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What is a Tubing Mascara and Does it Prevent Smudging?

What is a Tubing Mascara and Does it Prevent Smudging?
Josie Wilkins
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We're all aware of how our makeup can modify itself throughout the day. Our lipstick may fade after eating, our T-zone can get on the oily side every so often. However, has a glance at your reflection ever revealed that your mascara has drifted away from your eyelashes? When the panda look is not what you're going for, black smudges of mascara under the eyes are a nuisance to say the least. What's worse, using your finger to diffuse the smudge ends up spreading it, wiping away your under-eye concealer in the process. This is the exact reason why you should know what a tubing mascara is.

When you've tried all of the tips and your mascara simply won't stay put, it's time to look for a formula that you can trust. Thankfully, one which is smudge-free really does exist. So let's look into this a little deeper- what does a tubing mascara mean and what's the difference? Here's all you need to know.


What does tubing mascara mean?

You may have heard about the tubing packaging that comes with our mascaras here at Eyeko. This specific packaging has been designed to make it easier for you to get the most out of your product and filter out those clumps. What you may not have known, however, is that the meaning of a tubing mascara goes far beyond packaging.

While your average mascara may use oils or waxes, what a tubing mascara is made up of is a formula of polymers that wrap around each individual lash. When applying a tubing mascara, rather than painting layers of pigment onto the lashes, you are coating each individual lash with a 'tube' that won't budge. The result is all-day lashes with an even, enhanced finish.

Tubing mascara vs regular mascara

If you're wondering why mascara always smudges under your eyes in the first place, the answer most likely points towards the natural oils that your face produces. As a result, the panda eye often accompanies that dewy look we love to see after exercising, time in the sun or out and about running errands.

When it comes to tubing mascara vs regular mascara, this is where the tubing formula really shines. Polymers are much more stable and difficult for the face's oils to break down. They dry quickly and stay securely in place, leaving you with a reliable eye-lash coating that you don't need to check up on.

Another point to note when it comes to comparing tubing mascara vs regular is that with most mascaras, you brush layers of the product on to add more coats and length. Layer over layer of product will inevitably weigh down the lashes. On the other hand, mascaras that tube your lashes use only one coat to grab each lash and lift it for a wide-eyed effect.

This is why a tubing mascara means fantastic results after curling the eyelashes. To make the eyes look bigger with makeup, you should be using an eyelash curler with these four steps:

  1. Get as close to the roots as possible without touching the skin.
  2. Tightly squeeze for 5 seconds.
  3. Pump at least four times.
  4. Move the curler along the lashes, continuously pumping until you reach the tips for a final curl.

Once that's finished, apply the coat of tubing mascara and watch as the curl is sealed into place.

How to tell if a mascara is tubing

Many mascaras do not actually say on the packaging if the formula is a tubing one so it's always a good idea to do some simple research. To tell if a mascara is tubing, there are two very simple solutions.

  1. You can do a quick Google search on what The Best Tubing Mascaras On The Market are.
  2. Take a look at the ingredients. If they mention polymers, you have yourself a mascara that will tube.

How to remove tubing mascara

Finally, you may be thinking that this all sounds well and good until it comes to the end of the day. How on earth do you remove tubing mascara? These budge-proof polymers from your lashes certainly sound like they would require some tugging and pulling.

Thankfully, the method of removing tubing mascara actually requires a lot less hassle. Simply wet a flannel or face-cloth with warm water and gently dab the eyelids with downward movements. From one side to the other, the little tubes will fall off leaving your lashes natural- not even a need for makeup remover.

Now that you know what a tubing mascara is, say goodbye to panda eyes- no extra steps or mirror-checks needed.

Josie Wilkins
Writer and expert
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Josie is an Online Beauty Editor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Her passions involve all things skincare and beauty and in her free time she likes to travel, read and get her beauty sleep.