We’ve all done it – spent ages getting our eye look ready…

…and then boop’ed our eyelid or undereye with our mascara…

………and probably panicked and tried to wipe it away whilst it was still wet and then OH GOOD GRIEF NOOOOOOO!!! Mascara disasters!

I have 4 solutions for you in this situation:

1 – AVOID MAKING THE MISTAKE 95% OF THE TIME…

…by wiping off your mascara wand with a tissue BEFORE applying it, that’ll take off the excess product and prevent the vast majorities of boop’ing and smearing. It literally takes an extra 10 seconds so it’s really worth doing.

2 – WHAT I LEARNED IN MAKEUP SCHOOL:

We’re taught in makeup school to let the mascara dry, then when it’s dry, flick/scrub it off with a spoolie/completely clean mascara wand. Whilst this is probably the most hygienic way to remove the mistake without disrupting your eyeshadows or foundation/concealers, it is uncomfortable and it can cause irritation to and around the eyelid, however it also is one of the best way to get rid of anything more than a few spots of mascara on your skin.

3 – WHAT THE AMAZING MARY GREENWELL SUGGESTS:

Lick a q-tip and flick the mascara away. Mary Greenwell is one of my big inspirations in makeup – she trained Charlotte Tilbury and Lisa Eldridge, and she was Princess Diana’s makeup artist. Not gonna lie, personally I do prefer this method because you can go in almost immediately and clean up your look, and it’s by far the best non-irritating way I have found to get rid of most mascara mistakes – check out the linked video for how she cleaned up the mistake, but I recommend watching the whole video because you’ll learn so much from watching Mary work.

4 – DUST YOURSELF OFF AND TRY AGAIN, TRY AGAIN:

In a worst case scenario where you can’t save your eye look or a huge amount ended up on your face, you might have to wipe off the mistake and the area around the mistake and start again.

Alright! I hope this helps you next time you have a mascara disaster.

Let me know below, do you have any questions about this or any mascara horror-stories you’d like to share?