Don’t you hate it when you finish your eye makeup and then go to put on your mascara and accidentally swipe the brush against your lids or your lower lash line?
Maybe it’s just because I’m uncoordinated and always in a hurry, but I do it all the time. To clean up the extra bits and bobs of mascara along my lower lash lines and lids that these mascara mishaps cause, I used to lightly dab a Q-tip moistened with makeup remover on the trouble spot(s), but I was never in love with that method. It was unprecise (like wielding a club in my clumsy hands), and whenever I used it I usually ended up also disrupting my eyeshadow, primer and concealer, too.
Yesterday I tried a new technique, and so far I love the results! Thankfully, it only took, oh, 22 years of wearing makeup to figure this out. Better late than never, I suppose. 🙂
Now, I dampen a thin concealer brush with eye makeup remover (you could even moisten the brush with a makeup remover wipe), and then carefully use the brush to precisely apply makeup remover to the problem areas. Then, using a pointed eyeshadow eye brush like the MAC 219, I lift away any excess product now loosened up by the remover.
The process is just delicate enough, although a tad time consuming, not to disturb the makeup beneath it, but it takes me less time than repairing my makeup after a Q-tip’s been involved.
I bet that other thin, skinny concealer-like brushes would also work great, like an old lip brush you might have laying around, or maybe even something like a Sonia Kashuk Bent Brush. Just as long as it’s thin and precise, it should fare better than a Q-tip.
Since we’re on the topic of touchups, do you have any tips or advice? How do you clean up minor makeup mishaps without disturbing your overall look?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,