The first thing you should know about makeup for dry vs wet mascara is that different formulas tend to have different wear time. Some formulas are more fluid and denser when you first apply them, while others become drier after a few weeks of use. Wet formulas tend to clump and take longer to dry, so they are good for layering. Dry formulas are easier to build up and hold a curl and are less messy.
Adding olive oil to revive dry vs wet mascara
If your makeup is starting to feel too dry, you can use a few drops of olive oil to relive it. You should use a dropper or a measuring cup, but be careful not to touch the oil spout. Add a few drops and then test the consistency of your mascara on your hand. Once it feels loose, you can add more olive oil. Do not use too much olive oil, or your mascara will no longer hold its shape.
Adding a few drops of olive oil to the mascara can revive it. You can use your own kitchen olive oil, and simply mix two to three drops of oil with the mascara tube. Make sure to swirl the oil well and reseal the cap tightly before applying. You can also use olive oil in place of water to revive wet or dried mascara. Applying olive oil to your wand before applying your mascara can also help to make the product smudge-proof.
If you’ve tried using olive oil to revive dry or wet mascara but are still having problems, consider trying this hack instead. It works similar to the same method used for contact lens solutions, except that the oil in olive oil will work to soften the mascara and restore its original consistency. Although this method is drying and may not work for everyone, it can be a good last resort. If you don’t feel comfortable using olive oil on your makeup, try using the same technique as you would for eyelash extensions.
Using a mascara wiper
The amount of formula wiped off the brush and deposited on the lashes is directly related to the wiper. A too-tight wiper will squeeze the formula right out of the brush, which will leave your lashes looking clumpy and flaky. A wide enough wiper will give you the volume and opacity you want without leaving any residue behind.
Oil-heavy mascara can be smear city. Unlike water-soluble waxes, oils are not water-soluble. Instead, they are mostly made up of lipids, which are fat and oil-based compounds. Because oils are less viscous than waxes, they will create a watery mess when applied to the eyes. A mascara wiper with an oil-free formula will remove the oil-heavy part of the makeup.
When it comes to wet-based formulas, the wiper is a plastic disc that encases the brush and determines how much of the formula actually reaches the lashes. The wiper is narrower with elastomer-brushes, while nylon-butter mascaras have wider openings for formula to scrape off. So, if you’re looking for a mascara wiper, you’ll need to buy one that matches your eye color and brush style.
Getting maximum wear out of your mascara
To decide which mascara works best for you, look at the ingredients list. Many wet formulas contain alcohol, which can dry out your lashes quickly. Alcohol can also make mascaras feel crunchy. Most wet mascaras contain film-forming acrylic copolymers, such as acrylates copolymer, methacrylate, and ethylene. These compounds combine to form a polymer that holds a shape when dry.