by Orven Mallari | July 15, 2020
Lipstick. Foundation. Eyeliner. Bronzer. Blush. Mascara. Concealer. Highlighter. Is your ever-expanding makeup collection giving you a headache? Allowing your makeup to multitask can empower you to simply own less cosmetic products. What could be more environmentally sustainable? Here are some tips to help you maximize your makeup’s potential so you can save time and space, while reducing your carbon footprint.
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Lipstick as Blush (and even Eyeshadow!)
Having a good, balmy stick product can enable you to feed two (or more) birds with one scone. The idea of the “multi-stick” has been around for the last couple of years. Lipsticks have had interesting auxiliary uses as blush and eyeshadow to create a uniform look. However, Grantas and other eco-conscious companies have been altering their formulations to make products that are built to be used for multi-use. They are easily blendable, meaning that if you find yourself pushed for time or resources, you can quickly swipe it across your lips and use your fingers to blend the tint on your cheeks! However, when using a make-up sponge, there are tricks used to make the most out of your multi-stick. Apply the stick on the lips first, then the cheeks with your sponge. What is leftover could be put on your eyes so you have just the right amount of tint for an all round healthy glow.
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Mascara as Eyebrow Gel
Many see mascara as an absolute must-have in their make-up bag. So, why not expand its potential? After filling brows in with the brow pencil of your choice (this step is optional), you can use the mascara brush to lightly give definition and shape to your eyebrows. This creates a fuller, more dramatic look than a specialized brow gel would give you. You can also put a line of concealer that is a half to full shade lighter than your skin just below your brows, to get that look of freshly-threaded eyebrows.
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Make Your Bronzer the Gold Standard
Your bronzer seems to be a particularly one-dimensional part of your makeup repertoire, but there are ways to stretch its uses. You can also use it as a contour to pair with a lighter highlighter (you can use your eyeshadow for this, as you will see later!). Since many bronzers have some sort of illuminating facet to them, those with darker skin tones can use a bronzer as highlighter on its own, too.
Eyeshadow as Blush
When it comes to eyeshadow, it’s fun to think outside the box (or, in this case, the round). With an appropriate shade, you can use your eyeshadow as an all-in-one powder powerhouse: put it on your cheeks as blush, or as part of a contouring endeavor. There are even makeup artists on YouTube who use only their eyeshadow palette to contour their entire face! Happy experimenting!
A Handy Pencil
Emphasize your favorite facial features, using your pencil! Depending on the look you’re going for, you can use it to line your lips to create that truly fierce gradient as it blends into your lip color. Aside from using it as a lipliner, the pencil can also be used as a brow pencil or a light bronzer, with the help of a nifty blender. You can even paint on some covetable faux freckles if you’d like! Many sustainable beauty brands carry vegan eyeliner pencils in natural shades of brown, so getting one of these can instantly help you save space in your makeup bag.
About the Author: Orven Mallari is currently a senior at Yale University. As an Environmental Engineering major, they are passionate about pursuing sustainable solutions to tackle global issues. When not reading up on environmental justice, they spend their time watching Premier League soccer, dreaming about visiting every National Park across the U.S., and cooking pasta.