Make Up Leftovers

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We all have this secret stash. Somewhere in a drawer below. All our wrong make up purchases and mistakes. Stuff that seemed Holy Grail in the store and a complete disaster on your face.  This is an evitable part of the art of makeup. I have never met a woman who doesn’t have such a stash to her credit.
So what do you do with the stash? Here are some salvage tips I personally use
1.      First of all – throw away everything that looks/smells spoilt. There is no point holding on to it.  If something breaks you out, it needs to go. 

2.      Liquid Foundation: Wrong color? Too Dark? Don’t throw it away yet. (Unless it is spoilt). Mix 1 part of the foundation with 4 parts of body moisturizer for an excellent, temporary, glowing, smooth looking tan on the legs. (I love this one. I have very pale legs and am always trying to tan them in sun-safe manner).

3.      Compact foundation: Use this to set your lipstick. Apply a layer of lipstick and lightly dust on top using the compact powder. Apply the second layer of lipstick. Voila, your long last lipstick is done. (Don’t overdo this in enthusiasm – the lips will be coated in a thick layer which will be very unappealing). You can also use this powder below the eyes when creating a smoky look as it will catch all the powder that falls and can be dusted away easily. 

4.       Blush: Too dark? Use it as an eye shadow if you can pull it off. Else try mixing it with some moisturizer to lighten the color before application. Or else mix half and half with loose translucent powder. If it is cream based you can also use it as lip color. If it is too brown or bronze, refer to tip 2 to use in place of foundation to bronzify your legs :D

5.      Moisturizer makes you break out? Use as lotion for hands and feet during an at-home mani/pedi cure

6.      Mascara: not giving you the needed volume. Use as water proof, intense eyeliner. Just dip a eyeliner brush into the bottle. Remove clumps and apply. Wash brush after use. 

7.      Lipstick is a horrible color? See if it can salvaged by using it to make a sheer tinted homemade lip gloss or balm

8.      Concealor: wrong shade? Use a sheer coat as eye primer to make powder eye shadows pop. Please note emphasis on word sheer. 

9.      Apricot Scrub is too harsh for the face? Use it on the feet. 

10.  Don’t try to salvage dried nail polish with remover. It will chip much faster. Just discard it

11. Face pack not suiting you? Use on hands and feet as a treat. 

Do you have any special tips of dealing with makeup purchase mistakes? 

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  1. grea tips , specially love the tip # 2

    even I totally go gaga over bronzed legs . so sexay :D

  2. Great tips T! I wish I could salvage new products that have gone way past their 'Use By' date too :D Just imagine i have, like.. 3 L'Oreal True Match Foundations that r practically new but expired (?). I feel so guilty now that I think I'll still try them on my legs (???) LOL :D

  3. I remember how i ocne used a rubbish apricot scub on m feet and it worked wonders to remove all the dead skin cells.

    Mascara tip is great. WOuld ty this out and let you know how it worked for me. :)

  4. @ Palak: I tried very hard to tan them while in Goa, and they did acquire a nice glow :)

    But for when it is not possible for me to take a trip to Goa - I use tip 2. If you want a more glam look try also adding a bit of shimmery bronze lotion/powder

  5. @ Cynthia: Hey! Yr welcome :D

    I know wht you mean. I hate buying foundations myself. I have a ton of them coz I never seem to be able to find anything that matches my skin - it is always too yellow or too pale. I have a lot of pink tones in my skin as well.

    Oh - Oh! I don't know about expired or close to expiry stuff. Take a quick smell, texture (feel) and color test first,and of course do a patch test too.

  6. @Rati: I never buy body scrubs, I always either make a brown sugar lemon in coconut oil scrub at home or use up scrubs that I buy for my face, but discard as they are too abrasive.

    The mascara tip worked for me when once I had forgotten to carry eyeliner with me.

    It's not a great substitute but works ok.

  7. oh! I am gonna try this with olive oil. I get headache with coconut oil's smell.:(

  8. @Rati: I guess I shdn't wear my VS Tropical Paradise Body Mist around you :-)

  9. Just too good tips :)

  10. Very good post indeed...

    read ur blog regularly.... I do have loads of leftovers :P

    About reviving old nail polish - I always add transparent nail polish to the old one to keep the same shade ( when it becomes think - not totally dried!) or mix other colours to get a new colour!!! :D


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