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‘I’m going to clear out all of my old make-up before I buy new stuff,’ said no woman ever. As this will never be achievable (let’s not lie to ourselves otherwise) we have come up with ways to justify our reasons for hanging onto a load of old tat. Mainly to spare your old make-up from the impending doom of being resigned to the bottom of your make-up bag for the next 18 months until you have your next mass clear out in 2027.
Here are our tips to find a purpose for them:
Clumpy mascara wands: Toss the bottle and clean the wand with some make-up remover or a toner to remove the stubborn clumps. It'll work as a handy eyebrow brush to tame brows. As for the other seven empty tubes of mascara - they can be thrown.
‘Almost’ finished eye shadows: When your eye shadow has bits of powder in the corners that you can’t get out anymore use a damp brush and mix the powder into a liquid liner. Note, this only works with darker shades so if you only wear taupes and creams there’s really no place for your leftovers other than the bin (you can do it – you won’t ever ‘need’ it again. Be brave).
Old eye pencils: If the end has dried up so it now feels like you’re rubbing needles over your eyelids, hold your kohl over a flame to melt the nib. The wax in the pencil will soften so you get a creamy application. Alternatively, if it’s cracked so that every time you sharpen it the lead falls out, put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to firm it back up. Extreme temperatures will sort out any liner qualm.
Eye shadow palette: If you fall in love with one shade and then leave the rest redundant, you can use the rejects as nail colour. Yes, you read that correctly. We spotted MAC Nail Technician, Marianne Newman rubbing eyeshadow on models' nails and then finishing with a glossy topcoat. It looks super natural and won’t chip like polish either.