Easy Tips to Revive Your Favorite Cosmetics
Opening some makeup that you have not used in a while, only to find that its condition has degraded, can be frustrating. Especially when your high-end nail polish that cost a mint is dried and gooey. Read on to find out how you can resurrect your makeup items so that they are fully usable and good as new.
1. When nail polish starts to dry out it becomes quite thick, and you will have difficulty painting it on evenly. This is especially frustrating when it happens to your favorite shade or a bottle that cost quite a bit of money. Add one or two drops of nail polish remover to the bottle, and shake well. Your polish should now be thin and easy to use.
2. Rescue the last parts of your lipsticks by scooping them out of their tubes, and melting them slowly in a double boiler. Clean out an old lip gloss pot or similar container, and pour your lipstick blend in it for a new, unique and very economical lip shade.
3. Repair cracked powders, eyeshadows and bronzers with a few drops of rubbing alcohol. You will be surprised at how easily this works. Mix a few drops of rubbing alcohol into the makeup, and give it a minute to soak in. The powder will become soft and pliable, almost like clay. Re-join all of the broken pieces, and pat them down into the container. You can use the back of a spoon to smooth out the top of the makeup. Let it dry overnight. All of the alcohol evaporates away, leaving you with makeup that is perfectly usable again!
4. Revive makeup brushes with a bath. Use facial soap and gently massage it into the wet bristles of your makeup brushes. If you would like to disinfect them, add one part vinegar to 4 parts water, and rinse the bristles of your brushes well in this mixture before blotting them dry. Take care not to let brushes sit in water; also, make sure to wait until they are completely dry before using them.
5. Instead of buying a new foundation makeup, rescue the one (or ones) you have by customizing them like the professional make-up artists. If your foundation is too thick, add a few drops of facial toner or mineral water. If it is on the oily side, mix in a few drops of inexpensive witch hazel. Lighten up too-dark foundation by scraping in some of your lighter pressed powder. Brighten up dull foundation makeup by mixing in a few drops of liquid highlighter, or scrape a bit of your pearly pink or peach blush powder and mix it into the foundation. Make a tinted foundation by mixing 50% of a bronzer with 50% of a foundation that is too light. For tinted sunscreen, mix one part too-dark foundation with one part sunscreen for a tinted sunscreen with the SPF of your choice.
6. Sometimes, the oils in makeup turn rancid. You can usually tell by the smell of the makeup. If the cosmetics are too old, or have been exposed to heat, the oils could be degraded, making the cosmetic unusable. In this case, it is best to discard the makeup and move on.
Now that you have a few tips to help you extend the life of your current collection of makeup, you can feel good about getting your money’s worth and not being wasteful. And the best part is, now you have more money to spend on next season’s new makeup!