I Find Out How To Finish My Makeup So I Can Have Zero Waste (Part Two – Versatile Beauty)
Behold! Part 2 of the versatile beauty series is finally here.
In the first part, we showed you how you can use your concealer, lipstick, loose powder and eyebrow pencil in more than what they were supposed to be for. If you haven’t read it yet, what are you waiting for?
In Case You Missed Part One, Click Here To Read: I Discovered How to Use My Makeup to Their Fullest Potential So That I Get to (Finally) Use Them Up (Part 1)
Now, I bequeath unto thee the many different ways that your blush, eyeshadow and white eyeliner can be repurposed.
The best blush to use is laughter. It puts roses in your cheeks and in your soul – Linda Knight
But you can’t be laughing all the time lest people think you’re unhinged. Sweeping some powder blush across the apples of my cheeks is a perk-me-up for days when I look paler than usual.
However, here’s a confession: The shelf life of powder blush is two years and I’ve never once finished using it before it’s time to trash it. In fact, it looks like I barely scraped the surface even though I use it practically every day! Fortunately, powder blush is pretty versatile.
Sculpt your face with blush
Anywhere you would apply bronzer? Just replace it with blush.
But if that’s too much for you, you could apply it on a few choice places of your face to accentuate your features. For example, swiping some blush along the tops of your cheekbones elongates your face so that it appears slimmer. Alternatively, you could also work some blush into your brow bones and temples to warm up your complexion. This gives the illusion of a lower hairline and a thinner face.
Pop it onto your eyelids for that sweet, girl-next-door look
Dab some blush onto your eyelids for a wash of colour. Avoid putting any colour next to your lash line because it might look like your eyes are swollen. If it ends up being too close to your lash line, simply line your eyes with black eyeliner.
Peaches, pinks, corals, reds… any blush colour really, would look great on your eyelids. But you’ll need to be extra diligent with the blending when it comes to red!
Turn your blusher into a lip balm
Maybe you’d like to match your lips with your blush. Or maybe you’d like to create your very own shade of lip balm!
And for that, all you need is a few items:
- Powder blush
- Vaseline (a clear lip gloss works too!)
- A stirrer (or anything else that you can use to mix with)
- A small bowl to mix your ingredients
- Something to store your lip balm (ie. A lip pot or a jar)
Scrape off some blush powder and mix it in with a scoop of Vaseline. You can add more blush or more Vaseline to your liking. If you prefer a more pigmented kind of lip balm, add more powder. But if you prefer something a little bit more sheer, add more Vaseline/lip gloss. When you’re done mixing until everything is fully blended, transfer it into a lip jar and you’re done!
No one should notice how your eyes are done or the colour of your eye shadow. They should just notice you and notice that you’re beautiful, that you have beautiful eyes – Diane von Furstenberg
But if you’d taken a ton of effort to blend your eyeshadow to perfection, people had better notice it!
That aside, there are so many other ways that you could use your eyeshadow.
A decent eyeshadow palette consisting of a few neutral mattes and shimmery brights offers an abundance of other purposes. The Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette is the quintessence of a palette that offers a versatile range of colours. Plus, it’s really pretty.
Have you ever seen it?
There, now you have! It’s a delightful assortment of peachy pinks and neutral mattes that would look gorgeous on any skin tones.
You can get it at your nearest Sephora store. Do keep a lookout for Sephora promo codes to get major discounts for your purchase.
But I digress, here are ways to use your eyeshadow palette to its fullest potential:
Use as eyeliner
To line your eyes using eyeshadow, wet the tip of your eyeliner brush and dip it into a dark brown eyeshadow colour (or any other colour of your choice, really). Then, line your eyes as you normally would.
Add colour to your cheeks with pinks and peaches
With a light hand, swirl some pink eyeshadow on the apples of your cheeks or on the tops of your cheekbones for that “I just ran a mile and still look fabulous” look.
Peach is a universally flattering colour that when applied, would give any skin tone a warm and healthy glow. Brush some of this pretty shade onto your cheekbones.
