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Why You Need To Try Tubing Mascara

It’s like a cocoon for your lashes!
March 06, 2020

Between social media tutorials and the wide range of product offerings out there, you’re likely familiar with different mascara formulas like waterproof mascara and fiber mascara. But have you wandered into the world of eye look possibilities with tubing mascara?  This unique formula has tons of pros, but many people don’t know what a tubing mascara is or how to know if they’re using one, so we’re here to help. Below, we’re sharing what  tubing mascara is and the perks of using one, how to use tubing mascara , and how to remove it at the end of the night.

What is Tubing Mascara?

Tubing mascaras contain polymers that wrap around each lash, whereas your standard mascara brushes pigment directly onto your lashes. The perks of using a tubing mascara—and the reasons for their popularity—include the natural-looking, ultra-long look they give to your lashes and the fact that they’re smudge-proof, long-lasting, and easy to remove. In addition, because tubing formulas form tubes around the lashes, they create an even, separated look and are excellent at holding a curl. 

Determining if you already own a tubing mascara is actually quite simple. To figure out if your mascara is a tubing formula, read the ingredients on the packaging. If you find polymers in the list, you’ve got a tubing mascara in your arsenal. Another way to spot a tubing mascara is to pay attention to how it removes. If it creates raccoon eyes, it’s not a tubing mascara. If it comes off in little chunks instead, it’s likely a tubing formula. 

Our Best Tubing Mascara

If you don’t already own a tubing mascara, you may not be sure how or where to find one. But, tubing mascaras are not as obscure as you might think. While they don’t make up quite as much of the beauty market as traditional, washable mascaras do, you can still find tubing mascaras most places you shop for beauty products—and that holds true whether you’re looking for the best drugstore mascara or a high end pick. 

The L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Beauty Tubes is an award-winning tubing mascara that provides a lash extending effect. This double-ended mascara features a base coat to nourish and protect lashes, and a tubing topcoat for lengthening. It also ticks off all the benefits you’d expect from a tubing mascara, including being long-wearing and smudge-proof.

How To Use Tubing Mascara 

Using our tubing mascara is no more challenging than sweeping any mascara onto your lashes, but the process isn’t exactly the same. So, when you’re ready for that long-lash effect, follow these three simple steps.

Step 1. Curl Your Eyelashes

Tubing mascaras are meant to provide intense length—something you no doubt want—but they typically don’t help with curling your lashes. That’s why you’ll want to break out your eyelash curler before applying our two-step tubing mascara. 

Step 2. Apply The Nourishing Base Coat 

Apply the basecoat (the white end), to your lashes, being sure to coat them completely. This step is formulated with nourishing ingredients which help to protect and strengthen lashes, effectively preparing them for tubing. 


Step 3. Follow With The Ultra-Lengthening Topcoat 

Apply one or two layers of the topcoat to your lashes, being sure to cover every bit of the white base coat. As the mascara sets, the tubes will form, and you won’t have to fear smudging, smearing, or flaking. Since tubing mascaras are known for creating length, you may want to layer them with a volumizing mascara formula and that’s totally okay. You can apply tubing mascara before or after your washable mascara, though we recommend leaving the tubing formula for last to get a smudge-free lash look. 

And when you’re ready to remove it, you can simply splash water onto your face and smooth the tubes away from your lashes using your fingertips. If you prefer soaking a cotton pad with eye makeup remover and sweeping away your mascara, you don’t have to totally change your routine. All you have to do is swap out the makeup remover with more warm water or micellar water like the L’Orѐal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof- For All Skin Types.

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