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?
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.
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.
Turn a cheap old eye pencil into a new liquid eyeliner.
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.
Mix old powder or eyeshadow with glue to create a sparkly paint.
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
Mix sparkly eye shadow with clear nail polish to make your own color.
Pour the last few drops of a perfume into an unscented body lotion.
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
Salvage an almost-empty lipgloss by soaking in hot water.
The same process can also revive a dried out mascara.
Use an old liquid eyeliner brush as a nail art pen.
When doing house repairs, use an old eyeliner pencil to mark wood and drywall.
Just in case you can't find a pencil.
Clean off a mascara wand and use it as an eyebrow brush.
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