Lauren Snow
January 14th, 2014

Don't Flake: How-To Avoid Raccoon Eyes


The only thing worse than having raccon eyes, is not knowing you have raccoon eyes. Until (after an important meeting), you casually walk to the ladies' room and look at yourself in the mirror, only to find out that it looks like you got punched in both eyes. Are you with me on this one? Has this ever happened to you? Are you smiling right now because you can totally relate to this? Darn raccoon eyes! Don't let them get the best of you. It happens to all of us! Narrowing down the culprit that causes raccoon eyes can be tricky. Sometimes bad mascara is to blame, sometimes it's your body chemistry, and sometimes other makeup factors play a role. Women ask me how to prevent raccoon eyes all the time. I'm going to share with you what I tell them. Here are my 7 tips on how to avoid the dreaded raccoon eyes. I've picked up a thing or two over the years. I hope one of these tips works for you!

Tip #1: Try using a waterproof mascara that won't budge. It helps mascara from running, especially if you know waterworks are in-store that day. We use it on every single bride we work with.

Tip #2: Out with the old. Be sure to toss out mascara every 2 - 3 months. Old mascara flakes. We all know in our hearts when it's time to say goodbye! Say goodbye.

Tip #3: Seal your lashes with clear mascara. I like to compare it to putting clear polish on your nails to finish off your mani. Make sure your last coat of mascara is completely dry before you add clear mascara. 

Tip #4: Try a lash primer. Similar concept to a foundation primer, it's main purpose is to extend the wear of mascara and prevent flaking. Many lash primers have added benefits like pro-vitamin B5 that helps to condition lashes. Another major bonus is that lash primer will increase the volume and length of your lashes. Win - win!

Tip #5: Avoid applying eye cream to eye lids. It may leave them too moisturized causing mascara to travel all over the place. If you can't give it up, wait until it is completely aborbed before you apply mascara or eye makeup.  

Tip #6: Try tubing. Try a tube-technology mascara made with acrylic polymers that form tiny little tubes around your lashes. Once it dries it won't flake, smudge, smear, even if you cry or rub your eyes. How do you get it off? You need warm water and a bit of pressure to remove the mascara at night. It's really interesting to see the tiny tubes come off. I only wish it gave more length and volume. If you are thinking of giving it a try, I would go with Blinc.

Tip #7: Dust loose powder on you eyelids and over under eye concealer to absorb any mositure so mascara doesn't travel. If your eyes are not sensitive, you can also apply a light dusting of loose powder to your lashes. It adds volume and does help with flaking. Old school trick.

Give one of these tips a try! If all else fails, there are always lash extensions or falsies! 

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