Friday, July 20, 2012

Question: What am I doing wrong?

I've started wearing eye shadow more frequently, but I seem to be unable to apply mascara without getting it all over my eyelids! I've tried a few different brands - L'Oreal telescoping (lengthening), LashBlast (volumizing), New York Colour City Curls (curling), Big Curls Don't Cry (waterproof, curling), and Maybelline Great Lash (volumizing), to name a few - and I end up with it all over my newly applied eye shadow. In the recent past, I might have this happen occasionally, especially when I was rushed, but this is happening every single morning! I put on one, maybe two coats, and it doesn't seen to matter which type of mascara I use - I'm trying to hide the black spots with a darker eye shadow I use as eye liner. (Yesterday, I removed my eye shadow to start again, and the second attempt was even worse!)

I've noticed these mascaras are wet for a really long time, much longer than they should be (I can apply it, put on my jewellery, and my lashes are still wet when I start getting dressed.) I've also noticed the brushes are plastic, not the hair type brushes.

I've replaced all my mascaras over the last few weeks, so I have no old ones as comparison. (And they'd be dried out from last year, any way!) So I turn to you, my lovely readers. Are you noticing this problem? I've asked a few friends if they've experiencing this issue, and they tell me I'm not alone. (I can assure you I'm not some kind of idiot who can't apply make-up!) Any ideas or suggestions for me? I'm really frustrated!

25 comments:

Jen said...

Susan, I am so glad to know it's not just me! I am having the same issues.

I read somewhere that if you apply your mascara and then apply clear mascara over that then it's like sealing it. Nonsense! All that does is turn the clear mascara wand black.

I, too, would like the answer to this as I am of absolutely no help here.

Valerie said...

Have you tried classic Maybelline Great Lash? I've never had the problem you're describing.

Mychelle said...

A few of the mascaras I would love have a very wet application as well. Lancome Definicils and Maybelline Full & Soft in particular. I still love L'Oreal Lash Out; nice length, not-wet application, and the old-fashioned brush. Being a Bellydancer by trade I have tried almost every mascara out there! No offense to the best selling mascara and its' devotees but Maybelline Great Lash is the most horrible mascara I have ever used. It's goes on wet, goopy, builds no length or thickness, and it gives me serious eye irritation. I don't get it at all. I love mascara talk, can you tell? :)

Anonymous said...

I have always had this problem with wand mascaras. Cake mascaras are less prone to mess up your eye make up. There is also a tool you can use, Myrabelle mascara shield. It takes a little practise but can help with this problem.

Nancy Liedel said...

It's not you, it's inexperience. Sadly, that annoying stuff is the best thing you can do to open your eyes and wake them up. 1. You're not going to look amaze-a-balls the first time you use it, the 500th time. It sounds like these mascarras's are so new they are very wet.

I put mine on last, but for years I put it on first. I'll do a video on my Over Forty Princess channel on You Tube later today and mail you when it's up. Makeup 101 is something I've wanted to do and you just started it!!!

Try wiping the brush a little. Yes you lose a little product, but honestly, you have to change it out after three months, or if you get any type of infection. It's the one product I change when I am supposed to.

I start with the bottom and do ONE layer. You're going from 0-60 with multiple layers. The first few weeks, one layer. The difference will be huge if you don't wear it much. You also don't want to look like giant spiders landed on your eyes.

Take your cleanly, gently wipe brush, on a paper towel, not Kleenex I(falls a part too easily). Take the brush gently from where your lashes start, but not so high up that you are smudging your lower lash. Start where you start. Gently pull down. Hit either side, but don't go over it again.

Now, the top. Sometimes it helps to curl your lashes, but that's another trick, so forget that step. Start in the middle of your upper lashes. They are the longest. One stroke. Now one on either side. Don't touch, blink hard, or rub, touch, etc. You can fan, but honestly, it won't help. It makes people feel better.

It takes a couple tries. Get out the mascara and remover. Lock the bathroom door, but on makeup beauty music. "I'm too Sexy," etc. You should be laughing. This is makeup and fun and girly and we all need those moments. Make sure Raymond is not home and the puppers won't tell for a treat. Practice and remove. Use a gentle remover, like yours. Don't mess with waterproof. It's what I wear, but it's not important, unless you, "glow," like I do.

Have a ball. This is you time. Fun eyelashes are really worth working on and you find an amount that is comfortable for you. I stop just short of scary spider legs and I'm happy. I have falsies, but like my Chicken Cutlets, they are not for everyday. :)

Michele said...

I use L'oreal and never had this issue. I apply it last. I have long curly upper lashes. Could it be oil on your lashes?

VickiPS said...

