Think about it: how hard do you actually try to get every last bit of makeup out of its container?
Do you chuck out your liquid foundation when the pump stops working?
Throw away eyeshadow once the bottom is showing?
Get rid of mascara as soon as it starts to dry out?
The last bit of your makeup might be hard to reach and awkward to use, but it can give you a few extra days’ wear. Here at bh, we’re all about getting more bang for your buck, so we’ve come up with five clever ways to get every last bit of makeup from its container.
#1 Cut it open
If your makeup is housed in a plastic tube that is no longer squeezing out any product, cut off the perforated edge with a pair of scissors. Use a makeup brush to get the product from inside the tube, and cover the open edge with cling wrap. We’ve tried this a few times with our tinted moisturisers and they easily last another week.
#2 Get a beauty spoon
A beauty spoon is a specially designed tool that allows you to pick up every last bit of makeup. The flexible stem fits in containers of most sizes, and the paddle-like edge gets right into hard-to-reach corners.
bh loves: Beauty Spatty, $8 at iHerb
#3 Add saline
Mascara is a temperamental product – it often starts to dry out before you’ve even gone through half a tube. When your mascara is getting a little gluggy, drop a little saline solution into the tube. Use the wand to mix it up, and voila! Clump-free lashes.
#4 Turn lipstick into gloss
Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to get that last bit of lipstick out of its tube. A lip brush helps, but we recommend turning your lippy into a gloss instead. Use a cotton swab to gather the lipstick, and put it in a small container. Add an equal amount of petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline), stir, and heat in the microwave for ten seconds. Let the mixture set for a couple of hours, and you’ll get a moisturising gloss with a hint of colour.
#5 Place in hot water
Makeup in tubes and jars (especially glass jars) often end up having a lot of excess product up the sides. Place the container in a cup of boiling water, and the heat will make the product slide down to the bottom. You can then scoop it out with a knife, or a handy beauty spoon.
Have you ever tried any of the above tricks? Do you have any other ways to get the last bit of makeup from its container?