The Second Article in a Continuing Series on Essential Beauty Tools

This is the second article in a series about essential beauty tools; this is about the mascara shield.  

The first article, “Makeup Brushes Guide: The Essential Starter Kit”, explains the minimum number and type of makeup brushes that you should have in your beauty bag.

The series is about the beauty tools you should keep in your arsenal (a.k.a. makeup bag) to help you with your everyday makeup and beauty routine.   Having these tools available to you can have a tremendous impact on the amount of time you spend getting ready each morning, so, if for no other reason, use these tools to claw back a few precious moments for yourself each day.  

Beauty tools are not simply great time savers, the beauty tools in this series work amazingly well.


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Flutterby Mascara Shields


What is a Mascara Shield?

The term ‘mascara shield’ may not be familiar to everyone.  Other terms used to describe this tool include mascara guard, mascara shield guard, mascara tool, or lash guard.  Whatever you call it, this unique tool aids in the quick and mess-free application of mascara.  It prevents mascara smudges and clumps; thereby making the entire process of application much faster.  You can quickly get the eyelash look you desire.

A good quality mascara shield is a must for every beauty bag.  The Flutterby Mascara Shield prevents mascara smudging on your flawlessly applied eye shadow and eyeliner; it also prevents black smears under your lower lashes.  In addition, the Shield is great for preventing mascara clumps in your lashes.  To eliminate clumps, simply comb your lashes against the shield with your mascara wand.  This not only eliminates clumps but also creates natural looking lashes. 

The Shield is shaped to fit snugly along your upper and lower lash lines.  The thin construction of the Shield allows you to position the mascara wand right at the lash root without getting any mascara on your eyelids.  Another unique part of the design is a very small lip along the edge of the Shield.  The lip keeps your lashes from sticking to the shield as you apply your mascara.  With the Flutterby Mascara Shield, you can coat your lashes from the lash root to the tips to make the lashes appear more full and lush.


Care and Maintenance of the Flutterby Mascara Shield

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Upper Eyelash Application

To use:  To prevent mascara smudges on your upper eyelids, first, place the Shield above your upper lashes along your lash line.  Next, comb the mascara wand down the top of your lashes from root to tip.  This covers the top of your lashes with mascara adding fullness.  Finally, use the wand to comb and distribute mascara to the underside of your lashes.  Comb from root to tip; slightly wiggling the wand back and forth to separate lashes. 

To eliminate mascara clumps, comb your lashes against the Shield with the mascara wand. 

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Lower Lashes Application

Similarly, for your lower lashes, nestle the Shield snugly along the lash line under your lashes.  For easiest application, hold the wand vertically as you apply mascara to your lash roots; then horizontally as you apply product out to the tip. 

Eliminate any mascara clumps by combing your lashes against the Shield with the mascara wand.  

Important:  Wipe the Flutterby Mascara Shield on a tissue between every use.  If not removed, wet mascara left on the shield could transfer to your skin 

Maintenance:  Wipe off with a tissue between every use to prevent mascara transfer.   After completing mascara application, wash with soap and water, dry, then put back in vinyl case.


Comments on the Flutterby Mascara Shield

In the interest of full disclosure, the Shield is my product.  I developed the product after I retired several years ago.

It was never my intention to become a product designer – you could say product design chose me!  The thing is, I waited all my adult working life for someone to design a product like this and it just never happened.  So finally, I designed my own.

I needed a product like the Shield because mascara application has always been a problem for me.  My eyelashes are very light colored; so light, in fact, that you really can’t see them unless I have mascara on.  For that reason, I have always needed to make certain to get mascara coverage from the root to tip.  Otherwise, you could see the color difference. 

Unfortunately, to get mascara up to the lash root, you will get some of the product on your eyelids.  Thus, I always had smudges on my upper eyelids that I had to clean up.  Compounding the problem is the fact that I also wear mascara on my lower lashes.  They are long, so I always had little smears under my lashes as well. 

These are not earth-shattering problems, but they are a pain to have to deal with.  Furthermore, it was such a waste of time.





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