Smudge proof mascara is designed to make eyelashes appear darker while also thickening and lengthening them, minus the smearing or “smudging” onto the surrounding eye skin. There are, fortunately, plenty of smudge proof mascaras available and in a number of different colors, and you can also find different formulas such as waterproof and even “lash curling” smudge proof mascara options.
What makes Mascara a Smudge Proof Mascara?
Smudge proof mascara has a specific formula that other non smudge proof mascaras do not have. These mascaras contain acrylic copolymers. Acrylic copolymers will form tiny, tiny tubes around the eyelashes while they dry, which helps keep the color on your lashes and off of your face. You will actually notice during the removal process of the mascara that smudge proof mascara tends to flake off or come off as tiny “tubes” as opposed to run down your face.
If you are ever in dire need for a smudge proof mascara but don’t seem to have one on hand, if you have a waterproof mascara this will work quite well. Waterproof mascara has a solvent contained within its formulation which helps it resist any sort of moisture, such as tears, sweat, or water.
Apart from choosing a smudge proof mascara to help prevent the transferring of your eye makeup to your face, there are some other preventative measures you can take. Some of these measures include:
- Before you apply any mascara or eye makeup in general, ensure that any moisturizers, eye creams, or oily substances that you have placed onto your skin have been fully absorbed before you apply it. The oils in such products will definitely encourage and may even cause the smudging of your mascara
- Try to apply a concealer to your under eye area and powder it with a translucent powder prior to applying mascara
- Never apply mascara with a clumpy wand! Before you apply mascara, regardless to whether or not it is smudge proof mascara, be sure that you wipe any excess mascara from the tip of the wand so as to prevent the transferring of clumps. Clumps break down easier, meaning that they will case more smudging and smearing
Perhaps most importantly, if you do want to maintain a smudge proof appearance, be sure to always replace the mascara that you are using every 6 to 12 months to prevent any bacterial build up. Nothing is more unappealing than a puffy, red, scaly and itchy eye!
If you are looking to find the best smudge proof mascara, check in with your local beauty consultant or visit a specialist beauty store (such as Mac of Sephora) and see what they have. Boutique brands of smudge proof mascara may cost more, but they definitely are more effective than a lot that you will find on the shelves at your local drugstore.