Cheap tricks with cosmetics

January 16, 1991|By Pat Morgan | Pat Morgan,Knight-Ridder Newspapers

Here are some ways to save money while pampering yourself:

Stretching cosmetics:

* Once moisturizer is at the halfway mark or lower,add an ounce of water for each ounce of product and mix well.

* Don't waste expensive skin toner by saturating a cotton ball. Soak the cotton in water first and squeeze out excess water. Use the dampened cotton ball to apply toner.

* If you like to use a natural sponge or loofah in the bath,try a painter's sponge. Buy them cheap at hardware stores.

* If your lipstick color has faded in the tube,wearing it over gold on your lips will restore the color and add dramatic shine.

* If your oil-based foundation separates before you use the whole bottle,add a drop of witch hazel and mix.

* Get those last few drops of foundation from the bottle by adding a -- of talc or cornstarch powder. Then add water and blend to get the right consistency.

* Clean much-used cosmetic sponges by soaking them overnight in a solution of one teaspoon baking soda dissolved in one cup of water.

* Mend broken lipsticks instead of tossing them out. Use a match or lighter to melt the bottom of the detached piece. Reattach it to the tube and heat around the sides to seal the break. Place in the refrigerator to set.

* Forget about buying a lip liner to match every shade of lipstick you own. Buy one or two neutral shades soft pink,beige,taupe or light coral. They'll blend with virtually every lipstick shade.

* Neutral eye shadows such as brown or gray can double as eyeliner. Apply them with a dampened eyeliner brush.

* Look for double-duty cosmetics:foundation-powder combos,tinted moisturizers that hydrate the skin and offer coverage and sun protection as well.

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