Jan 22, 2015

Is it just us, or do you have a handful of old, dried-up mascara tubes lurking in your makeup archives, too? It’s always a little heartbreaking throwing away our favorite mascara (we’ll always remember our first L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara), even when the tube is spent.

old mascara

Then we discovered this hack that gives new life to mascara wands. Given its perfect shape, the mascara wand makes an excellent beauty tool — the spoolie — that will far outlive its three-month expiration date.

Just soak the wand in eye makeup remover overnight to clean. Try L’Oréal Paris Eye Makeup Remover. You may want to do a final wash in the morning with shampoo. If you don’t have a liquid remover, you can massage the wand with something like Kiehl’s Supremely Gentle Eye Make-up Remover, then rinse.

Once it’s dry, voilà! You now have a tool you won’t be able to live without. Here are some of the many ways to use it:

What is your favorite trick for reusing old beauty products? Tell us in the comments below!

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