While new makeup and beauty products are emerging at all times, we unfortunately have to set some sort of budget on our beauty purchases. We have all been in that situation—“Do I get the lipstick or the newly released single eye shadow?” While our budget fails to allow both, a little creativity and thinking outside the box just might allow you numerous benefits within one purchase. Just because the label states “eye shadow” and directs you to place the shadow onto the lid does not mean that the beauty police are going to appear if you choose to use the product for other purposes.
Here are a few ways in which you can stretch your beauty products a little further:
While there are endless ways to use eye shadows for their intended purpose, there are also plenty of other ways in which eye shadows can be utilized in other areas of the face. While I have tried out numerous highlighters to give my cheekbones an extra pop, it just so happens my favorite highlight comes in eye shadow form, specifically Anastasia’s Primavera shade from her most recent Modern Renaissance palette. If you want to switch up your highlighter look, open up any palette and any lighter and shimmery shade will do. Simply apply the shadow to your upper cheekbones, down your nose, and cupid’s bow for an extra sheen where the light would normally reflect.
Not only does shadow serve as an amazing highlight, if you can’t seem to find a lip color that will compliment your shadow, dip into the same palette used on the eyes to apply to the lips. I have found that popping on some lip balm and applying a shadow over the balm gives amazing pigment, a long-wear formula, and the perfect lip shade to pair with my eye look. This trick can be used for a simple matte lip or something more fun with a shimmer shade in the middle to add dimension to the lip.
Along with highlights and lip color, instead of splurging for some brow powder, consider finding a shadow already in your possession that will match your brow shade. A matte shadow will give the same affect as a brow powder does, but in one product. Simply dip your brow brush into the matte shade and apply to brows for a less sparse brow.
Lipstick is the finishing touch to any look; however consider trying out your lipstick in other stages of your makeup routine. If you are having a hard time deciding what blush may compliment the lip you are set on, try implementing your lip shade onto the cheeks as well. Lipstick can be an identical version of a cream blush. Take a damp sponge, pat the lip product onto the sponge and then apply to the cheeks with a dabbing motion. This will give the perfect sheer flush of color to the cheeks, while pairing well with your chosen lip shade.
As of lately, makeup brands have been releasing multiple vibrant and bright shades of liquid eyeliners. Before you go out and buy these new liners, take a look at your liquid lipsticks. Liquid lipsticks can serve as a beautiful long-wear lip or if used correctly, can serve as liquid liner for the perfect cat eye. If you choose to use a liquid lipstick as eyeliner, merely dip in an angled or liner brush into the product and apply as you would normally apply liquid liner or gel liner near the lash line. This tip opens up numerous possibilities for long-wear and unique shades of eyeliners.
While I like to think that you can never have too much makeup, these out of the box makeup tricks allow you to watch your beauty spending while still allowing for new looks. Next time you are going to purchase a product, consider how the products you already own can be utilized in different ways. Break the rules of makeup and use your products in ways you never realized you could. Have you found any further ways of using products in their unintended ways? Share with us how you break the rules of makeup!
- The Pink eyeliner was done with Too Faced Liquid Lipstick in Bend & Snap and an Anastasia Brow Brush #12
- The photos of me feature me wearing a highlighter that was actually Anastasia’s shade “Primavera” in her Modern Renaissance Palette
- My lip color is a Rose Bud Lip balm with Buxom’s single eyeshadow shade “Flithy Rich” over it
Photography: Spencer Bailey