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How to Make your Cosmetics Last Longer

Updated on August 18, 2016
How to Make Your Cosmetics Last Longer.
How to Make Your Cosmetics Last Longer. | Source

Long Lasting Cosmetics

When it comes to cosmetics be they skin care or color cosmetics, they cost and can cost heavily.

Whilst they may be claiming to be the best anti-ageing moisturizer or longest lasting lipstick, knowing a few tricks of making them stretch further is helping you get better value for money and the most out of your cosmetics.

Many cosmetic fans end up wasting their prized Mac foundation or expensive body oil when there are simple ways of extending their life and making them last longer.

Tools of The Trade

having a large variety of cosmetics was part of my job as a make up artist.
having a large variety of cosmetics was part of my job as a make up artist. | Source

Insider Knowledge

Having trained and worked as a Beauty Therapist, Freelance Make Up Artist and Cosmetic Consultant spanning over 20 years, I have picked up many quick and easy beauty tips including ways to get the most from your products.

As I had to have a large selection of cosmetics, trying to save money by getting the most out them, was essential.

The cosmetics industry is big business, all the brands competing for a slice of the pie that we all contribute to in one way or another.

Commonly used cosmetics that you may not think of include soap, shampoo, deodorant and shaving cream.

Let’s take a look at my top tips on how to make your cosmetics last longer and save you money.

Makeup Tubes

make sure to squeeze the last drop of moisturizer, foundation or concealer.
make sure to squeeze the last drop of moisturizer, foundation or concealer. | Source

Squeeze Those Tubes

Invest a few dollars or less and buy a paint tube wringer.

One of the best inventions for making products go further I discovered when my mum used them for her watercolour, acrylic and oil paints.

It is amazing how much extra is lurking in those tubes of cosmetics when you use them. Not just for paints and toothpaste they are great for ALL cosmetics in tubes.

Prolonging Foundation

Mixing your foundation with your moisturizer is a great tip which really helps your base last much longer.

This is particularly good to do for summer time if you wear foundation.

No need to have more than one which many women will do for seasonal changes.

Nearly Finished Bronzer

Mix the last bits of your bronzer with some moisturizer and use as a body shimmer for arms and décolletage areas.

You can use liquid or powder bronzer for this and even a tiny bit of bronzer will go further with moisturizer.

A Close Shave

substituting regular shaving cream is easy with other cosmetics or oils.
substituting regular shaving cream is easy with other cosmetics or oils. | Source

Body Oils

Do you love the feel of body oil on your skin after a shower or bath? Wish it was not so darn expensive?

Take a quarter of your oil and pour it into a small clean sterilized pump container, fill it up with water and hey presto you have a handy spray that you can leave in the bathroom and use instead which will still leave your skin well moisturized , soft and supple.

You will make your oil last considerably longer this way.

No Shaving Cream?

No worries use a drop of your hair conditioner instead. Ideal if you have a conditioner you are not happy with, no need to chuck it out. Hair conditioner will leave your legs silky smooth and soft.

Another useful alternative is olive oil one of nature’s most useful ingredients. Ideal for men and women to use, it leaves the skin soft, supple and moisturized.

When finished lightly blot the skin with a tissue or give a splash of cold water and pat the skin dry. Other oils if you don’t have olive oil are avocado, jojoba, coconut or apricot kernel oil but they may not be cost effective to use permanently.

Razor Sharp

After shaving, soak your razor in baby oil as it prevents the metal oxidizing and will keep the blades sharp longer. No need for a new blade just yet!

Magic Wand

with many uses an old mascara wand is worth keeping.
with many uses an old mascara wand is worth keeping. | Source

Pieces of Blush

Use old, broken or nearly finished blush to make your own Creme Blush which is easy, quick and gives a fresh dewy look to the complexion. You can mix a few different blushes together to make a unique shade that will compliment your skin tone.

Another thing you can do with broken blush is to add a drop of rubbing alcohol to the compact it was in and press the blush back in. The powder will set back into the metal pan.

Broken Eyeshadows

Never discard a broken eyeshadow as it can be recycled and used loose by popping it into a small eyeshadow or lip gloss jar.

Any travel size jars work as do arts and crafts jars, or jars for jewelry findings or seed beads.

Another idea is to using it as powder eyeliner, so check out how to apply loose powder eyeliners and how to quickly remove eyeliner mistakes for more tips and tricks that will save you money and make your cosmetics last longer.

Old Mascara Wands

When your mascara is finished, keep the wand and stick it in the dishwasher or clean and sterilize thoroughly. Use this wand to keep those eyebrows groomed.

Another couple of uses are to spray with a little hair spray and keep any straggly hairs in place around the hairline and to use in how to get beautiful eyelashes and eyebrows with castor oil for applying the castor oil.

Pencil Power

keep all your pencils in the fridge to prevent softening.
keep all your pencils in the fridge to prevent softening. | Source

Luscious Lippy

never use your lipstick straight from the tube, its unhygienic and wasteful. apply lipstick with a lip brush.
never use your lipstick straight from the tube, its unhygienic and wasteful. apply lipstick with a lip brush. | Source

Extend Eye & Lip Pencils

If you find your eyeliner, eyebrow or lip pencils go soft and are a nightmare to sharpen then pop them in the fridge.

Particularly in hot climates the wax in the pencils melt making it harder or near impossible to get the correct application.

You end up using too much product you don’t need and will be sharpening the pencils into oblivion.

Sharpening your pencils is important and there are great double ones for thick and thin pencils which are worth buying instead of two separate ones.

