We debunk the science behind this weird (and annoying) habit.
How many times have you been applying your mascara only to feel that little tickle in your nose? Layers of mascara get smudged everywhere as you close your eyes to sneeze. Hello panda eyes.
It turns out our favourite must-have make-up item triggers nerve fibres at the base of the eyelash called the trigeminal and ophthalmic nerves.
Self interviewed Dr Thau, the president of the American Optometric Association, who said these nerves are in charge of sensation and other facial functions such as smiling and sneezing.
“Depending on the sensitivity of the lid (and the trigeminal nerve), some sensation there can trigger a sneeze, and a sneeze reflex can tell the body to contract muscles—including the eyelids.”
Essentially, just as you jimmy your mascara wand against the lash line in hopes of the ‘false lash effect’ your brain is sending signals down to ruin all your hard work. Great.
So what can you do to avoid looking like you came off a horror movie set?
Avoiding the nerves right at the lash line, or going softly when it comes to the root of the lash can help prevent the reaction from triggering.
Focusing more on enhancing the lash hair will make you much less likely to be facing the ‘unexpected sneeze’ scenario.
September 7, 201612:34pm