I’m no a makeup guru. Hell, I don’t even know if my skin is warm-toned or cool-toned. One thing I do know, however, is that you don’t need hundreds of dollars worth of products to make your face look properly beat and absolutely fabulous. I’ve found through trial and error that there are a handful of ways you can stretch out the usefulness of your products, and even some products that you can make for free in your own kitchen. Being a full-time college student, my disposable income for the month is relatively limited, so I always try to be resourceful when I have the opportunity to do so.
-If you find yourself sucking at putting on false eyelashes, you can cut the lashes in half and simply put half a lash on each eye. For starters, this literally doubles your stock of eyelashes and gives you a backup pair. Secondly, it’s scads easier to get a fake eyelash on your eye when it’s half as big (most regular-sized eyelashes are too big for a standard eyelid anyway.) Make sure the side of the eyelash that flares out more goes outwards rather than inwards when you apply it onto your eye, as this tends to look more balanced and extends the natural shape of your eye more naturally. You should also remember to keep your eyelashes in a clean, dry place after you finish wearing them to prevent bacteria and the possibility of infections.
-Face moisturizer doubles as an excellent defrizzer and curl-enhancer in a pinch. Or, if you’re as hooked as I am, every single morning. Squeeze a dime-sized amount of moisturizer into your palms and rub it together until your hands are shiny. Then, evenly run your fingers through the areas of your hair where you notice frizziness and dryness. I honestly can’t believe that I’ve never heard of this hack being used by anybody else. It’s cheaper than buying a professional hair cream, it doesn’t make your hair look greasy, and it’s easy to carry around with you in your bag. Facial moisturizers are also generally fragrance-free, and won’t leave a strong, lingering scent on your head.
-Have you reached the sad day on which your bottles seem empty? Think again. You’d be surprised how much product is stuck to the inside of the bottles that you could potentially be tossing away. Just when you think you’ve reached the end, cut open the tube and scoop out the remaining product that’s probably stuck against the edges. I’ve found from personal experience that there can be up to a week’s worth of product hiding in there.
-Ever noticed that the lovely scent of your perfume only lasts for 10-15 minutes? You’re probably applying it wrong. Rather than splashing your perfume randomly about your body, try only putting it on your pulse points. These refer to the areas where your body heat is more reactive- your inner wrists, behind your earlobes, behind your knees, and even in your cleavage (if you have any.) You’ll find that the scent lingers so much longer when you use it this way, and you’ll subsequently save more product.
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