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Fix Any Mascara Smudge in Seconds With This Makeup Artist-Approved Trick


Nothing is more aggravating than having all your makeup set and looking great, only to put on your mascara and have it smudge on your eyelid.

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Instead of having rub your eye endlessly with a Q-Tip, cake on more eyeshadow to cover it up, or take off all of your makeup to start over from scratch, there’s an incredibly easy fix that takes no time whatsoever and prevents you from messing with your other eye makeup or tugging at your eye too much in the process.

Makeup artist Claire Ashley shared this tip on TikTok, and it couldn’t be simpler. Before you even touch your eyelid, she advises to first wait until the wayward mascara is completely dry. If you try to remove it while the mascara is still wet, you run the risk of making an even bigger mess in the process. (And we don’t need more smudges!)

Once you’re sure everything’s dry, grab a clean mascara wand (better known as a spoolie) or a toothbrush and very lightly run it over the mascara speck. She says it should come off easily, so don’t feel like you need to scrape at your eyelid too much.

From there, depending on where you were in your makeup routine, you may need to do a few touchups of eyeshadow or eyeliner, but most of the makeup you had on should still be there. Once you’ve finished that step, you’re good to go. Mascara will never be your makeup enemy again!

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