Who doesn’t want dark, long lashes? And mascara is the easiest way to get those dreamy eyelashes, but clumpy mascara can make any look go from fab to drab. So why does mascara get clumpy? And what can you do about it?
There are several reasons why mascara can get clumpy. One culprit is applying too many coats of mascara without letting the earlier coat dry. Another reason could be having excess mascara on your wand – try to wipe the wand as you remove it. Incorrect technique and not prepping your eyelashes properly can cause your mascara to look clumpy.
If you find your mascara gets clumpy very often, there’s good news. With proper prepping and good technique, you can get thick, clump free mascara.
How Should You Prep Your Eyelashes For Mascara?
Remember to always remove your mascara before bed each night. Mascara remaining on your lashes will cause the new coat of mascara you apply in the morning to clump. Use a gentle eye makeup remover, such as micellar water, or waterproof remover if you use waterproof mascara, and then double cleanse with an effective cleanser to really remove all the mascara.
Dry, thin eyelashes mean clumpy mascara. So condition your eyelashes with eyelash conditioner overnight, or simply use baby oil or vaseline. Apply a small amount to clean lashes before bed for longer and stronger lashes. Conditioning nourishes your lashes and allows mascara to glide easily on the lashes.
Before you apply mascara, use an eyelash curler to curl your lashes. If your eyelashes stick down, heat your curler a little so your eyelashes can remain curled throughout the day.
Priming your eyelashes makes it easier to apply mascara and makes sure your mascara stays perfect all day. CoverGirl’s Lash Blast Amplify Eyelash Primer and Benefit’s They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer are two of cosmopolitan’s top eyelash primers. After you have applied the primer, let it dry for 20 seconds before moving on to mascara.
Now that your eyelashes are prepped for mascara, you need to apply mascara using the right technique to get beautiful thick and long lashes, with zero clumps.
How Can You Get Clump Free Mascara?
To avoid clumpy mascara, make sure your wand is clean. You can remove old mascara bits from the wand using a tissue. Once you dip the wand into the tube, use the edge of the tube to remove excess mascara from the wand.
When it comes to makeup dos and don’ts, no one is a bigger expert than makeup guru Wayne Goss. According to him, the secret to clump free mascara is to not apply any pressure and take your mascara from the root up to the tips of your lash. Do not apply mascara in a zigzag motion and do not go along the length of your eye with the wand.
Glamsquad’s Kelli J. Bartlett also has a clump free mascara technique that she calls bump and grind. You bump your mascara wand to your eyelash roots and try to separate the lashes from each other. Then roll the wand forward and keep grinding it back and forth till your mascara looks perfect.
Don’t overdo mascara. Too many coats of mascara can also give you clumpy eyelashes. So once your eyelashes are thick and long, stop applying any further coats.
Another reason why your mascara could be clumping is simply because it’s old. Mascaras should be thrown out every three months anyway, so if your mascara has been sitting in your makeup drawer for a while, it is probably time to head out to buy a new one.
Sometimes using the wrong formula for your eyelashes can also cause mascara to clump. If you notice a particular mascara clumping on your lashes often while others don’t, it’s probably just not for you.
So now you have all the tips and tricks to get beautiful, clump free eyelashes – you’re welcome.