- Give yourself credit: When applying mascara, use a credit card or business card to act as a shield between your lashes and your lids. Any slip-ups will go on the card instead of you.
- Soak it in: After applying eye cream or foundation around the eye area, give the product a chance to soak into the skin before applying your mascara. Skin that's too hydrated can attract smudges.
- Powder room: Apply a light dusting of powder around your eyes to help suppress oil, like Benefit Bluff Dust ($22). Bonus? The yellow tone of the powder helps counteract red tones.
- Towel it off: Thin, even coats of mascara are one of the simplest ways to prevent mascara from making a downward slide. To avoid clumpy, clustered lashes, just run the wand over a tissue to create a light-on-the-product coating. Let each layer dry completely before applying the next.
- Get back to your roots: Sweep on mascara from root to tip, tapering off at the ends. Less product on the tips can help prevent inadvertent slips onto the skin.
- You're in the clear: Use a clear coat of mascara for the finishing touch. This extra step acts similarly to a hair gloss, locking in color and protecting your lashes. Once your mascara has fully dried, try Rimmel Style & Shine Natural Lash & Brow Mascara in Clear ($5.50).