The Weird but Obvious Way to Keep Your Mascara from Clumping

No more dry tubes.

Design by Betsy Farrell

There's nothing more sacred than a brand new tube of mascara. It's like a fresh coat of paint.

But alas, with each uncapping of the tube, mascara inevitably gets drier and drier—the proof is in the clumps. However, there is a way to make it feel like the first time every time. And chances are it's been right there, in your medicine cabinet, all along.

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You secret weapon? Eye drops. Yes, squeeze a few drops in the tube—between 2 and 4—then use the mascara wand (the cleaner the better!) to stir it up, give it a few shakes, and instantly your formula will be like new. Use that extra slip to coat your lashes so that they're long, full, and curled to a tee.

While water will give you a similar effect, it can present a problem for waterproof formulas, as well as create more clumps. The texture just isn't as silky. Another bit of advice: Make sure that you're using a fresh or designated eye drop bottle as you don't want any bacteria to make its way inside the tube.

Happy swiping!

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