Have you ever applied your mascara only to have it smudge and run a few hours later? It’s the WORST. Fortunately, there are a few tried-and-true tips and techniques that you can use to ensure that your mascara stays put. This article will discuss the various ways to keep mascara from transferring and help you look flawless all day long.
What Causes Mascara Transfer?
Mascara transfer is a common beauty problem experienced by many people. It can be frustrating and embarrassing to have your mascara smeared all over your face, leaving you with an unflattering raccoon-eye look. So, what causes mascara transfer, and how can one keep it from happening?
Rubbing your eyes is the main cause of mascara transfer. This is a big one. It’s tempting to rub your eyes when they feel dry or irritated, but this will only worsen things. Not only will it cause your mascara to smudge, but it will also irritate your eyes and cause them to water.
Another culprit of mascara transfer is the formula of the product itself. Those who use waterproof mascaras are more prone to having their makeup smudge because the formula contains waxes or oils that prevent water from removing them quickly.
Similarly, using too much product or applying several coats of mascara can also lead to smearing throughout the day, as well as old mascaras that should be replaced after 3-4 months since they become clumpy and less effective.
Oil-based makeup removers and moisturizers used before applying makeup can also lead to mascara transfer. When these products mix with your mascara, they create one big oily mess that is difficult to remove and will likely migrate down your face as the day wears on.
To keep your mascara from transferring, opt for water-based makeup remover and moisturizer since these products tend not to react with each other in such a powerful way.
Prep Your Lashes
The best way to ensure that your mascara doesn’t transfer is to start by prepping your lashes. Begin by coating them with a primer or lash serum which will help condition and coat the hair follicle for an even application of product afterward. To further prevent the transfer, use a thin layer of eyeshadow in a similar shade as the mascara to set it on the lid. This will give the product something to cling onto while allowing flexibility on the skin when it dries down.
Choose the Right Formula
When selecting a mascara, a good rule of thumb is to look for water-resistant or waterproof formulas, as they are less likely to transfer.
Waterproof formulas are designed to resist water and sweat, which makes them ideal for hot weather days or activities that may require you to be in contact with water, such as swimming or exercising. This formula will keep your lashes looking dark and full all day without any transfer. Some waterproof mascaras may contain beneficial ingredients like oils or waxes that nourish the lashes while providing additional staying power throughout the day.
Formulas containing natural waxes like beeswax, carnauba wax, and rice bran wax are also great options because they protect against moisture while allowing lashes to stay flexible and conditioned. These formulas will also have longer wear time than regular mascaras, so you won’t have to worry about reapplication throughout the day.
Apply Primer and a Setting Spray
Applying primer and setting spray before applying your mascara can make it significantly easier to keep it in place all day long.
Primer can prevent mascara from transferring as it helps create an even base for application and provides a protective barrier between your skin and makeup. It also acts as a strong adhesive so that your mascara will stay put without clumping or running down throughout the day.
Another way to keep your mascara from transferring is using a setting spray after application. To use a setting spray for keeping mascara in place, spritz a small amount over your eyelashes after applying mascara. This will provide an extra layer of protection from smudging and transferring. You may also want to cover areas below your eyes that may come into contact with the mascara, such as the cheeks and nose area. Additionally, when buying setting spray, ensure it is oil-free so it won’t cause irritation or clumpiness on the lashes.
Following a few simple steps can help keep mascara from transferring. Start by using a primer and applying a thin layer of mascara designed to stay put. Make sure you are using the proper application technique, and avoid clumping or adding too many layers of product. Choosing the right mascara formula can help increase staying power, and setting your mascara with a setting spray helps it last all day. With these tips in mind, you can enjoy long-lasting, smudge-free eyelashes without worrying about raccoon eyes! So go ahead and flaunt your beautiful lashes all day with confidence.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.