Creative Ways to Reuse Old Makeup

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 by 1 Comment
Creative Ways to Reuse Old Makeup

I’m a sucker for makeup that’s on sale, but I’m terrible at finding the right shades for my fair complexion. I have an embarrassingly large assortment of makeup that is too dark for my skin, so I’ve been busy trying to think of ways to make sure it doesn’t go to waste.

Fortunately, there are lots of ideas online for how to turn unflattering makeup shades into something useful. Some of my favorite tips include:

  • You can add a bit of glitter to a bottle of nail polish to give it some sparkle.
  • Crushed eyeshadow mixed with clear nail polish creates polish for a custom manicure. This is a great use for those weird blue and green eyeshadow shades that come in cheap makeup compacts!
  • Use the compartments of a pill organizer to mix and match lipstick shades until you create something that is more flattering for your skin tone. If you have bright lipsticks and prefer a more subtle look, mix in some Chapstick or a bit of Vaseline to make your own tinted lip balm.
  • You can use a small amount of matte lipstick as blush, although you should be aware that this might cause breakouts if you have oily or acne prone skin.

Even if you can’t make your makeup suitable for use on your face, you don’t need to throw it away. Here are some cool crafts that you can do:

  • Mix eyeshadow with a light colored foundation to make homemade face paint for Halloween, using eye liner pencils to draw on detailed designs.
  • Old eyeshadow mixed with a bottle of liquid school glue makes a great puffy craft paint.
  • If you’re a scrapbooker, use brown eyeshadow to give patterned papers a slightly aged look.
  • Paint nail polish on the back of a flat glass marble from the dollar store. Glue a small magnet to the back when it’s dry. This is a great craft for kids to do and makes an excellent teacher appreciation gift.

What are your favorite ways to reuse old makeup?

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at

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  • Modern Homemakers

    Wow I’d never considered doing anything with my junky old makeup. I’ve been wanting to switch over to safer natural based makeups, but I didn’t want to waste the old stuff. Now I just need to go get my replacement makeup :-)