Foundation is without a doubt one of the most expensive makeup investments and one that is probably the most widely used – so it’s only natural that we want to keep it on for as long as possible! Here are some of my favorite tips to get the most miles out of your foundation. (The picture above is some of my favorite foundations, the liquid is Exa Beauty and the powder is Alima Pure.)
Fix what’s broken! We have all been there before … a perfectly good foundation will be damaged. Maybe your powder compact broke if you dropped it, or maybe something scratched (or dug into) the makeup. Don’t throw it away yet! There is a way to fix it, and the secret weapon is isopropyl alcohol. I tried this method so you can see how it worked for me and what I could do differently next time.
Just grab your alcohol bottle and very carefully pour something into your Compact. You will immediately know when you have had enough, because your make-up begins to “heal” in front of your eyes.
I used a bobby pin to even out and smooth things out, but I would recommend a small blunt knife or the back of a spoon to smooth it out a bit better. THAT WORKS however !!! I left the lid open so the foundation could dry and was so impressed how something broken was made usable again. If you have a liquid foundation that has broken, maybe the bottle has broken, the cap has broken off, or the pump has broken, try something like this! You can pour the remains of the foundation into a new bottle so that your precious product is not wasted.
Make sure you don’t leave any product behind. Every time I get a new foundation I need a couple of uses to figure out how much I need. Sometimes we make products go to waste by simply using too much of them and washing it off our brushes and sponges. Maybe you need half a pump instead of a full pump, a pea-sized amount instead of a cone – and that goes for almost any liquid / cream product.
Get the most out of your tube foundation! Are you at the end of a primer tube (or other beauty product!)? Here’s one of my favorite tips: cut it in half and see how much product is left at the bottom! You can scoop the product into a really small container, and if you don’t have one, just slip the tube into a small Tupperware container in the meantime. You can see above that I probably have 5-10 more uses on this tube that I couldn’t possibly squeeze anything else out of.
Make a tinted moisturizer. Do you have a liquid product that you need to stretch for a few more days before you get a new bottle? Squeeze in some sunscreen or your favorite moisturizer to add volume to the product. This naturally dilutes the pigment, but better than nothing! Here is a great sunscreen option.
Here’s to get every last drop out of that bottle or tube! xo, Keely
Credits // Author and Photography: Keely Rust. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.