How to Moisten a Dry Tube of Mascara

By Kathryn Hatter

The many make-up products that women purchase to enhance their looks and help them feel attractive can be expensive. This is especially true when women purchase high-end makeup, which is more expensive than drug store variety cosmetics. Even high quality cosmetics sometimes dry out or become unusable before the product is used up or expires, however. If this happens to your mascara, instead of throwing away a dried up, half-used tube of mascara, try this method for revitalizing your mascara and extending the life of your cosmetics.


Step 1

Fill the saucepan with water and place the saucepan on the stove. Bring the water to a boil and allow it to boil for three minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat.

Step 2

Tighten the cap of the mascara tube as tightly as possible. Place the entire tube of mascara into the hot water and leave it in the water for two minutes. The heat of the water should melt the dried mascara inside the tube without adding anything to the mascara.

Step 3

Use tongs to remove the tube of mascara from the hot water. Dry the outside of the tube. Unscrew the cap to check the condition of the mascara. If it is still drier than you prefer, proceed to step four.

Step 4

Add one or two drops of baby oil to the mascara. Mix the baby oil into the mascara by inserting and removing the mascara wand five or six times.

Step 5

Repeat steps one through three if the mascara dries out again. Avoid adding any more baby oil to the tube of mascara because it may change the properties of the mascara and make it unusable.