Solution: Pump Up Your Lashes Instead
A subtler way to draw attention to your eyes is to frame them with lush lashes. But a quick swipe won’t give lashes presence. Instead, wiggle the mascara wand back and forth from the roots to the tips for maximum coverage, separation, and length.
Nothing kills a look faster than clumpy mascara, though, and the smudges it leaves under the eye (a look your grandma may have sported?). If your mascara consistently creates spidery lashes, check the brush: It may be too big for the smaller lashes, especially on the lower lid. (Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara has a tiny brush that grabs the small lashes on your lower lid and coats them with just the right amount of color; $10, clinique.com). You may also be applying too much mascara, so before touching the wand to your lashes, dab its tip on a tissue to take off any excess. Mascara that’s drying out also has a tendency to clump; never pump the wand in the base before applying, which introduces air into the product and dries it even faster. Use a Spoolie brush (try one by Sonia Kashuk, $2, target.com for stores) to free lashes of clumps.