I like to look pretty as much as the next girl, but I’m not so interested in paying the price. I have a very hard time spending money on vanity items. This is why I cut & color my own miserable hair… salons are too expensive!
Now, I’m not saying I let my barn go unpainted. My big, round face needs a certain amount of makeup in order to appear human. But I always find myself cringing at the cost of makeup as I toss it into my basket. And since I absolutely cannot go without makeup (that would just be cruel to my family), I try to make it last as long as humanly possible.
Do you have any idea how much mascara is still in the tube when it dries out? A lot! So basically, you pay for a tube of mascara that you will only be able to use about 30% of before it dries up. Not acceptable, I say! When your mascara is starting to dry out and get a little clumpy, add one small drop of warm water to it and mix it around with the wand. This will return it back to its original consistency for another week or so. Doing this will allow you to use nearly all of the mascara in the tube. I have been using the same tube of mascara since June of last year! My mascara and I are good friends and we have a long future ahead of us.
For obvious reasons, this trick does not work on waterproof mascaras! Believe me, I’ve tried.
Over the years, I have found little difference between the quality of inexpensive eyeshadows and those that are more costly. They all seem to require several passes to reach the desired depth of color, and they gradually fade as the day passes by. So I have come up with a little trick, it’s kinda strange, but works like a charm. Before applying any eyeshadow, take a tube of chapstick and apply a small amount to the desired eye area with the tip of your finger. I know this sounds bizarre.. but trust me, it works! Then apply your eyeshadow as normal over the chapstick. You will find that the chapstick allows you to achieve a deep color with just one coat, and it will last the entire day! Best part is… you can use the cheapest least expensive brands (I get mine from the dollar store) and get a gorgeous finish every time! And don’t worry, I’ve been doing this for years and have never once gotten a pimple on my eye from the chapstick… in case you were wondering.
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