Make The Most of Your Makeup With These 10 Clever Hacks
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Don’t throw that makeup out!
You could be tossing away a perfectly good product! With these clever makeup hacks, you can extend the life of your cosmetics and make them go so much further. We spend a lot on our makeup products so it would be a shame to not get the most of them.
1. Check the bottom of your lipstick tube for extra product.
You know that clear plastic disk on the bottom or top of many lipstick tubes? It actually has a purpose! If you pop it off, you’ll see most are filled with extra product. This is so customers can see the color of the lipstick and color match more easily. While it’s not available on all lipstick tubes, a majority of drugstore brands like E.L.F., Makeup Revolution, and Sonia Kushuk have this handy little caps on their lipsticks.
2. Get twice as much out of full coverage foundation.
If you like a more natural finish to your foundation, skip buying the sheer coverage and opt for full instead. It’s a higher concentration of pigment and is usually a thicker consistency, so all that’s required to lessen the coverage is to mix it with your favorite moisturizer. Even better, you’ll only need to use half as much as normal!
You can also do as I do and mix two foundations together (one full coverage and one sheer coverage) for the perfect consistency and shade matching as your summer tan fades.
3. Fix broken makeup with alcohol.
So your favorite palette dropped and now the pressed powder is broken — it happens! The fix is as simple as adding a few drops of alcohol, mixing the powder, and letting it dry back into its form! No need to worry about tossing away the broken bits of makeup. You can also transfer the pieces to a small jar and crush them up to use as a loose powder instead.
If you’ve only got a small amount of a shimmery powder left, mix the remnants into a moisturizer and store in a reusable jar. Then use the lotion on legs, arms, and shoulders to give your skin a glowy effect. For colored powders, try mixing the powder with a bit of coconut oil to make a tinted lip balm or a cream blush!
4. Revive dry mascara with contact solution or eye drops.
That’s right! If you’ve got a tube of mascara that’s starting to clump (or has dried out from a loose top), refresh it by squeezing a few drops of eye contact solution or eye drops into the tube. To prevent future clumping, don’t pump the wand in and out of the tube — this motion introduces tons of air which speeds up the drying process.
5. Use your products to the very last drop.
Scooping out products with your fingers can leave product behind in the corners. OR you could have a slender package that makes it nearly impossible to access the product at the bottom. With products like Beautiscoop or Spatty, you can get virtually all of the remaining product out from those hard to reach places.
If you’re in a pinch, try using a Q-tip to scrape out and apply any remaining product.
6. Know the expiration dates on products.
As great as is it to increase the longevity of your makeup, you should always make sure you’re not using expired products. Check for these symbols with a number + M to know the shelf life in months of the product. It may not necessarily go bad after that time frame, though it may likely lose its effectiveness.
7. Thin out your nail lacquer with a polish thinner.
If you notice your nail polish becoming too thick and harder to paint, thin out the formula with a polish thinner. This agent will restore the proper consistency and save you from having to buy a new bottle of your favorite nail color! You can also use isopropyl alcohol to do the same trick.
8. Store infrequently used skincare products in the fridge.
There’s a bit of back and forth about what should and shouldn’t be stored in the refrigerator. As a rule of thumb, skincare products you use every day or up to every few days can be stored at room temperature. Products that aren’t used as frequently can be kept cool in the fridge to preserve their shelf life, which is especially helpful when they’re naturally formulated and have fewer preservatives.
9. Save your mascara wand when you’re finished with the tube.
Once you’ve finished your tube of mascara, toss the bottle away but hang onto the wand. Give it a good cleaning with dish soap (this helps break down the oils in the product) and let it dry before tossing it back into your makeup bag. Those tightly wound wand bristles are great for brushing eyebrows or taming flyaways when sprayed with a little bit of hairspray!
You can also clean the tube and refill it with nourishing oils like castor or Vitamin E. Then simply sweep the oil onto eyelashes and eyebrows to help promote longer and stronger hair growth.
10. Return empty MAC makeup containers for FREE lipstick.
If you’re a MAC Cosmetics junkie, your loyalty will be rewarded! Once you save up 6 MAC primary packaging containers, return them to a store or via mail and receive a FREE tube of lipstick, lipgloss, or single eyeshadow of your choice! This incentive is thanks to their Back to MAC program as part of their commitment to the environment.
Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer in self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.