Angle Eyeshadow with Qtips and win $50 to Sephora!

Soooo, guess who has the amazing opportunity to be a Q-Tips ambassador for a whole year?

Yup! Yours truly! In case you didn’t know, I take Q-Tips pretty seriously. So much so that I not only keep them stashed under my bathroom sink, but I also have have a nice little jar of them on my bathroom counter too.

My ambassadorship will consist of me bringing you creative posts on how us beauty guys and gals can use Q-Tips everyday. Today we’re going to touch on how using Q-Tips can help to angle eyeshadow and remove mistakes. Soooo, even though I’ve been wearing eyeshadow for a few years now, I still have the most unsteady hand in the world. How I end up with shadow all over my brow and around my hairline is beyond me. Exhibit A.

See the craziness that is this smokey eye? I’ve got eyeshadow ON my brow and under my eyes. In my defense…I still struggle with doing a smokey eye. And don’t even ask me how long it takes. Cleaning up, however, takes less than a minute with my handy dandy Q-Tips. I soap a Q-Tip up with a bit of makeup remover.

And gently sweep up to angle my eyeshadow a bit – you know…for more of a dramatic look. I also clean up under the eyes…

…aaaaand bam.

Oh wait. You didn’t look at my brows, did you? I’m growing them out and they look like two furry rugs on my face. Womp. Ah well. Can’t have it all, now can we? On a good note, I’m giving away a$50 gift card to!

Here’s how you can win:


Sounds easy enough, uh? This is my first time using Rafflecopter so if you run into problems, don’t hesitate to email me at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara. Good luuuuuck!

This is a sponsored post. Q-tips® product was  provided by Unilever, the makers of Q-tips®; my tips and usage suggestions are my own.




  • Rachelle

    I have been using Q Tips for years to clean up eyeshadow mess. I also use them to clean around the edges when I polish my nails. I don’t have a very steady hand. 😉

    • Celine

      I always use Q Tips for if I need a clean up when I paint my nails, it’s great for that.

    • Tricia

      Q-Tips are awesome for all kinds of make-up clean up, esp fixing mascara mistakes. I’ve blinked too soon and got a glob under my eye. Also awesome for nail polish removal.

    • Angela

      I am a lefty and for some reason I am also a little uncoordinated when it comes to makeup application. I use Q-tips to aid in putting on my concealer and cleaning up around my eyes.

  • Chanelle

    I am a q-tip queen! I use them EVERY time I put on makeup (because I always manage to get mascara everywhere), and bring them on every trip.

  • I was born and raised on Q Tips. An empty 500 pack of q tips is a travesty in my house

  • I’ve been using q-tips since I was a little girl, especially for my ear cleaning.

  • Maria

    I use Q-tips on a daily basis, specially with the kids. It’s great to touch up nail polish, makeup, clean jewelry. Q-tips work for everything, I have them in the bathroom & the beddroom.

  • Jenny

    I use q-tips all the time with makeup remover to get gel liner off my lash line…love!

  • mzinspiredmind

    I just told my cousin about that q-tip trick last weekend. She was amazed! (She’s a makeup beginner). I wanna win that gift card!!! :)

  • I love Q-tips & I love Sephora!

  • leslie

    i also agree Q-tips are the best things for makeup…

  • Jade

    Q-tips should be in every make-up kit. They’re great multi-taskers. I use it to clean up eye make-up like yours, but I also tip it in nail polish remover to clean up any polishes around the edge of the nails.

  • I love Q-Tips! We keep them in a lovely jar too.

    Hugs and Mocha,

  • Great tip! I always get fallout under the eye when attempting the smokey eye!

  • Thank you for this amazing giveaway. I use q-tips the same way and I always have them when I do makeup gigs. A must have indeed!

  • Aj

    I LOVE Q-TIPS!!!!! Don’t know what I’d do without them. Got another brand before and they sucked.

  • I carry a small box of them in my purse and buy them in bulk at Costco. I freak out if I am traveling and cannot find one!

  • I use Q-tips for manicure clean up and also for eyeshadow application at times. I will definitely try the eyeshadow clean up trick!

