Reader Question: “I feel like my mascara always smudges on my lower lid. … Wasn’t sure if I’m just using the wrong one … [or] if I should apply differently, or if it’s just my oily skin and I’m SOL.” — Katie
Answer: You’re definitely not out of luck. When it comes to bottom lash mascara and oily skin, you definitely need to choose the right formula. I would first suggest trying a tube technology formula that is designed to be removed with warm water and by pressing gently on your lashes to slide the “tubes” off of each lash. I (being an combo-skinned gal myself) have found that this technology really does stay put and it’s much easier to remove than waterproof mascara.
Product to try: The nifty Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, $10. Not only does this utilize that technology, it has a teeny tiny pointed brush that makes applying mascara to your bottom lashes almost effortless.
If you’ve already tried a smear-resistant product similar to the one I just mentioned, you may want to opt for a full-blown waterproof mascara. If you’re not a fan, know that you only need to apply it to your bottom lashes if your smudging problems are specific to your lower lashlines. This way, you can still wear your favorite mascara formula on your top lashes. It will have the most impact there anyway.
Finally, if you’ve tried everything and you can’t seem to keep your mascara off your lower lids, you might want to just avoid applying mascara to your bottom lashes altogether. I rarely wear mascara on my bottom lashes, and many makeup artists recommend this because it really opens up your eyes by drawing attention upward. See, there is a solution for you, and one that doesn’t require a rabbit’s foot or a lucky penny.
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