10 Ways to Recycle Makeup Items

Why is it whenever we think of ‘out with the old, in with the new’, we think of cleaning our house? Well, don’t just stop there. Do a cleaning out of sorts with your makeup kit as well. But if you’re like me, I have a hard time throwing makeup items away, no matter how useless I think they are. So instead, I go through my makeup items, and come up with the new and improved, recycled version.Here are some new ways to recycle makeup items that are really close to getting tossed.

Recycled Makeup

  1. Blush Sticks:

    too dark? don’t stay on? don’t stain? Don’t toss them… If it’s a bronzer stick, use on shoulders or legs to add contour, color and depth. If it’s a burgandy stain and it’s not working for you, use instead as a really big lipstick. It does work.

  2. Crumbled eyeshadow:

    Put in a little tin or plastic container and mix in a dab of your favorite lipgloss or lip balm. Mix together for a cool lipgloss (if the color works) or use as a new glossy eyeshadow/highlight.

  3. Outdated lipstick:

    Use as a ‘cream blush’ stick instead. Or go through your old lip pencils that haven’t been used in years and see which lip pencil/lipstick combination looks updated and hip and use it up. Rubber band them together so you’ll remember which one worked with what color.

  4. Bronzer Tint:

    Itching to use that bronzer stain before summer? Use instead as ‘eyeshadow’. Apply a light shimmer eyeshadow to highlight the bone and eyelid, and apply your bronzer in the crease with a fingertip or a small eyeshadow brush…it’s a great new contoured look.

  5. The wrong shade foundation / concealer:

    A hot look you’re seeing on celebrities is the faded into the skin lip color. (I.E. Have you checked out Jennifer Lopez’s lips lately?) Have a too light foundation or concealer that’s ready to go? Don’t. Use it on lips with a glossy clear gloss on top…..viola. A brand new look. .

March 14, 2002

10 Ways to Recycle Makeup Items (Cont’d)

  1. Brown eye/lip pencil:

    Remember when it was trendy to ouline lips with that brown lip pencil? Well, first off, if you’re still doing that, STOP. Nothing looks more outdated and harsh. If you haven’t seen your brown pencil in a while, try this new trick. Apply a thick moisturizer or sunscreen to the eyelid. Apply your eyepencil over it and blend with your fingertip. Apply a light dusting of loose powder to set. For dark eyes, try it with that dark burgundy pencil. For light eyes, try your forest green eyepencil.

  2. Shimmer highlighter sticks:

    Sooooo big last summer, and you’ll see them a little bit again in the upcoming warm season. In the meantime, use them on the eyebone to brighten, and over dark, tired lipsticks that could use some cheering up. Apply a gloss over and you have a new color.

  3. Blush stains:

    Tired of staining your fingertips? Use a makeup sponge to apply and blend. Also use to stain lips under your favorite lipstick or lipgloss. You’ll find the color lasts a lot longer.

  4. Shimmering gold/silver eyeshadows:

    They looked great over the A bit too much. Instead of tossing them, try this new evening look. Apply a brown shadow over the eyelid and then with a large eyeshadow brush, apply a light dusting of the silver or gold over it. You should get a soft shimmering see through effect. Try it also over a bright colored eyeshadow like blue or green. Looks really pretty, and a great prelude to what you’ll be seeing this spring/summer.

  5. Too pink foundation/concealer:

    We all have those sitting around our makeup table. Those foundations that sounded great, but once on, just toooo pink. Don’t toss them. Instead, mix a dusting of a dark tan loose powder into your foundation or concealer in a small container. Mix and you have an instant eyeshadow/lip color, depending on the finished version. The powder mixed in creates a ‘stiffer’ texture that will dry a bit and go matte. Want to get creative? Mix up your too pink foundation with baby powder, a yellow powder, or a cream colored powder…the list is endless. Keep playing until the color and texture work for you.

Article written by E. Von Freudenberg, Editor of The Beauty Newsletter: For a free subscription, email Ms. Von Freudenberg is also a top editorial makeup artist whose work has been seen in Allure, W, Rolling Stone, Paper, Detour and many more.

March 13, 2002