Susan, I gave up on mascara years ago. Even if I managed to get it on without smearing, after a very short time it "melts" into big dark rings under my eyes. This happens regardless of the brand of mascara, the foundation or eyeshadow I'm wearing, or even if I use a primer. I've decided it's just something about my skin. These days I stick with using a little darker shadow along the lash line (not eyeliner, it's too hard-looking), and maybe getting my lashes tinted when I can be bothered.

JessMN said...

I always do a quick blast with my hairdryer to dry my mascara!

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Jen! It's good to know I'm not alone, although it sucks that we're both having this issue.

Hi Valerie. Yes, I think I mentioned that was one of the mascaras in the post. (See more below!)

Hi Mychelle. It sounds like I need something a little drier. I want a lengthening, not a volumizing mascara, as I'm finding the volumizing are very gloopy formulas. I think waterproof might be the way to go. Interestingly enough, I think the Great Lash might be a drier feeling mascara than the L'Oreal one, but it isn't as great as it used to be. I find it's more about volumizing than lengthening, and I need more of the latter. (I know I wrote a post about this a few weeks ago, but I'm a few weeks wiser. It's still good value for its price - $2.99 sometimes! - but it's not my favourite any more!) Do you think I should try something with an old fashioned/non-plastic brush?

Hi Anonymous. I have found cake mascaras are far too draggy for me, and they don't really do much more than colour my lashes. My lashes are very dark already - I really need help making them longer! Thanks for the suggestion, though.

Hi Nancy. Thanks for the instructions! I have been using mascaras since I was about 14 - I don't think I would be considered inexperienced or a "noob" after this many years?- but your instructions were a great way of making sure I'm applying it right! I go through phases where I'll wear eye shadow every day for months, then I won't for a few months. I replace my mascaras every 90 days, so this is why I'm using all new products! (Send me your YouTube channel link for the blog!)

It's a good suggestion to not pump the wand in the container to load it with product. (Insert juvenile giggling here...I know what I said!) I remember seeing Tyra Banks a few years ago on how to apply mascara, and she pointed out that we aren't going for the spider legs look of the 80s, so don't load up the brush! It was good advice, and I follow it! (I've never used false eye lashes, and I've always wanted to, so I think I'm going to put that on my next semester's to do list!)

It really does feel like there's been a change in the products and/or the brushes. I had no trouble until this recent batch of products (purchased since the end of June). Oh, wait! I wonder if it's a summer problem?!? We've been experiencing some really high temperatures and very high humidity! I think I'll put my products in the fridge to see if that helps!

Hi Michele. A sound theory, although I don't think it's the problem (but I'm not ruling it out). I generally remove my make up at night with my own make-up remover - one is surfactant based, one is "oil free" - and I wash my face every morning, making sure to rub my eyes to remove any mascara I didn't get the night before. I am a very oily person, but I don't think any could withstand that assault. But I'm going to watch my washing routine to see if it's part of the problem!

Hi JessMN. A hair dryer? I don't own one, but it seems like a sound idea. I do have a heat gun for scrapbooking and Shrinky Dinks...but that might be a very very bad idea!

Okay, so I have a few theories...
They've changed the formulas - can't control that.
They're getting too warm, so I'll put them in the fridge.
I'll try to find mascaras with natural brushes.
Make sure I don't have oil on my lashes by cleansing my face and eyes.

Any other things I can try?

Sara said...

Being rather cheap, I use Rimmel Extra Super Lash. I've tried a few of their other formulas, but I always go back to that one. It does have the old fashioned pipe cleaner type brush, too.

Kim said...

I had a new unopened mascara I bought about a week ago, and this morning I used it just to make a comparison for you. I found no difference in how it applied for me. I use L'Oreal Voluminous Original in Blackest Black as I have for about ten years now. I was just going to suggest the possibility of humidity. I know we've been having pretty hot weather here with about 95% humidity, which I'm very aware of! My coconut oil is much softer too.

I use eyebrow pencil in dark brown for my eyeliner, which I hit with a lighter just to warm it up a bit. This goes on first. I find the brow pencil stays in place better as it's a little harder and waxier in texture. Then the eyeshadow goes on over that, then the mascara. I tried Maybelline Great Lash once just to see what the hype was all about. Didn't like it at all. Way too watery. The mascara I use has a thicker consistency. After going through my lashes about 10x each, they almost look fake they're so long. Love this stuff. The waterproof version of this is great stuff too for when you need it. Wore it snowmobiling and even with my helmet all fogged up, it still never budged.

Tara said...

I always blot the brush with a tissue so that I'm not applying too much product. Also, I put the mascara on before any other eyelid makeup (although I never wear eyeshadow) so I can clean up any mascara mess with a cotton swab first.