  • What an awesome giveaway! Congratulations on being a Q-Tip Ambassador. I use them almost daily to clean up my makeup mistakes.

  • Congratulations on the ambassadorship! I love the tip, I have hooded lids, and it takes me ages to blend my shadow and liner so that I have a defined look!

    XX Mrs WASP

  • I have like types of Q-tips size, I use them all the time for makeup and thing around the house!

  • LaToya

    I have a drawer full of them and use them everyday for makeup.

  • great tip

  • I need!!! I love q-tips btw ! lol

  • qtips forever! They’ve saved my heavy cat eye liner :)

    Alice in Nappyland

  • Norine Campbell

    I too keep a jar of them on my counter and they are the best at correcting make up mistakes.

  • Tiff

    I feel you. Q-Tips are a life saver!

  • Shavonda

    Q-Tips are the one beauty item that can we can NEVER be without it my house. Im really obsessed with clean ears so I go through them extremely quickly. I rarely use them to clean up makeup mistakes, though I do use them after I clean my eye makeup to get that black stuff that always gets left behind in the waterline. Yay for Sephora gift cards!

  • I keep a jar of Q-Tips on my bathroom counter too! I use them all the time to fix my makeup and my hubby uses them every day too (although it’s not to fix his makeup…lol)!

  • emily

    I love q-tips too! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  • Tiffany

    I also use Q-tips to clean up eyeshadow fallout. Works beautifully!

  • Melonie

    I use Q-Tips for under my eye mishaps!! LOL!

  • MsFarrah27

    I enjoy using q-tips for various issues that arise! Thanks for the post Brittany, it reminds me I need to go re stock on them.

  • I love Q tips especially the ones with the pointed ends

  • Cosmolude

    I use Q-tips to clean up my eyeshadow and to clean my cuticles (and wherever else) after I’ve polished my nails. I keep them in the same container by my makeup brushes.

  • Brittany L.

    I’ve never used q-tips to clean up eyeshadow, but I do always need them to clean up nail polish mistakes. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to try some Sephora products.

  • Lisa

    I always use q-tips especially when I’m applying liquid eyeliner…which I’m horrible at!

  • Anjali

    I use them for my eyeshadow and eyeliner –I’m still a newbie and they help me fix up my mistakes! :)

  • Tamra

    I do love Q-Tips. They are the absolute best way to remove nail polish. Dip the Q-Tip in the nail polish remover bottle. No more spilling!

  • Cinnie

    I literally could not live without Qtips, the actual brand. I’ve tried drugstore brands, other name brands, and they all suck the big one. Qtip brand are the only ones that don’t have cheap bendy sticks, or poorly-spooled cotton that comes away as you use it and leaves fuzz on my eyelashes, in my ears, etc.

  • Sasha

    Q-tips are the best. They helped when I first began using make up. Great for smudging eyeliner!

  • i know ur not supposed to but i love the feeling of a q-tip in my ear. i forget about other uses

  • nelle

    Love Q-tips, I use them to clean up the hair daye around my edges and sometimes on my scalp. I’m abit messy, lol.

  • I have them but never use them. I never thought to use it for clean up. I always end up with eyeshadow dust on my cheeks.

  • Valerie

    I’m kind of lazy when it comes to makeup cleanup so I usually just use whatever cloth or whatnot is within reach. But I do use Q-tips frequently for nail cleanup. They work great!

  • Krissy H

    I absolutely love Q-Tips! They are such an important part of my beauty routine!

  • Becky

    Q-tips are the best. They are Great for smudging eyeliner!

  • Stacy

    Wow, and I’ve been putting tape on my face whenever I wanted that crisp line. Never even thought to use a q-tip. Hmmmmph, who knew. LOL!!!!

  • Anna

    Great lookin’ smokey eye, dahling! And yay for the help of q tips 😀

  • Stefani

    I love Q-tips! I have tried going with store brands in the past, but nothing works nearly as well! I’ve now got my fiance using them too. An awesome multi-use product!

  • Wynell

    I love q-tips there are the best for removing my eyeliner.

