Mascara Mistakes You Might Be Making:
It often starts off as love at first use, then after a couple of months, the mascara you thought was 'the one' starts to betray you. It gets flaky, or starts smudging and you can't quite work out where it all went wrong. Here are some hot tips:
Your mascara has expired. As a general rule, if you use your mascara every day, you should be replacing it every 3 months, even if there's still some left in the tube. A lot of bacteria can build up on mascara wands that you don't want near your eyes, and the formulas dry out rather quickly (which may explain the flakiness).
You're pumping air into the tube. Whatever you do, don't pump your mascara wand into the tube. This causes your mascara to dry out much quicker than it should. Instead, try swirling the wand around the tube to pick up the formula on the wand. This should prevent your mascara from prematurely drying out.
You're going for the wrong formula. A lot of people with oilier lids complain about every mascara they use smudging or causing panda eyes. Tubing mascaras are great for oilier lids as they form a 'tube' around each lash which prevents transferring. And they're easily washed off with warm water, unlike some waterproof formulas.