How To Fix Clumpy Lashes?

Learn how to perfect even mascara application to prevent those pesky clumps in your lashes.

Reviewed by Favour AkinjiyanFavour Akinjiyan, Makeup Artist
By Jyotsana RaoJyotsana Rao  • 

Using too many strokes of mascara leads to droopy, product-laden lashes. So, here are some tips on how to fix clumpy lashes that can ruin your whole look on an important day. Sometimes, a hurried application may lead to an uneven look, and some of the chunks freeze on a few lashes, making them look downright ugly, for lack of a better word.

Well, we have some detailed steps below to help you avoid this situation. So, scroll down to take notes and make sure your mascara spreads evenly without any room for error. Pro skills check!

Step 1: Get a good mascara product

Mascara applicator with spaced bristles fixes clumpy lashes


Well, like the first step in any crisis, take a deep breath and calm down because this can be fixed – to perfection! Clumpy lashes can be avoided and can actually be fixed in a snap.

Old, unused mascara will give you the caked up clumpy look and eventually can also lead to eye irritation. So, one great tip for having the perfect lashes is to use your mascara while it is still new. Buy a long lasting mascara that is waterproof and smudge-free. Also, find a mascara that has a mascara applicator which has plenty of space in between the bristles. A bristle like that goes in between each and every lash, covering each one, for a fuller, natural look. Too many plush bristles on a mascara applicator will give you the clumped look when you apply it over your lashes.

Step 2: Apply mascara like a pro

While applying mascara, always check if your applicator has any excess liquid on it because this excess liquid is going to stick onto the lashes causing a mess. Remove any excess liquid at the edge of the bottle so that your wand just has a layer that beautifully coats those lashes making you look luscious.

Brush your lashes starting from the roots up, wiggling the wand gently from side to side. Working through your lashes in a slight zig-zag motion removes clumps. This trick works best on lashes that are still a bit wet, so perform the zig-zag motion right after you’ve applied your mascara. This defines the lashes well without any clumping. It’s the mascara placed near the roots, not the tips that gives the illusion of length.

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You can also wipe excess mascara on a tissue instead of the side of the tube before applying it to your eyelashes.

Step 3: Fix any imperfections

Now, for any reason, if your lashes look clumped even after this, we recommend keeping a wet make-up remover pad handy. It is crucial to remove traces of the disaster quickly and effectively before the mascara dries up. The moment you realize your mascara has gone awry, without much ado, simply wipe your lashes holding the make-up remover pad at a sixty-degree angle with your forefinger between your lids. This sweeping movement will take off all the excess mascara while leaving your eye shadow, if any, intact.

Now, using a paper towel, pat dry your lashes gently; tissues will tend to stick on to the lashes while a paper towel will soak up any extra moisture. Using gentle yet firm strokes, coat your lashes again with mascara and do the zigzag routine for the perfect blinkers. Remember to close your eyes and place the mascara wand on top of your lashes at the base and pull through to remove any clumps.

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You can use a clean toothbrush to comb through your lashes from the root to the tips. This will ensure that excess product is removed without any issue.

When it comes to makeup, there is nothing unfixable. So, why endure the discomfort that clumpy lashes give you? Not only do they come in between your vision but also they spoil your look. So, now that you know how to fix clumpy lashes, what is holding you back? Learn from the tips and tricks mentioned above and get started. Your makeup should define your features and enhance your look. So, do not let any makeup products ruin your day. Also, applying the mascara gently with precision is the key.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do my eyelashes look like spider legs?

Your eyelashes may look like spider legs after applying the second layer of mascara either because you applied too much mascara or because your mascara has a thick formula.

Are clumpy eyelashes in style?

Yes, clumpy eyelashes are back in style. This style opens up the eyes and makes them look bigger.

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