Ways to Rescue Your Makeup
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Ways to Rescue Your Makeup

Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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The powder fell out of your compact. Your nail polish has gotten clumpy. Before you throw away damaged makeup, try rescuing it! Here are some simple ways to “fix” your makeup. Giving it a try can’t hurt. Save yourself the money you would have spent on new cosmetics. Avoid the waste of having to throw away makeup that just needs a little TLC.

Put the powder back together
Powdered eye shadow (or powdered blush) is incredibly simple to use. Unfortunately, it doesn’t tend to travel well. Have you ever opened your compact only to find that the powder had cracked, crumbled, or fallen out?

Put it back together. Press the powder back into the compact. Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to help smooth things back in place.

Let it chill out.
Has your nail polish gotten clumpy? Put the bottle into the refrigerator for a while. Humidity can sometimes make nail polish become thick and difficult to apply. Give it a little time to chill, and it should be good as new! What if the nail polish has already hardened? Try adding a few drops of nail polish thinner into the bottle. Shake it up, and give it a few minutes to work.

Save that last bit of lipstick.
You used up all of your favorite color of powdered eye shadow. Don’t throw away the empty container! Wash it out, let it dry, and re-use it. You can also wash and re-use an empty container of Burt’s Bees lip balm or Carmex.

Fill one of those empty containers with the last little bit of leftover lipstick. Remove every last trace of that little “nub” of lipstick that is leftover when the tube has almost run out. Scrape it out with a cotton swab (after you have pulled off the cotton). Transfer it into the empty container. Now, you can easily apply the lipstick by using a small makeup brush.

This same technique can be used to rescue the last remnants of lip gloss. However, it is not recommended that you mix lipstick and lip gloss together. They have some similarities, but should not be combined into one container.

Unclog a spray bottle.
It can be really frustrating when you try to spray on some perfume or hairspray only to find that the spray nozzle is clogged! If the bottle isn’t empty, then throwing it in the trash would be a waste of money.

Instead, try holding the clogged spray nozzle under warm or hot water. This should help to melt or soften whatever is causing the clog. Wipe it away as you dry it. If it still doesn’t spray, try removing excess debris with a toothpick.

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