  • Qtips are one of the best inventions EVER! There are so many uses for those little sticks of cotton.

  • Joseph

    I LOVE Q-TIPS !!! 😀 I use them for cleaning my computer on the inside:)

    • Joseph

      Question!:) Can I enter this contest considering I am a guy :)??

      • Brittany

        Um, yessss! Of course you can!

        • Joseph

          Thanks B you rock !

  • I definitely understand the clean up necessary after eye shadow application. Love qtips for that. Love your blog too!

  • I absolutely love Q-Tips for removing eyeliner under my lower lid!

  • Ashley

    I usually just use them to clean my ears but I so need to start using them to remove make up. I always make atleast 1 mistake, lol.

  • Angela

    I would love to win!

  • I love qtips for removing my liner. i just dip it in makeup remover and it removes my liner wonderfully ^_^

  • TraciB

    Q-Tips are a MUST whenever I apply eyeliner on my LEFT eye. It normaly takes two attempts to get it to match the right.

  • TiffanyJ

    I use Q tips the same way that you demonstrated as a clean up mechanism for makeup. Another way I utilize them is when I have completed painting my toes and I need to do a little clean up around the nail, a Qtip is a great way to do it. Its just the right size. Dip them in policy remover and go around the sides! Perfecto!

  • Toya

    I’m a Qtip lover for sure. I rely on them heavily to remove the mess I make putting on eyeliner. I’m still not a pro at this. Essential part of my beauty routine

  • Definitely LOVE q-tips. They are a makeup artist/makeup fiend essential! :)

  • Giselle E

    for some reason i thought i was the only one who did this haha

  • Cristine

    I love QTIPS! I use them to clean up my nails after I do them and for other random make up things :)

  • Katie Coral Breeden

    Total congrats on becoming ambassador! That’s awesome!

  • What kind of eye makeup remover is that?

    • Brittany

      Lancome’s B-Facil. It’s my fav!

  • Elle

    I use qtips for my eye clean up as well! VERY handy!

  • Sherry B.

    I use Q-Tips for all sorts of things, especially things concerning makeup, but, Brittany, I have a very special tip for any of your older readers (of which I am definitely one!). Actually, it will work well for anyone who might happen to have outer-corner eye lines! As I grew older, I developed the dreaded crow’s-feet and, later still, wrinkles and folds in my mobile lids. This was devastating to me as I was always know for my perfect shadow blending and super-sharp cat-eye liner. Suddenly, it seemed that the lines I was making were no longer straight, just messy! This was because of the “skipping” over the folds of the wrinkles. I would draw the lines on straight and smooth, but when I opened my eyes in a normal, direct fashion, those same lines would have areas that sank into the wrinkles resulting in horrid, jagged lines! I learned that by using Q-tips lightly, much as you did in the third photo, I could get my lines smoothed back into shape, effectively making the crow’s-feet disappear, unless one looked extremely closely. Sorry about the novel here, but this is just a little heads-up for when your readers get a little older like myself.

    • Brittany

      Thanks so much for your advice!

  • IAMerikaellis

    When I travel I use Q-tips instead of packing makeup brushes!

  • I love and use Q-Tips for EVERYTHING. I buy them in bulk and then break them down into little baggies to keep in my car, purse, laptop bag so that I am never caught without them! LOL

  • Jaime

    I love q-tips! I always get stuff in my eye and they work great to get it out

  • Ces

    I’m definitely a Q-Tips lover! I use it everyday for myself and my daughter. We have a stock of Q-TIps here.

  • Jessica

    I’ve got monolids, so Qtips are always handy when cleaning up eyeliner that transfers to my under eye area when I blink too soon.

  • Michelle

    I use Q-tips everyday to remove excess makeup around my eyes, after I wash my face in the evenings.

  • Grace

    I love using q tips for nail polish! and especially for cleaning up any mascara on my eyelids. :)

  • when I get little dots of mascara on my eyeshadow, i wait for it to dry then take a dry qtip and gently brush it away and it leaves my mascara in tact.

  • Kristi

    Love my Q-tips! No, the house brand will not do – it MUST be Q-tips!

