Today I thought I’d share a few beauty hacks that I’ve picked up over the past couple of decades that really work and actually do help save time and money. See, I recently had an impromptu sleepover at an old friend’s house and realized too late I left my cosmetics bag at home. Panicked at the the thought of looking like the crypt keeper, I macguyvered my way through my routine with a few of these tricks and the random contents of her guest bathroom cabinets. That near-ugly experience led me to write this post just in case you’re looking for beauty hacks or ways to save money or ways to make a lipstick sample into a blush when you’re totally freaking out.
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If you drop a pressed powder here’s how to fix it: Add a few tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to it and stir. Let it set overnight & it should be good as new.
Don’t throw away used makeup containers. Companies like MAC, Lush, and Kiehl’s offer free products or discounts when you recycle.
Don’t throw out a broken lipstick! Fix it by heating it up with a lighted match or hairdryer and then let it harden back up in the refrigerator.
Make your hair color last longer by washing it every other day. Use dry shampoo instead.
Save money by making your own dry shampoo. For lighter hair use cornflower. If you have darker hair just add a little cocoa powder to the mix
Use brown sugar and honey as a natural and budget-friendly exfoliant.
Use a toothbrush to exfoliate your lips.
Dry your nails in 3 minutes by soaking them in a bowl of ice water.
Save money and get cash back on cosmetics and other items at Sephora and Ulta using Ebates.
Add corn starch to clear nail polish for a DIY matte look.
Out of shaving cream? No need to rush to the store. Use conditioner instead.
Use coconut oil as an eye makeup remover. Mix 1 teaspoon coconut oil with 1/2 teaspoon of tear-free baby shampoo and water. Or use it as a lotion. Or a hair conditioning treatment.
Use cold, caffeine-based products like green tea to de-puff bags under the eyes.
Make a less than fabulous pigmented eyeshadow more colorful by applying a white eyeliner all over your eyelid first. The white liner will cancel out the color of your skin and give the shadow a neutral base so the color can pop.
Or make that shadow into a polish by mixing it with clear nail polish.
If your foundation is too dark add a little moisturizer to lighten it up.
Clumpy mascara? Make it last longer by adding a few drops of contact solution. (But never keep mascara for longer than 3 months!)
Use Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner!
Save money by making your own makeup brush cleanser. Mix 1/2 teaspoon olive oil with 1/2 teaspoon dish washing soap
Cut makeup sponges in half to make them last longer.
Apply concealer after foundation. If you use concealer first, you’ll just remove it when you apply your foundation product. This way you’ll use less concealer!
Save money on nails by using a Sharpie to DIY-it and keep it from smearing with hairspray.
If your eyebrows are out of control, spray a spooly brush with hairspray and brush them into place.
Or use clear mascara.
If you have oily skin, avoid products with shimmer. They’ll make you look shinier.
You can use that shimmer on the center of your lips to instantly make them look fuller.
If you’re out of blush use a tiny bit of lipstick to add color to your cheeks.
Visine can get the red out…of that pimple on your face.
Prep eyelashes with translucent or baby powder for an inexpensive way to make lashes appear longer.
Check the bottom shelves at the store. Products that are more expensive go at eye level.
Don’t pump your mascara! Pumping adds air which drys it out faster.
Grey hair? Use black mascara to cover roots between salon appointments.
Save money on hair cuts and colors by going to a beauty school instead of a salon.
Use peppermint oil as a natural and cheap lip plumper.
Skip the salon and remove nail stains with denture whiteners. Soak hands in a solution made of 1/2 water, 1/2 denture whitening tabs for fifteen minutes.
If you’re out of blotting papers use toilet seat covers from public restrooms as a substitute.
You can get high end beauty products at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s for a lot less.
Save money on lipstick by “setting” the color. Apply translucent powder over a tissue on top of your lipstick to make it last longer.
Keep all receipts. If a beauty product doesn’t work as expected, return it! Most stores will give you your money back.
Use the Ebates app when you shop online. It will check for all available coupons and find the best one for you in seconds.
Hopefully some of these ideas will help you save a few dollars! What is your favorite beauty hack?