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Recycled Makeup


A new event in my life always gets me thinking of 'out with the old, in with the new', and I don't just mean cleaning your house! I do a cleaning out of sorts with my makeup kit as well. But the makeup artist in me has a hard time throwing makeup items away, no matter how useless I think they are. So instead, I came up with recycled finds.

Here's a new way to recycle makeup items that are really close to getting tossed.

Blush Sticks:

Too dark? don't stay on? don't stain? Don't toss them...

If it's a bronzer stick, use on shoulders or legs to add contour, add color and depth. If it's a burgandy stain and it's not working for you, use instead as a really big lipstick. It does work.

Crumbled eyeshadow:

Put in a little tin or plastic container and mix in a dab of your favorite lipgloss. Mix together for a cool lipgloss (if the color works) or a glossy eyeshadow/highlight.

Outdated lipstick:

Use as a cream blush stick instead. Or go through your old lip pencils that haven't been used in years and see which lip pencil/lipstick combination looks updated and hip and use it up! Rubber band them together so you'll remember which one worked with what color.

Bronzer Tint:

Itching to use that bronzer stain before summer? Use instead as 'eyeshadow'. Apply a light shimmer eyeshadow to highlight the bone and eyelid, and apply your bronzer in the crease with a fingertip or a small eyeshadow brush...it's a great new contoured look!

The wrong shade foundation / concealer:

A hot look you're seeing on celebrities is the faded into the skin lip color. (I.E. Have you checked out Jennifer Lopez's lips lately?) Have a too light foundation or concealer that's ready to go? Don't. Use it on lips with a glossy clear gloss on top.....viola. A brand new look.

Brown eye/lip pencil:

Remember when outlining lips were big with that brown lippencil? Well, first off, if you're still doing that, STOP. Nothing looks more outdated and harsh. If you haven't seen your brown pencil in a while, try this. Apply a moisturizer or gel/vasaline to the eyelid. Apply your eyepencil over it and blend with your fingertip. Apply a light dusting of loose powder to set. For dark eyes, try it with that dark burgundy pencil, for light eyes, try your forest green eyepencil.

Shimmer highlighter sticks:

Sooooo big last summer, and you'll see them a little bit again in the upcoming warm season. In the meantime, use them on the eyebone to brighten, and over dark, tired lipsticks that could use some cheering up. Apply a gloss over and you have a new color.

Blush stains:

Tired of staining your fingertips? Use a makeup sponge to apply and blend. Also use to stain lips under your favorite lipstick/lipgloss. You'll find the color lasts a lot longer.

Shimmering gold/silver eyeshadows:

They looked great over the holidays..now? A bit too much. Instead of tossing them, try this new evening look. Apply a brown shadow over the eyelid and then with a large eyeshadow brush, apply a light dusting of the silver/gold over it. You should get a soft shimmer/see through effect. Try it also over a bright colored eyeshadow like blue or green. Looks really pretty!

Too pink foundation/concealer:

We all have those sitting around our makeup table. Those foundations that sounded great, but once on, just toooo pink. Don't toss them. Instead, mix a dusting of a dark tan loose powder into your foundation or concealer in a small container. Mix and you have an instant eyeshadow/lip color (depending on the final version!) The powder mixed in creates a 'stiffer' texture that will dry abit and go matte. Just something else to play with! Want to get creative? Mix up your pinky foundation with baby powder, a yellow powder, a cream colored powder...the list is endless. Keep playing until the color and texture work for you.

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About The Author
Article written by E. Von Freudenberg, Editor of The Beauty Newsletter: http://www.beautynewsletter.gq.nu.. For a free subscription, email BeautyNewsletter-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Ms. Von Freudenberg is also a top celebrity makeup artist whose work has been seen in Allure, W, Rolling Stone, Paper, Detour and many more. Von Freudenberg Ent. All Rights Reserved.
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