This Is Why Your Mascara Is Flaking

There’s not much more annoying than those crumbly, little black bits that find their way underneath your eyes, onto your cheekbones and then ruin the rest of your flawlessly made up face.

Yep, we’re talking about pesky mascara fallout. Not many a days go by when we don’t apply the black, magical stuff and for the most part their lash lengthening, thickening properties leave our lashes looking flutter worthy in a mere swipe.

But, when, come lunchtime we look like we’ve spent a few rounds in the ring with mike tyson, we start to question why in earth we bother applying the stuff. Well, have no fear, it tuns out there are actually ways to stop this annoying mascara mishap. Follow these five steps and stay fall-out free all day long…

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1. You’re not leaving enough time between your coats

Steer clear from loading up your lashes with more than one coat too quickly, if you don’t leave time for each to cat to dry you’re in for some serious flaking. You can apply another coat when your lashes are slightly sticky, but no sooner.

2. Your entire eye area isn’t dry

It probably seems obvious not to apply your mascara to wet lashes, but it’s not just the lashes you need to look out for. Any area around your eyes which is wet – whether it’s because you’ve just applied an eye cream or you’re getting ready in a rush and you just got out the shower, that moisture is going to transfer onto your lashes and make your mascara loose its grip. This is particularly important for your bottom lashes, even wet foundation will make your bottom lashes smudge, so wait for a while before applying your mascara and always finish with a setting powder.

3. Your mascara is too old or too dry

Makeup has sell by dates, ideally you should think about throwing away your mascara anywhere between 3-6 months after you first opened it. Old formulas start to clump and the longer you use it the more chance it has for air to get inside which causes the formula to loose its moisture and become really dry, a one stop way to flakes.

4. You’re using a product with lash fibres

While they are touted as false lashes in a tube, mascaras that contain lash lengthening fibres are likely to leave pesky pigment under your eyes and on your cheeks. If you’re a sucker for them, be sure to seal the deal with a waterproof mascara over the top.

5. If all else fails…

If you’re mascara still isn’t cutting it then it’s time to switch to a waterproof formula, or if you can’t bear waving goodbye to your fave, lash-building formula, at least get your hands on a lash primer, like Clinique’s Little Black Primer, £20. The black formula helps your mascara stay put, plus you can use it on top for super smudge-proof, flake-proof peepers.