Earlier this week, I bought a new mascara and applied it in the car with reckless abandon (I was parked!). I didn't get it all over my eye lids. I was wearing mascara I had applied that morning, and I wondered if that was the answer. Perhaps my eye lashes are a bit weirdly shaped, and having the other mascara in it helped them be in a different shape, one that was more conducive to not having black all over my eye lids. I think that's the answer because I only get the mascara on my eye lids in two specific places, both of which are where my eye lashes curve up a little.
The last few days I've tried using a white/clear mascara first, then I apply the black when that dries. Bingo! Is that the answer? I've had three days of awesome success with this method, so I'm calling this my new way of applying mascara.
As an aside, searching for answers led me to talk to make-up ladies in various shops around town...and I really am astonished by the lack of information and the spreading of misinformation that is going on at the make-up counter.
I visited a well known Canadian drug store chain to ask if the clerk if she had any ideas about the mascara problems. She came to the conclusion that my skin was too oily and that I needed to change my entire skin care regimen. She's not wrong about my skin - I swear I'm oilier than when I was a teenager some days - but I don't think that's the issue. I wash my face before applying my mascara, and I make a point of going over my eyes with the foam before rinsing. (The joys of pH balancing a cleanser!) She introduced me to a skin care line that was only available by prescription until recently, and suggested that I use this. (The skin care line is also apparently 200 years old. Prescriptions from 200 years ago tended to be for a course of leeches, a good bleeding, or snake oil...) She recommended a cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer despite the fact that I told I made my own products and really couldn't use moisturizer.
An aside...apparently you can't mix and match skin care lines. It will cause break outs. And other bad things. She couldn't explain why this would happen, but it happens. It happened to her. There's no valid reason why this should happen from a biological or chemical perspective, but it's something I've heard so many times...sigh...
"If my husband and best friend knew you were standing so close to me as I read ingredients off these boxes, they'd consider you very brave." I said to her, half jokingly, hoping she would leave me alone. She didn't. She wanted to tell me all about this skin care line and the other one, making claims that it would cure eczema (which I didn't bring up) and other skin problems. She told me they didn't contain parabens, but she didn't know what parabens are and why I'd want to avoid them. I finally said - very nicely, I hope - that it was unlikely that I would be buying anything and she might want to help another customer.
I won't forget the time I went to the Vichy consultant and asked her to take a closer look at my skin with her magnifying machine. I had been spending money on Vichy products for the past year, and I was curious to see what she'd say.
"Oh no, you have so many skin problems," she exclaimed, "but Vichy products will make it better!" "But I've been using your products for the last year."
"Which ones?" I showed her the line. It was the acne prevention line. "You don't have acne, so these products are all wrong for you! You should be using the anti-aging line." (I was about 23 at the time. A few months later I would start the Retin-A for acne). And so on...
I know I should be nicer to make-up counter clerks, but I get so frustrated about the misinformation they're spreading! Even before I started being Swift, obsessive chemistry girl, I had to know why and how things worked, and I ask a lot of questions. If you don't know, say you don't know. Don't tell me things like my skin is different at night or I should use shea butter on acne prone skin. How does a normal, non-chemistry obsessed person get good information?
Thus endeth the rant...