How to Prevent Your Mascara From Smudging Once and for All

August 24, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal

One of our biggest beauty pet peeves is when our mascara starts smudging mid-day. To avoid raccoon eyes once and for all, we asked pro makeup artist Gabriel Almodovar for his tips on how to keep mascara in place from morning to night. Here’s what we learned.

The Temperature Outside Might Be Causing Your Smudged Mascara

“The main reason mascara transfers under the eye is because of temperature,” says Almodovar. “If a regular formula gets warm enough, it reverts back to the gel-like form it starts off as in the tube, and it can migrate.” 

To Prevent Smudging, Go Waterproof

Switching to a waterproof formula is the best way to avoid smudging. “Waterproof formulas dry to a matte finish and only move when in contact with an oil, so they are pretty much guaranteed to stay on the lashes and not smudge,” says Almodovar. The L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Waterproof Mascara is a go-to for a budge-proof finish. 

Focus on the Bottom Lashes or Avoid Them All Together

If you don’t want to wear waterproof mascara on the top lashes, at least wear it on the bottom because that area can smudge more quickly. Another option is to completely avoid applying mascara on your bottom lashes. 

Remove Smudges With a Cotton Swab

If your mascara has smudged, you can clean up the area with a cotton swab dipped in micellar water like the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water for Waterproof Makeup or makeup remover. This will give you control, so you won’t mess up the rest of your makeup. 

Photo: Melissa San Vicente-Landestoy; Designer: Hannah Packer

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