Bang For Your Buck: How To Scrape Every Bit Of Your Makeup

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Once you’ve hit pan on your favorite powders and creams,  or can’t  manage to squeeze out the little bit of product left in a bottle or tube, it can be tempting to chuck your makeup out altogether.

But giiiiiirl, makeup is expensive as you know, and being a responsible, thrifty beauty junkie is what we should all aspire to be.

You don’t even have to haul those trendy cleaning tools either that promise to help you scrape out every last bit of makeup.

Simple, everyday household items that you probably already have lying around will do just fine! From straws, some rubbing alcohol, a little Q-tip, a knife, you name it, and it can probably get the job done just as well as those expensive cleaning kits.

All it takes is a little bit of ingenuity, baby girl.

Brush network on Facebook  shows us four ways to rescue some barely-there product you can still get some use out of before buying new ones:

For nearly-empty foundation, take a plastic straw and cut slits on either side about a fourth of the way from the bottom end. Then, cut only one section of from the slits so that you’re left with a scoop-like form on the other half.

For nearly-empty foundation, take a plastic straw and cut slits on either side about a fourth of the way from the bottom end. Then, cut only one section of from the slits so that you’re left with a scoop-like form on the other half.

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*Do not use a Q-tip like in this photo, it will just absorb most of the product*

Use that end to help you dig out some foundation when you’re doing makeup at the last minute and realize you’re just running out, or use to scoop up the product to transfer to another container like in the video.

Nub-like lipstick? You’d be surprised how much of the lipstick is left in the tube that you can still make use of.

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Take a clean toothpick and scrape out the remaining product and place in a smaller container like a pill box or contact lenses case. Then, take about half a teaspoon of an oil or butter of your choice (coconut, shea, almond, etc) and mix it in with the lipstick until fully incorporated. You’re left with a travel-friendly lip stain you can whip out when the moment calls for it.

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You’ve hit pan on your fave powder! Don’t rush out to the drug store just yet.
Crush up the remaining bits finely and bring it to the center of the pan. Then, take some rubbing alcohol and drop in about 3- 6 drops, just enough so you’re able to mix it into a fine paste. Then spread the product out again on the pan and wait to dry. In a few hours, you’ve got your fave face powder ready again! $$$ saved.

Lastly, a nice liquid eyeliner wing on a blah day can help liven up your mood, but doesn’t it suck when you drag it across your lid only to find out it’s dry as hell?

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In a totally duh! move, you can just simply flip the felt nib over (prepare to get a bit inky) from the other end that’s in the tube and voila, eyeliner that’s as slick as oil, ready to make your peepers defined as heck.
Buying makeup is fun for sure, as there are heaps of products guaranteed to interest you, but in a sitch, making the most of what you already have is the way to go.

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