Beauty Q&A: How Do You Apply Mascara Without Clumping?

September 14, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
Beauty Q&A: How Do You Apply Mascara Without Clumping?

There are always going to be polarizing makeup trends, and clumpy mascara is a prime example. Some runway makeup artists, beauty lovers and vloggers alike prefer the thicker, clumpier effect, while others prefer perfectly separated lashes. If you happen to fall into the latter category, we feel you — and so does Lancôme Beauty Advisor Marwah Khamas. But first, let’s take a look at why these mascara clumps might form to begin with. Then, we’ll get into how to apply the best mascaras to avoid clumps at all costs.

Why Does Mascara Clump?

There are a few reasons why your mascara might be clumpier than normal. Sometimes, it’s due to applying too many coats too quickly. Other times, your wand might be overloaded (and in need of some cleaning), or your lashes might not be prepped for mascara. Clumping can even be caused by the incorrect formula (i.e., your mascara is intended for lengthening as opposed to volumizing). Ahead, check out Khamas’ three tips and tricks to prevent clumpy, dried-out mascara all together.

Mascara Tip #1: Less is More

Khamas’ first tip is a logical one: Less is more when it comes to applying mascara. “Don’t apply too much product on the lash starting off,” she says. “And definitely using a good lash primer is a plus to avoid clumping.” A primer like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Boosting Conditioning Primer is perfect for this.
loreal paris voluminous primer mascara

Mascara Tip #2: Save Your Old Mascara

A little tip Khamas swears by is to always keep an old mascara tube or spoolie in your bag. “I usually keep an old mascara in my purse and comb my lashes when I notice them getting clumpy throughout the day,” she notes. A dry brush does a great job of separating any stuck-together lashes.

Mascara Tip #3: Look for Slim Wands

“Always look for slimmer brush and not a fat big brush,” Khamas says. The L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Lengthening Mascara does an excellent job at keeping your mascara separated lash by lash to kiss that clumpy finish goodbye. We also love the unique, angled brush of Urban Decay Lash Freak for a clump-free finish.
urban decay lash freak, loreal paris telscopic mascara
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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