Have You Ever Poked Your Eye With a Makeup Brush or Liner (or With Any Makeup Accoutrement)?

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Don't poke your eye out!!

Don’t poke your eye out!!

No (knock on wood!), I haven’t, but I’ve come dangerously close a few times…

The worst time by far was a couple years ago. I was applying false lashes using a pair of very sharp, pointy tweezers to place them on top of my natural lashes.


I don’t know what happened, but I misjudged the distance between the tweezers and my eyeball, and it was like one of those scary scenes from a movie where you see the shiny drill or the alien probe coming at the person’s eye in slow motion, gah!

I blinked my eye shut right in the nick of time.

Needless to say, I never did that again. Now I just use my fingers or this really handy tool I found at Sephora called the Bulls Eye Lash Applicator. It’s plastic and slightly rounded, so I can place my false lashes without the whole poking-my-eye-out thing. It’s also only $12. I use it all the time. If you wear false lashes often, I highly recommend it!

Which leads me to ask, have you ever poked your eye with a makeup brush or liner (or with any makeup accoutrement)?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rachel says:

    Once I did with a mascara wand. It was a big brush and I wasn’t used to it, and it made me so mad I threw it away!

  2. Tatiana says:

    Yeah, I’ve poked my eye. Mostly with mascara wands. Once with my eyelash comb when attempting to get rid of the mascara clumps. Now I half close my eye before moving in with that thing. I also pray there are no earthquakes as I’m doing my lashes.

  3. Virginia says:

    Yes! Once with this monster mascara wand from Maybelline. I don’t know why or how, but for some reason I poked both eyes like 3x and it was horrible. I needed up tossing the mascara because it wasn’t worth making myself blind.

  4. Agata says:

    I have not but last year when I was in Poland I poked my eyeball with my nail when applying an eyeshadow primer and my blood vessels broke and for the whole time of being there (my niece’s baptism and professional pictures) I had a red shot bloody eye :-/
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  5. Sissi says:

    Lol! I’m sure this has happened to me too- at least almost. 😉
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  6. denise S says:

    Occasionally I’ll lightly poke my eye with the mascara comb. Or a Q-tip when I’m trying to clean up my eye makeup. I have that Sephora lash applicator and I love it!

  7. Emmy says:

    Mascara most of the times as I hardly have any lashes and it is BAAADDD!
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  8. Tulipthecat says:

    I have poked my eye many times with mascara wands and eye liners. I’m such a klutz!

  9. MonicaP says:

    Only with the mascara wand. You know .. right after you’ve coated your lashes and you want to do a little more and “poke”! Then you blink and – mascara everywhere! Ugh!

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  10. Kristy says:

    I’ve definitely poked my eye with a mascara wand! I got mascara all over my contact lens and decided to take the lenses out, forgo the mascara, and wear glasses after that.

  11. Kalli says:

    Definitely the mascara wand! And that leaves such a big mess too and then my eye gets all watery. It always seems to happen when I don’t have much time!
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  12. Emme says:

    Gah!…I am terrible, horrible at tightlining. I do it…but it feels like I’m put my eye out almost every time. Even when I just close my eyes around the pencil and run it along…still feels gah!

  13. Pamela Haddad says:

    Only once with the mascara wand and it hurt like a son-of-a-gun!

  14. Lisa says:

    I am always poking myself in the eye. Maybe I should put my contacts in first?? The worst is breaking off the tip of an eyeliner in it

  15. Andrew says:

    I wouldn’t say I’ve poked one, but I’ve definitely brushed against them. When I use a brightening liner on my waterline, I always like to use a flat concealer brush to blend it a little to make it look more natural.

    I’m a male in Tennessee; the more natural the better.

  16. Chelsea says:

    So many times! I’ve had to try to remove mascara from contact lenses.

  17. Rachel R. says:

    I have a few times with a mascara wand. Ouchies!

  18. Lulle says:

    Oh yes, it happens to me quite often! With mascara wands (one reason why I hate super large wands like Diorshow’s), and with anything I use to thightline or line my upper waterline (pencil liner, brush). What can I say, I’m clumsy! I’ve never really hurt myself though, but it makes the poked eye cry like crazy and destroys all the makeup I’ve already done.
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  19. Kelly says:

    This happened to me just a few days ago; I was putting on a second coat of mascara and got a little too close with the wand. Next thing you know, I had wet mascara all over my face and one eye that wouldn’t stop crying for about an hour.
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  20. Oh yeah, I poke my eye all the time when applying eyeliner on my waterline. It’s a miracle I’ve never had an eye infection *knocks on wood*
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  21. Kim says:

    Oh, definitely. Several times with the mascara wand. I was surprised my whole eyeball wasn’t covered. I like to really coat the lash line and have misjudged more times than I want to admit. 🙁

  22. Erin says:

    Yes, I do it all the time. Mascara, eyeliner, lash curlers or my finger. Never an eyeshadow brush, though. I have to stand pretty far away from my current mirror and the counter is hella low. I hate it. My makeup routine is an ab workout and sometimes my feet cramp from trying to see myself because it’s also high on the wall!

    If I had space for a make-up table with a mirror, I’d probably even wear makeup just around the house!
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  23. Angela says:

    Remember those metal round bristle hairbrushes? Trying to dry my hair (which hates hairdryers anyways) and PUNCTURED my cornea. Ow ow friggen ow.

  24. I actually have, and it happens a lot more often these days, because most of the time I do my makeup balancing my daughter on my hip while she tries reaching for my stuff…
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  25. Diana says:

    So…way back in the day, I used a safety pin in lieu of a metal lash comb, very precise separation BTW…but I regress. I was trying to separate each lash and accidentally poked myself in the cornea. I don’t think I could open my eye for a few hours and I was deathly sure I had caused permanent damage, but after lots of tearing up and a closed eye for hours, I was fine. I never used a safety pin to separate again.

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