9 Beautiful Makeup Hacks That Will Save You Time & Money (PHOTOS)

As an official product junkie, I could happily spend oodles and oodles of money on makeup and beauty products every month. The only problem? A distinct lack of oodles and oodles of money! While I do splurge now and then, I'm no millionaire, so I'm all about cutting corners when I can. And I have a few tricks up my sleeve I'm dying to share ...

These 9 brilliant makeup hacks will save you big bucks and keep you sitting pretty! Do you have any of your own to add?


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  • Use Mascara as Liquid Eyeliner


    If you only wear liquid eyeliner now and then, there's no need to go out and buy a separate beauty product -- just use your mascara! Basically all you need is a toothpick or eyeliner brush, and you're good to go. Check out this mascara as eyeliner tutorial for tips!

  • Cut Open Tubes to Get the Last Drop


    Why throw good stuff into the trash? Cut the tops off any beauty product that comes in a squeezy tube container and make use of every last drop!

  • Check Out Cheaper Versions of Your Most-Wanted Products


    If you're lusting after, say, a pricey lipstick, try Googling the brand and name of the lipstick plus the word "dupe" -- so, for example, "Givenchy 209 Rose Perfecto dupe" leads me to this page on Temptalia, filled with swatches and comparable colors (aka "dupes"). If that doesn't work, try browsing sites like MoneyCanBuyLipstick.com for extensive dupe lists.

  • If You Don't Love It, Return It!


    Did you know that many major retailers allow you to return beauty products, even if they're opened? CVS, Sephora, Rite Aid, and Ulta are but a few. Keeping a product you will never wear is cray-cray and money down the drain! Return it and get something you love.

  • Rescue Your Broken Lipsticks


    A broken lipstick can be fixed by melting the bottom of the smashed part with a match or candle and re-attaching. I know, crazy! If you are feeling more crafty, you can detube your lipstick and put it into a little pot.

  • Rescue Broken Compact Makeup


    Beauty blogger Michelle Kwan has a very entertaining how-to video that shows you how to fix broken makeup like bronzers and eyeshadows. Amazing!

  • Add Saline Solution to Mascara to Make It Last Longer


    I discovered this tip on Pinterest: just add a few drops of saline solution to mascara that's getting a little dried out, et voila!

  • Fake False Eyelashes With Baby Powder


    Yes, that's right -- fake the fakes! A little baby powder brushed on between coats of mascara will boost your eyelashes, no falsies required. Check out this baby powder mascara trick tutorial for tips on how to make it work.

  • Use Eyeshadow as Eyeliner


    Just about any eyeshadow can also be used as an eyeliner, and this is an especially great hack if you want to experiment with some different eyeliner colors -- without buying more eyeliners. I like to get my applicator wet, then dab it in the eyeshadow, and then apply -- this creates a look that's closer to actual eyeliner and is longer-lasting. You can use a makeup brush, an eyeshadow applicator, or a Q-tip!