We've all had times when we've woken up after a particularly fun night, when the raccoon look is in full effect. Smudgy mascara happens, and unless you're intentionally applying face paint under your eyes to shield out the sun during your Saturday morning flag football games, I don't know many people who appreciate mascara gone south. But with a few simple tips, you can keep those product slips at bay. Besides the obvious — waterproof mascara — here are some other ways to keep your mascara on the lashes, not on your skin. Check out some suggestions for staying in the clear when you read more.
- Give yourself credit: When applying mascara, use a credit card or business card to act as a shield between your lashes and your lids. Any slip-ups will go on the card instead of you.
- Soak it in: After applying eye cream or foundation around the eye area, give the product a chance to soak into the skin before applying your mascara. Skin that's too hydrated can attract smudges.
- Powder room: Apply a light dusting of powder around your eyes to help suppress oil, like Benefit Bluff Dust ($22). Bonus? The yellow tone of the powder helps counteract red tones.
- Towel it off: Thin, even coats of mascara are one of the simplest ways to prevent mascara from making a downward slide. To avoid clumpy, clustered lashes, just run the wand over a tissue to create a light-on-the-product coating. Let each layer dry completely before applying the next.
- Get back to your roots: Sweep on mascara from root to tip, tapering off at the ends. Less product on the tips can help prevent inadvertent slips onto the skin.
- You're in the clear: Use a clear coat of mascara for the finishing touch. This extra step acts similarly to a hair gloss, locking in color and protecting your lashes. Once your mascara has fully dried, try Rimmel Style & Shine Natural Lash & Brow Mascara in Clear ($5.50).