Top tips to get more from your make-up

Top tips to get more from your make-up
  • Mascara as shoe polish. Did you know your trusty mascara can act as shoe polish when you don’t have any to hand? Simply dab some onto kitchen roll and apply to black leather shoes to hide scuffs and marks.
  • Petroleum jelly to set perfume. Dabbing on petroleum jelly to your pulse points before spritzing perfume will make it last longer. The ointment is air and watertight so will seal in fragrance better than applying to dry skin.
  • Foundation as cream blusher. Put some of your favourite powder blusher onto the back of your hand and mix with a little foundation. Apply the beautiful pale colour to the apples of your cheeks.
  • Argan oil for nails. This miracle oil has been hailed a saviour for hair but it can also be used on your nails too. Apply to any dry cuticles in need of some tender loving care.
  • Matte eye shadow as eyebrow definer. If you want to rock a power brow look but can’t afford yet another product, have a root through your old eye shadows and find one that suits your eyebrow colour. Make sure the powder is matte not shimmery and apply with an angled eye shadow brush for extra definition.
  • Old mascara wand as root touch up tool. Once you’ve finished with a mascara, keep the brush and put it through the dishwasher. Then when it comes touching up your roots, apply your hair dye with the brush. It will distribute the dye evenly and be more precise than what comes with the kit.
  • Blusher as nail varnish. Simply scrape off a bit of your blusher onto a clear surface then mix with a clear nail varnish. You’ll have a lovely flattering tone that will compliment any outfit. Shimmery blushes will add a bit of sparkle to the polish too.
  • Eye shadow as highlighter. Mix a tiny amount of a pearly eyeshadow with your facial powder and place on cheekbones, t-zone and along the front of your nose.
  • Highlighter as lip plumper/ Don’t shell out for expensive lip plumping products when you can create the illusion with highlighter. Apply your lipstick, then draw a small cross across the middle part of your lips and cupid’s bow with highlighter. Blend and blot for more fuller looking lips.

  • Concealer as eye shadow primer. If you suffer from oily lids then eye shadows can slip away into creases easily. If you don’t want to buy yet another product, try dabbing your concealer onto your eyelids to act as a base to eye shadow.

  • Eyeshadow as eye liner. Dampen an angled eye shadow brush or cotton bud and use on eye shadow pallette. The water will intensify the pigments to give a strong bold line.

  • Primer as make up remover. Perfect for those sneezes when you’re applying mascara. Dot your primer onto a cotton bud to clear away any mistakes without smudging.

  • Lipstick as blusher. Apply lippy then blot with heel of hand and gently press onto your cheeks for a healthy glow.


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