Unlike many of the other products you can make, mascara must be made in a much more sterile fashion. When making your own eye products, only the purest ingredients that are specifically made for cosmetics should be used. When making your own mascara, you should never play around with preservatives that have not been tested for the eye area for both irritation and efficacy. Don’t ever make or use mascara where a preservative has been left out. It cannot be over emphasized how important it is to work in the most sterile manner possible and to avoid cutting any corners when making mascara. Here a few tips on how to make and use mascara in the safest manner. Mascara has a shelf life of about 60 days. 


  • If any eye cosmetic causes irritation, you should stop using it immediately.
  • If the irritation persists, go see a doctor.
  • Avoid using any eye cosmetics if you already have an eye infection.
  • Always wash your hands and face before applying eye cosmetics as bacteria from your hands made be transferred to your eyes.
  • Make sure any instrument you place in your eye is clean.
  • Don’t share your cosmetics. Another person’s bacteria may be hazardous to you.
  • Keep you cosmetics containers clean and DON’T REUSE any containers for eye cosmetics or creams that may be used around the eye area.
  • Discard dried up mascara.
  • Don’t try to re-moisten mascara or eyeliner with water, as you may be introducing bacteria into it.
  • Don’t store your cosmetics in a hot place, store in cool place.
  • When applying or removing eye makeup, be careful not to scratch your eyeball!
  • Don’t use cosmetics near the eye area that are not intended for that use. For example do not use a lip pencil as an eyeliner.
  • Avoid any color or cosmetic additives that are not specifically approved for use in the eye area.