Mascara Hack

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Mascara Hack

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite makeup secrets – my mascara hack!

About a year ago I switched mascaras. I had been using Maybelline Great Lashfor years. Like 18 YEARS. I liked the consistency, it stayed on with minimal smudging, and it was cheap and easy to pick up. The reason I switched is because I attended a favorite things party and the gift I got was Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara. I tried it out and I have continued buying it ever since. It is supposed to help you get longer, more lush lashes. It works for me. I really like the consistency. It is drier than Great Lash and I feel like that helps it look thicker at the base of my lashes. The brush is also really thick and tightly bound which helps fan my lashes out more than Great Lash ever did. The price is a bit more but it isn’t too high.

And now for the hack! I add a drop of lavender essential oil to my Grow Luscious and I have noticed that my lashes are naturally longer and thicker than they used to be. It isn’t a crazy difference that is super noticeable but I do see it as I’m getting ready for the day. I wore the mascara without the added lavender for several months but really noticed the difference in my lashes after months of wearing it with the lavender.

So, why lavender? Lavender essential oil is assumed to aid in hair growth and to have antibacterial properties. Eye makeup can harbor lots of germs because of the mucous membrane (eyelids) it comes into contact with. This is why you should not share your eye makeup or applicators with others! Anyway, the lavender oil helps keep those germs in check. Another benefit of the oil is that it helps keep the mascara from getting too thick as it gets older and has been exposed to air time and time again.

This mascara hack is so simple. Here is all you need:

1 tube Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

1 drop Lavender Essential Oil*

Open the mascara, carefully drop 1 drop of essential oil into the tube and replace the lid.

See? Easy!

*Make sure to buy a high quality, 100% therapeutic-grade essential oil. Do not use a fragrance oil used in soap or candle making.

**I am not qualified to give advice about essential oils, first aid for misuse of essential oils, etc. I’m just sharing something that has worked for me. Follow the advice here at your own risk – essential oils should not be applied to the eye without the supervision of someone who had been trained to do so.

Do you have a great makeup hack or a favorite drugstore beauty product? Share in the comments!

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13 thoughts on “Mascara Hack

  1. Miranda (Myrabev)

    How cool is this hack, I have never thought to add anything to my mascara. I have for years switched from mascara to mascara and I found one which I do not remember the name or look of it and that’s why I am constantly looking for new ones

  2. Maria

    This is an awesome hack that I absolutely cannot wait to try for myself. I have been trying to grow my lashes for years after an at home accident with my eyelash curler. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Bonnie @ wemake7

    This sounds really neat. I don’t wear make up all that much but when I do I do like using mascara when I use it. I also love essential oils. I will have to try this next time.

  4. Nikki

    I use essential oils for many things, but I’ve never thought of or heard of doing this. Thanks so much for the great new idea! I get so mad because the hair on the top of my head is crazy thick, but my lashes aren’t. They’re not thin or anything, but not nearly as lush as I’d like them to be. I agree about making sure you’re getting a good EO, too. Soap makers do use the good stuff (my mom did), but you definitely want to make sure you’re buying essential oils and NOT fragrance oils. HUGE difference. One is oil derived from plant sources and the other is typically man-made.

  5. Tami

    I’ve been wanting to try essential oils for health reasons. You’ve given me another reason to do it! My lashes are not what they used to be. They are shorter and not as thick. They need the help!

  6. Tammilee Tips

    I never would have thought of using essential oils in make up like this!! I am just now discovering essential oils and am in love!! I am going to have try this make up hack out!

  7. Alanna

    Wow! I had no idea that putting a drop of lavender oil would help them grow!! That is such a great tip!! I wouldn’t have thought of it otherwise. Thanks so much for sharing! I’m also going to have to try the Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara. I don’t where makeup that often but when I do, I like having nice quality makeup products! Awesome review and post!

  8. Dina Demarest

    For years I have been putting a drop of extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil in my mascara. It goes on smoother and I think my lashes have improved because of it. I will be trying the lavender oil.

  9. Ronda Ogilvie

    Wow, this sounds amazing! I have been looking for a new mascara, so I think I will give this Revlon a try! Brilliant adding essential oils to the mascara! I hate when the mascara starts to dry out! Thank you for the awesome tip!

  10. Amanda

    What an interesting idea to add a drop of essential oils to your mascara. I must admit that I don’t struggle with growing long lashes, but it wouldn’t hurt to try something new! Thanks for sharing this hack!

  11. monica

    I am not a heavy make up person, but I do like mascara (although I do not use it on a daily basis) I am going to try this. I wonder if the effect would be the same with occasional use, however I do love essential oils and a little bit of lavender is always good. How often do you have to add it? Since I do not use it daily maybe every month so it does not get dry? Thanks for the advice.

    1. britonalo Post author


      I use mascara almost daily because I have really blond eyelashes. I don’t think you would see any growth using it once a month. I add a drop of oil to my new tube then I sometimes do it again maybe 2 months later? The lavender would be great to keep bacteria from growing in your tube since you use it so rarely!


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