Wait—don’t throw out your favorite mascara just yet! As long as it hasn’t hit the three-month mark (that’s when it expires), you can still prolong its use even if it’s dried out. Here are two ways you can do it:
Put a few drops of eye drops into the tube and just swirl your mascara brush around. Close the tube, shake it, and swirl the brush again to make sure it mixes well. Tip: Make sure you don’t pump the wand—it’ll just push more air in which can dry your mascara out even more.
Grab a mug and put some hot water inside. Lock the cap of your mascara tight and dunk the lower half of the tube (where all the product is) inside the mug for about 5 minutes. This should help melt and loosen up the mascara, so you can use it easily again. If it’s still clumpy or dry after that, just leave it in the mug a little longer until you get the consistency you want.
Photos from Benefit Cosmetics