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Ratchet Make-Up Hacks To Resort To When You’re Broke Beyond Saving

by Stuti Bhattacharya / Thursday, 02 November 2017

The end of the month is approaching, and beauty addicts everywhere are feeling the pinch after binge-shopping during festive season and liberally shelling out money for make-up. But such extravagance can only go so far; a zero-balance bank notification will arrive if we don’t employ some hacks to make the most of our make-up products. Below, we list tried and test “gareeb” make-up hacks that have proved useful to us, and hope they help you make the most of what’s in your beauty kit, too!

Using the cleavage trick for old mascara

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Did you know that if you take an old tube of mascara and keep it in your cleavage for a bit, the dry old pigment heats up and loosens because of your body heat? Okay, not necessarily just your cleavage, but any warm spot. Go on, try it.

Nicking your guy’s hair gel/tub of Vaseline for your brows

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Why is a basic thing like brow gel so expensive? Don’t waste money on it. Take an old mascara wand, clean it, and swirl it in some hair gel or petroleum jelly, and use that to tame your brows.

Using a brown crayon pencil to contour, fill brows, and more

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There are a ton of things you can do with a brown lip or eye crayon, making it one of the most underrated fashion items. From using it as eyeshadow, to contouring your cheekbones with it, it’s the most versatile part of your vanity kit.

Extracting the remains of old mascara with a dry sketch pen for eyeliner

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You’re out of eyeliner but, you have your old and dry felt tip sketch pens. Take a mascara-old or new-and pick out the mascara goop with the tip of the pen. Now, apply it like eyeliner. EASY PEASY!

Using an old nail paint brush to make the most of your lipstick

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There is nothing more disappointing than a gorgeous lipstick which is getting over. Make the most of it by scooping out every last bit with a brush. If you don’t have a lip brush, take the brush from an old nail paint bottle, clean it thoroughly, and cut it so that it is stiff. Now, use this to scoop out lipstick and apply it.

Baking with baby powder

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Baby powder is not just meant for diaper rashes. It is great for baking your make-up with, in case you, like us, don’t want to blow money on pricey translucent powders.

Using lipstick for all colour-related purposes

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Lipstick is great for the lips, but it is also a great cheek tint and eyeshadow. Let’s embrace that instead of wallowing in sadness when we’re out of colour make-up products, shall we?

Mixing ghee and honey for lip gloss

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Nourishing, safe, and slightly likely to attract bugs if you sleep with it on, a combination of ghee and honey is a deliciously rich (and all-natural) lip gloss you can try if you don’t have money to buy the real thing.

Using glitter lip balm as highlighter

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We all used cheap and watery glitter-filled lip balms in the 2000s, and they are still available. In today’s world obsessed with highlighters, dewy looks, and lacquered lids, this makes these inexpensive lip balms/glosses a cheap hack we must use!