How To Fix Dry Mascara: 5 Easy Ways

If you want to know how to fix dry mascara and are looking for a simple way to do it, look no further.

In this article, we are sharing a few effective ways to revive your dry mascara, that work!

 So without further ado, let’s get that dry mascara fixed now! 

Can You Revive Dry Mascara?

Yes, you can! I like to mix around 5 droplets of eye drop solution to your dry mascara and voila!

But there are other methods you can use to fix dry mascara that we will discuss now.

How To Fix Dry Mascara (What to Mix)

Here we have more details on how to fix dry mascara, where I walk you through the different methods.

I give you more details on how to use eye drops to fix dry mascara, but in the sequence, I also bring you alternatives.

In case you don’t have eye drops in your hands right now, I am sure you will find out how to fix dry mascara with ease. 

Method One: Mixing with Eye drops

In a Nutshell:

  1. Add 3 to 4 droplets of eye drops to your dry mascara
  2. Gently mix with the help of your mascara
  3. Enjoy!

Mix 4 to 5 eye drops to your mascara and mix it with the help of your mascara wand.

This is a very popular method to fix dry mascara that works almost instantaneously. 

Many people have successfully done this, myself included.

Now, there are a few considerations you can take into account before trying this method.

Firstly, the number of eyedrops will depend on how dry your mascara is, and of course the temperature of your surroundings.

For example, if you are in a very dry place and your mascara is really dry, you may need to add one or two extra drops. 

The best way to do it is to add 3 drops then gradually mix and test until you see your mascara is no longer dried.

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How to revive dry mascara with Contact Lenses Solution

Method 2: Mix With Contact Lenses Solution

In a Nutshell:

  1. Add 3 to 4 droplets of contact lenses solution
  2. Gently mix with the help of your mascara
  3. Enjoy!

If you have a tube of contact lens solution, you can also revive your dry mascara.

The method is very similar to the one we have just shared with you a minute ago.

Just add a few drops of contact lens solution and you should have your dry mascara fixed.

As I mentioned before, the number of droplets depends on your mascara condition. 

Start with three drops to be on the safe side, and then add more if needed.

Method 3: Hot Water Bath

In a Nutshell:

  1. Boil Hot weather and pour it into a cup
  2. Put your dry mascara in the cup
  3. Leave for a few minutes

If you don’t have eye drops or eye contact solutions available and are still wondering how to fix dry mascara, use hot water.

But don’t add hot water inside the mascara tube!

Instead, pour hot water into a mug and leave your mascara (which should be closed) in the hot water.

Leave it there for a few minutes. Then check it out and if it is fixed just go ahead and use it normally.

If not, add more water and wait a bit more, until you find your mascara is good to go.

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Metod 4: Adding Aloe Vera Gel

In a Nutshell:

  1. Add a little bit of Aloe Vera Gel that is safe for the eyes into the mascara tube
  2. Mix it well and use it normally 

I have never tried this method so I don’t know if it really works, but people out there swear it does.

Add a little bit of aloe vera gel to your mascara, just make sure you are using a gel that is safe on the eyes.

Also, make sure that you don’t use the actual aloe vera plant to do this because we never know if we are using the right type of plant.

Aloe vera is quite safe for topical use, but it has to be very clean and properly prepared. 

As the eye is a very delicate and important area, it is better to use an aloe vera gel that you know for sure that’s safe to use in a situation like that. 

Method 5: Adding Olive Oil

In a Nutshell:

  1. With the help of a dropper, add a little bit of olive oil to the mascara tube
  2. Gently stir in with the mascara wand

It is very common to have olive oil in our kitchen, so for most people, it is going to be easy to try this method.

Just make sure you use an extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil because these ones have a higher quality.

I never tried this method, but Some people say this method works and is a lifesaver. 

I imagine you can substitute olive oil for coconut oil. Once again make sure you are using a high-quality oil.

If you have sensitive eyes, maybe this method is not the best, as some oils may cause irritation to some people with sensitive eyes.

Note: Make sure that any time you try these methods, start slow and don’t add too much oil, gel, or eye drops at the same time. Be careful so your mascara doesn’t get too watery. 

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Method 6: Baby Oil or Vaseline

In a Nutshell:

  1. Heat the baby oil or vaseline a little in the microwave
  2. Add a few drops to the mascara tube
  3. Stir in with the mascara wand

If I were you I would stick with baby oil instead of vaseline, but some people have tried using vaseline with success.

If your eyes are very sensitive, you better not try this method, as baby oil and vaseline may cause some irritation for some people.

