5 Ways to Stop Mascara Clumping

I love a good mascara. You might even say I’m a mascara junkie. It can seriously do wonders in finishing off your look and is a MUST when doing a smoky eye or evening look in general.

Want to know what I don’t like? When you try your hardest to get it on nice and smooth only for your lashes to clump up and look like a spider with broken legs. It drives me nuts.

So how do you stop it? Check out my tips below for flawless looking lashes every time.


This is a handy trick when you’ve got a brand spanking new tube. A lot of excess product can get on the wand meaning you can easily apply way too much to your lashes. Just wipe the wand on a tissue first to get rid of some of the product before you dive in and apply it.


Doing this will help make the mascara more liquidy (I don’t think that’s even a word) and easier to apply smoothly. You can also try putting a couple of drops of saline, or even your trusty eye drops, into the tube to make it smoother.


A spoolie is the makeup brush that has an end that looks like your mascara wand. If you’ve tried your best but still didn’t succeed and end up a clumpy mess, you can run the brush through the lashes to get rid of the clumps and fan the lashes out. Very simple but effective.


I’m not sure about you, but my first instinct when I undo my mascara is to pump it up and down in the tube to make sure I’ve got enough product on it. This is bad. Pumping allows air to get into the product which not only pushes bacteria into it (eye infection anyone?) but dries out the mascara, which in turn, makes you have to apply more coats, increasing your chances of clumps. You want to twirl the wand against the edges of the tube as you pull it out instead.


Mascara has a shelf life of 3 months. Yep, that’s it. After 12 short weeks you need to ditch that zero and get yourself a (new) hero. It will become flaky and dry, which just like pumping mentioned above, will force you to apply more layers increasing your chances of clumping. Don’t be a tight ass with this one. Makeup has expiry dates for a reason and you don’t want to mess with anything involving your eyes. Set a reminder on your phone if you have to, but make sure you commit to ditching your tube every 3 months for a new one.

Let’s face it, mascara can be a complete pain in the ass to get on. To this day, I still manage to get it on my eyelids every time I apply it. But it is worth the effort. If you try all of the above methods and still end up with lashes that look like they’ve been super glued together there is probably no hope for you. No, just kidding, it might just take a bit of practise to get the hang of it. You could also try getting them tinted if you want to ditch the wand forever.

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