1. DIY Tinted Lip Balm: In a hurry for some light and luscious lip balm? Take a small scrapping of eye shadow (loose or otherwise) in your favorite color (natural colors work best). Add the shadow to a glob of Vaseline. Mix with a q-tip. Store in an old contact lens case for easy transport. Voila- custom balm.
2. All Day Pigmented Eye Shadow: I have always used an eye shadow primer (urban decay or ELF) because I LOVE how creaseless and long lasting my colors stay. However, I have never found a great solution to make cheaper eyeshadows or light shades really POP until recently. I was wandering the end caps of CVS a couple months ago with my best friend when we stumbled upon a white eye shadow base by NYX. LIFE CHANGED. First apply primer, next add the base color (NYX), focusing on the inside corners of the eyes. Lastly, add your desired shadow. The white works with any hue, but I prefer using it with soft colors such as those found in the Naked3 palette or sheer glitter.
3. DIY Tinted Moisturizer: Similar products cost as much as buying a new foundation! Sorry BB cream, I ain't playing. Instead, simply mix a dab of your current liquid foundation with a face friendly non scented lotion. BAM. What's up custom tinted moisturizer. This hack is great for winter or summer. Simply sub in sunscreen for lotion of those extra hot days.
4. Product Salvage: Almost out of your favorite product? In this case, it was my darker foundation I use in the summer months (or when I want to stop looking like a ghost). Instead of tossing out the plastic tube, I used scissors and snipped off the end. You'd be surprised how much product is stuck in the bottom! Using a mini spoon, I was able to scrape out enough foundation to fill a small jar. I just saved myself a trip to ultra and another $30 bucks (for now). :)
5: Mascara Refresher: This is probably one of my FAVORITE hacks of all time. When your mascara starts to dry out, reach for any sterile contact solution. (NOT EYEDROPS). Add two drops of the solution into your mascara tube and tighten the lid. Shake a couple times, and spin the brush around inside. Your mascara will now glide on like a brand new tube. This will easily get you a couple more weeks out of your product, without compromising quality.