More than ever before, long, luscious lashes are at the top of pretty much every woman’s wish list. But it takes a whole lot of mascara to create doe eyes and some of that eye makeup doesn’t always stay where it should all day.
The more coats of mascara you apply, the higher the chance that flakes will show up underneath your eyes as you rush from your morning commute to work to after-work drinks. Sarah Mohamed, bridal makeup artist at Blushing Brides Boston, offers 3 tips to help prevent flakes and smudges from appearing throughout the day.
1. Go easy on the concealer. “We all have under-eye puffiness, circles, and purple lines that we’re all too eager to cover with concealer,” Mohamed says. “However, the absolute worst thing you can is use too much concealer because that almost always guarantees flakes and smudges. The over-distribution of moisture and powder, which your lashes will consistently bat against, can cause mascara to become wet, smudge, and then flake which is obviously no good. Avoid this by covering your under eye circles properly: sparingly.”
2. Don’t use old mascara. “When mascara expires, it dries out and becomes clumpy in texture making it more like to transfer and flake,” Mohamed says. “For those unfamiliar with the time stamp of makeup, toss your mascara every 3-4 months at the very least. Ensure your mascara is replaced after 3 months to prevent those ever-dreaded flakes from dusting your cheeks. It’s that simple!”
3. Keep your hands off. This one is just plain ol’ common sense, but worth repeating. Whether you’re stressed after a big meeting or fading fast at 4pm, resist the urge to rub your eyes.
Just three steps to remember for more flawless eye makeup? Simple indeed.
For more beauty tips and news, check out how to prevent eyeshadow from creasing on oily eyelids and how to never get mascara on your top lid again.
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