Mascara is the piece of makeup that I hate buying the most. I love to buy new lipsticks, eyeshadows, highlighters and other life-changing things. But I feel like buying a mascara is just like buying your moisturising cream, or shampoo. It’s a basic part of your routine, you just buy it when you need it. You can make a collection of lipsticks, but what would be the point of having a collection of mascaras? Unless you’re fond of coloured mascara, which is not my case…
So, here are some tips & tricks to give your mascara a second life and postpone the crucial moment when you have to buy a new one (mascaras are so over-priced, aren’t they?). By using those knacks, I manage to keep my mascara up to 6 months.
- Treat it well!
When you open your mascara to use it, it’s okay to turn it inside the tube to grab some product. But don’t ever push it in and out! That makes a lot of air enter and will dry it out as fast as you walking away from your homework. This is the right way to do it:
- Use an eyelash curler!
Seriously, that’s like 2€ in Primark or H&M and it’s a game changer. I promise it is not as painful as it looks.
Why would you do that? When pre-curling your lashes before applying the mascara, your only job will then be to separate and thicken those lashes, you won’t have to curve them anymore. That makes life much easier, saves a lot of time in the morning and gives a much better result than desperately pushing your eyelashes up with your mascara brush! Bonus: by applying it faster, you won’t be tempted to add 3 (
or 65) layers of product on your lashes. Healthier and cheaper!
- Warm things up!
Hey, who would have guessed that something as cheap as hot water could make such a miracle? Trust me, you’ll fall in love with your mascara again!
Make sure your tube is well closed, put it in the sink and open the hot water robinet straight on it. Let it run for a couple of minutes and apply your facial cream, curve your lashes or prepare your clothes in the meantime! For maxi results (or if you ran out of hot water – shit happens), boil water in a kettle, pour it into a bowl and just let your mascara take a nice bath for a couple of minutes.
- Who said mermaid tears were just a fairy tale?
If you are really desperate and nothing works anymore, you can always put a few droplets of saline solution (or fake tears for lens wearers) into your mascara and twist the brush inside to mix it up. Start with a couple and add more if needed. Be aware that the texture might be a little different and the formula will be modified. So, keep this one as a last resort, or an emergency solution! But if it’s going to the trash anyway, you have nothing to lose, right?
Let me know how those little tips worked for you! Do you have your own tricks to share? Leave a comment below!
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