6 Mascara mistakes we all make

We all strive to find the best mascara because let’s face it, it’s hard to find one that provides that perfect length, volume and staying power. But if your lashes aren’t living up to your dream, part of the problem might lie in how you apply it. Change these common mascara mistakes to achieve long, luscious lashes – without using extensions or falsies.


Not Curling Your Lashes
Mascara will give you lift, but to get that extension and open eye effect you see on the red carpet, you need to use a lash curler. It doesn’t matter if you use a manual lash curler or one of the new heated ones but make sure to curl before applying mascara. Curling after when the lashes are hard can cause breakage.

My Current Favourite Eyelash Curlers:

  1. The Vintage Cosmetics Company Eyelash Curlers – Rose Gold – £7.00 – Look Fantastic
  2. Charlotte Tilbury Life-Changing Lashes Curler – £18 – Feel Unique
  3. Tweezerman ProCurl Lash Curler – £20.95 – Look Fantastic
  4. ELF Eyelash Curler – £3.00 – Elfcosmetics
  5. NYX Professional Makeup Eye Lash Curler – £5.50 – Boots

Applying Too Many Coats
The more coats you apply, the less likely your mascara will dry during application, causing clumping and that unnatural spidery look. If a single swipe of mascara isn’t giving you the volume boost you need, wait until it is completely dry then add a second layer. If this still isn’t giving you your desired effect, it may be time to consider switching to a thicker formula.


Pumping the Wand
When you pump the wand in and out of the tube to get more product, you’re actually adding air to the tube. This dries out the mascara and causes it to clump when being applied to the lashes and even clump or flake off.   Instead, when you want more product for a second coat, dip the wand in once and swirl around. Still not enough mascara? You’ve probably run out and it’s now time to invest in a new one.


Using Expired Products
I don’t often preach about throwing away good useable makeup however after three months, you should part ways with your mascara. At this point, bacteria starts to grow on the wand and inside the tube, which can lead to red, itchy eyes and even infections. With a product that goes so close to the eye, you want to be extra careful. Most women wear mascara every day so by 3 months were ready for a new one anyway! Even if you’ve only used the mascara a few times, you should seriously consider the three-month rule.

For more information on how to tell if your makeup has expired, read my blog post HERE


Coating Just the Tips of Your Lashes
To get lashes to their full length potential, you can’t just swipe mascara on the ends. You need to apply the wand to the roots of your lashes and wiggle the mascara wand as you lift up and outwards to give lashes that extra lift. Remember to also coat the top of your lashes as the tops are also seen when you blink your eyes!


Smudging on the Lids
We’ve all done this one and not noticed until we’ve arrived at work or dinner! When in a rush, we often apply mascara too fast or too hard, brushing past the lashes and onto our eye lids. Mascara only takes a few seconds to apply so take your time! Better to have lovely lashes than a black smudge on your lid!!! And if you still have a slip-up, DON’T PANIC! Wait until the mascara has completely dried. Yes, I said leave the mascara on your eyelid and wait until it has dried. Grab a dry q tip and swipe it off gently. The mascara will crumble away – no need to redo your entire eye makeup again.

If you are really bad at applying mascara and smudging everywhere, my tip is to have a selection of business cards and hold them on your lid. You will be able to see your lashes better against the white background and the card will act as a barrier if you make any slip ups!



My Top 5 Current Favourite Mascaras:

  1. L’Oreal Paradise Volumising Mascara – £11.99 – Superdrug
  2. Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – £19 – Cult Beauty
  3. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – £22.00 – Look Fantastic
  4. Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara – £7.99 – Superdrug
  5. MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash Mascara – £20 – MAC Cosmetics

As with all my blog posts this is my opinion and is not sponsored or paid by any brand and none of the links are affiliates.

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How To Tell If Your Makeup Has Expired

How To Tell If Your Makeup Has Expired

Unfortunately, just like food, makeup has an expiration date and most of the makeup that we hoard will expire before we have a chance to use it all.

I know what you’re thinking: it doesn’t matter of my makeup has expired, “I’m still going to use it”!  As well as the product not working the way that it should, it could actually be dangerous and cause irritation, breakouts, swelling, and dermatitis.


PAO symbol (Period after opening)

The easiest way to tell if a product has expired is to check the expiration date.

Look for the PAO symbol (Period after opening) on your packaging, which indicates how long it’s safe to keep the products once you open them.

