THIS is How to Stop Your Mascara From Smudging

Ain’t nobody got time for that 👀

Whether your lashes are long or short, plentiful or sparse, one of the most common makeup mishaps is smudged mascara. The worst part is that this usually happens after spending ages on a killer blended eyeshadow look – talk about betrayal!


If this is something that happens to you a lot and you are, quite frankly, sick of having to do your makeup twice over, then you need to follow these four pearls of wisdom to spare yourself the messy ordeal. You’re welcome.

1 First, Prime

Even if you are foregoing eyeshadow and are going to rock a nude lid, using an eyelid primer is a great way to prevent your mascara from smudging. This is because it absorbs excess oil – a major culprit when it comes to smudged makeup – and prevents your lids from becoming oily throughout the day. Genius!

2 Stay Put

Ever heard of tubing mascara formulas? They may have been all the rage a decade ago and subsequently fell out of favour, but they are great for those who are prone to smudging. Why? Because they coat the lashes in polymers that require a lot of elbow work to remove, which means that they have serious staying power.

3 Get Set

While wearing waterproof mascara on the daily isn’t bad in and of itself, the tugging required to get it off at the end of the day can cause some lashes to fall out. And I’m sure we all want none of that, thanks. Instead, use your waterproof formula strategically by placing it or a top coat just on the tips of your lashes. This will make it much easier to remove later.

4 Wait a Sec

This step might require a bit of training, but it’s the most important one if you are a chronic smudger. After applying your mascara, you need to keep your eyelids half-shut and try not to blink for at least a minute to allow the formula time to dry. It might take some practice. This will stop mascara from getting on the skin above and below your eyes, and will make for a perfect finish.

Ready to shop? Here are three eye makeup essentials that’ll ensure you get flawless eyes every time.

1. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

An eyeshadow primer that keeps oil at bay while erasing imperfections on the lids.

R335 Urban Decay SHOP NOW

2. Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula

A mascara with 24-hour staying power so expect smudge-free eye makeup, come rain or tears.

R335 Clinique SHOP NOW

3. Yardley Raincoat Mascara

A translucent top coat that seals your mascara to ensure that it stays put all day.

R99.95 Clicks SHOP NOW

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