Thankfully, you don’t need to throw it out – there are a few simple ways to restore it, and you’ve probably got all you need in your bathroom cabinet.
If you’ve got some eye drops handy, you’re in luck. Marie Claire beauty editor Lauren Valenti recently shared how you can use them to make your mascara like new again.
To banish the clumps and flakes, squeeze a few drops into the tube. Depending on how dry your mascara is, two to four drops should do the job, Valenti says.
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Clean and dry your mascara wand and use it to stir the product before screwing it tightly shut and giving the bottle a few shakes. The mascara should glide on as smoothly as it did the day you first bought it.
Valenti says eye drops work much better than water – particularly if the formula is waterproof.
Just be sure to use a fresh eye drop bottle or one that hasn’t had any contact with your eyes to avoid bacteria making its way inside the tube.
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