Top 5 Most Common Mascara Mistakes (and solutions)


Mascara adds a finishing touch to one’s makeup by emphasizing definition of the eyes and giving it an open and fresh look. Mascaras can also be a tricky thing to handle since it is extremely prone to smudging. However, all you need to handle it like a pro, is a little practice and rectification of some minor missteps.


Mistake #1

Pumping the mascara wand


Hands down the most common mistake! This is widely known and yet I am sure many people still do it or are even unaware that it is detrimental. Pumping your mascara wand in and out of the tube introduces air into it which can cause two things;

  • Dry out the mascara quicker
  • Encourage bacteria growth

Solution: If your intention is to get more product on the wand, stick the wand into the tube all the way and pull it out just once.



Mistake #2

Head/face positioning when applying mascara

This mascara mistake is perhaps the biggest contributor to mascara smudging. Looking straight into the mirror while applying mascara will increase the possibility of your mascara smudging on the eyelid. The picture below demonstrates both the error and the solution.


By pushing the chin out and tilting your head back while looking down at the mirror, you can avoid mascara smudging during application.


Mistake #3

Not curling eyelashes before applying mascara

This is absolutely debatable but one thing can be agreed upon; very few people are gifted with eyelashes so curled that it hits the eyelid.

Solution: Try an eyelash curler. With the many options available in the market you are bound to find something that suits you. Practice makes perfect and the end result will be well worth the effort.



Mistake #4

Not taking of excess product off the wand

This is also debatable because there is a preference for heavy mascara application that result in thick eyelashes. However, if your goal is to separate and build volume, taking excess product off the mascara wand is a step that many overlook.

No mascara

No mascara

Without taking off excess products.

Without taking off excess products. Lashes are clumped together

With mascara taken off.

With excess mascara taken off. Lashes are properly separated and volumnised

How to take off excess product? Just run it along the opening of the tube of course! Its how I do it. You can absolutely come up with your own method of doing it.



Mistake #5

Using mascara past expiration date

Mascara is the one makeup item that should NOT be used past expiry date because ingredients in mascara allow for bacteria growth. We can all agree that no one wants to be susceptible to an eye infection! I have seen several sources citing many different length of time that mascara can be used but according to 4 months is the cut off point. Personally (this is exclusively for me and my eyes ONLY!!!) I can stretch the masara to the 8th month mark after which it usually dries out. So please guys! Using mascara beyond that is absolutely uncalled for! Unless you want an eye infection or even a sty. *cue horror music*


Additional info

One final thing that many may not be considered a mistake is not applying mascara on the lower lashes. Some people like the look of a blank lower lash line that isn’t lined and/or without prominent lashes. However, applying mascara to the lower lashes will help the eyes appear larger. A trick would be to use a mascara with a thin applicator. An example would be Maybelline the Falsies Big Eyes mascara (a double ended mascara which has a slim brush on one side).


With that, I wish you all luscious, full, voluminous lashes!!!


6 thoughts on “Top 5 Most Common Mascara Mistakes (and solutions)

  1. Omg!! Thank you so much!! The not taking off the excess mascara from the wand is the only mistake that I do!! I do have a question though.. Some say you should shake the wand subtly while applying so that your lashes spread and give a natural look to it.. Whereas some say you shouldn’t shake cause cause it would clump the lashes.. But usually I do shake a bit and apparently the roots tend to spread evenly and the tip would clump at times. Period. 😁 please advise

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    • Thank you for reading and commenting Kanchana Mala Somasundram! 😛 What you mean is commonly referred to as the wiggling motion of the mascara at the root of the lashes. Yes, that does work, however, when you apply the mascara try to pull the wand away from the tip of your lashes because too much product on the wand is the reason why the tips of your lashes clump up. Perhaps using the wiggly motion in addition to removing excess product off the wand may work the magic for you? Do try and let me know!



  2. Hi Hari, thank you for sharing ur tips and tricks on mascaras. I rarely use them, and only used during special occasions or functions as I find removing them can sometimes be a pain. I guess that’s why i normally op for the not waterproof one. Anyways will definitely keep ur tips in mind, especially in removing the excess from the wand. I never knew that at all and would definitely do that the next time around. 😊

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    • You’re welcome Melissa! Just checked out your blog and followed on Bloglovin!
      Thanks for all those likes on my Facebook page and also thanks for following, reading and commenting!


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