Using Every Last bit of Lipstick

There is always a bit of lipstick still left in tubes that seems impossible to remove. Use a lip brush, Q-tip, plastic spatula, toothpick or cocktail stick to remove every last bit of your favorite lippy.

Another trick for extending the life of your lipstick is to store in the fridge in humid or hot conditions. It prevents the wax going soft and more susceptible to breaking.

For keeping your lipstick hygienic, dip the tube in rubbing alcohol for 15-30 seconds, remove and wipe the top off. Popping your lipstick in the freezer will also sterilize it and kill any bacteria.

If you have broken lipsticks don’t discard the broken part but pop it in a small pot and use with a lip brush.

Make cream blush from old lippy.

Nail Your Polish Problem

keep your nail polish stored upright and out of direct sunlight.
keep your nail polish stored upright and out of direct sunlight. | Source

Thinning Nail Polish

If you are a diehard fan of nail polish and fed up of them getting thick, sticky or hardening, there are a few tricks to reviving them back to life.

Rubbing the bottle between the palms of the hand will warm up the polish and will sometimes be all that’s needed.

As a quick fix, a few drops of nail polish remover will thin out the consistency but only put a drop in from a Q-tip to stop it thinning out too much.

Nail polish thinner is also commercially available which does the trick too and is widely available at different price points.

A tip is to put your nail polish in the fridge before using. Ideal as a preventative measure it stops solvents evaporating and the polish from thickening.

Pump Dispenser Cosmetics

Any cosmetics you have that have a pump, unscrew the top off and you will see there is usually more product on the long tube which you can use. The tube is also good for lifting off any product that is on the edges of the container.

The Right Tools

using makeup brushes instead of the applicators that come with eyeshadows and powders will also extend the life of cosmetics.
using makeup brushes instead of the applicators that come with eyeshadows and powders will also extend the life of cosmetics. | Source

Makeup Brushes

Looking after your makeup brushes will prolong their life as I know only too well. They were the tools of my trade and expensive to replace.

It does not matter if you have one brush or twenty, you can apply a few simple tips that will save you replacing them.

If your makeup brushes are losing bristles, take a pair of pliers to tighten the metal part at the base of the bristles. This is a very easy and simple way of preventing any further shedding.

Another tip is to clean them properly so check out how to make DIY makeup brush cleanser solution which gives great ideas and recipes on homemade brush cleaners using commonly found ingredients in the home. Not only is it cheaper to make your own but they clean makeup brushes effectively while being gentle on the bristles.

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More Beauty Tips & Info ~

These are some of my top tips to try out that will really make a difference to prolonging all your beauty products. The savings will mount up and are easy to start implementing now!


For more ideas check out


How to Find Good Quality Makeup Affordably

How to Make Perfume Last Longer

When Should You Throw Out Your Makeup?

Makeup Crafts for Teens

How to Make Homemade Layered Lip Gloss

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      Impressive hub! Voted up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Casimiro,

      Many thanks for visiting, great to hear you enjoyed and I appreciate your thumbs up!!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      love the tips - especially about putting pencils in the fridge pre-sharpening! i've lost many a hot tip..lol

      One thing that i do - instead of 'splurging' on a tube squeezer? i cut the tube in half, which allows me full access, and - one half slides into the other to keep it fresh..

      voting up and hub-sharing..

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I learned so much from reading this article! There are a few tips that I plan to start using right away. Thanks so much.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Leslie,

      Cool to have that tip of yours! I used to cut tubes okay but never thought of sliding one half into the other . . .love it!

      Thanks a bunch for commenting, thumbs up and sharing on, much appreciated! :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      So happy you enjoyed this on some tips. Have fun trying them out it's amazing what you save with a few changes or even storage suggestions. Cheers for your input!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      What great tips! Thank you!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Audrey,

      Many thanks so glad you enjoyed this and hopefully will give some of the ideas a go!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      A very frugal method to make your money go a long way! I hate it when my lipstick gets down to the rim -- your tips will help me to enjoy them much longer. Thanks.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Great to see you and lovely to receive your comments. Lipstick is a great one that is easily extended. I was often breaking them and throwing them out. Usually my favorite one too which became so annoying. Great to be able to use it now in different ways. Thanks again!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I love the idea of using old mascara brushes for grooming. Made me think that I could use them for painting too! This is an awesome hub that is really useful. I have always just tossed anything I have (which is not much). Shared all around!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

      Many thanks for your interest, it is all things I have picked up along the way that really make sense. Mascara is the one big product not to use for even a year and never use yours on anyone else! Infection is so easy to get and all makeup will be useless. The brushes are super useful and yep, give them a try for different painting projects or for different textures on canvas or card. Appreciate you sharing and thanks for the tweet!!

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      kitkat1141 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very thorough hub, packed with useful information. Thanks!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi kitkat,

      Lovely to have you visit and it's great to hear you found useful, appreciate your support :-)

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      Ana Gajic 4 years ago from World of Words

      Priceless tips:) Thank you so much for sharing these more than useful tips on how to make cosmetics last longer:) Superb hub:)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Ana,

      You must be on a roll today! Thanks so much for all your support! Making those cosmetics stretch is great for the pocket and not hard so do give a few a try! Cheers again!

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      George Greene Jr. 4 years ago from California PA

      I never thought of using the fridge to preserve my things or to refreshen them! Great tips! Voted up!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi George,

      Thanks for checking this out. The fridge is a great thing I have used for years for lipsticks, pencils (all kinds from lip to eyebrow) and any waxy or oily based things, particularly in the summer or if I have been living in hotter climate climates (Turkey, Italy and New Zealand). Glad you found useful! Appreciate the thumbs up!

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