Repurpose makeup? What are you on about now, Kate? Well, I recently wrote a post on ways you can repurpose the beauty products you’re not using and I thought it would be interesting to extend the concept to makeup. In that post I was talking about the fact that I was a compulsive buyer of beauty products and, while I do love my skin care, the big majority of what I buy is actually makeup. I have a passion for eyeshadow palettes, concealers, foundations and red lipsticks. The thing is that I overindulge and oftentimes I’ll realise that I don’t really like what I bought. While giving unused makeup to charity or friends is definitely an option, there are other ways you can use up your products.
What you can do with unused mascara
My fellow makeup lovers won’t deny this: taste in mascara is extremely subjective and can prove to be specific. I’m usually picky when it comes to wands: my eyelashes are short, I’m clumsy and often poke myself in the eye. As a result, my drawers are full of mascaras I hate using.
Here are different things you can do with your unwanted mascara:
- If you do like the wand, clean it and use it with a mascara whose product you enjoy
- Clean the wand and use it as a spoolie for your eyebrows
- If your mascara is waterproof, you can use the product as liquid eyeliner with an angled brush. Word of caution: don’t try this with an old dried out mascara. Bear in mind that most mascaras can only be kept for 6 months. Also remember to be quick because it dries faster than liquid eyeliner, it has less playtime.
Making use of liquid highlighter
A lot of people dislike liquid highlighter because its application can make the products underneath move around.
Kate’s summer tip: transform it into body highlighter! Apply it on your shoulders, cleavage, etc. for a glowy summer look. It will also make it easier for your partner or friends to spot you from a distance. #nevergetlostagain
Repurpose that unwanted powder highlighter
Some highlighters can look a bit crazy, over-the-top and contain too much glitter. I personally prefer a highlighter that has a wet-looking finish and refuse to put on super glittery products on my face.
Tip to repurpose makeup: wet that brush and slap on your powder highlighter onto your lids!
Give your lipsticks some love
If a lipstick is too rosy for your liking, try it as a cream blush. Conversely, if a cream blush isn’t the shade you expected, make it work as a lip stain.
There’s a hack I read recently about recycling orange lipstick into a corrector for dark circles. I’ve tried it. Forget about it.
50 shades of foundation
Does your stick foundation make your skin too oily? See if it works as a concealer.
Is your foundation too dark? Use it as contour or on the perimeters of your face.
Is your foundation too light? Use it as highlighter or as an eye primer.
Is your foundation too drying? Mix it with your usual moisturiser.
Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is a great moisturiser.
Turn eyeshadow into nail polish
One of the ways you can repurpose makeup is by transforming that palette you dislike or a broken eyeshadow into nail polish.
Crush the shadow into oblivion, transfer it into a bottle of clear nail polish (preferably not full), shake it like a polaroid picture, and you’re done!
It does work, but I bite my nails and didn’t want to inflict that sight upon you.
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. Again, if you know of any other ways to repurpose makeup, do share your hacks in the comments!