Here what will be a natural way to describe this:

You have smudged your mascara by crying.

You have smeared your mascara by crying.

And what if it was done on purpose, what will be ised in that case? (Hand was used) And what if someone tries to wipe off the tears and smudges it?

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And what about glasses :

You have smeared the lenses.

Yoy have smudged the lenses.

(They are blurry now)


For many purposes, "smear": and "smudge" have pretty much the same meaning. When it is done intentionally with makeup, I would use "smudge". When is is done intentionally by a a painter using oil pain, I would use "smear". When refering to a situation like that in the image, I would use "run" rather than either "smear" or "smudge:

Your tears have caused your mascara to run.

For glasses I would prefer "smudge", but I have heard "smear" used. Both "smear" and "smudge" suggest a wiping motion to me, rather than the running of a dissolved or suspended substance.

  • And when it doesn't run, as in the image, like it just spreads, what will be a natural way to describe that? – It's about English Jun 16 '19 at 14:03
  • @It's that could certainly be described as a "smear", or possibly as a "smudge". or the makeup could be said to be "messed-up". – David Siegel Jun 16 '19 at 14:07
  • And what will be a natural way to describe the "unintended action with hands"? – It's about English Jun 16 '19 at 14:21

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