Do you need a fix for dry, lumpy mascara? Since I spend more time at cleaning chicken coops and walking the dusty roads of Muse Ranch, I don’t “pretty up” all the often. (Thank goodness Mr. Muse likes the natural look).
Unfortunately, that means make-up takes a big hit. And since mascara and lip gloss are my primary face paints well… as you’d expect I’m more often than not left with a dried up tube of mascara.
What’s a girl to do?
Come to find out… lots.
Visine drops! I don’t know why that surprise me so because it truly is genius. Visine drops, or any other eye moisturizer. Start with just a drop or two and stir the wand to mix. Too much liquid leaves you with another kind o a mess… like dripping into your eyes. Not good.
MakeupTutorials.com offers a three-step process for dried mascara. Hot water, contact solution and shake vigorously.
Some people say the hot water alone to melt down the lumps. But Kimmie from WhatKimmieDidNext.com found that didn’t work as well and she added baby oil. That did the trick for her.
Another fix for dried mascara comes from FashionLady.in. Along with some of the other methods mentioned, she’s like Aloe Vera as a gentle, natural solution.
A favorite solution of mine is to use lavender essential oil to revive the dried stuff in the tube. But it has the added benefit of being a lash conditioner… and it smells so good, too.
Add a couple of don’ts… like don’t pump because that just tries it out. replace ever 3 to 4 months.
These are some great ideas for extending the life of your mascara, but don’t forget these tips, too:
- Replace mascara every three to four months. It’s a sad fact for someone like me who uses it so infrequently, but it’s a fact of life. Old mascara just invites eye problems. I use a Sharpie and write the buy date (silver works well on dark tubes).
- Swirl or twirl your wand instead of pumping to mix your mascara in the tube. Pumping helps dry out the mascara, as well as invites bacteria growth.
- Make sure to close the tube tightly after it’s used.
Looking for some new mascara. Here are four of the popular brand on Amazon today.
Now go be pretty!