Troubleshooting Mascara Problems Tips & Tricks

Hey you! What are your weekend plans? It's my sister's 18th birthday (omg! tears!) and my family is headed to the beach for the day. I can't wait! In the meantime, I'm back with another video! I'm sharing tips and tricks to fix those mascara problems, like smudges, clumps, and even help for oily lids. Every time I make a video, something is wrong with me--it's the nerves of filming. This time I broke out in a rash on my neck, so that's why I'm not wearing a necklace (check out Instagram for a pic).
  • Awkward Disclaimer: I had a cold, had on zero makeup, and had just gotten back from a 5-hour drive, so I was looking rough.
  • I really pronounce "oil" in one syllable. It sounds like "bowl" minus the "b" but I knew that would be hard to understand, hehe.

Oily Lids
  • Try an oil-free primer under the eye. I used one from Pixi.
  • Drier formula mascaras
  • Waterproof mascara--if you don't want to use it, just try it as a top coat or on the tips.
  • Clean your mascara wand completely and then reload.
  • Avoid putting mascara on the tips--just brush on the roots and up
  • Tilt you head back when applying.
  • Remove excess product before you apply to avoid clumps
  • Brush a clean spoolie through your lashes after applying mascara

Have a great weekend! Be safe, behave and be well. Love, Elle


  1. This is great!!! Thanks for sharing!

    xx Pip


  2. i really enjoyed watching this video, elle! thanks for all the tips! i love wearing mascara, but i always have problems with smearing. ;)

    p.s. for your videos, i think it would be great to mix it up! :)

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  3. I am totally impressed by your mad video skills! I think you should mix it up, because I like seeing both personal and beauty videos.

    Also, I always have a hard time with mascara because one of my eyes has thicker eyelashes than the other -- and it always seems to clump. I'll have to try your tips!

  4. Thank you for this tuitorial Elle!
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  5. thanks for the tips! it takes awhile to put a mascara on for perfect lashes sometimes.

    I hope you're having a beautiful day ~ XO
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  6. Nice tips on removing clumps :) Oh and yes, I've been wanting to brush my mustache :D

    You are TOTALLY easy to understand. After living in England and dealing with northern english accents, you are a breeze!

  7. Very very nice tips. You don't look rough at all, Gorge!!! On the same note, I think I have found the perfect mascara from benefit! Thanks for sharing your makeup knowledge pretty lady!!

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  8. You sing! What a lovely voice you have.

    I like it when you mix beauty and personal subjects. That makes your blog feel more real (i.e., from a person) and less like a magazine.

    These mascara tips were great: I've always had trouble applying it.

  9. Thanks for the tips, sweetie! And have a fantastic birthday celebration! x

  10. Thanks Elle, these were such useful tips as I am not that mascara savvy.

  11. Great tips! Hope you have a great weekend and Happy 18th to your sister!

  12. You give the best beauty tips.

  13. It is so important to use a primer! Great video Elle! Have a great weekend and Happy Birthday to your sister!

  14. yay for birthdays and weekends at the beach! have fun and be safe. :)


  15. Great tips - I always struggle with clumps so thank you!!

  16. Thank you so much for these very helpful tips. I think a mix of beauty and personal sounds great. I like your vlogs very much, you're a natural in front of the camera.

  17. Your hair always looks so amazing! What do you ask for when you get it cut?

  18. lashes ALWAYS MAKE the look!


  19. You crack me up! What primers do you suggest? I get raccoon eyes. For videos, I say mix it up.


  20. These tips are great!!! Thanks, dear. :-)

  21. I like the new video format! It's probably easier on your hands. Makeup tips are great, but mixing up some personal videos would be fine, too.

  22. the 'tilt your head' trick is quite handy...I'm always looking down in a slanted mirror, similar effect 。◕‿◕
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  23. Love your vid, I like both personal and beauty mix videos from you. By the time I notice my mascara has smudged or is above my eyelids its already dry haha, so I do the brush it off Technic. I nominated you for an award on my blog btw, xoxo.

  24. Wow..first time watching ur video. you are a pro!! Keep the channel both beauty and personal - you are so good at vlogging!! Thanks for the tips! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  25. great video!!


  26. thank you for these tips! I am having problems with clumps recently since I'm trying out new mascaras. Your video is soo cute and funny!

  27. Hey girl! So I'm poking around your archives trying to learn more about cleaning mascara wands to avoid clumps. Is wiping the wand on a tissue still what you recommend over soap & water? And what type of tissue do you use? Just any type? I ask because in my head when I think about doing that, it seems like some of the tissue would get caught on the mascara wand and leave tiny white paper flakes. I hope that makes sense. Almost like if you try to clean glass with Windex and a tissue instead of cleaning glass with Windex and a paper towel. Where the tissue leaves behind bits of itself. I think I'm overexplaining now, ha! Anyway, fill me in! Is this still your go to method?


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