by BR Tabatha
No, YOU read BR Kellie's article on decluttering her stash and freaked out about the state of your own! Okay, me. It was me. I had a moment. You see, much like the rest of the crew (with the exception of our beloved Queenie, whose ability to keep things pared back would make Marie Kondo proud) I have a lot of makeup... and I do not like the idea of throwing it out. Which means I need to use it. As much as possible. In all the ways. But how?
What products can we make do double duty? Which are multi use? What are the hidden talents of the cosmetics in our beauty collection? Read on...
A good old fashioned cream lipstick has got to be the ultimate multi-use beauty product. You can create a monochromatic look with it by simply using it on your eyelids, on your cheeks and on your mouth. And if you've bought a super light, nude or brown shade of lippy that works with your skin tone you can also try using it as a contour or highlighter!
Speaking of monochromatic... if you want to go a little extra with your lipstick look, take a similar shade of lip liner and use it as your eyeliner! Have a darker lip liner that you don't use all that often? If it works with your brow colouring you can use it to fill in your brows!
The obvious extra way to use eyeshadow is to take it under the eye and use it as eyeliner. However, the right eyeshadow shade can make for a great contour or highlighter. When mixed with a clear balm eyeshadow can become a tinted balm. You can even take a shade that's similar to your brows and use it as brow powder.
No eyeliner? No problem! Take a small, stiff makeup brush, run it over your mascara wand to pick up product and then use that to create your liner! Have a few grey hairs and no time to hit the salon or do a home dye job? A mascara that matches your hair colour will cover them up! And if you need to groom your brows, a clear or coloured mascara (that suits your eyebrow shade) will do the trick!
Fancy being the owner of a beauty spot for the day? Or wanting a handful of freckles? An eyeliner will get the job done! A matte white eyeliner can also work as a brow highlight. And a pitch black liner is a must during Halloween for creating a broken doll look or for drawing spiders or other creepy crawlies on your face!
Run out of foundation? Take your concealer, mix it in with a touch of your favourite face moisturiser and you'll have a skin tint that will give a decent amount of coverage! If your concealer's not quite the right colour - too dark or light - it could well work as a liquid contour!
Blush & Bronzer
Blush and/or bronzer can make for great eyeshadows when you don't have anything on hand. And, much like eyeshadow, you can also crumble them up and mix them with a clear balm to create a lip tint! (Great for when you buy one and decide you're not a fan of the shade but don't want to throw it out!) Have a cream blush that needs using up? It also makes for a great lip product!
Oooooh, just seeing that list makes me feel calmer. Now to pull out some products I know need finishing up...
So, my lovelies, are you a fan of making your makeup do double duty? What are your tips and tricks for getting the most out of it? Get chatting below!