10 Alternative Ways To Use Your Makeup

Multitasking makeup is a mouthful by which I mean makeup products that I use for more than the purpose they were designed for.

There are a few ways that I like to use my makeup products for more than what they were meant. Often times it opens up another opportunity to finish my products if I don’t like to use them in their “proper” way.

I’ve been thinking about these multi functional makeup products a bit lately as, at the time of writing this, I’m currently away from home and my makeup bag is a little constrained.

So while I’ve been making do with my limited kit I thought I’d quickly list my favourite ways of mixing and extending the uses of my makeup.

Lipstick as cream cheek products

This is actually the main way I use my lipsticks! It’s a very rare day when I’m not wearing gloss so all of the lipsticks that I bought thinking I would wear them are being used up as blush or bronzer. To apply lipstick on my cheeks I’ll swatch the lipstick on the back of my hand and then use a stippling brush to pick up the product and work it into my skin like that.

Tinted brow gel as mascara

This discovery I made during the last year in which I have been on a no-buy and couldn’t purchase the brown mascara that I so desperately wanted. Eventually I read this lifesaving tip online and I haven’t looked back since. Brown tinted brow gel gives me very natural looking lashes however they’re actually a little longer and more defined than normal, it’s perfect for ‘no-makeup’ makeup days.

Eyeshadow as highlighter

This is a very easy switch to do. Any powdered eyeshadow can be applied as a highlighter as long as the colour suits you. In fact I’ve often been able to find much more metallic highlighters by using my shimmer eyeshadows instead. As long as the formula isn’t too chunky it should blend out well and wear well throughout the day.

Concealer as Eyeshadow Primer

An oldie but a goodie. If you have a favourite concealer that you know never creases then it will probably double as an eyeshadow primer just as well. For me with my hooded, oily eyelids I do have to make sure it’s a heavy duty concealer so as to not crease during the day but if I can find that then concealer works just as well for prepping your lids for eyeshadow.

Liquid Lipsticks as mascara

Again, this trick I have picked up over the last year of doing a no-buy when everyone I fell in love with colourful mascara and didn’t own any. However what I did own was a lot of bright liquid lipsticks that work just as well on my lashes as they do on my lips. Just make sure it’s definitely a matte formula, otherwise the colour could run by the end of the day.

Lipliner as an Eyebrow Pencil

I don’t often use eyebrow pencils so this is a good hack for the occasions that I want that penciled in look. By using a lipliner I don’t have to buy a full size eye shadow pencil that would take me forever to finish.

Contour/bronzer as eyeshadow

A really nice way to define your eyes very naturally is to use the same bronzer or contour that you’ve used on your cheeks. It will add shadow and depth without making it look like you’ve applied eyeshadow, I do this a lot to make my eyes stand out a little more.

Eyeshadow as Eyebrow filler

Again, this is a great trick for when I want to fill my brows. I’ll find a matte eyeshadow that matches my hair and undertones and use a precise angled eyeshadow brush to define my brows. It works exactly the same as an eyebrow powder except I don’t have to buy a whole new product for it.

Liquid Lipsticks as eyeshadow

Another way that I wear very natural makeup is to use the same liquid lipstick that I’m wearing on my lips as eyeshadow. I’ll dab a few dots near my lash line and quickly blend the lipstick until it’s a very natural tint on my eyelids and because the formula dries down matte it shouldn’t crease or run throughout the day.

Lipgloss for a glossy lid

I love this effect. I don’t wear it out often because it can get a little messy but if I’m feeling creative then I’ll pull out one of my lipglosses (usually one with glitter) and using my fingertip I’ll press the gloss onto my eyelid for that wet, glistening look.

If you have any other favourite ways you like to use your makeup please share in the comments below, I’d love to know!

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