Let’s be honest, we all love a steal, particularly when it’s on our favourite makeup products. It’s as much of a retail ‘high’ as coming away with bags full of liquid lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes and contour kits. Of course, no matter how much you save, all of your beauty buys add up. That’s why I’ve decided to share these six beauty hacks so you never have to feel guilty about splurging on makeup again.
1. Make Your Mascara Last Longer
Don’t you just hate it when your favourite mascara runs out or, worse, dries out? Before you decide to throw it away, give this hairdryer hack a try.
Remove the wand from your mascara, hold the tube up to a hairdryer (keeping it about 2cm away) and blast it with hot air for 20 seconds. If there’s any remaining or dried up formula inside, it will soften it. You can then pop your brush back into the melted formula and keep using your favourite mascara as usual.
2. Perfume An Unscented Body Lotion
If your favourite fragrance is running low and payday is too far away to justify buying a new one, then you’re going to think that this is one of the best beauty hacks you’ve ever heard.
All you need to do is buy a cheap unscented body lotion and spritz the last few drops of your perfume into it. Then, make sure that you shake the bottle well so that you’re left with an entire bottle of body lotion that carries your signature scent. You can then apply it onto your skin and you’ll still feel like you’re wearing your favourite fragrance.
3. Stop Your Sponge From Absorbing Your Foundation
We all love a good beauty sponge. It’s the easiest way of achieving a natural, flawless, and full-coverage finish. The only downfall, though, is that it often ends up soaking up a lot of your foundation. Don’t worry though, I’ve got a few beauty hacks up my sleeve for that too.
Rub a pea-sized amount of primer onto the surface of your sponge. It will create a barrier so that your foundation goes into your skin rather than the beauty sponge.
4. Save Your Smashed Powder
It turns out that vodka doesn’t just taste great in a martini glass, you can also use it to salvage your smashed compacts. So, next time you drop your favourite powder, don’t let it ruin your day. Instead, keep all of the broken powders and, when you get home, you can use alcohol to put them back together again!
Simply rub a few drops onto the broken powder until it turns back into a smooth consistency, then leave it to set. It will be as good as new!
5. Give Your Nail Polish A Revamp
I don’t know about you, but in the GLOSSY office, we’re always updating our manicures. Constantly splurging on a new set of gels or acrylics can get quite pricey, though, so why not give your ordinary nail polish a bit of a makeover?
If it’s shimmer of glitter that you’re after, you can just mix some loose pigments into your polish and it will instantly transform a simple manicure into a much more jazzy set of nails.
6. Don’t Splurge On Makeup Brush Cleaner
No, I don’t mean stop washing your makeup brushes! – but you don’t need to purchase expensive cleaner either. Instead, antibacterial hand wash or a gentle washing up liquid will do the trick nicely.
Fill a small basin with hot water, then squirt your hand wash or washing up liquid into the water and stir the water until foam starts to appear. Then, dunk your makeup brushes into the water, swirl them around, lift them out and squeeze the water out of the bristles. Repeat until the water that comes out of the bristles becomes clear. Your brushes will be hygienically clean and beautifully soft!
And there you have it, six beauty hacks that will save you both time and money!
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