14 Easy Ways To Recycle, Repurpose, And Revive Your Old Makeup

Admit it — you hardly ever use up a makeup product anyway. So why not save a buck and turn your eyeshadow into nail polish, and fix that cracked bronzer palette instead of throwing it out or spilling it everywhere?

1. Melt old lipsticks together to create a rich new color.

When you get to the bottom of a few lipsticks, scoop out what’s left with a small knife and melt them together in a large spoon. If you’re worried that you’ll look like you’re cooking crack, try using a microwave. Pour the completed contents into a small container and leave it in the refrigerator to harden.

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2. Fix cracked pressed powder, bronzer, or eyeshadow by pouring alcohol in it.

Use a spoon to mush the contents of the palette into a powder and then add rubbing alcohol, stirring to create a thick paste. Let it sit overnight, allowing the alcohol to evaporate and leaving the powder solid and whole again.

Tip: The higher alcohol content, the faster it will evaporate and harden. 70% or 90% is ideal.

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3. Turn a cheap old eye pencil into a new liquid eyeliner.

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4. Mix pressed powder with facial moisturizer to make a tinted moisturizer.

Great for a powder you don’t use anymore, or if you struggle to find the perfect color.

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5. Mix old powder or eyeshadow with glue to create a sparkly paint.

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6. Turn a dried out lipstick into a tinted lip balm.

Mix an old lipstick with petroleum jelly, melt over heat, pour into a small container, and let sit in the refrigerator. Try a pretty tin box, or an old container of Altoids. Full instructions here.

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7. Mix sparkly eye shadow with clear nail polish to make your own color.

Add a matte top coat if it’s too shiny for your taste.

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8. Pour the last few drops of a perfume into an unscented body lotion.

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9. Turn an old makeup compact into a solid perfume container.

Empty an old compact and fill it with beeswax and essential oils to create a solid, easy-to-carry perfume. Full instructions here.

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10. Salvage an almost-empty lipgloss by soaking in hot water.

The remaining gloss will fall from the sides of the tube to the bottom.

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11. The same process can also revive a dried out mascara.

Soak in hot water until your mascara is goopy once again.

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12. Use an old liquid eyeliner brush as a nail art pen.

Clean off the mascara, and then dip in the nail polish color of your choice.

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13. When doing house repairs, use an old eyeliner pencil to mark wood and drywall.

Just in case you can’t find a pencil.

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14. Clean off a mascara wand and use it as an eyebrow brush.

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