  • lesleyk

    Great tip! I tend to smear eye makeup everywhere when I try a smokey eye, and I love the angled look. What’s your go-to remover?

    • Brittany

      Lancome Bi-Facil is KING!

  • Carolyn

    It never occurred to me to use a q-tip for eyeshadow mistakes. Thanks for the tip!

  • Jennifer Ryder

    Count me in with the Q-Tip lovers. They’re great for cleaning up makeup oopses. When my son was an infant I used to rub one on his forehead and it would help him go to sleep.

  • Q-tips are my hero 😛

  • I love Q-tips to clean up my eyeshadow and to remove my eyeliner. With a little baby oil or make up remover Q-tips help to makeup look flawless. =]

  • aubreylaine

    I love q tips! i use them for so many things
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  • I’ve never actually thought of angling eyeshadow using q-tips, but it’s a great idea! I’ve used them in the past to clean up fall out. They’re so great to have laying around just in case. :)

  • I’m also a fan of the q-tip dipped in a little make-up remover for smokey-eye fallout. No matter how often I do it, I end up with eyeshadow all over the place. I mean, diffused is part of what we’re going for, but really, it doesn’t need to be on the bridge of my nose!

  • Q-tips are a bathroom staple for me, from correcting makeup mistakes to cleaning my sink and my ears (I know, I know)…in fact, I needcto replenish my supply now!

  • Kathleen Martinez

    I use them to fix my unsteady eyeliner

  • Cassidey

    I love q-tips and use them all the time to remove mascara smudges. I also use them sometimes to apply eyeshadow.

  • Grew up on Q-tips. Kinda offended that they use to be my least expensive beauty need. Now they are up to $4.
    But I still have to buy them.

  • Solangel

    Gosh, q-tips are used for EVERYTHING in my bathroom! My favorite is to clean up lipstick, leaving a perfectly drawn pout :3

  • Dimitrea

    I love qtips for cleaning up my mascara mistakes. Also great for fixing my horrible nail polish skills.

  • I need Q-Tips in order to do my nails– or more accurately, to clean up all my mistakes from doing my nails! Otherwise it looks like I just dipped my fingers in the bottle. Also, I love the ones with the little cone tips!

  • Enjoli

    I use Qtips too. It seems I buy a lot of them because people are always taking mine. Even my kids take them too to do lord knows what!

  • my best qtip use is for my mascara mistakes. qtips are just the right size to clear up my smeared mascara when i’m rapidly rushing to get done with my makeup. qtips = lifesavers!

  • Din

    Yes I am! I literally have Q-tips everywhere in my room and in all of my purses/bags.

  • Barbara

    don’t really use q tips often, but I’m thinking about buying some for your makeup tips 😀

  • Mackenzie

    Yay, I love Q-tips :)

  • Deanna G.

    I don’t really use Q-Tips.

  • I love Q-Tips!!! I use them for everything, including cleaning up my makeup as well. The terrible thing I use them for is for the itches in my ears- eek!

  • Alison

    I use q-tips all the time for makeup-related purposes. Here’s one of my favorite q-tip tips (haha): If you accidentally get mascara on your face or eyelid, wait a minute for it to dry, then gently brush it away with a q-tip. The mascara will come right off of your skin, and the rest of your makeup will be unharmed.

  • Megan

    I always use q-tips to clean up my makeup messes.

  • lax3

    I use qtips to clean up mascara smudges ! :)

  • Liz

    I use them every day! They’re great for cleanup but also for applying liquids precisely (I’m thinkng about stuff like drying lotion here).

  • Kesh

    Using q-tips is a great way to clean up fallout!

  • MelodyJ

    I use Qtips to remove nail polish from the sides of my finger nails.


  • Tara

    I use Q-tips for so many things – acne spot treatment (us it instead of my fingers to apply product); to clean up mascara and eyeliner that may have smudged under my eye; clean up nailpolish messes; etc, etc … couldn’t live without them!!

  • Jacquelyn

    i seriously love q-tips! i buy them from surplus stores so i can stock up! i use them everyday for my eye makeup, cleaning my ears and cleaning makeup off of my glasses!

