How To Reuse Makeup Products That Are Old Or Wrong Shade

How To Reuse Makeup Products - Maybelline India

Imagine you've just bought a new makeup product and can't wait to get home and try it on! But as soon as you get home and try your new buy, your worst nightmare comes to life. You've chosen the wrong shade! You then decide to skip everything and simply apply mascara only to realise the product has already dried up. Don’t worry because we are here to help. Check out these creative alternative ways to reuse makeup products that have gone dry or are of the wrong shade. These hacks will enable you to use these products to their full potential and save you some cash as well! 


Picking out the right shade of foundation is probably the trickiest thing to do. And if you've ever purchased the wrong shade of foundation, you know how painful it is to witness it sit at the back of your cupboard. If you're wondering how to reuse makeup products, especially a wrong shade of foundation, we've got you! 

If you've bought the wrong shade of foundation that is a few shades lighter than your complexion, you can simply use it as a concealer. This adds a brightening effect, making your makeup look flawless! If your wrong shade of foundation is darker, it can be used to cream contour. The darker foundation will sculpt your face and replicate the effect of your contour stick. You can set all of this with some powder, to ensure your makeup lasts all day! 


At some point we all have made the mistake of purchasing a concealer that is the wrong shade and still feel bad about it. But don't worry, we are here with solutions to your problem that will help you reuse this makeup product. A concealer that is too dark is perfect to use for contouring! The creamy consistency will blend like a dream and give you a chiselled look. 

For concealer that is too light, it can be used as an eyeshadow primer. The light concealer neutralises your eyelids giving you a beautiful canvas to create magic on. Using concealer as your eyeshadow base also ensures it lasts longer! Alternative uses of your concealer will also ensure you use all of the product before it expires. 


Getting through an eyeshadow palette before it expires is a mammoth task! However, using your eyeshadow palette creatively is a great way to reuse makeup that you do not need. The answer to the question of 'how to reuse makeup such as an eyeshadow palette is super simple! There are a bunch of ways in which you can use different eyeshadow shades and make the most of your palette. 

The matte brown shades in your eyeshadow palette can be used as a bronzer. You can also use a shimmery brown eyeshadow shade if you like glowy bronzers. You can use other shimmery shades in your eyeshadow palette as a highlighter! Eyeshadow pigment can also be used as an eyeliner. You can also use black or dark brown eyeshadows to fill in your eyebrows. 


You should ideally replace your mascara every 3-6 months. Mascaras also tend to dry out really quickly. This is why, if you are wondering 'How to reuse dry mascara?' these tips are for you! 

If your mascara hasn't expired but has started to dry up, you can place the tube in a glass of hot water. This will loosen up the mascara and make it usable again. In case you have expired mascara lying around, do not use it on your eyes. Simply use them to cover your greys! After styling your hair, simply run the mascara wands to cover any stray grey hair strands that may be visible. These are a few great tips on how to reuse makeup and make the most out of your mascara tube! 


We all love to buy several tubes of lipstick! But buying multiple lipsticks also means that you can barely finish all of them. While trying to reuse makeup that is old, your lipstick is a very versatile product. You can use it as an eyeshadow shade as an eyeliner and even a colour corrector. 

If you are curious about how to reuse broken lipstick, you can simply depot it and use it as a blush or colour corrector! There are also several ways of how to reuse dry liquid lipstick. Simply dip your dry liquid lipstick tube in a glass of warm water. This will revive the lipstick and you can use it as a blush! 

While reusing makeup that is older, it is also important to get your makeup to look beautiful! Here are some tools from Maybelline that will help: 

• While choosing your base products, you can use the Maybelline Foundation Finder tool and the Maybelline Fit Finder tool. These tools help you virtually pick the perfect shade of foundation, concealer, and powder for your makeup. 

• The Maybelline Virtual Try-On tool is great as you can try out different products virtually before buying them. 

It is always great to reuse makeup that is old and make sure you get your money's worth! However, make sure you do not use any expired makeup products on your skin as they might irritate it.

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