Savvy Ways to Reuse Makeup Containers

Savvy Ways to Reuse Makeup Containers

Whether or not you invest in luxury beauty products, makeup packaging can be so pretty; it's a shame to toss it just because the contents run out.  Since most of the purchase price of a piece of makeup goes towards luxe packaging rather than the makeup-y goodness itself, we've come up with savvy ways to repurpose those chic containers.

It goes without saying that packaging should be thoroughly cleaned, dried and makeup free, which can be a bit of a chore depending on the product, so we reserve some of these savvy solutions for high-quality containers only.

How to Clean: Plastic containers that have been thoroughly rinsed of product can go in the dishwasher for a final cleaning boost.  Old toothbrushes and Q-tips are fab tools for getting in small corners.

  • Perfume Bottles/Spritzers: If the top comes off, you can use a pretty perfume bottle to make an easy homemade room spray.  We like to leave them in the bathroom next to the toilet.  Ahem.  If the top doesn't come off, any small spritzer bottle will work, such as travel-sized hair spray or body misters.
  • Travel-Sized Anything: We clean out anything travel-sized or mini and use and reuse those containers all year long when we're on-the-go.
  • Lipstick Tubes: Super stylish solution for pill poppers.  Scrape out the lipstick thoroughly and you can slide your daily doses right in. You can also store small earrings for travel or the gym.
  • Lotion Bottles: There's virtually no end to the savvy uses for old lotion bottles, but we love keeping them aside to whip up small batches of scented lotion potions (just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a plain jane cream) or mix a homemade shimmer lotion.
  • Eye shadow Compact: Turn a shallow shadow compact into a travel-sized solid perfume case. You can buy pre-made solid perfumes coins and transfer the contents with a plastic butter knife.
  • Powder Compact: If it's got a mirror, well, hello there, free pocket mirror! Even if it doesn't have a mirror, these make great travel jewelry cases for separating necklaces and/or earrings while traveling or at the gym.  They also make a savvy mini-mint container.
  • Loose Powder: This can be a savvy receptacle for homemade shimmer powder if you've got an unused, too-light shimmery shadow from a palette.  Just scrape it out into the jar, reinsert the strainer-like plastic cap and use a big brush to apply.
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