Is your makeup routine a hassle? Here are some proven makeup hacks for getting more out of your lipstick, removing eyeliner effectively, and more.
The Many Uses of Lipstick
Lipstick can serve double-duty as a cream blush. Just dab a little on your cheeks and blend. This is also a great tip for an evening out when you’re carrying a tiny clutch that barely has enough room for your keys and cell phone.
DIY Brush Cleaner
If you’re having trouble getting your make-up brushes and sponges clean, make a simple cleaning solvent. Combine a half cup of baking soda with two tablespoons water and mix together. Then add the resulting paste to one cup of water and a half cup of fabric cleanser. Dip your brushes and sponges in the final solution, rinse clean, and reshape before allowing to air-dry.
For emergency under-eye concealer, use your foundation. A good trick is to dab from the little bit on the cap, which is thicker. You can use this on blemishes too.
Prevent Crumbling Eyeliner
If you have an eyeliner pencil that keeps crumbling when you try to use it, stick it in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm it up.
Make Your Own Face Powder
Make your own loose face powder with cornstarch! After all, most commercial powders, whether drugstore brands or pricey make-up counter options, use cornstarch as a base. To add color, sprinkle in a little cocoa powder until you get your desired shade. Store it in a pretty tin, and use just as you would your usual loose powder. Not only have you saved money, you’ve made an all-natural face mask that doesn’t contain a single chemical.
For an inexpensive way to remove mascara, eyeliner, and shadow, try baby shampoo. It contains many of the same ingredients as eye make-up remover and works just as well, but costs a lot less. Pour a small amount on a tissue or cotton ball, rub over closed eyes, and rinse with water.
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