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The Secret’s Out: Why We Open Our Mouths When Applying Mascara

Ever wondered why, despite trying so hard, you tend to always open your mouth while applying mascara?

This little gesture we do always seem to amuse others (read: men), and today, I shall reveal the secret to why we women do the crazy things we do (well, one of them…!)

The thing is, some of the neves that open the eyelids are connected to the mouth, thus making it (literally!) second nature for to open our mouths when lifting our eyelids as high as we do when applying mascara. And before you think this is women exclusive (as a male friend says, “only women do this type of craziness”, that jerk!), it most definitely isn’t. Ask any man, as a test, to apply mascara and he will do exactly the same.

So, the mystery has been solved! Any thoughts? ;)

{ 20 comments… add one }

  • Laura January 18, 2011, 4:53 am

    Hahahaha, finally, thank you for clearing this up! :D

    • Renee January 18, 2011, 5:51 pm

      You’re welcome! It needed to be cleared up I think, haha :-P

  • Silva January 18, 2011, 5:29 am

    Nice to know why I do this :) Though I think it’s gonna be hard to convince my guy friends to apply mascara XD

    • Renee January 18, 2011, 5:51 pm

      Do it to them secretly LOL. I used to do that :-P

  • Jenn | Chasing Louboutin January 18, 2011, 9:03 am

    Ha!! I’m so making my husband do this! He’s always making fun of me when I put my mascara on.

    • Renee January 18, 2011, 5:52 pm

      Haha you HAVE to do it! And then call him out on it haha! Let me know how it goes :-P

  • Cypriotchick January 18, 2011, 11:51 am

    i actually don’t open my mouth when i apply mascara :) but this was nice to know anyway :D

    • Renee January 18, 2011, 5:53 pm

      Haha awesome! You’re the rare one that looks normal when applying mascara haha

  • angel January 18, 2011, 11:18 pm

    In consequence, if one opens their mouth, the less they blink! Which comes in handy with the mascara application. :)

    • Renee January 19, 2011, 4:43 pm

      Oh yeah? Haha, that is indeed very handy :D

  • Dip January 19, 2011, 1:06 am

    AHHH that makes sense. at least we don’t start drooling, haha!

    • Renee January 19, 2011, 4:44 pm

      True… drooling isn’t pretty! ;) (Bwahah sorry, lame I know, but I had too :-P)

  • kich January 20, 2011, 11:56 am

    lol… never noticed that (: Now you’ve made me self-concious! I now always think about closing my mouth haha lol (:

    • Renee January 21, 2011, 12:44 am

      I’m sorry! Haha… but it’s natural, don’t be self concious :-P

  • Chloe January 22, 2011, 9:29 am

    I don’t open my mouth when applying mascara either:L but then again i rarely wear mascara:):L

  • soph January 22, 2011, 10:11 am

    I asked my boyfriend to do it yesterday.. AND HE DIDNT OPEN HIS MOUTH? i tried again and looked like a fish as usual

    • Renee January 22, 2011, 5:27 pm

      Hahahah aww! He’s just one of the special ones, I guess :-P

  • Ashley January 24, 2011, 1:03 am

    I think it has more to do with whether you stretch your head out quite a bit when applying mascara, which I tend to do in order for my lashes to not be touching my eyelid while applying it. And even without using mascara, as soon as I lift my head up in a motion like that, my mouth opens up a bit, and I can feel the skin under my neck stretch – so maybe it’s the skin stretching out that causes the bottom lip to pull open.

  • rOxy July 1, 2011, 3:44 pm

    This is funny Renee!

    I thought it’s because it makes you eye open wider. But lately I noticed I have been doing it unconsciously and not because of the stretch.

    This blog reminds me that I have heard that nerve connection and I totally forgot it.

    I love that suggestion! I’ll ask my man to do it! nyahahaha!

  • anshu January 24, 2014, 7:57 am

    i guess men would open their mouth while putting on contact lenses.

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