6 Solutions to Your Most Common Mascara Problems

Like summertime, brunch, and Beyoncé, mascara is universally beloved by just about everyone. But as much as we rely its ability to plump, lengthen and volumise our lashes, we sometimes avoid applying it due to unfortunate smudges, clumps, irritation, and flakes. That is, until now. Read on for the solutions to your most-common (and easily fixed!) mascara problems…

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The Mascara Problem: Flakes

Mascaras with a higher concentration of waxes and oils, like Eyeko Black Magic Mascara tend to attach better to your natural hairs, making them less likely to sprinkle unwanted pigment on your face. For even better results, apply one coat and wait until your lashes are a little sticky (not wet) before putting on your second coat.

The Mascara Problem: It’s All Gone by the End of the Day

Save the waterproof formulas for pool parties — they can be tough to remove, thus, not the best option for an everyday use. Instead, make sure your mascara stays on all day (and night) by choosing a formula like Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara, which hugs your lashes thanks to long-wearing ingredients like beeswax and paraffin. Just a coat (or two!) guarantees super-sized lashes from start to finish.

The Mascara Problem: Irritation

First things first, it’s a good idea to avoid the brightly tinted mascaras if you have sensitive eyes as they’re likely to irritate your delicate eye area. We love the So Susan Featherlash Mascara which is enriched with silk amino acids and moringa seed extract – a gentle formula that gives you plusher and bolder lashes without itchy side effects.

The Mascara Problem: Too-Dark Lashes

If you have light hair and want a natural look, skip the black mascara. Instead, curl your lashes and follow with a tinted primer like Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer. The formula’s mink brown colour blends with your natural lash shade for subtle (not overwhelming) definition.

The Mascara Problem: Stiff Lashes

Hard, stiff lashes are usually a sign of dry lashes (read: more susceptible to breakage). Swap your mascara for a formula with natural conditioning ingredients like Korres Black Volcanic Minerals Mascara, which combines volcanic minerals and natural extracts to give your tiny precious hairs some extra TLC. The results? Fuller and darker lashes with a decidedly touchable feel.

The Mascara Problem: Clumps

We all know that wiping off excess product before putting your mascara on helps—but the real key to clump-free lashes is a moisturising formula and a lash-hugging brush. Choose one like Laura Mercier Faux Lash Mascara which gives you soft lashes (courtesy of a conditioning blend of waxes) and a clump-free finish thanks to a brush that evenly distributes the formula from root to tip. Our trick: make sure you gently wiggle the wand as you swipe it on.