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How Can I Avoid Undereye Mascara Smudges?

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Putting mascara on your lower lashes can make your eyes pop, but telltale dark smudges can ruin the look. A makeup artist offers his advice.
Question: "Whenever I put mascara on my lower lashes, I wind up with smudges. Any way to avoid the raccoon look?"

Answer: I'm plagued by this problem too, so I simply choose not to use mascara on my lower lashes every day. On occasions when I'm craving more definition around my eyes (like big nights out), I follow the advice of Brian Duprey, a New York City makeup artist and creator of Duprey Cosmetics.

  1. First, using a clean puff, I apply loose translucent powder under my eyes to absorb natural oils.
  2. Then I brush on a few coats of a waterproof formula in black, sweeping the wand over my lower lashes, concentrating on the outer corners.
  3. This treatment results in a totally smudge-free look that lasts until I take it off at the end of the night with an oil-based remover.

Originally published in Fitness magazine, January 2006.

 

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e_parker1 wrote:

Whenever I put mascara on my bottom lashes, I wait a few minutes to let it dry. Then, I take a Q-tip & go underneath my lashes & it comes right off. If it doesn't come completely off, put a bit of lotion on the Q-tip before.

1/18/2012 09:03:03 PM Report Abuse

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