According to makeup experts, mascara has one of the shortest shelf lives of any makeup product. After a few months, your mascara will become clumpy, dry, and less effective, not to mention full of germs. For that reason, experts recommend replacing mascara every two to three months.
Raise your hand if you follow that rule. (*tumbleweeds roll*)
While there must be some conscientious makeup lovers who actually replace their products on time, I’ve honestly never met one. Most of us can barely remember when we bought a makeup product, let alone remember to buy a new one on time. We don’t really think about it until we end up with… gunky, dried-out, less-effective mascara.
Luckily, there are hacks to transform your old mascara into a new one again. These tricks supposedly turn your old, dry mascara into smooth, liquidy mascara again. It’s like the fountain of youth, but for mascara. (There’s no way to clean mascara, so if you’re worried about germs, just buy a new tube, or do what I do and try not to think about it!)
As for my own mascara collection, it would probably cause makeup experts to break out into hives. I’ve had my favorite tube for approximately two years. I know, I know. That’s way too long! There’s no excuse!
I’m definitely not advocating my disgusting lifestyle, but I am saying that I’m the perfect person to test out those mascara hacks.
The timing is perfect for this experiment: My trusty two-year-old mascara is finally showing its age. It’s clumpy and dry, so it doesn’t apply evenly anymore. My backup mascara is, unfortunately, also really dried out.
I tried three methods for reviving old mascara to see if any of them actually work. If it can work on my years-old mascara, it’ll definitely work on whatever dried-out mascara you have around.