Get rid of mascara panda eyes with one simple step

Panda eyes are a guarantee whenever I wear mascara.

I pray that my waterproof mascara will be enough to avoid mascara melt, but it never is. And when the inevitable happens, my smudged look could give any panda a run for its money.

I thought I accepted my fate until I was horrified when I saw my reflection in the car mirror last week. My face looked like it was melting and it’s not even close to summer. Really wish I kept that selfie I took as proof.

Anyway, I did a little accidental experiment and found out that I just needed an extra minute of time to let things set.

If you also have the same goal to not look like a panda, keep reading to see what I mean.

Prep the skin

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Yes, you have to hydrate the eye area with an eye cream. Let that sit for a good minute. I am currently loving this Belif eye cream, it goes on like butter on toast. Then, you gotta go in with your favorite concealer. I’m really liking this Onomie one (I wear the shade Montagu Light Warm). A little goes a long way. I’ve had the same tube since last spring.

“Bake it”

Now for the fun part, “bake” that concealer. Baking is a technique where you let translucent powder sit on your face for 5-10 minutes before dusting it off to set concealer/foundation. Apparently, the heat from your face is the oven in this baking metaphor.

Instead of the recommended time frame, we’re going to be rebels and let the translucent powder sit for just one minute. I’m loving Glossier’s Wowder in Dark/Deep at the moment. So just place the powder with a brush underneath the eyes and on the eyelids. You should see the powder sitting on top.  After a minute, take the brush you used and blend the powder by using upward sweeping motions. That’s it!

Go forth and apply the rest of your makeup. I just used Glossier Boy Brow and Maybelline’s the Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara in the waterproof formula. This lasted a total of seven hours before I had to touch up and even then the smudge was barely noticeable. SUCCESS!!

In case you’re more of a visual person, here’s this handy dandy graphic.

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What’s your favorite way to set your makeup?

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Sophie 🙂

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