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By Patricia Shannon
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Raise your hand if you've ever pumped a mascara wand like an offshore rig trying to strike it big. Yes, we're guilty too. Dried-up mascara is one of our greatest beauty battles. You might get a good couple weeks out of a tube but, all-too-soon, your once thick, lush lashes are looking timid and lackluster. Even at the first signs of running low, we typically end up furiously pumping the wand in and out of the bottle, somehow hoping our crazed antics will prolong our next trip to the drugstore. It never seems to work out as we hoped and, instead, the tube gets drier and drier. Turns out this technique may be doing more harm than good.

We recently found out that pumping a wand (sometimes in a highly aggressive manner) introduces more air to the tube, in turn, drying out your mascara even quicker than it would normally. The trick is to swirl instead. Making a circular motion will help your wand catch more of the good stuff around the perimeter of the tube. You should be able to scrape by a few extra days before you need to hit the beauty aisle.

If you're replacing your mascara plenty often enough and still having issues keeping your lashes on point, try one of these tricks too:


Don't stop at just one coat. Most mascara is formulated for layering two to three times, much like nail polish.

Mix and Match

If you have a lengthening mascara you love and a volumizing mascara you love, do one layer of each to create your ideal look.

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Use a Lash Curler

Anti-frizz serum, long-wear lipstick, and a good lash curler are a Southern woman's secret beauty weapons.