It’s not every make up product you see, you should rush to and buy. If you’ve read my bio, you will know that I am a certified Economist (among other things); I’m a professional spend-wisely-every-time person and I’m telling you that there are several ways to achieve some high-end makeup looks without actually going broke. With the tricks below, you are guaranteed to save cash and still look beautiful.
A good lip liner can double as a matte lipstick. Apart from sculpting and defining lips for the perfect pout – extending the wear of any lipstick; a good lip liner can be worn over your entire lips as a soft matte lip color that will last all day.
Matte Dark-Brown Eye shadow = Brow Filler.
Although there are plenty affordable brow fillers (powder/gel) out there, if per chance you run out of products or you’re really on a budget and can’t afford one, fret not! Your matte dark-brown eye shadow can be used instead.
Eye pencil + lighter = Gel liner.
Your normal eye pencil (whatever the colour) when swapped over a lighter (or match) can double as a gel liner. The warmth from the fire can cause it to soften up; when it does, use your angled brush to work it however you want it.
You can use your eye shadow to turn your slightly glossy (keyword is “slightly”) lipstick into a matte lip stick by first doing the tissue-blot, then applying the eye shadow colour to mattify it.
Eye-drops + dried mascara= Resurrection
Has your favorite mascara dried up? Don’t fret, 2-3 drops of any eye-drop from a drugstore will revive it.
NB: it’s not for expired mascaras.
Don’t have a powder contour kit? An ordinary powder that is 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone or any matte brown eye shadow can work perfectly – be careful with this one.
Rosy, orangey, reddish matte eye shadow can double as a powder blush and vice versa. Why? They are made with same/almost similar formulae.
Stick foundation = Stick concealer
In fact, in my dictionary they’re the same thing; difference is just labeling (Marketing strategy). So if you have a stick foundation, don’t waste precious money in getting a stick concealer.
Applied a slightly wrong foundation colour/shade and can’t clean off? Use a powder darker than your normal skin tone to balance it out. Don’t turn it to a habit though; click here to know how to choose the perfect foundation for your skin tone.
Vaseline + Cotton wool = Best friend
Vaseline and cotton wool is still the No. 1 makeup remover till date. Just apply the Vaseline on the cotton wool, wipe and watch it all come off – even water-resistant products!
Do you have more ideas? Please, post them in the comment section below.
Have a beautiful weekend.
About the Writer: Zuka Williams is an Economist, a make up artist and a beauty blogger. Find her on twitter @ZuWilliams_