I tend to not wear a lot of mascara for daily life because taking it off seems like more effort than I am willing to put in most days ;-)

Vero said...

bend the tip of your wand at like a 30 degree angle, i always do that and it's so much easier to apply the mascara! also other tip when the mascara starts being really dry i apply a couple drops of contact saline and it rehydrates the whole thing so now i am able to use it even longer!

Vero said...

Also i use 4 types of mascara every day. A huge thick brush for the roots, a medium brush like the maybeline collosal for thelast and a spikey one to comb out the top of the lashes so separate them, and for the bottom last i always use the pink and green cheap maybeline one. the brush is small and its easier to do the bottom with that. i also find the mascara to be a better consistency after a couple of weeks, less wet.

catherine said...

After 20+ yrs not wearing makeup I went back to wearing it a yr or so ago. I bought the usual revlon/maybelline mascaras and made a mess. I started to research online and eventually found 2 great, easy to apply mascaras: bobbi brown everything mascara $24 and elf (eyeslipsface) studio lash extending mascara $3. I also have elf clear mascara $1 for when I don't want to be so precise. Obviously elf is easier to throw out every month or so than bobbi brown.

Aljonor said...

Hi Susan:
I checked two mascara's ingredients: Maybelline Great Lash and L'Oreal and noticed that the first few ingredients are similar to each, but mostly consist of waxy ingredients. So it will not surprise me if the product never dried. I really think that the culprit is the waxy ingredients. I also saw that the ingredients had acacia gum, which is sap. Too much wax will never dry and when it is hot, you are going to have a waxy mess on your eyelids. I use Outrageous Volume Mascara from Sephora and the ingredients listed are products that will stay on your lashes without making it hard. But if you want to use the ones you have, I suggest that you wipe your mascara using a hand towel to remove the excessive product before applying.Hope it helps ya.

Pink Blossom Cosmetics said...

Are you using waterproof mascara? I use to have that issue all the time and I switched to waterproof mascara and the issue stopped. Also every formula is different. I don't like the plastic brushes and prefer thicker formula. If the formula is runny i will have issues on my eye lids.

Nedeia said...

I am using some mascara from bourgeois ( a brown one) and a black one from L'Oreal. I have never had any issues with them, they are not water proof (which I hate, because I want to use the gentlest cleansing moves around my eyes). They dry up fairly quick, both of them have very short brushes . I do not know their full names, I will look tonight at home :)

Nedeia said...

btw, I never use mascara on my lower lashes. This is because I tend to paint my lower lid as well. I use it for the upper lashes, and I did notice that they are drier, not too liquid . Maybe indeed this is the secret!

Nancy's tutorial is great! I am also a seasoned user of mascara, but the tips and tricks from you, Nancy, are awesome :). I might try them the first time I buy a mascara that is kinda wet :)

MY lashes are blonde at their ends, so I also like a volumizer that can change their colour a bit. They are now shown as long as they really are (I have those mascaras that have tiny bits of thingies in them that supposedly add length to the lashes...)

Love this thread :)) I would love to see that many comments to the techie ones as well :))))))

Nedeia said...

Ok, this is the Bourgeois mascara I am now using. Love the brush !

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_MAuW_1MRjFY/S-cj6c2WMqI/AAAAAAAAAQk/Ekaf-Eqx-oA/s1600/Blogging1.jpg

Anonymous said...

Put a business card or a small piece of paper like a post it against the eye shadow before you swipe the wand on your lashes.

Anonymous said...

I have really long natural eyelashes and I have this problem with every mascara my lashes touch my skin above my eyes so i always set my blow dryer to it's coolest setting and just blow them dry for a minute or 2 it seems to set the mascara so it doesn't come off that has always worked for me.
Elizabeth :)

Anonymous said...

perhaps dusting your eyelashes first with a little silica micro-spheres powder might help also I put castor oil on my lashes every night then just give a little dusting before I put my mascara on. Elizabeth :)

Honey Lady said...

It's an old post, but . . .

I didn't see (maybe I missed it?) anyone mention an eyelash curler. This on product single-handedly allows me to use ANY mascara I like. Since my lower lashes are stubby, and my eyes tilt downwards to begin with, I don't use mascara there, or eyeliner, for that matter. It gives me that scary weepy-clown look. Using the curler takes some practice -- make sure you open it all the way before you pull it away from your lashes, or you'll pull some out. Ouch! I also apply mascara first (and eyeliner second) so I can fix the oopses without redoing the whole face.
Thanks, Susan!

Maria said...

I had these issues with most browns and black masceras. The waterproof ones can be better. I had best luck with Cobalt blue. The formula for it seems "dry" and it doesn't run as much. Since you have dark lashes, it might look very nice! They make it in a darker blue as well, but I can't remember the color name. I know Cover Girl makes one and some of the more expensive brands also have a similar color.