How to Avoid Clumpy Mascara

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Get gorgeous lashes without clumps and without a hassle by learning how to avoid lumpy mascara.
Get gorgeous lashes without clumps and without a hassle by learning how to avoid lumpy mascara. (Image: Sarah Nixon)

Mascara is supposed to highlight your eyes by making your lashes look thicker and longer, but that effect can be ruined if there are clumps on your lashes. Clumps can be caused by a number of things, including the way your mascara is stored, the cleanliness of the brush and how you clean the brush. Keeping the clumps away is actually very easy; it just requires a little bit of preventive work, including cleaning the mascara brush at least twice a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean cotton cloth
  • Makeup remover

Wipe the existing layer of mascara off of the wand using a cotton cloth.

Place a small amount of makeup remover on the cotton cloth. Clean the bristles of the mascara wand using the cotton cloth with makeup remover.

Rinse the mascara wand with clean running water. Dry the wand on a clean area of the cotton cloth.

Remove any mascara from the threads of the mascara tube using a cotton cloth with makeup remover. This is important for creating a good seal when you close the tube.

Remove any mascara from the inside of the cap of the mascara wand using the cotton cloth with makeup remover.

Close the mascara tube tightly every time after use. Contact with air will dry the mascara, leading to clumps.

Swirl the mascara wand in the tube to coat it with mascara; do not pump it up and down. Pumping it up and down draws air into the tube, which will dry the mascara and cause clumping. It can also introduce dangerous bacteria into the mascara tube.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean the mascara brush on a regular basis, at least twice a week, but more often if needed. You can also use rubbing alcohol to clean the mascara brush, but be sure to rinse it thoroughly afterward.
  • Don't use mascara that is more than three months old, even with regular cleaning of the brush.

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