Keep the mascara and toss the concealer

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Keep the mascara and toss the concealer
Keep the mascara and toss the concealer

MAKE your mascara last longer

If your mascara tube has become dry or clumpy, there’s no reason to throw it out. Add some eye drops and it will be as good as new.

Eye drops are a better idea than water because water can cause your mascara to flake or smudge and won’t work at all if it’s a waterproof mascara. In a standard-sized tube, about 4-5 drops of any generic eye drop should get the job done. Close it back up, give it a quick stir with the brush and it’s ready to use. You could also use any saline solution meant for storing contact lenses.

Toss that old concealer

Because concealer is often administered in tiny doses, it’s possible to (embarrassingly) realise you’ve been using the same tube for a lot longer than recommended. This will likely not kill you, but it also means you’re probably no longer getting the lovely results that made you select this formula in the first place. “Over a long period of time, some concealers will start to break down and may darken or appear discoloured, or even separated,” says cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer.

“Or the product may begin to dry up. It might not smell right, or it might feel oily, or grainy, or have other issues.” All are signs it’s time for a fresh start. Likewise, if at any point you notice your concealer is looking more orange or just doesn’t match your skin like it used to, toss it. “Changes in colour are often indicative of problems in the product—microbial growth, oxidation—so that’s a good indicator that it’s time to buy a new tube,” Hammer says. “Most of these products are designed to last for two years unopened on the store shelf, but it’s probably a good idea to use them up within six to nine months after opening.”

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