Your mascara is past its prime
Every time you pull the wand out of the tube, air gets in the mascara, drying out your product and breaking down the molecules inside, says Jessica Mae, founder, creative director, and makeup artist of WarPaint International Beauty Agency. “The texture can completely change in that tube, and bacteria gets in there,” she says. “The formula will bond together, and the drier it gets, the tackier the formula will become, so it won’t spread out over lashes as easily.” Toss your mascara ten to fourteen weeks after you open it to keep your lashes clump-free, and use these tips to help your beauty supplies last longer.
The mascara texture is hard to work with
“Mascara formulas that have a wetter texture tend to clump more easily if you are applying too much,” says Mae. “Same with the ones that are dry or matte and almost sticky.” Finding that perfect medium could involve some trial and error because every brand is so different, she says. Test a few before settling on a go-to product, keeping in mind that the formula tends to be wettest when it’s fresh. (Don’t miss these other mistakes that make your makeup look sloppy.)