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While we’re always collecting the latest makeup and beauty products, we don’t always have the means to use up everything we have.

Sometimes we’ve got a lot of beauty products that go past their expiry date and are largely unused. Pretty wasteful, right?

We would love to be able to maintain a more sustainable lifestyle by reusing our beauty products. Luckily, there are many ways that we can reuse our beauty products, such as simply reusing the containers.

But other than reusing containers, what else can we do? Well, we’ve recently discovered five ways you might not have thought of to reuse your beauty products.

#1: Lipstick to polish metal

Interesting Ways to Reuse Beauty Products Lipstick Polish

Did you know you can use your expired lipstick to polish metal items? Think about it – lipsticks are usually made of waxes, which are usually used for polishing.

It works because wax smooths out the surface by filling swirls and scratches with a protective coating. Try this with your dull-looking jewellery to return them to its original shiny state.

#2: Lip balm as perfume primer

Interesting Ways to Reuse Beauty Products Lipbalm Perfume Primer

Just rub a bit of lip balm on your wrists or behind your ears where you’ll be spraying your perfume as it will act as a perfume primer. This means it preps your skin for fragrance and makes the scent last longer.

The way it works is that the nourishing ingredients of the lip balm help keep the skin moisturised and also becomes something the fragrance can hold onto.

#3: Eyeshadow as nail glitter

Interesting Ways to Reuse Beauty Products Eyeshadow Nail Polish

You can combine clear nail polish with your favourite eyeshadows that have gone past their use-by date. This allows you to create a whole new unique look for your nails.

Try mixing and matching your eyeshadow colours to come up with beautiful combinations for your fingers. Trust us, they’ll serve as nail inspiration for your friends.

#4: Makeup remover wipes as regular wipes

Interesting Ways to Reuse Beauty Products Makeup Remover Wipes

Expired makeup remover wipes may break you out if you use them on your face. Instead, use them to remove any dirt and grime from any other surface like a table or a sink.

Makeup remover wipes should help you get rid of any stubborn dirt on most surfaces because they are formulated to remove most makeup that contain waxes and oils.

#5 Shampoo as laundry detergent

Interesting Ways to Reuse Beauty Products Shampoo Detergent

Expired shampoo can lead to scalp irritation and dull, dirty hair. Instead, try using it as laundry detergent.

One thing to note is that shampoo usually produces a lot of bubbles and suds. So, if you’re going to be washing your clothes with it, you should not use the washing machine and go for the handwash route instead.

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