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Here’s How To Revive A Tube Of Mascara In Seconds

If your favorite mascara isn't gliding on as smoothly as it used to, give this super simple tip a try!

Today I’ll be sharing a short-but-sweet tip that could help you rescue a treasured tube of mascara! I first came across this tip a few years ago, after I had discovered that my expensive tube of MAC mascara had started drying out prematurely. It was only about a month old at that point, so I must not have put the cap back on correctly when I had last used it. 🙁

I was feeling pretty bummed about my mascara’s premature demise, partly because I had bought it for myself as a special splurge. I guess I had gotten rather attached to it! So I decided to turn to my trusty friend Google to see if I could find a way to revive or resuscitate my poor mascara. That’s when I ran across a brilliantly simple solution that ended up working wonderfully!

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I’ll show you how it’s done, but don’t blink—this tip is so quick and easy, you might miss it! 😉

How To Revive A Tube Of Mascara

You’ll need:


Start by adding 3-5 drops of saline solution to your tube of mascara.

Carefully slide the mascara wand back into the tube. Then swish the wand around the tube to help “stir” the saline solution into the mascara.

After stirring, remove the wand again and inspect the consistency of the mascara. If it still seems a bit dry or clumpy, repeat the steps above until it reaches the right consistency.

And that’s all there is to it, really! 🙂 You’ve revived your mascara, and can continue working to achieve your lash goals!

A Few Safety Notes:

  • This tip is not meant to extend the life of your mascara past its expiration date. Expired mascara can harbor bacteria, which could potentially lead to infection and other issues. So just say no to expired mascara!
  • Experts recommend replacing your mascara every 3 months if you use it daily. If you only wear mascara occasionally, you can replace it after 6 months.
  • Be sure to check that the saline solution you’re using for this purpose hasn’t expired too.

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