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18 Genius Tricks To Get Every Last Drop Out Of Your Makeup

Because you should be able to use every bit of your favorite lipstick — even the part in the bottom of the tube.


1. Repair broken eyeshadows with a few drops of rubbing alcohol.

See the complete tutorial here.

2. Use a similar trick to repair broken blush or face powders.

This tutorial uses a slightly different technique.

3. Keep powders from breaking in the first place by cushioning then with a cotton pad or cotton ball.

This won't help you if you drop it while you're putting your face on, but hopefully it will keep your product safer in your bag. From here.

4. Use a penny to get every last bit out of your mineral makeup.

Read more about how this works here.

5. Reattach a broken lipstick using a lighter.

Just be very careful not to burn yourself. Read more about how to make it work at Cosmopolitan.

6. When you get to the end of your favorite tube, de-pot the rest into a small container.

Use every. last. bit. Find out how to do it here.

7. Just when you think a tube of product is empty, cut it open and save what's inside.

There will always be more leftover than you think. From here.

8. Dunk your mascara in a glass of warm water to loosen up all of the product.

Get more mascara tricks at Cosmopolitan.

9. If your mascara needs some ~serious~ thinning out, put in a couple drops of saline solution.

That's contact solution, in case you didn't know. From here.

10. Make a dried-out gel liner smooth again by adding eye drops.

You don't want to add rubbing alcohol to this one, because it's going to go so close to your eyes. From here.

11. Bring a dried out MAC paint pot back to life with some basic stirring.

Yes, it works! Watch the whole tutorial here.

12. Use eyeshadow primer before using eyeshadow.

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Using a second product may seem counterintuitive, but primer makes eyeshadow pop without having to use lots and lots of shadow. Your shadow pan will last much longer before you have to buy a new one.

13. Use cheap bar soap to clean your makeup sponge. / Via

Clean your sponge once a week, and it will last much, much longer. Read more about this here.

14. To prevent your pencil from crumbling when you try to sharpen it, stick it in the freezer for a few minutes.

Lose less product to the sharpener. From here.

15. Bring a dried out eyeliner pen back to life by running it under cold water for a few seconds.

Watch the full video tutorial here.

16. Un-stick a stubborn nail polish lid by soaking it upside down in hot water.

Read more about how this works here.

17. Revive your clumpy nail polish with a tiny bit of nail polish thinner.

You can get thinner for about $4 — much less expensive than a new bottle of O.P.I. or Essie, and it will extend the life of many, many bottles of polish. Learn more about how it works and how to use it here.

18. When your perfume bottle is almost empty, add the last few drops to a bottle of body lotion.

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It will be a light scent, but it will still be there!

BUT DON'T FORGET: Toss your products when they expire, even if you could make it "last longer."

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