Make your beauty bag s-t-r-e-t-c-h: 15 ways to get the most out of old makeup
Dolly Parton once said, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap”. And looking expensive is just as, um, expensive. If you ever added up all the money you spent on beauty products, you would probably need to apply some bronzer because you would become very pale. However, there are some clever tricks to drive your beauty dollar further and reduce waste – here are 15 of them!
1. Old nail polish gone thick and sticky? Revive it with a few drops of nail polish remover or nail polish remover thinner and it will be as good as gold. Or floral fuchsia or passionate purple or candy coral …
2. Old nail polish also makes an excellent colour-coding system for house keys and electrical cords – a quick dab will save you hours of fiddling around.
3. To make threading a needle easier, add a dot of nail polish to the end of the thread, pat excess off with a tissue and let it dry. It will be stiffer and much easier to thread.
4. A lip brush is the perfect way to use up every last drop of your favourite lipstick. Alternatively, scrape out the last remnants of lipstick and mix them with lip balm/gloss in a little jar or tub for a tinted lip gloss. Microwaving the lipstick for a few seconds makes it softer and easy to mix. This is also a good save for colours that are a bit too strong or heavy as lipstick alone. Or combine different lipstick shades to create the perfect colour.
Eyeliner and mascara
5. When eyeliner starts to go dry, sharpen it then hold a flame or a hairdryer close to the tip. It will soften very quickly and be as good as new.
6. Save liquid eyeliner brushes and after washing them, use them with nail polish to decorate your nails with delicate patterns or other intricate decorations for crafts, etc.
7. Keeping your eyeliners in the fridge during summer will prevent them from getting too soft, which results in wasted product through over-sharpening.
8. Place your old mascara wands in the dishwasher to clean them and then use them to groom your eyebrows or mist them with hairspray to gently smooth down fuzzies at the hairline.
9. Crushed eyeshadow can be mixed with a bit of paw paw cream or lip gloss to create a creamy eyeshadow.
10. Mix old eyeshadow with clear nail polish to create a new nail polish colour.
11. Combine eyeshadow with clear glue or white paint so your kids can create colourful artworks.
12. Rescue (and remix!) your favourite soft, sparkly shadows by transferring them into a small plastic jar.
13. When your foundation or moisturiser pump dispenser dispenses no more, use the stem from the pump to scrape the last remnants onto your hand – you can often extend the life of your products another week or two.
14. To extend the life of your expensive body oils, place a small amount into a pretty spray pump, add water and leave it in the shower. Simply shake, spray and towel-dry and you’ll be left with smooth, glistening and fragrant skin.
Bronzer and Blusher
15. Just like eyeshadow, crushed bronzer and blusher can be mixed with paw paw ointment for a creamy eyeshadow or dewy cheek look.
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This article was written by Zoe Meunier for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz