1. Use Primer
This gel-like substance helps lock foundation and eye makeup into place, making it last much longer (no mid-afternoon touchups). Find a .49 ounce bottle of e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer for $6 at Walgreens, along with a .17 ounce tube of e.l.f. Eyelid Primer for $1. A dab is all it takes to stretch shadow and foundation further.
2. Remove Makeup with Baby Wipes
Portable makeup remover wipes are handy for the gym and on vacations (or anytime you're in a rush), but they are expensive. Baby wipes will accomplish the same thing, are gentle on the skin, and a much better deal. A package of 768 Pampers Sensitive wipes is $11.85 through Amazon, and a packet of 25 Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes is $4.97.
3. Skip the Shampoo (sometimes)
Although shampoo smells great and leaves hair feeling fresh and clean, the key to healthy hair and longer-lasting color is to avoid daily washes. Dermatologists and stylists agree that hair only needs to be shampooed three or four times per week at the most. Experiment for a few weeks and see how hair responds to less frequent shampoos. Some women find even shampooing once a week is sufficient. A dab of baby powder or cornstarch on the scalp can help absorb oil between shampoos (if necessary).
4. Make Your Own Body Scrub
Get a quick glow with ingredients in the kitchen. Choose the ingredients to remedy the following skin issues:
- Dry, damaged skin: Combine one cup of course salt (sea salt or kosher works great) with a dab of vanilla and enough honey to create a paste. Rub onto body and then rinse off in the shower.
- Sensitive skin: Combine one cup of brown sugar with about one-half cup of oil (olive, coconut or sunflower works best). Scrub on and rinse off in shower.
- Cellulite: Caffeine can help distribute fat cells to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Combine 2 cups of coffee grounds, one-half cup brown sugar or salt, and two-thirds cup of oil. Apply to damp skin in a circular motion, then rinse off.
5. Stretch Shampoo and Conditioner
It's fun to mix it up! When nearly-empty shampoo and conditioner bottles accumulate in the bathroom cabinet, combine them instead of throwing them away before they are completely empty. Pour all the shampoos into one bottle, and do the same with all the conditioners. Mixing different brands together is harmless and ensures you'll get every drop out of those bottles.
6. Quick Fix for Shiny Hair
Return to the kitchen for this easy, cheap formula: Combine 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one cup of water, then "shampoo" into hair and rinse off. The citric acid removes buildup (from all those products that ironically claim to give hair shine).
7. Stretch Foundation
Blend a dab of foundation into moisturizer to create a more natural, dewy glow. Not only does this make foundation last longer, it also provides lighter and more natural coverage.
Tip: Instead of bronzer, use this trick to add a sun-kissed glow to skin. Go one or two shades darker than your usual foundation and mix with moisturizer and apply to cheekbones, nose and forehead.
8. Repurpose Perfume and Fragrance
"Layering" is a strategy used to maximize a fragrance and is achieved by using the same scent as a body wash, lotion, and fragrance. Instead of purchasing a set of all three products, make them at home. Put a few drops of your favorite fragrance into an unscented body wash and into an unscented body lotion. Got a fragrance spray that is nearly empty and difficult to spray? Don't throw it out! Add those few last drops to unscented lotion or body wash instead.
9. Repurpose Old Lipstick
When tubes of lipstick wear down to nearly nothing, trim off the remaining stubs and melt for a few seconds in the microwave. Pour into an old mint tin and use as lip balm or cheek stain.
10. Multitask Eye Shadow
Put those shadows to work, and avoid spending extra money on pencils and other products for brows and eyes. Use light brown shades to fill in brows. Darker shades can double as eyeliner; give the liner more staying power by applying with a damp eye shadow brush. Light, shimmery shadows can double as cheekbone highlighter for extra glow on a night out.