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

May 04, 2022
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Person applying mascara on purple background
There are always going to be polarizing makeup trends, and clumpy mascara is a prime example. Some runway makeup artists, beauty lovers and influencers prefer the thicker, clumpier look, while others favor perfectly separated lashes. If you happen to fall into the latter category, we feel you — and so does beauty influencer Marwah Khamas. 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 because you applied 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 using the incorrect formula for your lashes (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.

How to Stop Your Mascara From Clumping

1. Less is More

Khamas’ first tip is a no-brainer: Less is more when it comes to applying mascara. “Don’t apply too much product on the lash starting off,” she says. “And definitely use a good lash primer to avoid clumping.” The Lancôme Cils Booster XL Enhancing Lash Primer is a conditioning, lengthening formula enriched with vitamins E and B5.
Lancôme Cils Booster XL Enhancing Lash Primer

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 lashes that are stuck together.

3. Look for Slim Wands

“Always look for a slimmer wand and not a big, fat brush,” Khamas says. The L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Original Lengthening Mascara does an excellent job at keeping your lashes separated to kiss that clumpy finish goodbye. We also love the unique angled brush of Urban Decay Lash Freak for super defined lashes.


urban decay lash freak, loreal paris telscopic mascara
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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