Top Five Mascara Tips To Know

How To Know When Your Mascara Is Officially Old

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No matter the level of makeup expertise, mascara is one of those beauty must haves that all of us use. It’s the staple go-to for everything; whether you’re just running to the supermarket or preparing for an upcoming date night.

Although we love hanging onto our favorite mascaras–and thank the beauty gods for that life saving travel sized one–we often forget that they can get old, dry and have an expiration date.

Switching out old mascara is important for practicing proper hygiene and ensuring that you’re not exposing your eyes to old bacteria and potential infection.

Figure out if your mascara is ready to be replaced with these tell tale signs!

Mascara Is Over 3 Months Old

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Photo: Bryon Summers for StyleBlazer
 

Mascara only has a shelf life of 3 months! We repeat–only 3 months. After that, the product inside of your tube is susceptible to all types of growing bacteria which you will then apply to your eye. Not cool!

Very Little Product On The Applicator

stock image- Photo: Bryon Summers for StyleBlazer
Photo: Bryon Summers for StyleBlazer

Toss that mascara if you find yourself swishing the applicator around in the tube in search of product. Using the old, dried out parts of your mascara may help in a pinch, but it definitely won’t last as long throughout the day.

Dried Out Bristles

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Photo: Bryon Summers for StyleBlazer

Have you ever attempted to put on your mascara, but it seems the applicator is a little dried out? That means the product inside of your mascara is also old, and that applicator is not going to function as properly as it once did.

Change In Original Texture

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Photo: Bryon Summers for StyleBlazer

Your mascara may have started out with one texture, but as time goes on, it may seem a little watery or maybe thick and clumpy. That’s because it has expired and the texture is also out of date. It’s time to replace!

Unusual Smearing & Smudging

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Photo: Bryon Summers for StyleBlazer

“My mascara was once waterproof, but now it won’t stay on.” Have you heard that one before? If you are holding on to your mascara for an extended month, those waterproofing attributes probably don’t live in the product anymore.

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