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How to Revive Dried Up Mascara

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How to revive dried up mascara:

How to revive dried up mascara

Mascara and I have had a love-hate relationship over the past few years. I struggle to wear contact lenses, and my eyes have become very dry. I stopped wearing mascara for a while to help.

When you let mascara sit, it dries up pretty quickly. So when I gave up on contacts completely, and wanted to use mascara again, the one I had been using (Minus -417 sculpting volume mascara pictured) had started to dry and was full of clumps.

I searched online for solutions, and found that most recommended using items such as baby oil, hot pots of water, and eye drops to revive dried up mascara. I did not want to add something that’s not officially for eyes to my mascara, with my eyes being sensitive as they are (the baby oil). I did not feel like boiling a pot of water, or dealing with any hot water messes, or doing anything that takes longer than 20 seconds.

So… I put two and two together. I took my contact lens solution, which is no longer useful for me, added a few drops at a time (the amount you’ll need will depend on how much you have left and how dry it is) and my mascara is good as new!

how to revive dried up mascara

Note: DO NOT do this to mascara that is more than 2-3 months old! It contains bacteria that can infect your eyes! That is why I wanted a faster fix – I knew I’d only get a few more uses out of it.

Another tip: If you let it sit for a few minutes, you can get away with using less contact lens solution so you have more mascara. It’ll penetrate deeper into the bottle giving you a richer mascara.

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Katie Halverson

Friday 7th of November 2014

Have heard this works! Nice to read a review about it, think I'm going to have to give it a try!

Renee Smith

Sunday 2nd of November 2014

What a great solution. I would have never thought to do that. I would've had to go out and buy a new mascara.

Anita Kelly

Wednesday 29th of October 2014

I will be trying this one!

Michele Ash

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

I would have never thought about contact solution to put into the mascara to make it "revived"! We don't use contacts so, we don't have any solution hanging around! I have a question for you. You said not to revive your mascara if it's 2-3 months old, should we not be using it after that amount of time? I don't generally wear makeup unless we are going out or are somewhere that we are staying the weekend. Which that means my mascara may sit for a while before I use it again. This is the first time I've heard this and I want to make sure that, if it goes bad, I throw it away! Thanks so much for the review and information! I truly do appreciate it! Thanks again, Michele :)

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

I have the same issue, but because I felt like my makeup was going to waste I just started putting on mascara more often! You can read about throwing out mascara in this article:

I wonder if there is a way to kill the bacteria that builds up. If I find out, I'll definitely blog about it :)