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All mascara flakes off just ONE eye!

I've come to the conclusion that this is a unique problem as I can't find a solution, or even mention of the problem, anywhere!


I have tried a lot of different mascaras, both drug store and prestige brands (e.g. Clinique High Impact, Too Faced LashGasm, Smashbox Hyperlash, various Cover Girl LashBlast varieties, a couple L'Oreal and Revlon, and every single brand in Sephora's Lash Stash kit from this past Christmas) and every single one will flake off within a few hours, sometimes within a few minutes. But only from the lashes on my right eye. How weird is that?? Some will flake off both eyes, but  many stay put on my left eye. 


I've been looking closely at my lashes, trying to figure out the problem, and it appears that the Problem Lashes on the right eye are all kind of pointing down, toward my lower lid. They're not turning inward (mostly) toward my eye, just down. The lashes on my left eye look pretty normal, although I do have some stray lashes that point in weird directions.


I have pretty long but very straight lashes. I also have ridiculously oily skin, and thus oily lids.


I've been using a shadow primer (Tarte's Clean Slate 360) and it works wonders for my shadow (when I take it off at night, my eyeshadow looks like I just put it on) but doesn't prevent the mascara from flaking. It also doesn't seem to prevent my liner from smearing, which is disappointing.


I thought for sure the answer would be a mascara primer, so I bought Clinique's Lash Building Primer. It didn't help at all. I've tried it several times, hoping it might work if I changed how I used it. But nope. There was still a pile of black flakes on the tops of my right cheek and a horrible racoon eye. 


Any ideas what to do? I don't want to have to give up mascara, but this flaking problem looks terrible!

Re: All mascara flakes off just ONE eye!

Yup, join the asian lashes club (I never understood the phrase "looking through the lashes" when reading novels...until I started getting into make up and realize that's what I do all the time since my lashes points down and others don't) o.O


It seems like heated curlers don't get as good reviews as normal curlers, altho I don't know why. I would definitely suggest trying out all curlers, including the heated curlers, to find one that fits your eyes the best. Everyone's eyes are different, I kind of like my first curler (revlon) which only have like 3/5 star reviews in a lot of places, and the much applauded Shiseido curler makes my eyes water every.single.time. despite the fact it's the best curler ever for the other 129437394823723954234789 people. So, find a curler that feels comfortable on your eyes first. If it's a heated one, excellent. If it's not, try using your blow dryer on it before curling. =)

Re: All mascara flakes off just ONE eye!

Hi Kittichick-


I've actually heard about this dilemma before. I have the same issue with eyeliner and my right eye. Have you ever tried layering a waterproof mascara on top of your regular one? When I really want the mascara to stay I apply a waterproof mascara just to the tips of lashes. I hope that this tip works for you tooSmiley Happy


Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara


Buxom - Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara


Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula

Clinique - Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula

<3 Melissa

Re: All mascara flakes off just ONE eye!

Thanks so much for your suggestion!


I have tried a couple waterproof mascaras - and they do seem to last longer than others. The last one was ... Stila, I think. 


I didn't realize that Buxom comes in a waterproof version; I love the original. I'll have to give it - and your suggestion - a try. Smiley Very Happy


I just received a similar suggestion from a friend. She suggested applying clear mascara over the regular stuff, saying that it acts like a sealant. I'm not sure this makes a lot of sense. Why would the clear mascara stay on when the regular stuff doesn't? What do you think?

Re: All mascara flakes off just ONE eye!

Hi Kittichick-


Buxoms an awesome mascara, I love the brush!


Applying a clear mascara might work. It acts almost like a top coat would on a nail polish. I just feel like something that is waterproof would stay on better than a clear mascara. I like to do this trick when I go to the gym because, I need it to last so it doesn't end up running down my faceSmiley Happy Also the Clinique Lash Power is a tube mascara which acts like a 'glove' around each lash!

<3 Melissa
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