  • i always use q-tips to clean up my eyeliner messes.

  • Jasmine M.

    I LOVE Q-TIPS! They’re a must for any makeup wearer, but they are also very useful for arts & crafts, among a million other things. I work at Target so I buy the travel sized ones & I keep them everywhere! In my purse, car, mom’s car, work locker, and in my work apron. I might just have an addiction, lol.

  • Q-tips are a MUST for any makeup lover like myself so easy for clean up or if you mess up during your makeup applictaion :)

  • Jasmine

    I actually don’t own any Q-Tips…but this is a great idea. I get a ton of make-up mistakes.

  • Briana

    I loveeee q-tips for cleaning up after a mani pedi.

  • Elena

    I couldn’t live without them. I use them to apply and remove my eye makeup everyday~no joke…:)

  • Jacqueline

    This is so cool… I product we use everyday. You can use any imitation you want, but nothing beats a real Q-Tip!

  • Paulina

    Who doesn’t like q-tips? I use them if I mess up on my mascara. It’s an everyday need since i’m very clumsy.

  • Shannon

    q-tips rock! I use them mainly for cleaning up my fingers when I polish my nails and toenails.

  • I seriously cannot live without Q-Tips. I freak out if they’re not near me. I use them for everything. I have a stash in my vanity, in my bathroom, in my makeup kit, in my purse… honestly. Gotta have them.

  • LilyN

    I use Q-tips for cleaning up makeup mistakes and to apply vaseline on my lips.

  • Carmen

    I love q-tips for cleaning up the under eyes as well!

  • Jade C.

    I love Q-tips. I use it every night to remove my makeup and everyday to clean up my angled eyeliner.

  • Tess

    I always use q-tips whenever I can with makeup. They’re so handy and always around.

  • Karol

    I use q-tips to clean up the mascara that gets on my lids!

  • Carolsue

    I use and love Q-Tips — they are handy for so many things! But I REALLY REALLY love Sephora!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  • 75Nikkinik

    I always use Q-tips for everything from cleaning electronics to aiding in my makeup routine and cleaing my ears :)

  • Yes! Q-tips are infinitely handy. I’ve used them several times just today.

  • skarvika

    when i go to the makeup counters, there sometimes isnt any disposable wands to try lipglosses with, so i ALWAYS have some q-tips with me when i go shopping 😀

  • Lisa

    I use Q-tips to apply cream or ointment…when I only need it on a small area not the whole face.

    I can’t use Q-tips around my eyes because little strings of cotton get caught on my lashes and sometimes get in my eye and they’re hard to see and hard to remove.

    B, if you’ve got some pull with Q-tip, please ask them to make a version less prone to strays.

  • I’m messy with the mascara so I keep Q-Tips in my cosmetics chest to clean up my lids after the melee! …and to apply my homemade lip exfoliant….and shape up my lipstick…and to even out my winged eyeliner!

  • JenJen S

    I love q-tips! I use them for everything – makeup, nail polish, cleaning, they really are a great multitasker! =)

  • Beautylicionista

    Q-tips are my “can’t live without” beauty tool!!!

  • carissa mosley

    I love q tis. They are a staple in my makeup kit.

  • I love q tips! Especially to smudge out my eyeliner

  • suzanne

    Who doesn’t love Q-Tips? I use them everyday!!

  • Amy

    I wouldn’t know what I would do without q-tips haha. I pretty much use them *every* single day.

  • Kelly

    Just last night I used q-tips to clean the keyboard of my husband’s (so cool to say that!) laptop. Later that night I used qtips to clean up some eye make up fallout. LOVE MY QTIPS!!

  • I haven’t used qtips too much, but they seem very useful and it’s never too late to start!

  • c0c0puffz

    I use q tips to clean up around my nails, and make-up mistakes.

  • Carolyn N.

    Love Q-tips! So useful! From everything like fixing the eye makeup and doing my nails!

  • Rachel

    I love q-tips. they are so handy and useful!

