Studies have shown that makeup purchases are the #1 cause of credit card debt.
Just kidding. I’m pretty sure it’s divorce.
Anyway, makeup is expensive. You could be testing a new product, or running to the store to replace an old one. Either way, beauty buying adds up.
It is a commonly held (and wrong) belief that if you want long lashes, you need a tube of mascara, and if you want chiseled cheekbones, you better have a bronzer on hand. But don’t worry. I’m here to save you from this life of misery.
Because the game-changing news is, most of the beauty products you already have on hand have many, many purposes. This means there’s no need to rush out the second your favorite liquid eyeliner runs dry. Chances are, if you’re savvy and follow this guide, you can still have eyeliner so sharp it could kill with the tools already in your makeup tray.
#1 – Lipstick as eyeshadow
Fact: I do not own an eyeshadow palette with any red. Fact: I do, however own many, many, many red lipsticks.
Of course, you can achieve this look with more colors than just red. My favorite part about this hack is that when using a matte lipstick, the color doesn’t move! This also means that when you’re blending, you better work fast, so have your brushes ready when using this trick.
#2 – Blush as eyeshadow
This is one of the easiest makeup hacks, because powdered blush and powdered eyeshadow are often a very similar consistency. I own a neutral eyeshadow palette for when I’m doing a natural eye look. But when I want to step outside of my comfort zone, I dip into my blush palette for pinks, reds, and oranges. This also creates a seamless look when you use the same blush on your eyes as you do on your cheeks!
#3 – Mascara as eyebrow brush
This is one of my favorite tricks for when my Anastasia brow wiz pencil wears down. However, the mascara you use must match your natural eyebrow color. This works great for us dark-haired ladies, but those with lighter eyebrows should use a clear or hair-colored mascara for this instead.
I usually start by lining my eyebrows with a pencil (see tip #7 for an eyebrow pencil hack!), and then going over it with an old mascara wand. Old wands work the best because their color isn’t as intense, so the brush is just enough to slick my eyebrow hairs into place without making me look like a crazy woman. Besides, where else was that old mascara going to go? In the trash? I think not.
#4 – Blush as lipstick
This works best when using a cream blush. Just take a small makeup brush (or just your pinky!) into your blush to pull the color, and swipe the blush over your lips for a natural look. You can then top your blushed lips with lipgloss for a finished look.
You can also use a similar shade of blush over your lipstick as a finishing powder to make your look last all night.
#5 – Lipstick as blush
It should go without saying by now that if a blush can be a lipstick, then of course a lipstick can be a blush!
You should look for a lipstick with a sheer or satin finish. Stay away from lipsticks with a glossy finish. A matte lipstick could work as well, as long as it’s not too matte. If it is, you could come out looking like a desert.
Lipsticks can appear more harsh on the skin than a regular blush, so try to keep the color choice soft. Simply take your lipstick onto your brush or finger and blend it into the apples of your cheeks.
#6 – Eyeshadow as brow powder
Using the tip of a small, flat brush, delicately wave your brush over the powder before applying it to your brows. Eyeshadow is more pigmented and less sheer than regular brow powder, so you may need to brush off the shadow a bit before applying.
#7 – Eyeshadow as contour
Do you have a neutral eyeshadow palette? Then you also have a contour kit.
To be honest, I usually prefer a cream bronzer, and my all of my eyeshadows are powder. But if I’m in a tight squeeze, I know that I can count on one of my brown powders to shape my face. Often times, the eyeshadow color you would use for your bronzer is the same color as the dark shade you use on the outer V of your lid.
And even if you would prefer to use your regular bronzer, your eyeshadow can make a great powder to hold the bronzer in place!
#8 – Lip liner as eyebrow pencil
As a black makeup lover, I always have a dark brown lip pencil (Chestnut by Mac, anyone?) on hand in order to blend out various shades of lipstick and gloss. Thankfully, this color also blends seamlessly into my eyebrows, allowing me a quick money saver when my brow pencil runs out!
#9 – Concealer as eyeshadow primer
From my experience, the best eyeshadow primers are also the most expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I love my urban decay eyeshadow primer, but my $3 LA girl concealer can get it too.
Just swipe on your favorite concealer over your lid and let it dry before applying your eyeshadow. Having this base will help your eyeshadow to stay on longer, and also help you to blend easier.
#10 Highlight as eyeshadow
You can have glimmery cheekbones and glimmery lids all in one! I know, we really can have it all.
I mainly use my highlights from ColourPop for this, but a highlight stick could work as well. Highlighter, however, is not usually as pigmented as eyeshadow. It can help to wet your brush before dipping into the highlight in order to pick up as much product as possible.
#11 – Eyeshadow as highlight
You guessed it. Glittery eyeshadow and highlight are a dynamic duo. When I’m in a pinch and left for vacation without my highlight, I dip into my eyeshadow palette and choose a glittery, golden shadow to sweep over my cheekbones. You should choose the shadow that most closely resembles your highlight color. As I mentioned above, eyeshadow tends to come out heavier than your traditional highlight, so go light-handed when using eyeshadow as a highlight.
#12 – Mascara as eyeliner
Ah, yes. The tip you’ve all been waiting for. This is one of my favorite beauty hacks.
For our last trick, you’re going to need an angled brush. Open your mascara, swipe the angled brush along the mascara brush head, and voilà! You can cross off 2 steps of your eye makeup routine with just 1 product.