You’ve painstakingly primed, contoured, and colored your eyelids. Your winged liner is so beautifully precise that it would make ’60s-era Brigitte Bardot shed a tear. And then, as you move to complete the look with a swipe of your go-to mascara, crap! You manage to nick your lid with your wand, threatening to ruin several minutes of work with one solitary smudge. What to do?
We’ve all been there and can probably recall more than a couple of times that we were late to the office or dinner while trying to clean that mistake up. But what if we told you that this didn’t have to be the case? It turns out there’s a very simple, editor-approved hack for correcting this very common blunder—and it doesn’t involve wiping everything off and start from scratch. Put away the makeup remover and Q-tips, and keep reading to see what it is.
The very savvy Allure team recently shared their best makeup hacks, and we immediately zoned in on this tidbit from social media manager Dana Burke: “If I get any stray mascara on my lid or lash line, instead of wetting a Q-tip and wiping the residue off, I wait for it to dry and then use a clean mascara wand to sweep it off my lid,” she says. “It comes off super easily and I don’t mess up my shadow in the process.” Genius!
Check out some of Team Byrdie’s favorite makeup hacks, and tell us some of yours in the comments below!