Mascara – such a seemingly straightforward eye makeup product but still so difficult to master. If you have been personally victimized by clumpy, spidery lashes, we are here to tell you that you are not alone. Read on to learn how to apply mascara perfectly and some mascara tips and hacks to avoid mascara clumping!
• What causes mascara clumping in the first place?
Everything seems to be going well, your eyeshadow looks flawless, you got the perfect winged eyeliner glam going on, and you are on the final step of your eye makeup – the mascara! You sweep a generous amount of the product on your lashes, hoping to get dramatic and voluminous lashes but instead you come face to face with the dreaded spidery lashes! Here are some common reasons why your mascara clumps –
1. You picked up too much product on your wand and now the wand’s bristles are coated in a thick, goopy layer of mascara.
2. You love layering your mascara and went a tad bit overboard with too many coats.
3. You never clean your mascara wand before using it on your eyelashes.
4. You are applying the product in one single sweeping motion.
5. You are going too heavy with the mascara at the tip of your eyelashes.
6. Your mascara is way past its expiration date.
• What can you do to avoid mascara clumping?
1. Pick the right no clump mascara that gives you denser lashes without the clumps – Not all mascaras are made alike. To achieve the look of wispy lashes, you need to use a non-clumping mascara that gives you the volume without making your lashes stick together. For example, the Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Waterproof Mascara adds dramatic volume to your lashes without any flaking or clumping, making it one of the best non-clumping mascara for your eyelashes. And if that’s not all, the Waterproof Colossal Mascara does not budge for up to 12 hours, making it perfect for the humid Indian climate. To try other non-clumping and non-flaking mascaras by Maybelline from the comfort of you own home, head over to the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool. This virtual makeover tool allows you to test different eye, face, and lip makeup products with zero commitment.
2. A simple trick to avoid spidery lashes is to use the tip of your mascara wand when coating the top of your lashes. Hold the mascara wand horizontally when coating the base of your lashes to add more volume, but as you reach the top of your lashes, turn the mascara wand vertically to get a more precise application and a clump-free look. Focusing the bulk of your mascara at the base instead of the tip gives you the most natural-looking feathery lashes.
3. Repeatedly pumping your mascara wand in and out of the tube to collect more product on the brush is guaranteed to give you some of the craziest looking clumpy lashes. The back and forth pumping action pushes more air into the tube, drying out the product, which then results in the mascara clumping on your lashes. Instead, gently twirl the wand inside the tube to pick up product, pull out in one clean motion, wipe the excess product on the mouth of the tube, and then apply the mascara.
4. Even if you are a fan of layering mascaras to achieve long, thick, and curled lashes, limit your application to two or three coats at the most. Any more than that will cause the product to build up and will definitely give you spidery lashes.
5. Instead of sweeping the mascara wand in one straight line from root to tip, wiggle it back and forth at the base and move upwards in a zigzag motion. This helps to distribute the product evenly through your lashes without coating each individual lash with excess product.
6. While you should not wait for the mascara to completely dry before going in with the second layer, we recommend waiting at least 30 seconds to give the first coat some breathing room. Layering the mascara when it is still completely wet will fuse your lashes together and cause them to look clumpy and messy.
7. Mascaras, especially waterproof mascaras, are difficult to remove at the end of the day. But leaving the product on you lashes overnight will make it difficult for new mascara to go on smoothly when you do your makeup the next day. Spend some extra time on your eyelashes when you remove your makeup at night. Use oil or any oil-based makeup remover on a cotton pad and hold it over your eyes for 15 to 20 seconds till the product melts away. Then go in with a gentle facial cleanser to wash away your eye and face makeup.
Now that you know the Dos and Don’ts of mascara application to avoid mascara clumping, learn how to apply mascara perfectly by reading our step by step mascara application guide.