You know how I love rule-breakers when it comes to makeup? And remember last week when I said that most of my looks are chameleon looks in that you USUALLY don't need that exact product to recreate the look as a whole? Well this is my post to prove it.
This post was inspired by A) not wanting you to think I'm telling you that you have to buy the products I feature, and B) I sometimes feel like the cosmetics industry thinks we're a bunch of chumps. Do you think they're ever sitting in a room brainstorming and someone's like, "well this bronzer is selling for $12, but why don't we just cut corners and take each package of the bronzer, split it into 8, and repackage it as brown eyeshadow, and sell it for $10 each!!" And everyone's in there nodding and clapping and being like "You've done it again. Way to outsmart our consumers." And they're like . . .
Speaking of which, have you ever wondered what the heck the difference is between a shadow to fill your brows and a shadow for your lids in terms of product and consistency? The answer is not a damn thing. So let's make the most out of what you've already got in that cutesy cossy bag of yours.
Post overview: The little rebel in me decided to do my entire face of makeup WITHOUT using anything for its intended purposes (aside from the mascara and foundation because they really don't have any viable substitutes that you would already have sitting in your makeup bag).
Quick side note: I don't want to imply that all cosmetics are made equally. There are certainly many, many products that far surpass their cheaper versions in terms of quality so I'm trying to be careful as I'm treading that line of showing other uses for a particular makeup piece, while also knowing that you are, in SOME cases, forfeiting some quality with cheap knockoffs or substitutes.
Alright, I'm not going to include the product list for obvious reasons—if you have an eyeshadow, use it; don't go out of your way to use something else. This is just to prove that it can be done :)
Is my favorite look? Negative. Is it exceptional in the "Flawless Makeup Application" Department? Not so much. I did this look pretty quickly, though, so snaps for 10-minute get readies, right? I didn't pay too much mind to perfect placement or execution because I just wanted emphasize how many of the products you already have are jacks of all trades—or at least, can be a great 1st-man-off-the-bench when you don't have the exact product you need.
So I'm just going to give you a quick rundown of how you can get the most out of the products you already have by substituting them in for other uses.
- Eyeshadow instead of brow products for my eyebrows
- An eyebrow pencil instead of eyeliner for my water line
- Black eyeshadow instead of eye liner for my top lash line
- Bronzer instead of eyeshadow (I actually recommend incorporating your bronzer or contour shade into your eye contouring anyway)
- Highlighter instead of eyeshadow for my brow bone
- Shimmer eyeshadow instead of highlighter for above my cheekbones
- Taupe eyeshadow and bronzer instead of contour for my contouring
- Lipstick instead of blush for the apples of my cheeks
- Eyebrow pencil instead of lip liner to line my lips
- Lip liner instead of all-over lip color to fill in my lips
- Cream blush instead of lipstick to put a dab of sheen on my bottom lip
- Shimmer eyeshadow instead of highlighter to brighten up my cupid's bow
I realize this wasn't the most exciting post of all time, but I just wanted to show you how you can maximize what you've already got.
I imagine matte bronzer looks quite similar to brown eyeshadow before they reshape it in packaging. If you look at it that way, you can get a lot more for your money just using a huge bronzer instead of buying a tiny little shadow pot.
Anyway, here's to not getting duped into buying things you don't need. However, please DO have fun buying things if you WANT them. Good night, my brilliant, little savvy savers!