  • I don’t remember a time when I didn’t use Q-Tips. BTW, Congratulations on your recent marriage.

  • Zi Yang

    i NEED q tips because i’m always getting mascara on my eyelid

  • Katie

    I use Q-tips to also clean up my eyeshadows but also when I am mixing my foundations, I take off the cotton part from the Q-Tip and use the stick to mix my foundations. :)

  • Olivia

    I used Q-tips last night remove my nail polish around the edges of my nails! haha :)

  • Angela

    I love using Q-tips to aid in applying concealer and cleaning up around my eyes since I have a habit of letting the mascara wand hit my face. LOL

  • Marisol Munoz

    It’s hard to stay in the lines when painting my nails or applying make-up! I use q-tips all the time for cleaning up my nails and face.

  • I love using Q-tips, but I’m so bad at keeping them in my bathroom since they’re always in the other bathroom in the house… I think I might have to start hoarding them. xD

  • I love qtips! So multi functional!

  • A’Laura

    I love Q-tips, such a very very handy tool. :)

  • Life just ain’t right if Q-Tips are not in the medicine cabinet! My beauty tip for Q-tips is that they are excellent for stubborn mascara and eyeliner removal dipped in a bit of olive oil.

  • Tara

    I use these guys all the time xD where would i be without Q-tips?

  • i love q-tips! i use them for cleaning up eyeshadow all the time :]

  • Joellen

    I use Q tips a lot for smudging eyeliner. Its great for anyone who doesn’t have make-up brushes and its cheap :)

  • Adrianna

    I love Q tips! So cottony! So handy!

  • angie

    I loveeee q-tips <

  • Danyell

    I use them for my nails. I don’t wear eyeliner any more.

  • Brooke

    I love q-tips! They are great to clean nail polish

  • I love Q-tips! I’ve always used them since I was a kid and I can’t see myself without using them! :) They’re so awesome for cleaning under the eye stuff. :]

  • I love q-tips! They are useful for cleaning :)

  • Trina

    ive been using q-tips since i was little! it is a great tool to clean makeup or even apply it!

  • Alicia D

    I use Q-tips for everything from cleaning makeup to cleaning my nails.

  • Sara

    Q-tips! They are one of the most important make-up tools you can have! From perfecting your fresh manicure, to touching up your make-up for a girls night out, you have gotta love Q-tips!

  • Melissa

    I also use q-tips to clean up my eye makeup! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  • Nikki

    I love Q-tips! I use them for almost everything… They’re the best and most handle beauty tool out there!

  • T.R.

    I love Q-tips. They are very much part of my beauty routine. I use them all the time to clean up accidents or messes on my face. :O) I like that now they have cute little designer boxes. I get those from Target.

  • i love using q-tips for my nails and from cleaning up my eyeshadow they’re very handy! :)

  • Danae

    I love qtips!, they always come in handy!


  • Jessica

    I never used to use Q-Tips but now that I am so much more into makeup, I find myself using them all the time! They are great for fixing any little mistakes that I make 😀

  • Andrea

    I use Q-tips to clean nail polish & it’s grrrreat!!! :)

  • Everything I do with Q-tips have already been mentioned but I’ve grabbed a few NEW things to use them for – excellent!!!
    Yay for Q-tips!!!!!!!!!

  • Mel

    I love Q-Tips I use them a lot because I always mess up my makeup or eyeliner so it helps me get off the excess.

  • I am never without q-tips in my house! Not only for beauty, but for about 500 little kid/baby uses. LOVE ‘EM!

  • Lisa

    LOVE me some Q-tips. They are a great clean up tool not only makeup related, but random cleaning. TELL ME you have never used a q-tip to clean those annoying crevices in your car.

    Grats on all the recent changes B, both personal and site-related. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

    • Brittany


  • Kimberley

    Q-tips are so important. I love it!

  • Shami

    I didn’t even know that you could do all this cool makeup stuff with QTips!.

    Thanks so much for the videos and educative blogposts.

  • Emily

    I love using Q-Tips to clean up eye makeup. No matter what products I use I seem to always leave a bit of a mess under my eyes.

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