Do You Apply Your Eyeliner or Mascara With Your Mouth Open or Closed?

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Applying the new Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, from the new Anarchy Face Case, on my water line

Uh…this is gonna sound a little weird, but isn’t it hard to apply your eyeliner or mascara with your mouth closed?

Seriously, what’s up with that? I must be so deep in thought that my lower jaw just, ghhhlgl, drifts down…


It’s the weirdest thing! But I don’t think it’s just me. I’ve seen other people do it, too, both guys and gals, even in YouTube videos.

How about you? Are you an open-mouthed eye liner or closed? Do you apply your eyeliner or mascara with your mouth open or shut? Inquiring minds want to know! πŸ™‚

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  1. Amy says:

    Haha I’ve thought of this phenomenon as well, and the other day I made a conscious effort to keep my mouth closed.
    Eyeliner I do with my mouth closed anyways, but mascara was definitely weird… I just looked bug-eyed and possessed.

  2. Emma says:

    I open my mouth because it flattens my cheeks slightly πŸ™‚

  3. Agata says:

    Yes! I have never noticed that about eyeliner but I know I always have my mouth open when applying mascara and whenever my husband takes pictures of me getting ready I need to make a conscious effort to close my mouth!

  4. Briana says:

    Closed! Only because I remember hearing all those dumb myths when I was a teenager about how it was “physically impossible” to apply mascara with your mouth closed. So I started doing it just to prove a point, even though no one watches me put my makeup on, I still feel like I’m sticking it to the idiots out there somehow!

  5. Yusti says:

    Definitely open mouth!! hahahaha I found this also intriguing.
    When i apply eyeliner to my client, of course i dont want them to feel my breath, but i just cant help it!! always do it with my mouth open!! LOL

  6. kim says:

    I never thought about it before, but i guess my mouth is open when i do my eye makeup. maybe it relaxes my face more? And I’m pretty sure i can’t apply blush without doing a creepy, closed mouth, joker smile.

  7. Aida says:

    ha ha open mouth πŸ™‚

  8. Brianna says:

    Hahaha, I totally do the open mouth. Even if I manage to keep it closed, I stretch my face out as if my mouth were open anyway (if that makes sense).

  9. Stephanie says:

    Open, always open. I noticed it a few weeks ago and have consciously tried closing my mouth when applying eyeliner and mascara. It’s not like it helps w/ application, right?! Besides, w/ all the kitties around (certified CCL here w/ FOUR kitties!), I might wind up w/ cat fur floating in, haha!

  10. Sunny says:

    Closed, because I don’t like how I can fog up the mirror otherwise! But I might replace an open mouth with what I call my gorilla face :p
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  11. Kim says:

    I definitely have slightly parted lips for the mascara or I make a pucker face. Depends on the angle (if I’m doing the inner or outer third). πŸ™‚ For eyeliner, it’s closed. For blush, I suck in my cheeks. I think I was taught to do that by one of my friends’ older sisters when I was younger, though.

  12. Eileen says:

    Oh! That is so funny! I apply all my eye makeup with my mouth open πŸ˜›

  13. Cleo says:

    Bwahahaha! Totally open. I try to close it and wind up with it open again. Totally involuntary biological response, kinda like not being able to sneeze with your eyes open.

  14. Joanna says:

    Both! Usually with mouth opened but close when I am aware my mouth is opened.

  15. Charisma says:

    Open and my lower lip would tend to move to the side. Haha. But I closed my mouth if I apply Eyeshadows. It’s weird but surely adds to precision.
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  16. Chelsea says:

    Always with my mouth open, same with liner!

  17. Rachel P says:

    Mouth open for sure! It’s much more natural/relaxing than clenching my jaw shut whilst applying eye makeup! The only time I consciously close my mouth is to do a smile that pushes my cheeks up for cream blush, to hit the apples just right- otherwise I don’t even know what faces I’m making!

  18. I know! The mouth just automatically open when you apply eyeliner or mascara, haha πŸ™‚ It happens to me too, but when I become aware of it I close it again, because it looks so ridiculous and it doesn’t help with the application or anything.
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  19. doroffee says:

    In a calm state of mind, I already keep my mouth slightly open. So I’m not doing otherwise when applying mascara or liner. A friend of mine, however, learnt to apply them with her lips closed, so she won’t be a typical girl, haha :D. Because she was fed up with people joking that no girl can do her mascara without her mouth open :D.

  20. Betsy Clark says:

    Open! You mean there’s another way?!

  21. Melanie says:

    Opening your mouth relaxes your facial muscles! Make syou less likely to poke your eye out πŸ™‚

  22. Esther says:

    I’ve tried to apply eyeliner and mascara with my mouth closed to disprove the myth that it can’t be done, but it distracts me so much that I mess up, so I let me jaw drop however far it wants to lol

  23. Majick says:

    OMG! I could have written Brianna’s response. LOL When I was a kid I always did the mascara with my mouth open until someone made a smart@$$ comment about it. Since then I purposefully keep my mouth closed when applying mascara. I’m not going to say I don’t make a bit of a weird face because I’m sure I probably do; but, my mouth is closed.

    I just found your blog and the email today really made me chuckle. BTW, are you just super petite or is your cat a gigantisaurus? Love the pic of you and your cat ^..^ PRECIOUS! (I’m a cat lady too!)

  24. Jorunn says:

    I have heard that you blink less with your mouth open, and that’s why most women do that when they apply mascara. I don’t know if that’s true, but I also have my open. πŸ™‚

  25. Gisele says:

    Haha.. is there any other way?
    I just CAN’T apply mascara with my mouth closed. πŸ˜‰

  26. Steph says:

    Open — I’ve heard it’s because opening your mouth also makes your eyes open more.
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  27. Adriana RP says:

    Weird question… LOL
    I never paid attention before… but with mouth open… and I don’t really know why! =P

  28. Sarah says:

    This is a real thing! I used to work for an eye surgeon, and when we were having a hard time getting a patient to keep their eyes open, we’d have them open their mouths. I’m sure there’s a great answer that stems from the way the face is innervated, but all I know is that it works.

  29. Tiffany C. says:

    I must be in the minority because i do mine with my mouth CLOSED.

  30. hanna says:

    I think my mouth is open.
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  31. nia says:

    open. i read it in make up tips somewhere and thought everyone who wears make up would do this, so i also did.

  32. Clare says:

    I’m weird. I do mascara with my lips closed, but my lower jaw dropped and soft palate raised. I think it helps me open my eyes up wide!

  33. shelley bershof says:

    I do all my eye makeup with my mouth open. Maybe I look like a stupid frog? Beats the hell out of me!! But I’ve got fantastic looking eye makeup. I get compliments all of the time when I work as a substitute teacher, the girls love my sparkly eye shadow! Obviously, this is not an earth-shattering problem. But it’s fun to see and think about. What about the rest of you?


  34. Phyrra says:

    Mouth open. I always have to fight to keep it shut when I’m doing a tutorial, because it wants to drift open.
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  35. Karen K says:

    Both. Sometimes open, sometimes closed. Depends how hard I’m concentrating. Love the lipstick in your photo. Do you remember which one it is?

  36. Open! Though I’ve become a little more conscious about it since I started doing video tutorials!
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  37. jasmine says:

    omg! i do the same thing too! my hubby was just asking me the other day why do i have to open my mouth slightly, but i have never realised… guess its a subconscious thing…

  38. Tania G says:

    Definitely mouth open πŸ™‚

  39. Caroline says:

    i love glitterrr

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