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Meredith Holt, Published April 15 2013

Tuesday Tip: Contact solution extends mascara’s shelf life

Each Tuesday we offer up a quick tip on anything from money-saving tricks to household how-tos.

FARGO – Mascara has an FDA-recommended shelf life of three months.

But how many women actually chuck their tubes of lash-enhancer after 90 days? My guess is not many.

Within that time, mascara can go from goopy to dry as the desert. There’s a short window when it has just the right moisture content.

Not quite willing to throw away one of my favorite mascaras recently, I tried a trick I’d read could lengthen its shelf life.

After adding a drop of contact solution, the wand delivered a darker, thicker product.

Without having verified the safety of the trick, I assume mixing a tiny bit of the stuff that goes on my eyeballs is OK to put on my lashes.

I’m not suggesting you ignore FDA guidelines, but this’ll get you by until your next trip to the drugstore.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Meredith Holt at (701) 241-5590