolling off your skin,” says Kristofer Buckle, celebrity makeup artist.
2. You can also dampen a Q-tip or a tissue twisted into a tiny pencil-shaped point and hold it over the smear to gently remove it.
3. If the mascara doesn’t come off after trying that, try dipping the Q tip into your makeup remover and pat gently until the mascara lifts off your skin and onto the Q tip.
And next time you’re swiping on mascara, open your mouth wide while you’re coating your lashes. It keeps you from blinking, so you’re less likely to get a smudge.