Mascara That Won't Make My Eyelashes Fall Out?

Updated on June 14, 2010
R.M. asks from Spring Hill, TN
9 answers

Not sure if this is a common problem or not, but I can't wear mascara without it making my eyelashes fall out. I would be thrilled to be able to find one that doesn't do that. I can wear all other eye makeup with no problem, so I don't think I have sensitive eyes. I can even use liquid eyeliner. Does anyone know why mascara would cause this but liquid eyeliner won't? Does anyone else have this problem? If I wear it for more than a couple days, they start falling out and feeling irriitated, and I will forget and rub at them which makes more fall out. It's been this way since I started wearing makeup in middle school.

I have tried multiple kinds, almost every drugstore brand, and they all do it, even the sensitive eye kind. I have tried a couple of the more expensive department store brands as well as Nicole Miller and Mary Kay, and they take a little longer but do it too. I am sure there is some expensive kind out there that would work, but I hesitate to buy them and waste the money. Plus it looks awful when you have a bald eyelash area. I am willing to pay for decent mascara if it will let me be able to wear it, but can't afford to just try them all. Any suggestions?

Added- I do remove it at night faithfully, even though with other makeup I don't always bother. I use a gentle remover. And they definitely fall out. Within a day or two of wearing it I will have bare areas with no lashes at all.

What can I do next?

  • Add your own comment
  • Ask your own question
  • Join the Mamapedia community
  • as inappropriate
  • this with your friends

So What Happened?

Added again: If I curl them it is only before the mascara. And no, not waterproof, I'm sure I tried that at one point in high school or something, but not in years and years. Since this has pretty much always happened, I only occasionally try to wear it. It has been a couple years this time. I will give it a shot for a special ocassion or something, and I always go buy a new one since the last time I wore it has usually been at least a year.

The suggestions so far have really been helpful, seriously. I never thought about fillers and stuff being different in mascara, or other conditions it could be. I have just always accepted I cant wear it, but have been thinking about it lately and wishing I could. I will look into some of the other options you guys mentioned, and maybe (maybe, I'll have to think about it) just give it one more shot with a vegan mascara or something. Thanks so much for your help!

Featured Answers



answers from Fayetteville on

RM it sounds to me that you have a allergic reaction to a chemical that they put in all mascara even the real expensive brands, they just put little less in them! What I would do is use liquid eyeliner then put that on them and use a eyelash brush/comb so they don't stick together! Good Luck to you!

Edit My Answer
2 moms found this helpful

More Answers


answers from Dallas on

I would forget the mascara altogether and wear false lashes. The styles available today are very comfortable and natural looking. Some you can apply with the adhesive daily and others can actually be permanently put onto your lashes at upscale salons, they are called eyelash extensions.

I'm a stylist and used to do makeup in the past and a few clients had similar problems. One used the clear mascara for just a touch of help and it seemed to work for her, have you tried that?

Also, upper scale salons can do eyelash dyeing. I have done it before as well and it doesn't irritate the eyes as the color is specially formulated to be safe.


Google salons in your area to see if they offer any of these services and go to a make-up counter at a depertment store and ask abut the lashes Some brands sell them, and some can be found at drugstores. Thse are the cheaper kinds and not as comfortable, but can give you an idea.

Also, what Bee's Mom said is true about losing the hair, but if your eyes are getting irritated and you have bald patches, then that is not our daily typical eyelash loss.

Now, if you are curling your lashes, sleeping with the mascara on, clumping it on, picking at them, rubbing your eyes or washing or wiping the mascara off with a harsher facial clenser (especially waterproof mascara), that could cause the fall out and irritation as well. If ou are not doing any of those things, than you are probably alergic to the filling in the mascara. Or, it could be an actual medical cause, called ciliary madarosis.

more tips:

If you rally want to try mascara, yYou may want to try organic, all natural or even vegan masara that does not have fillers in it:

4 moms found this helpful


answers from San Francisco on

Hmm, I don't know about mascara making eyelashes fall out, I haven't heard of it, unless you are not removing it at night.

However, guess what, Latisse, and other products like it, actually do work!! The only problem is, Latisse is pretty expensive, but you can get away with doing it every other day once your lashes have grown. My eyelashes look like spiders now. Yes, there is actually such a thing as too much eyelashes. :)

2 moms found this helpful


answers from Detroit on

Arbonne's all Natural Triple Action Mascara and the Lash Enhancer work great to keep your eye lashes looking healthy and beautiful and to keep them from falling out. Arbonne's products are made with ONLY natural herbs and botanicals and they are hypoallergenic, vegan, gluten free and DO NOT have any mineral oil, petroleum, petrolatum or animal products or by products in them. No added fillers. If you would like more information please send me a private message and I will give you my web site and email address. My mother in law had no eye lashes she was so excited after starting to use these products because now she has eye lashes.

2 moms found this helpful


answers from Indianapolis on

I'm very picky about mascara. I have the same problem with some as well. I have used Merle Norman for years now and I love it. Obviously it's more expensive than drug store ones, but it's good. I've tried different ones from there and I like them all. Right now I'm using (can't think of the name) black tube with silver top.

2 moms found this helpful


answers from Johnson City on

May I ask if you are using a water proof mascara?

2 moms found this helpful


answers from Houston on

O.K,, your eyelashes are not falling out, persay. Everybody's eyelashes fall out, just like their hair. When you wear mascara, it "holds" the loose eyelashes in...until you take it off. It gives the idea that its taking your lashes "out'. Its kinda like if you have your hair stlyed with alot if hairspray, then when you wash it in a day or so, it "seems" like you are loosing more hair.
They say that the average human looses 60-80 hairs a day....but you aways grow new ones.
Good luck in your answer....

2 moms found this helpful


answers from Lexington on

You may want up try cake mascara (the old fashioned type you add water to with the brush). I use one by La Femme and really like it. It doesn't dry out the lashes or leave them feeling hard.

1 mom found this helpful


answers from Fayetteville on

Hi! You didn't mention if you use an eyelash curler. If you do, then I hope you only use it to curl your lashes BEFORE applying the mascara, not after. Otherwise, I'm thinking it's not the makeup. You may have a form of alopecia, which causes hair loss. The most common is on the scalp, but someone close to me has alopecia. It has affected his scalp, eyebrows and eyelashes. You should see a doctor about your condition to see if that's the case. He's had a session of multiple steroid injections to stimulate eyebrow growth, and it has been successful. Sorry, but I'm not sure if there's anything that can be done for eyelashes. He's asked about that new product that Brooke Shields is a spokesperson for, Latisse, but they have no data that shows it is beneficial to patients with alopecia. I hope this helps! God bless!

1 mom found this helpful