Which Method Is The Winner?

I have already given the spoiler and you may already know the winner method is to add eye drops to your mascara.

It can also be one of the safest methods because eye drop solutions are specially designed for our eyes and everybody has used them at least once in life.

The effect in the mascara is one of the best as well, so you can confidently add eye drops to your mascara if needed. 

 Another good practice is to use the hot water bath method right after adding the eye drops which will help if your mascara is super dry. 

Tips To Prevent Your Mascara From Drying

Now that you know how to fix dry mascara, let’s make sure you won’t have to deal with it anymore!

Down below you have lots of tips to prevent your mascara from drying out again.

And ah, keep reading until the end, because we still have tips to help you make the most of your mascara.

1. Keep your mascara closed at all times

Sometimes when we are applying the mascara, we can forget it open and move ahead to apply eyeliner, shadow, and so on.

Make sure you leave it open only while applying it on your lashes, nothing else!

2.  Don’t Pump Your Wand in and out

Don’t open and close it too much in a short interval.

Make sure you open your mascara only as needed and avoid getting the wand in and out repetitively and quickly.

3.   Do not exposure your mask to the sun or too much air

Make sure you store your mascara at a good temperature, not too hot, not too cold, so you can avoid it getting dry.

4. Keep the mascara wand clean

Even though this is not exactly a crucial thing, and it may not even prevent your mascara from drying out, it is good to clean the mascara wand from time to time.

This may help avoid clumping and may also help with application in general.

A good way to do it is to wash it with hot water without soap or anything, just the hot water.

Then with the help of tissue, take off excess water, and voila!

5. Don’t add water

I know we can add water externally but never add water directly to your mascara, and it will affect the final quality of the product.

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How To Have the Best Mascara Application Ever?

You are all set now. You learned how to fix dry mascara, and how to prevent it from ever drying again.

Now, I’d like to take a step further and give you some quick yet powerful tips for the perfect mascara application.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Make sure lashes are all clean and dry
  2. Curl your lashes! Remember to use a lash curler before applying mascara
  3. Start application from the middle
  4. Move from the middle to outer and inner corners
  5. Finalize with a clean spoolie brush to keep lashes from clumping

How To Fix Dry Mascara (Bonus Tips)

We have gone so far and we are all set on how to fix dry mascara, but there are still a few things I’d like to recap with you!

Down below we have some ‘good to know (or remember) tips’. Take a look:

  • Always make sure you closed your mascara tube properly and tightly
  • Every time you buy a mascara, make sure to double-check fabrication date and pick the newest ones
  • For as much as possible give preference to water solution mascaras instead of waterproof mascara
  • If you feel like you don’t have enough product on your mascara wand, don’t pump it in and out, but instead, put the wand back, stir a bit, and then you should have enough product to apply
  • You may not need to use all the methods we shared at once. In fact, choose only one method. I recommend using the eyedrops methods.
  • Never add water to your mascara
  • Eye Mascaras normally have a short shelf life, so make sure to replace them regularly, depending on the fabricant’s instructions, but they should be replaced every two to three months.

How To Fix Dry Mascara Questions & Answers (Q&A)

This section may be updated soon, so make sure to keep an eye out to see more questions about mascaras.

If you have more questions, you can contact me and send me not only questions, suggestions, or just say hello!

1. Why Does Mascara Dry Out?

Mascaras can dry out for many different reasons, maybe it was not stored well, you left it in a very humid place, or hot.

Or maybe you keep on opening and closing it when you do your makeup or you just didn’t close it properly.

Maybe you bought an already old mascara that was waiting to be taken in the store, or maybe you bought it ages ago and it eventually got old.

For any reason, you have just learned how to fix dry mascara and keep it from drying out again.

2. How Long Does It Take For Mascara To Dry Out?

According to, eyelash mascaras should be replaced every three months.

This is because it can transfer bacteria from the mascara to your eyes and vice versa. 

Depending on various circumstances, eye mascara can dry out before the 3 months’ time.

But in the majority of the cases, it will only dry out when it gets old, after a year or so of use.

Of course, this time can vary and can take less or more time depending on external factors.

However, the idea is to change your eye mascara every three months, even if it is not dried out. 

How To Fix Dry Mascara: Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to fix dry mascara, and what to do to avoid that to happen, I’d like to share a few things.

Firstly, be really careful about what you put on your mascara, make sure you will use safe ingredients.

As listed before, eye mascaras have short spam and it is indicated to replace them every three months.

I hope you enjoyed this article on how to fix dry mascara and if you have any thoughts you would like to share, please contact me! 

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