Tool Thursday: Tools I Use to Fix Eye Makeup Mistakes

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It happens to me all the time. Uneven liner work, fallout, smudges, you name it. Instead of removing everything and starting over, here are a few tools and tricks I use to fix those mistakes on spot!

Option 1: Makeup remover and cotton swabs

Chanel Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover

Chanel Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover

I always have these little mini bottles of eye makeup remover and cotton swabs close by so that when the “accident” happens, I can correct it right away! I like to use these super pointy cotton swabs rather than generic Q-tips because they are more precise and the tip is densely packed and doesn't leave strands of cotton behind. As for the remover, anything should work but the Chanel Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover is my absolute favorite. It is so gentle yet so effective at breaking down makeup, be it long-wear or waterproof! Plus, it doesn't leave any oiliness or greasiness behind. The cooling and refreshing scent is also a nice bonus! To use: simply soak the tip of a cotton swab with the remover and run it over the area where you wan to fix the mistake! Poof, mistake gone in a flash!

Option 2: Eye cream (or face primer) and cotton swabs

MAC Fast Response Eye Cream, Benefit the POREfessional, and Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate

MAC Fast Response Eye Cream, Benefit the POREfessional, and Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate

The drawback of using an eye makeup remover in option 1 is that it removes the “base makeup” as well and you may have to retouch it before moving on to the actual eye makeup again. And if you are not fond of the idea, here's something else you can use: a good eye cream! Apply a small dot on the tip of a cotton swab and glide it gently over the spot to correct. You are less likely to remove any base makeup with this option, and plus, you get the moisturizing/anti-aging benefits of the eye cream, too! I like the MAC Fast Response Eye Cream one because the tip applicator is very precise and I can squeeze out very little amount each time without wasting the product. It also leaves the skin on my eye extremely silky smooth, thanks to its silicone-y texture! I actually came across this super helpful tip from Karen (she always has the coolest tips on makeup applications!). But you don't have to use this very specific product, any moisturizing eye cream should all work the same (shown above is Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate). Or if you don't have an eye cream, try a face primer (such as Benefit the POREfessional)! It works just as well!

Option 3: Makeup eraser sticks

Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks

Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks

Or how about a one-stop-shop solution: use pre-filled cotton swabs! These Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks are cotton swabs that come pre-filled with the brand's makeup remover. All you have to do is break the tip and let the remover flow to the other end, then dab it along on the areas that need correction! Not only are they effective and super convenient, they are also very portable! I always keep a box in my work makeup bag since I'm testing new products all the time. I don't know if something is going to smudge on me so I need to be prepared for emergencies!

Do you have any tips on how to fix eye makeup mistakes? Have you ever tried any of these options?

BUY ▶ Chanel Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover: US$34 | Nordstrom
BUY ▶ MAC Fast Response Eye Cream: US$31 | Nordstrom
BUY ▶ Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate: US$85 | Sephora
BUY ▶ Benefit the POREfessional: US$31 | Sephora
BUY ▶ Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks: US$4.40 |

19 Comments So Far & Counting!

  • krithi says:

    This is good tip

  • Sunny says:

    Hey Jaa, I usually use Bioderma instead of a bi-phase remover! Haven’t tried the eye cream trick tho! Also, I know that if mascara accidentally gets where it’s not supposed to, it’s better to wait for it to try. If you go at it while it’s still wet, there is a chance that it’d get everywhere instead!

  • Eesha says:

    I also like using pointy cotton swabs than regular Q-tips, especially to sharpen my liner. But, I like using it with make-up remover and then I use a make-up wipe to get rid of the oilyness. Sometimes, I like taking that extra step! :-)

    Those Almay cotton swabs are really a boon, when in hurry :-D

  • I usually fix mistakes – not that I make any of course, cough cough – with a Q-tip soaked in eye cream.

  • Erin says:

    I like the idea of the pre done ones. I think that also might be my new Sephora swatching solution. They never have remover at mine and I have teeny hands!

    • Jaa says:

      You might go through a lot of it, though! Probably not very cost-effective. No remover at Sephora??!! What Sephora is this?? LOL What about in the skincare section? There has to be plenty from different brands!

  • Fiona says:

    I use my trusted bioderma for cleaning up eye mistakes( I do mistakes often). But now m intrigued by Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks

  • Sylirael says:

    Haha, I feel you on the emergency supplies thing – it’s so tricky when you’re all ‘Sweet! Gonna test out this mascara today at work!’ and then the little voice goes ‘But what if you look like a double-punched raccoon by lunchtime?’…

    I wish I could find some of those pointy tipped cotton buds around here. I swear I saw them somewhere, didn’t pick any up (like an idiot – some rogue I am!), and I haven’t been able to find them since :-( Ah well, eventually they shall come to light!

    • Jaa says:

      They are a little tricky to find here as well, Syl! They don’t put them near the regular Q-tips section! At my local grocery store, they are tucked behind some other things in the nail polish aisle instead. Weird.

      • Sylirael says:

        Ooh… maybe I should start looking closer at the nail polish aisle… I’ve seen the pre-loaded (Almay) ones in their makeup stands, but the pointy ones elude me!! THE QUEST SHALL CONTINUE…

  • Huh, I didn’t even know they sold pre-soaked ones!

  • anubhuti says:

    i usually go for Eye cream and cotton swab tip :) nice tips Jaa..


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