Apply an eyelash curler to your lashes and press gently for a few seconds. Although many women use this beauty tool after putting on mascara, doing so can make lashes look clotted, crooked and bent in unnatural angles — ladies with thin, wispy lashes may also experience unnecessary breakage.
Open the tube of mascara, remove the wand and eyeball it. If you spot large clots of mascara on the wand, these end up on your lashes, along with clumps galore. Wipe off the excess by scraping the wand against the opening of the tube. You can also dab the wand against a clean paper towel, if you choose.
Swipe the mascara wand from the base of your lashes to the tips two or three times. Wait for the first layer to dry. Step away from the mirror and firmly assess before you apply more. If your lashes appear longer and lusher, you might not really need a second layer after all. Putting on too many layers of mascara is one of the main causes of clumpy lashes.
After mascara is completely dry, use a clean mascara wand or eyelash comb to take care of any residual clumping. A nifty trick that helps your lashes retain their curl is to brush from behind, not under, your eyelashes, working from the base to the tips.
Women's Day beauty editor Melissa Matthews recommends using lengthening mascara because it's typically thinner than other formulations — and this means less clumping.
Mascara has a limited shelf life, becoming thick and unwieldy. Throw away tubes that have lingered on your makeup counter for more than three months.