Saving Money on Mascara

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An expensive mascara wand next to a cheap mascara.If you find a mascara that really works well for you, save the brush. That's the part that's doing all the work to get the style you want on your lashes, not the actual mascara. All mascaras are the same, just divided by waterproof or regular, so you can dip your favourite wand into any mascara and you will still love your look. I learned this from my makeup artist sister. I use my expensive Too Faced brand wand on cheap drugstore mascaras, and I still love my lashes while I save $20 a pop!


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November 2, 2010

I found that if I add a tiny amount of oil to a dried container of mascara and then use the lash brush to "mix" the oil with the mascara, I am able to stretch the use of the product!

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September 12, 2005

Tips for saving money on Mascara. Post your ideas.


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September 12, 20050 found this helpful

To save money, from having to purchase mascara frequently, don't push your brush for your bottled mascara in and out repeatedly, trying to get more or less on it. Each time you do so, it dries it out more. Use what's on the brush the first time you pull the brush out.


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September 12, 20050 found this helpful

Only put mascara on when you are leaving the house, expecting company or wanting to look good. On your days "off" give your face a rest.

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By Rene' (Guest Post)
September 12, 20050 found this helpful

i put a drop of baby oil in the tube, after the tube is about 2 weeks old. Doesn't dry out as fast then!

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September 16, 20050 found this helpful

I put a few drops of lotion (hypoallergenic) in the tube when it is getting low. It lasts longer, and then I feel I truly am getting my money's worth.

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September 19, 20050 found this helpful

Please be careful adding any liquids to your tube
of mascara. You may be introducing bacteria.
I like to save to however I buy new Maybeline every


90days and toss out the old, same thing with toothbrush you need to toss after 90 days for
germs. I sat in many hygiene lectures for dental
school years ago. It may sound costly but your
eyesight and teeth are worth the cost.

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September 24, 20050 found this helpful

I never put anything in my mascara. When it starts to get dry, I put the well-closed tube into a container filled with very hot water and let it soak for a while. It seems to "melt" it and it's much fresher. I don't know why, but this seems to work for me.


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August 27, 20070 found this helpful

When I start running low I use my blow dryer on the tube. Make sure you move the blow dryer around when you point it at the tube though.
This makes the mascara thinner and extends the use.


I've also run the closed tube under hot water for similar results

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December 14, 2009

What is a good mascara, that won't clump when I apply, is cheap and, not bad for my eye lashes?

By Becca S from Bellflower, CA


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December 17, 20090 found this helpful

Rimmel is the product you want to get at any drug store or Walmart.

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December 18, 20090 found this helpful

Just about all mascaras are good when they are new. It's after they have been open a while they get yucky. But then again you should replace it by then anyway.


I like Almay brand. I would avoid Maybelline and all low end brands.

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January 8, 20100 found this helpful

I've used just about every type of mascara and the one which has never clogged up or created clumpy lashes is maybelline great lash mascara. Pink tube with green lid. Hope it works for you.

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January 31, 20100 found this helpful

Rimmel - hands down, bar-none best mascara I've worn ever. Never ever buy Wet-n-Wild. Avoid that particular cheap brand like the plague.

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February 27, 20100 found this helpful

Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara always works for me, just stay away from the water proof one as it's hard to take off at the end of the day. Another tip for keeping your mascara from clumping is to brush some black eyeshadow onto your eyelashes then go over with one or two coats of mascara, it makes your eye lashes appear fuller and you don't have to put on as much mascara hence reducing your tendency to clump it up.

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May 15, 20100 found this helpful

I love Maybelline mascaras, and they're really affordable. I was actually just reading the cutest article about dealing with lashes that always clump!


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November 2, 2010

If you use water-based mascara (as opposed to water-proof), add a couple of drops of water to it when it gets near the end, or if it gets too dry. Editor's Note: There appears to be a lot of concern about this tip due to bacteria. As with all advice, contact a health professional to be sure.

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