Does Mascara Shorten Your Eyelashes?

From beginner to professional makeup artist every maker lover has mascara in their collection. From the Egyptians in 3000B.C to today people have been using mascara to achieve darker fuller eyelashes. It’s perfect on its own or paired with a nice set of false lashes and some eyeliner.

With a product that is so essential to almost any makeup look most people end up using it quite often. There is however a downside to looking using this amazing product all the time. Everyday use of mascara can definitely have an impact on your eyelashes in many different ways.

What Mascara Does To Your Eyelashes


Our eyes are very sensitive and susceptible to infections so it’s really important to be aware of what you put on or around it. The inside of mascara tubes are the perfect dark damp places for bacteria to grow. Still, you don’t have to worry this doesn’t mean your makeup may come with bacteria already inside of it. The more you use it the more fluids from your eyes, dust, and germs accumulate inside of it leading to bacterial growth.

To avoid infections it’s very important to remember to throw out your mascara every three months. And if you happen to purchase any pricey products I would use the hell out of it before three months rolls around! Saving money should definitely come second to giving yourself pink eye. 


Mascara works by making your eyelashes stiff and dark which then leads to fuller looking lashes. This is achieved by coating your lash hairs in a black pigment. The ingredients in mascara vary from brand to brand but they usually aren’t too good for prolonged use as they can really dry out your lash hairs. That dryness then leads to a variety of other problems. 

Loss of Lashes

There are a lot of down sides to leaving your makeup on while you sleep. You should always wash off all of your makeup before bed. One of the consequences to leaving your mascara on for more than a day is you can actually start loosing them. Like mentioned above mascara works by make your eyelashes stiff and coating them in black pigment. The ingredients may vary but mascara isn’t usually very nourishing or moisturizing. Which means that by leaving a substance that dries out your eyelashes on for too long they will start get brittle and that means they break off way easier especially when you toss and turn in your sleep. 

How To Protect Your Eyelashes

Get Rid of Old Products

Mascara like all makeup definitely has an expiration date. Always throw it away every three months. I know there are some pricey products out there and it’s REALLY hard to just throw it away if you haven’t used all of it yet but trust me it’s better than getting an eye infection. 

There are also a lot of “hacks” out there where they show you how to “revive” old mascara and honestly this just isn’t worth it. You are better off just going to a drug store and getting a $7 dollar mascara that you know doesn’t have any gross bacteria in it. 

Maybelline has a great affordable line of falsies mascara for around $8 that really works well. You can pick them up here.

And if you’re willing to splurge a little more Lancome has a great mascara for $25.00 that is really recommended which you can get here

Take It Off

Mascara can really take a toll on your eyelashes. If left on it can dry them out and potentially break them off. And if you’re using mascara in the first place I’m pretty sure thinner eyelashes are the last thing you want. So to keep your eyelashes as healthy and full as possible it’s best to use a makeup wipe or micelar water to remove all of the product. It can be hard to get off but it’s worth spending some extra time making sure they are nice and clean before bed. 


Most people don’t even think about moisturizing their eyelashes, because like why would you? Still, dry eyelashes are the root of a lot of problems such as thinning and breakage.

A great simple and affordable way to moisturize your eyelashes is to apply Vaseline to your eyelashes before bed after washing off your makeup with either your fingers or an old clean mascara wand. An alternative (if you have the money) is to hit up a makeup store like Sephora they have some great lash serums that you can get. 

Take A Break

The best thing you can do for your skin and hair is to just give it a break from makeup. Let your eyelashes breath and repair themselves for awhile. Taking a week or two off mascara does WONDERS for you eyelashes I promise you’ll notice that they look fuller and darker after. 

Fun Fact!

Your Mascara Wands Can Help Injured Animals!

Did you know that  you can donate your old clean mascara wands to wildlife rescues? They use the wands to remove larva and fly eggs from cute little animals in need! They’re perfect because the wand bristles are gentle on injured animals.

Also there’s no need to purchase them, they ask for cleaned used ones because it helps the environment by recycling that plastic that would otherwise end up in a landfill somewhere. 

Find out more here! 

Before mailing, wash wands in warm soapy water to remove residual mascara. In October and February, mail form, old wands & donations to: P.O. Box 1211, Skyland, NC 28776. Check postage & packaging requirements at your local post office.
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge

What is your all time favorite mascara? Mine is Lancomes Hypnose Drama, I totally swear by it although if i’m tight on money i always go for Maybellines falsie line. 

Don’t forget to throw away old make up, wash your face, and let your eyelashes rest once in awhile. 

Image by Bruno Glätsch from Pixabay

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