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It doesn’t matter if you’re a volume kind of gal or your biggest beauty wish is to obtain mile-long length — we all despise clumpy eyelashes just the same. When applying mascara, no matter what formula you choose, the goal is always to accentuate your lashes and make them stand out — and stand apart from each other. It’s perfectly separated eyelashes that make us stop and stare (and then promptly question how?). If your mascara skills seem mediocre and your eyelashes are forever sticking together, we tapped Shawn Towne, Jane Iredale Global Makeup Artist, to find out how we can master this lofty makeup goal, once and for all.  

 

The Best Technique for Getting Separated Eyelashes When Applying Mascara

As it turns out, the reason behind your clumpy lashes may not even be your application method but rather your product — and we’re not talking about the formula. “So much of our mascara clumping comes from the excess product that gathers and dries on the original spoolie or brush that came with the mascara,” says Towne. The old, dried mascara that is stuck to the brush then becomes stuck to your lashes, coating them in clumpy product. “Make sure that your brush is cleaned regularly or use a secondary brush to comb through them once you’ve applied the product.” To do this, Towne recommends using the Jane Iredale Deluxe Spoolie Brush.

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The Biggest Mascara Mistake You’re Making

In addition to having excess product on your brush, Towne says one of the biggest lash mistakes people make is applying the product in globs rather than taking their time with it.  “Make sure that you are applying a fresh mascara in thin layers,” he says.  


Use a Lash Primer to Smooth, Separated Lashes

In addition to finding a mascara formula that’s right for you, Towne stresses the importance of using a lash conditioner and primer. When applying an eyelash primer before mascara, he recommends the following: “Start at the base of the lashes and rock the spoolie back and forth on the underside while lifting upward. Comb through them several times, even after the lashes are visibly coated.” Then, use the same method to apply your mascara. We love the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara Primer.

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