When I open a new product, I use an ultra fine sharpie marker and write the date of opening on the back. This way I can easily check if my product needs to be thrown away.


If you are more into tech and want an app for your phone, Apple have an app called ‘Makeup Expiration App – Countdown Timer

Makeup Expiration App - Countdown Timer

I don’t know when I opened my products?

If you have a bag full of makeup and skincare but haven’t yet started to note the opening dates, there are plenty of ways to determine if your product has expired without knowing the expiration date. All it takes is a bit of common sense and a quick check of your products.

My general rule is “If your product doesn’t look or smell right, then it probably isn’t

Here are a few ways to check whether your makeup is still OK to use without knowing when you opened it:

Smell

We all know what the scent of new makeup smells like. So if your makeup smells off, like chemicals just smells bad then do the same as you would with food and throw it away.


Colour

One of the tell-tale signs that your makeup has expired is if the colour has changed. If you’ve noticed that your makeup has oxidised to a different colour than it was when you purchased it, then it’s time to throw it out. Products such as creams and foundations without a pump are more prone to oxidisation, but all makeup and skincare products will eventually oxidise and grow bacteria. Remember that you’re not saving money by keeping an ‘off’ product as you’ll have to spend more on skincare to rectify the problems that the product causes!


Texture

For example, cream products are meant to be creamy. If you’ve noticed a product applying poorly or unevenly, it’s texture may be off.

Another example of texture changing is if a product splits. This happens a lot with foundations, sunscreen and skincare products. If you shake the bottle and the product doesn’t come back together then it has definitely ‘gone off’ and its time to throw that product in the bin.

One more common texture product with makeup and skincare if clumping/clumps in the product. Liquid makeup products such as creams, foundations and mascaras aren’t supposed to be clumpy. If you’re noticing any bumps or lumps in your products, then make sure to toss them. Clumps can be a sign of bacterial growth.


Hard or Chalky Layer

Unfortunately, powder makeup products are subject to expiration dates as well. A tell-tale sign that your powders need to be replaced is if a film or chalky layer has developed over the product. Another sign of your powder products expiring is if you get a hard layer over the top of your powder and you cannot therefore pick up any powder on your brush. Both of these signs mean that it’s time to throw that product away and treat yourself to a new one.


White Spots

If you’re eyeliners or lip pencils begin to develop a white spot on their tip that can’t be sharpened off, then the product as expired. This is a sign of bacteria and the product should be thrown away immediately.


Cleaning your Makeup Products

How long your makeup lasts also depends on how you treat it. 

Always avoid touching your makeup with your fingers, whenever you can. If you must use your fingers, use an antibacterial gel before you dip those digits into your favourite product.

If possible, look for products with a pump so that you can avoid exposing it to outside elements. Many brands sell pumps that fit onto all of their products such as foundations and this by far, is the most hygienic way to use creams/liquids.

Sanitise your products like a Makeup Artist. There are many sanitisation products out there, but I only use Isopropyl Alcohol 70% and Beauty So Clean. Sanitising your products after each use helps to preserve the shelf life of your products by reducing bacterial growth.

I mist Beauty So Clean over my powder products

and spray Isopropyl Alcohol 70% (Medical Grade Antiseptic Disinfectant ) onto my lip and cream eyeshadow palettes and gel products.

If you have bullet lipsticks and not palettes, then just fill an egg cup with the alcohol and dip your lipstick straight into it. (You must use 70% isopropyl alcohol as anything higher will evaporate too quickly and therefore won’t sanitise your products and you must let the alcohol evaporate before you close the lid on your clean products)

The two products I purchase are:

Harley Street Care Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol 70% 500ml, £5.65  Amazon

Beauty So Clean 120ml, £18.60 Amazon



Storing your products in a cool, dry place will also prolong the life of your makeup and skincare. I’m not saying that you need to go out and purchase a skincare fridge, although they are cute, but don’t leave your skincare on the windowsill to get hot in the sun, and keep your makeup in a drawer or makeup bag in a cool part of your room, not next to a radiator etc.

While it may be hard to part with your makeup, it’s worth it in the long run. It’s not worth contracting bacterial infections like Katie Wright who contracted Cellulitis from a dirty makeup brush. Read the full article here.

If you want to find out more information on cleaning your makeup brushes, read my blog post: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes without damaging them.

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As with all my blog posts this is my opinion and is not sponsored or paid by any brand and none of the links are affiliates.

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Claire xx