There are many makeup trends that require precision—graphic eyeliner, Insta brows and cut creases, to name a few—but for those of you who prefer a more lax technique, you’ll be happy to know that clumpy (aka spiky, spidery) lashes are on-trend and very acceptable.
Now, before throwing caution to the wind—along with your lash-brow groomer—let’s go over how to wear clumpy lashes without looking like a mess!
**Trigger Warning: If you are a perfectionist this post may make you uneasy!
How to Apply
Step 1. Choose a thick mascara designed for the task. Place the applicator horizontally under the upper lash line, along the root of the lashes (stamp lightly on the waterline, if you can) and wiggle up slowly through the ends several times, going over each section (outside, middle and inner) and ensuring that every lash gets a healthy layer of mascara.
Step 2. While mascara is still wet, flip the wand to a vertical angle and use a windshield wiper motion over each section, to “clump” the lashes. Continue until desired “clumpiness” is achieved.
Step 3. Follow the same steps on the lower lash line.
How to Wear
Clumpy lashes should look intentional, not accidental. For a modern and edgy (not slept-in and out-of-date) look, we suggest the following:
-Keep the skin looking fresh and clean: work a sheer foundation over the skin with your expert face brush and smooth a concealer under the eyes with your concealer brush.
-Wear eye shadow: muted shadows and pastels provide a great background shade to emphasise the spikey lashes. If you prefer a nude lid, sweep a flesh-tone shadow over the lower lid with your base shadow brush to prevent smudging.
-Wear with an eyeliner to fill in the bare spots or go without eyeliner to play up the spiky lashes.
-Don’t brush through clumps after they have dried. You risk pulling out your lashes.
-Remove mascara gently with an oil-based cleanser and warm water.