How to Stop Mascara From Smudging: Easy Makeup Tips & Tricks

Smitha Deepak
by Smitha Deepak
5 Materials
5 Minutes

​​Does your mascara smudge? If so, today I will be teaching you how to stop mascara from smudging.

Use these tips to stop your mascara from smudging around your eyes and also learn how best to remove smudges when they do happen. Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Thin mascara wand 
  • Mascara 
  • Translucent powder 
  • Makeup brushes 
  • Clean and dry spoolie brush

How to prevent smudging

Choosing the right mascara wand

Tip 1: The wand 

Let’s talk about the wand. If you are going to be using a wider mascara wand, it is much harder to use in the corners of your eyes and on your lower lashes. You are much more likely to smudge the mascara when using a larger mascara wand. 

How do I stop my mascara from smudging?

If you have a thinner, leaner, and longer wand it is much easier to use it in the corners, upper lashes, and lower lashes. 

How to stop mascara from smudging tips

Tip 2: Taking the wand out of the tube

When you are taking the wand out of the tube, make sure to bend the wand to the side a little so that there isn’t a large amount of product on one side of the wand. 

This way you can use one side of the wand to apply the mascara and the other side to even out your lashes and remove any excess product. 

How to apply mascara to prevent smudging

Tip 3: Applying technique 

When you apply the mascara bend your head backwards and wiggle the wand gently.

This will create more space between your lashes and eyelid, making it less likely that your wand will smudge onto your eyelid. 

Sometimes I like to blink while I apply the mascara because this helps apply the mascara evenly and gives me more control. 

Applying translucent powder under eyes

How to apply mascara to lower lashes

Tip 4: Lower lash technique

For your lower lashes, apply translucent powder just underneath your lashes just before you apply the mascara 

Squint your eyes while applying the mascara to your lower lashes.

This lifts your lashes away from your lower lid and gives you more control. 

Make sure to coat every lash hair.  

Wait for the mascara to dry, then dust off the powder. 

How to prevent mascara from smudging

As you can see, there are no mascara smudges, and the product coats the lashes very evenly. 

How to remove mascara smudges

Mascara smudges on translucent powder

Tip 1: Smudges on the powder

If the mascara smudges onto the translucent powder that you applied earlier, wait for the smudges to dry and then dust off the powder using a makeup brush. 

Brushing off the powder and smudge

There still will be a very faint stain that can easily be covered up by concealer. 

How to stop mascara smudging under eyes

How to remove a mascara smudge

Tip 2: How to remove a smudge 

If you are not following my earlier tips and end up smudging your mascara, do not use a q-tip! This will make it even worse! Especially if you have your base makeup on already. 

Instead, wait for it to dry, and then use a clean dry spoolie brush to gently scrape off the smudging. It scrapes off very easily. 

How to stop mascara from smudging

That is it for today’s tutorial on how to apply your mascara without it smudging. These tips are super easy to implement. I hope you found them helpful and never have to deal with your mascara smudging again! 

Let me know what you guys think in the comments! 

Suggested materials:
  • Thin mascara wand
  • Mascara
  • Translucent powder
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  • M M on Feb 23, 2022

    Excellent tips clearly explained and demonstrated. Thanks!