Ask Donna

March 26, 2011

Dear Donna,

My mascara always seems to dry up. I usually run the wand under really hot water to make it last longer. Do you recommend this?

Dear Candy,

I know we’re all looking for ways to stretch our budget these days, but running the mascara wand under really hot water to make it last longer is a big no-no sister. Open mascara lasts about 12 to 16 weeks before it begins to dry out. If you find your mascara is drying out, don’t use a wand soaked in hot water and don’t pump the wand in and out. Pumping only exposes the product to the air and it will dry out faster. Once mascara begins to dry out, it’s time to break into your piggy bank and replace it.