“Break break downnnn….
So what do you do
When somebody you’re so devoted to
Suddenly just stops loving you
And it seems they haven’t got a clue
Of the pain that rejection is putting you through
Do you cling to your pride
And sing ‘I will survive’
Do you lash out and say ‘How dare you leave this way?’
Do you hold on in vain as they just slip away”
Let’s be real. Back in 1998, Mariah Carey wasn’t singing about her lost love. She was pining for mascara that stayed put all day and didn’t leave her with black circles around her eyes by 3pm! Many women face this problem daily and it becomes a source of great distress and nothing seems to be a great fix. Well there are a few reasons your mascara may be making a run for it.
Your eye cream. Many eye creams have oils in them that will eat your mascara. Many mascaras contain lanolin, mineral oil, linseed oil, or a variety of other oils. And since oil breaks down oil, your eye cream may be responsible for the slip and slide happening around your eyes. Look for an oil free formula, or skip the eye cream in the morning.
Your concealer. Under eye darkness is one of the biggest concerns I hear about. So of course, many ladies opt to use concealer under their eyes. Unfortunately many concealers act the same way as eye cream by using their oils for evil, smudging mascara all over. Make sure after you apply your concealer, you powder that area to set it and provide a barrier from your mascara.
Oily lids. Some ladies just have oily skin, which means their eye lids turn to creasy greasy messes. If you notice creases on your top lid and mascara smudges underneath, this could be you. Using an eye primer will provide a matte surface for your eye products and keep that oil from coming through.
Crummy mascara. I am not a proponent of spending $30 on mascara. Drugstore brands are just fine for daily use. But if you find a particular brand consistently slides on you, but others don’t, then by all means, switch brands! Waterproof mascaras should only be used when the possibility for crying, intense sweating, or water activities is inevitable. It is too tacky for everyday use and will end up breaking your lashes if you wear it too often. Regular formulas are best for daily use and there are definitely some solid brands at your local drugstore.
After examining which of these culprits could be leaving you raccoon eyed, it’s easy to see what steps to take to eliminate the problem.