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9 Clever Ways to Make Your Go-to Beauty Supplies Last Longer

Get the most use out of your lipsticks, polishes, perfumes, and more.

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Make the most of your favorite lipstick

Make your favorite tube of lipstick last by storing it at room temperature away from the heat. High temperatures could make the product melt. If the lipstick breaks in half, fuse the two pieces back together by carefully torching them with a lighter. Get as many wears from your lipstick as possible by reaching a Q-tip into the tube as it gets toward the end. These are makeup mistakes that make you look sloppy.

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Revive a sticky nail polish

Opened nail polishes can last for years (two, to be exact, Annette Soboleski, a nail technician for polish maker OPI Products Inc, told Fitness), but that doesn’t mean they’ll maintain their original consistency. To keep your polishes going as long as possible, store them in a cool, dark space, and wipe the bottle neck with acetone after each use. If the polish gets thick or gooey, add a drop of nail polish thinner to the mix. In a pinch, nail polish remover will also work (though it’s not good for the polish in the long run).

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Get the last drop of body oil

As soon as your bottle gets more than three-quarters empty, funnel the oil into a clean spray bottle and dilute with it water. Use the DIY spray oil in your post-shower routine. Simply leave the spray in your bathroom and spritz it on while your skin is still wet. This is how to incorporate coconut oil into your beauty routine.

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Fix broken powder makeup

Broken makeup from bumpy travel is a total bummer. Here’s your fix: press the pieces back into place and add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the palette. Use the back of a spoon to reshape the makeup, and allow to it dry. Your broken blush or cracked eye shadow will be whole in no time. Here are more impressive beauty tricks only stylists know.

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Conserve perfume like this

Use less perfume by applying it correctly. Spray pulse points on the lower half of your body in addition to the top half (heat rises, so a spritz on the back of the knees and inner thighs can go a long way), and never rub your wrists together (doing so could break down the scent) or spray the air in front of you and walk through it (you’ll waste more perfume than your wear). Store your perfume in cool and dry locations. Keeping it in the bathroom could allow humid air to infiltrate the bottle and mess with its scent.

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Clean a messy eyeshadow palette

Powder eye shadow palettes can safely last up to two years if cared for properly. But if your colors start to run together, you might have to ditch the palette sooner. Instead try this: Dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and swab over each shadow. The Q-tip will pick up unwanted dust from other shadow colors, while the rubbing alcohol will help sanitize the makeup. These are other smart uses for rubbing alcohol.

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Squeeze the last bit of makeup from a tube

Use a toothpaste wringer (or paint tube wringer) to get every last drop from a tube of makeup or product. For particularly difficult tubes, use a pair of scissors to cut into the center. You’ll be able to squeeze out way more product and minimize the amount that gets stuck in the nooks and crannies of the tube. Store the salvaged product in a clean jar, or use it all in one last go.

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Refresh a dried mascara

If your mascara dries out before its time (experts agree mascara should be tossed after three months), add a drop of saline solution to the tube. For a similar effect, soak the tube in a cup of warm water to loosen the makeup along the sides of the tube.

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Make a two-for-one foundation

When your liquid foundation gets down to its last hard-to-reach drops, add a pump of face moisturizer to the bottle and shake well. You’ll be left with a tinted moisturizer—perfect for summer and minimal makeup days. Replace your original foundation and you’ll have both full-coverage and light-coverage options.

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