Common Mascara Problems

Common problems with mascara

While mascara can enhance your eyes, it also causes a few problems. The most common ones include spidery lashes, clumping, smudging and flaking. It can also be tough to remove.

Spidery Lashes

Spider lashes happen when you have too much mascara on your brush. The look can also occur when you use a formula that’s too heavy. To avoid a spidery appearance, purchase a lightweight mascara. Also, your bottom lashes should not display the same length and thickness as your top ones. Instead, apply this layer more subtly.


Clumping occurs when you use old mascara. To determine whether your mascara is old, smell the makeup product’s wand. If it’s emitting an unpleasant odor like gasoline, then it’s time to toss it. Mascara should be replaced every three to six months.


When your mascara smudges, it generally leaves you looking slightly like a raccoon. If this is a frequent occurrence, you may have more oily skin than other people do. When your mascara is exposed to the oil on your skin, it begins to break down. This results in smudging. Waterproof mascara may smudge less, but to prevent the makeup problem completely, you’ll need to set your mascara with powder.


When mascara has too much air in it, the makeup item is likely to flake off and settle onto your face. To avoid this, don’t over pump the wand as you’ll force air inside the tube. This makes your mascara dry out faster. Instead, slowly twist the wand in a circular motion or back and forth to get the makeup on the brush. Be sure to remove excess mascara from the brush before applying it to your lashes.

Tricky Removal

Mascara often clings to your lashes too heavily. When it does, you can irritate your eyes and skin attempting to remove it. To avoid this mascara problem, you’ll need to use a properly formulated makeup remover. Make sure that it is an oil-based substance. Some people claim that coconut oil is the way to go, but it can block your pores, so consider buying a makeup remover that is best for your skin type.

A Better Option

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