4 Easy Ways to Extend the Life of Your Beauty Products
Fab tips on making that expensive makeup last longer!

Nov 07, 2012 11:53
by Chloe Morello

Makeup isn’t cheap these days, so save yourself some pretty pennies by using these four smart tips to extend the life of your products.

1. If you want to get more for your money out of your foundation but still use a sponge to apply it, stop now! Sponges drink up your expensive foundation like nothing else, and by swapping a sponge for a foundation brush like the Manicare Foundation Brush ($13.95) you can make sure the foundation goes on your face, and not down the sink.

2. When you’re almost finished your foundation, you can sometimes cut it open from the end and scoop out that last face-worth of product, but what about those in glass bottles? The frosted glass might look prettier, but they can mean a lot of wasted product is left at the bottom, no matter how much you shake it! The cold glass bottle can thicken up the consistency making it hard to budge, so try warming it up under hot (not boiling) water, with the lid sealed. This will thin the product out and make it easier to extract those coveted last drops!

3. If you have a lot of nail polishes, or wear nail polish rarely, it’s likely that your lacquers are going to dry and glug up after some time, making it impossible to use properly. A single drop of acetone to the bottle, then shake well, can thin it up to make it more spreadable. An even better option is OPI’s Nail Polish Thinner ($13.50).

4. Dropping and shattering your expensive powder eye shadow, bronzer or blusher might make some people feel forced to throw it out. But you can restore a broken product to a useable state using rubbing alcohol. Add a few drops to dampen the broken shadow, bronzer or blush and then use the back of a spoon, or a clean coin to press the product firmly into the pan. Leave it to dry then dust away the mess to reveal your like-new product!

Have you tried any of these ideas before? Comment below if you know of any other makeup extending tricks!


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