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Have you Heard of the Dry Mascara Hack?

Have you Heard of the Dry Mascara Hack?

Some hacks are so simple you can’t help but just assume they work. But it turns out, like most things in life, they aren’t always as they seem on the surface, as with today’s dry mascara hack.

For many, a quick swipe or two of mascara is as necessary as a cup of coffee in the morning. When done correctly, you can make your eyes look bigger and brighter in under a minute. Mascara is a cosmetic product commonly used to enhance eyelashes. It may darken, thicken, lengthen, and (or) define your eyelashes.


Have you Heard of the Dry Mascara Hack?

There are three common dry mascara hacks out there. Each one to fix the same problem, restore a dried-out bottle of mascara.

The Hot Water Hack

A friend of mine told me about the first, which is where you put a tube of mascara in a cup of hot water and let it sit for a few moments. The idea is that it loosens the mascara a bit, but t be honest, it didn’t really work all that well.

The Almond Oil Hack

So next, I tried putting a few drops of almond oil into the tube. Proponents of this dry mascara hack claim it will make your previously dried-out mascara liquid again. I think I put in about five drops and then swirled.  Yes, it improved the mascara, but it was really oily and not something I necessarily wanted to use on my face. So for me, the almond oil is a hard pass.

The Contact Lens Solution Hack

And finally, we come to the mascara hack that actually works. Who would have ever thought you would need to put contact solution in mascara, but hey, it really works. So let me explain because at first, it didn’t work like others said it would. I had to do a little experimenting with the amounts.


Have you Heard of the Dry Mascara Hack?

The contact lens solution made a big difference in my dried-up mascara. I started off putting in about 3 or 4 drops. I replaced the cap and gave it a little wiggle to ensure it was good and mixed, then tried out the consistency on the back of my hand.

It was still a little eeeh, so I added another two drops, and it was perfect. I actually revived my dried-out mascara!

I get it – mascara does expire. The average life span is about 3-5 months, so after that, get rid of your old product. Otherwise, you’re risking bacterial infections, and no one wants that.

So yes, I know you are supposed to replace your mascara often, but honestly, my mascara wasn’t that old. I can’t explain why it dried out so quickly, but it did, and I hated to toss it out, knowing it wasn’t all that old.

So if you find yourself in the same position as me, with a fairly new(ish) tube of mascara that dried out, this is a fact-checked hack that really does work.


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Tracy Tegan
Tracy Tegan has spent the last seventeen years as a professional blogger about relationships, dating, and issues pertaining to gender equality at In her spare time, she writes romance novels that are available at Amazon.  You can check out Tracy Tegan's latest romance novel, Crescent Moon at Amazon.

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