It can be maddening to create a beautiful eye look just to have it ruined by smudged mascara. But you don’t have to remove all your makeup and start over! Keep reading to find out how to get rid of the mascara mess while leaving the rest of your makeup intact.
You may be tempted to try to remove the smudge right away, but don’t. Wait at least a full minute and let the mascara dry completely. Letting the mascara dry will cause it to become flaky. Then, take a small, dense, flat brush (like a concealer brush) and flick it over the dried mascara. This will remove the layer of mascara without removing the eye shadow underneath.
Unfortunately, if you’ve smudged waterproof mascara, you may not be able to remove it using this method. Waterproof mascaras are specifically designed to adhere, so you’ll probably need to take a q-tip with makeup remover or lotion on it and take off the mascara that way.