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A true beauty enthusiast knows all makeup comes with a shelf life. The heartbreaking truth of it all? Excessive use and poor handling can sometimes cut our favourite products’ lives short. We know beauty products aren’t cheap, so that’s why we’ve gathered 10 of our favourite money-saving hacks to help prolong the life of your makeup.

Soak dried out mascara in hot water

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Mascaras are said to last for up to three months. But let’s face it, by month two, we’re sometimes left with a dried out formula and almost nothing to work with. Instead of scraping out your favourite mascara’s leftovers, soak it in a glass of hot water for two to three minutes — the hot water will help soften the formula. This trick should extend the use of your mascara for another week.

Use alcohol to repair a shattered product

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Shattered compact or eyeshadow? Don’t panic(!), rubbing alcohol will do the trick. After smoothing out the crumbled product, spray it with rubbing alcohol. Lightly stir and pat the mixture with a spoon. Like magic, your product (and heart) is restored.

Apply body lotion to wet skin

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Skin is most receptive to moisture when it’s wet. Save the pumps and apply half of the amount you typically use by applying body lotion right after the shower before you towel-dry. If you’re not a fan of thick and heavy body lotions, we suggest oil-infused moisturizers like Jergens Moisturizer For Wet Skin.

Wash brushes regularly

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Makeup brushes can last for years. That’s why it’s super important to wash your makeup brushes once a week. Regular washing will not only maintain the look and feel of bristles, but debris-coated bristles can easily latch onto product. In other words, a dirty brush can result in uneven and cakey makeup. While you’re saving your brushes, save the bucks and use sulfate-free shampoo as a gentle brush cleanser.

Cut tubes and scoop

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You’d be surprised to find the amount of product still hiding away in that ‘empty’ tube of serum. Cut it up (there’s no shame in it), scoop out the remaining product with a cotton swab and store it in a tiny container. The remaining product is usually good for at least two more uses.

Use a quarter-sized amount of conditioner

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Compared to your shampoo bottle, conditioner is always running low. It’s recommended to use only a quarter-sized amount of conditioner. It may not seem like much, but we’ve tried it, and it surely does do the trick without weighing the hair down. Start with the ends and work your way up to the roots.

Fix broken lipstick with a lighter

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Lipsticks can stay fresh for about a year. But sometimes the worst can happen and your favourite lipstick might just break before then. The cause: the storage temperature, but usually excitement (we’ve all opened a lipstick cap too fast, right? Just us then?). Solution: With a lighter, melt the broken end of the lipstick and reattach both pieces back together. Gently hold together until firm and voila!

Mix your foundation with moisturizer

A good foundation can be costly. But less is more, especially when you’re mixing moisturizer into your foundation. Adding moisturizers and serums to your foundation results in less product use, smoother application and a more natural finish. Best part is that you’ve created your own tinted moisturizer, without compromising on coverage.

Freshen your powders with tape

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Powders can last for up to twelve months. Although loose powders don’t show signs of aging, compact powders sometimes develop a weird, hard, dull film around their center. With packaging tape, press down on top of the powder to lift the layers of film. Do this about three to four times and your powder will work good as new. This also works for blushes and bronzers.

Give your products a new purpose

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We know how hard it is to say goodbye. But before you toss your VIPs into the trash, try giving them a new purpose. We recommend trying these easy hacks:

  •  Semi-dry brown mascaras make the best brow gels
  •  Lipsticks can double as cream blush
  •  Mix glitter or eyeshadow into clear nailpolish to create your own customized shade
  • Apply heat to the tip of a dull eyeliner pencil to create a glossy gel-like finish
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