Did you know that your good ol’ “go-to” liquid foundation is actually 4 products in one? Yep. It’s true. Here’s the list of money-saving products you can create from one unassuming little bottle of foundation:
1. Tinted Moisturizer
On the days when your skin is behaving extra good – let it be the star! Mix 1 part foundation to 1 – 2 parts moisturizer (based on the amount of coverage you need). Ta-dah! You have instant tinted moisturizer!
You know that gross gunk that accumulates at the rim of your foundation bottle? Yeah – that gunk is GOLD! It’s like the golden bits of goodness that are left at the bottom of a pan after you sear a beautiful steak. It’s the concentrated version of your perfect color-matched foundation – it’s your customized concealer – for FREE! Use a small concealer brush to apply your concentrated foundation to blemishes after you’ve applied your foundation. Let it sit for a bit, then blend out the edges, and finally, set with a translucent powder.)
Tip: Wipe off the old gunk (it’s probably too thick and dark at this point). Within a day or two, you will have a new layer of concentrated foundation around the bottle rim to work with.
If you have a liquid foundation and a loose mineral eyeshadow (preferably in a light, iridescent shade), you have a highlighter. Sculpt cheekbones and define brows by mixing a few pinches of loose mineral eyeshadow into your liquid foundation. Play with it until you get the right luminosity and consistency. Free liquid highlighter! Now, use a couple of dabs on your cheekbones, under your brow, or on your decolletage for a healthy glow.
Hint: It’s also an inexpensive way to disguise marks and bruises on legs and arms.
4. Get a True Color Payoff
Get true color payoff by starting with a neutral canvas (aka, your face). Apply foundation to your eyelids and on your lips (yes, directly on your mouth) to neutralize underlying shades. Set with a translucent powder and you’ve got a beautiful, clean canvas! Your red lips will pop, your colorful eye shadows will be more vibrant and your overall look will be polished and professional – not to mention, it will last much longer!