If cream blushes are more your thing, you could turn an eyeshadow powder into cream blush just by mixing in a drop of your go-to moisturiser.
Pucker up and apply eyeshadow to your… lips
Feeling adventurous with your makeup? Explore lip colours that you typically stay away from by turning your eyeshadow into lipstick! That way, you could experiment with different lip colours without having to splurge.
Besides, with Halloween right around the corner, you could be a Celtic fairy with a shimmering gold lip or Thanos with a purple sorry excuse of a lip. The possibilities are endless.
Start by selecting an eyeshadow colour of your choice. Next, mix a bit of your eyeshadow with a clear lip balm. Depending on how opaque you want your new lip colour to be, add more eyeshadow. That’s it!
If it doesn’t look like the colours are appearing because of the natural pink hue of your lips, pat on a thin layer of concealer and then put on your eyeshadow-turned-lipstick.
You could also dab some opalescent eyeshadow onto the center of your lip atop your lipstick to create more dimension.
I came across an article about the types of ingredients in an eyeshadow to look out for when putting it on your lips. Check it out before you go ahead with this nifty hack!
Put Nail Polish on Your Lips!
Sounds pretty bizarre, no? But you’re already putting eyeshadow on your lips so why not?
It’s very simple:
- Apply base coat
- Apply nail polish
- Dust eyeshadow powder onto your nails
- Seal everything in with a clear top coat
Get the perfect hairline with eyeshadow
Henry Cavill (Superman) was the talk of the town when Batman v Superman came out in theatres a few years ago- but not only for his traditional good looks. People were actually discussing about his receding hairline on the Interweb. Truly! I kid you not. There was even someone who took a screenshot of Cavill on an NBA broadcast and commented about him trying to hide it with loose hairs. #savage
Hiding a receding hairline with loose hair is one way. An alternative is to stipple an eyeshadow colour that matches your hair onto areas that need it.
Achieve Angelina Jolie cheekbones
Most eyeshadow palettes should have at least one matte brown to cut crease. This same shade can be used for contouring!
Another way to shine bright like a diamond
What’s the difference between a highlighter and an eyeshadow that is just as iridescent?
Hide away your gray roots
Tis’ an awesome solution to temporarily conceal any grey roots in between salon appointments.
Pick up some eyeshadow powder with your trusty eyeshadow brush in a shade that matches your hair colour. Then, gently pat it onto your roots. No one would realise that you were due for a root touch-up weeks ago. Unless, of course, you used eyeshadow with glitter in it.
That might give you away.
I’m strong, I’m tough, I still wear my eyeliner – Lisa Leslie
Lisa Leslie (the lady in the picture is not her by the way), basketball player and founder of the Women’s National Basketball Association, said she is not only an athlete but also a feminine woman. And every woman (and man too, if you’d like) needs a white eyeliner.
Highlighter for brow bone and cupid’s bow
The narrow tip of a white pencil liner allows for more precision when it comes to tracing the “V” of your cupid’s bow. You’d be amazed by how much the simple act of tracing your cupid’s bow can make your lips look sensually bee-stung.
Okay, I exaggerated.
But it does accentuate the natural shape of your lips beautifully!
Taking a white eyeliner to your brow bone gives your eyes an instant lift. So for days when your eyes look tired? White eyeliner is the Superman to your Lois Lane.
Neutralises any redness
This is a personal holy grail. White eyeliner, being that it is white (duh), counteracts the redness of a blemish. Pat a bit of concealer over it and dust on powder to set.
Creates a clean canvas for your eyeshadow
Apply white eyeliner to your lids and blend it out with a brush. Then, go about your normal eyeshadow routine. You’ll notice that your eyeshadow colours are more vibrant and true to its shade from the palette.
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Which is your favourite hack?
We hope these guides have been useful in helping you “hit pan” with your makeup long before they are due for a meeting with a trashcan. And if you need to restock your supply of makeup, be sure to make apply the BH Cosmetics promo code when you make your purchases online!
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