Once considered a beauty faux pas, clumpy mascara is now trending. Big time. For the past two seasons we’ve seen long, spiky, spidery lashes all over the runways in New York, Milan, and Paris, and Maybelline just launched the aptly named Colossal Spider Effect mascara to help you achieve the look without emptying an entire tube in one sitting. Whether you’re into it or not, you might be wondering: How the heck do you remove all this mascara without ripping out my lashes? Makeup artist Georgina Graham offers her advice.
Step 1: “To remove clumpy mascara, the thing that I love to do is place really warm, or hot if you can take it—but be very careful—wet wash cloths on your eyes. Leave them on for a minute if possible. This loosens up the mascara that is caked on,” she says.
Step 2: Find an oil cleanser or oil-based eye-makeup remover; cotton pads are optional. “I like to use DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. You can apply it directly onto eyelashes and gently massage it in. Or if you prefer, soak a cotton pad. Repeat this a couple of times and clogged mascara should pretty much be gone,” Graham says.
Step 3: “Use a cotton pad soaked with some micellar water, like Bioderma, to do a final clean,” she says. For extra-thorough measure, use Q-tips for the waterlines and inner corners of your eyes.
According to Graham, this should get you back to your natural state, but if there’s still some formula deep at the roots of the lashes, makeup artist Rommy Najor has a solution: “We’ll take a dry cotton round and hold that on the bottom lid, under the lashes, then use a Q-tip to roll it down on to the round.” Clearly this trend requires some TLC at the end of the day, but at least you can rethink the notion of a good mascara day. Clumps? Not a problem.
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