OMG. This is a miracle.
I was just thinking last night about how I want to go out and buy MAC’s Fluidline black eye liner pot. This morning, I open a drawer and lo and behold, there’s a brand new one just sitting there staring back at me!
(Ok, I have a feeling it might be my sister-in-law’s, but I’m going to pretend it fell from the heavens just for me).
I think maybe someone bought it and just forgot about it because, although it was brand new, it was completely dried out.
Now, I’ve mentioned a couple times before that my favorite type of eye liner are the cream/gel liner pots you apply with a brush. I think they’re easier to apply than liquid, they won’t smear or smudge, and you can make it look sleek or smokey.
The downside is, they do dry out. Forgetting to close the lid can just kill them. Once they’re hard and dried out, it’s difficult to get the product on your brush, and whatever you do manage to brush on may flake — it’s just a messy situation.
Good news is, you don’t have to dump it — here’s an easy way to revive your dried out liner (and save yourself some moola from going out and buying a new one):
You will need:
1. The eye liner pot that needs to be resuscitated
2. Visine eye drops or a similar product. Note: DON’T use contact solution – it doesn’t work as well
3. A brush to mix. I used the eye liner brush I use to apply the liner because that’s all I had with me, but you can also use a toothpick. If you do use a brush, I recommend one that has a bigger brush than this one. You’ll see why later
4. Hand sanitizer if you are using a brush like I did
STEP 1: Apply 2-3 drops to the dried eyeliner pot. I put a little more by mistake (about 5 drops instead of 3), and if you do too, don’t worry. I’ll show you how to fix that in the end.
Your dried eye liner
Add 2-3 drops of your eye drop
STEP 2: Since I’m using my makeup brush, I washed it first and sanitized the pointy end (opposite from the end with the bristles) with a hand sanitizer. I then used this end to stir the eye drops with the eye liner.
Note: You can use a toothpick instead to do this, but just make sure you’re diligent about mixing it thoroughly and getting all the clumps!
Stirring with the hard end of my brush
STEP 3: After mixing it thoroughly, I then turned the brush around to pat it down.
...turn the brush around so pat down the mess with the bristles
By the way, this is why I think a brush that is a tad bigger would be more useful than the one I used, since it can be used to pat down the contents better. This is all I had on me at the moment though!
STEP 4: Since at this point, you might also find the rim of the pot a little messy, I used one end of a Q-tip to clean it up. I then used the other to pat it down to a smoother finish. The Q-tip also absorbs any excess liquid if you added too much of the eye drops at the beginning.
Use one end of the Q-tip to clean around the rim of the container; use the other to pat and smooth down further
And voilà! Your eye liner is good as new.
I applied mine right after and it slid over my lids as if it were never dried out to begin with. Money.