Dried up gel liner?

This has happened to me so many times. I am almost finished with my makeup and I reach for my gel eyeliner and when I open it up it’s as hard as a rock! AHH! A few times it has been a black gel liner but for me I’ve noticed its usually one of my colored gel liners. Probably because I don’t purple or electric green eyeliner on a daily basis, although I love the colors! Here are two ways that you can fix your gel liner so that its new again!

1) Your microwave! Just place your gel liner in the microwave for a few seconds until it has melted and become creamy again and ta-da! Good as new! You want to make sure you are doing it in short bursts because do you want to actually cook your eyeliner, just melt it.

2) This one is a little more involved. If the above doesn’t happen to work (maybe this is the third or so time that you’ve had to do this so there is just no moisture left) or you’ve accidentally fired your liner (hey it happens) you can try this trick. You will need:

  1. Face (foundation) primer
  2. Water
  3. Glycerin
  4. Microwave

This takes a little more effort but if your liner is really dried up and you want to save it, this is how you do it. Mix one part glycerin and one part water. You wont need a lot here so its easier to do it in drops, depending on how much product (dried up gel liner) you have. Break up the dried up gel liner add in your water and glycerin mixer and then add it a small amount of your face primer. I would say less than pea size should work for most cases. Mix all together as best as you can. Then place you gel liner in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Do this in about 5 second bursts. You don’t want to cook/boil the gel liner. Then remove mix once more and you are done! Revived gel liner, ready to use for another day!

*if you don’t have access to a microwave or are afraid of over heating, you can also use a hairdryer 🙂

Pretty easy right?




This is my Estee Lauder gel liner before. As you might be able to see from the picture it looks pretty dry and is starting to pull away from the sides.



Both of these pictures show my eyeliner after I placed it in the microwave for 15 seconds and stirred it up. One photo is with flash and one is without. I hope you can see the texture change.20121119-202537.jpgFinally the usage test. I used a small art liner brush that I got from an art supply store. But as you can see the liner now applies smooth and creamy. Good as new!