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Mascara Application Tips: How to avoid Clumps when applying Mascara

Updated on November 11, 2014

We all like to plump up our lashes with a few coats of mascara. After all, long, angelic lashes are every girl’s desire. They add mesmerizing charm to your eyes and a touch of innocence to your face. However, in our tireless endeavours to thicken and lengthen our lashes, we often go overboard and end up with clumpy, garden-spider like lashes eyelashes that look quite ugly. Where exactly are we going wrong in our mascara application routines?

Here are a couple of things you should and should not do when applying mascara. Stick to these thumb rules and you’re pretty lashes will never be plagued with the problem of clumps!

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Image courtesy: contentedbaby

Wipe off excess mascara before applying:

We often think that we need to apply a lot of mascara to add volume to our lashes and so load the mascara wand with product. This is one of the biggest causes of clumping. Your brush should not be dripping with mascara and should hold just as much product as required for a single coat. Wipe off excess mascara with a paper towel before moving the wand through your lashes.

Don’t apply too many coats:

If you think applying many coats of mascara will help you quickly achieve luscious lashes, you’re wrong. Over applying mascara will lead to product build up and this in turn will lead to clumping. 2-3 coats of mascara are all you need to get voluminous, beautiful lashes.

Use a lash groomer to separate eyelashes:

Sometimes our lashes get stuck together because of matter or other eye discharges. If your lashes are already clumped tightly together, even the mascara wand might not succeed in separating them. Hence, make it a practice to wash your eyes before applying mascara, wipe them and then run a lash groomer through your eye lashes to separate them.

Never use mascara that has expired:

Mascara has the shortest lifespan among makeup products. Mascara that has expired tends to get pasty and will surely get clumpy on your lashes if used. So, make sure that you only use mascara that has a decently fluid consistency and don’t forget to replace the tube after three months, or if it starts emitting a foul smell.

Store mascara with care:

Although this doesn’t directly deal with the application of mascara, storing mascara properly is important if you want to extend its shelf life and prevent it from getting clumpy inside the tube. Always store mascara in a cool place like the refrigerator for heat causes it to age quickly. Also, close the tube tightly after use as this will prevent the product from drying up.

Apart from these dos and don’ts it’s extremely important that you use good quality mascara. Organic mascaras are safe for your eyes and also do a great job of plumping up your lashes. The Body Shop offers non-clumping, volume-boosting mascaras that give you desirous lashes in seconds! Check out mascaras and other organic eye makeup products at The Body Shop.


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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most helpful and should be considered when applying mascara. Sometimes it can be messy.