So, its Monday morning in sunny South Africa pouters, did you prehaps overdose on your antidepressants this morning? ha ha…. I thought this post would be adequate for today, in case you are crying for the ghost of weekend past.
There is no shame in crying your eyes out at the movies, or after a bad breakup or just because it happens to be Monday 😉 however there is much shame in looking in the mirror after before said incidents. Streaks of mascara running down your cheeks is a whole other horror story which I’m going to try and tackle for us, as for some it may be an every day problem and others may just be an once in a while problem. We’ve all had it. We all hate it (Terms and conditions apply on this one, emo kids lurve it).
Mascara smudges all the time, it even flows freely after getting wet sometimes even when you are convinced you bought the waterproof variety, yes its noticable and dependant on your tolerance to being embarassed it can be VERY embarrassing. I personally don’t care, but I know a lot of people that do….
For an easy quick fix, blot the mascara away before it dries without wiping the rest of your face off by placing a tissue under your lower lashes until your tears have been run dry. The tissue will catch any run off and help your lashes dry. If you still have mascara on your cheeks, I suggest investing in some good anti depressants 😉 (I joke!) mix some water or moisterizer with your foundation and use it to blend away unwanted colour.
To avoid this problem in the future, try skipping the mascara on your lower lashes. They’re the ones most likely to cause run-off in rain, high humidity or emotional situations.
When thick, clumpy mascara chunks up on your lashes and glues them together, you may wonder if it’s the fault of the brand, the brush or your technique. The answer is it could be a little of all of those. Thick mascara can get lumpy on the lashes. If it’s a tube you’ve been using for a while, it may be drying out and getting flaky. You could be accelerating the problem if you pump your brush into the tube. Pumping forces air into the tube, drying the mascara and causing flakes.
Try this approach to prevent blobs:
1. Before applying mascara, if you have very straight lashes, try to curl them with an eyelash curler and then proceed to comb your eyelashes to separate them.
2. Roll your brush over paper towel to remove excess mascara before applying it to your lashes. Don’t use a tissue or toilet paper, it is far too fine and breaks easily.
3. Use a single, slow-motion sweep of the brush over your lashes instead of many short, quick strokes. If your mascara is getting toward the end of its life span, while applying with a slow-motion sweep jiggle the brush from right to left but not too much.
4. Stop after one coat.
5. Comb your lashes again to break up and remove any mascara clumps.
6. Repeat, until desired length & thickness is achieved. Just be 100% sure you give each eye the desired attention it deserves – don’t give one set of lashes more attention than the other.
Bat those lashes, and have a fantastic week!!!