Thinking Outside The Makeup Box



Many moons ago I took my Makeup Artistry exams. Too many being ten.
For one exam  I had to take a model (my best friend) with me and execute a look on her. Only when starting my exam did I realise I had left my whole bag of lipsticks at home, on the end of my bed, waiting patiently for me to pick them up.
All the blood went straight to my head.
Panic erupted, and if I didn’t think on my feet quickly before my tutor realised, then it was going to also be erupting from elsewhere (soz for TMI).
Luckily for me, I had my good ole faithful Illamasqua cream blushers on me, that I used not only as a blush but as a lipstick.
Crisis averted and I passed my exams.
So this got me thinking recently, that as a makeup artist I have to think on my feet and be creative, as you can be a hundred percent sure, at some point in your career, the photographer who wanted “natural makeup darling!” has a change of heart and decides “Glitter darling, think disco ball!” is actually what his camera shaped heart desires, and you just have to quietly cry inside while you smash an iridescent limited edition MAC eyeshadow into smithereens, because when packing for a natural makeup, glitter didn’t pass across your mind as a necessity…..
True story *Sob*
 I have to think this way, but what about the girl who just likes to play with makeup?
Brands will have us believe we need approx 100,000 products to create our everyday faces. But the reality is, you really don’t.
So here are some of my tips and tricks that hopefully you may find useful too.

1 – Mix Lipsticks.

I should really take my own advice with this one, I currently have a rather large stash of lipsticks that am pretty sure will never see the light of day or a lip. You really don’t need XXX amounts of lipsticks to have an extensive collection of colours. Pop one colour on your lip, then another and rub. Using basic colour knowledge will help you get some great custom made colours here, ie red + blue = purple etc.

2 Waste Not Want Not –

When you get to the end of your lipstick tube, scrape out the rest and pop it in a little cosmetic jar like these from Amazon. You get ten and they only cost £2.59. There’s always loads of product left at the bottom of a lipstick, so this is a great cost-effective way to use it all up, and get all the bang for your buck.

3 – Blushing Lips

Using a cream blusher on the lips is nothing new, but not something I see as much anymore. I personally love a matching lip and blush combo, It’s very swarve.

4 – Ditto Cheeks

Lipstick on the apples of your cheeks is another great way of making the most of your products. Just pop some on your fingertips and then dab , dab, dab. Just maybe not that beige lipstick… But each to their own!

5 – Mascara Brushes

When your mascaras hit the dust, simply give the brush a very (very) good wash and ta-da, you’ve got yourself a spooly for keeping them eyebrows under control!

6 – Pinky it

Tape is great for creating a great sharp crisp wing, but when you haven’t got time for that or just don’t want to ruin your foundation. Create a slight wing and using your little fingers nail, gently pull your nail along the liner. Super simple and quick.

 7 – Everything Everywhere

Use bronzer as an eyeshadow, use eyeshadow (think pink) as blusher, Use (clean) lip pencils as eyeliner and eyeliner as a lip liner. Makeup really is about having fun and being creative, not just about looking hawt as shit, even though I’m sure you do that pretty well!
 Look at your makeup bag in a whole different light (kinky!) and you could well have found yourself a whole lot more products to play with.




  1. May 19, 2017 / 10:20 am

    Love these tips, I really dislike how brands have become so shameless about promoting unnecessary products but at the same time I love that they are coming out with more innovative stuff. Well done for passing your exams btw, I imagine that was a stressful time haha. Hope you have a lovely weekend xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  2. May 19, 2017 / 11:05 am

    These are great tips! I'll keep this in mind. Actually, the lipstick thing, I think I've been doing it without actually knowing it will be helpful. Sometimes I change my mind when I put on a a lipstick, I smudge it but not sully erased then apply a new shade. And then I get a different kind of shade that I prefer 🙂 Although it's hard to do in liquid lipsticks.

    ❤️ Alyssa // STYLE VANITY // Instagram

  3. May 19, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    Congratulations on passing exam. Anyway thank your for these tips, it's always nice to have some tips and tricks to actually save our money.

    Michelle Morchella

  4. May 19, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    What a fantastic post, girl, I've just pinned and will definitely be referring to it in the near future again. You had me cracking up at the start of this post, "think disco ball" haha! I'm sure as an artist you're constantly finding yourself in situations where you have to improvise (I love that story about your exam) it really does teach you more about yourself and the inner creativity you may not have realized you had. That said, I love all these creative tips for extending the use of makeup products. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have the most amazing weekend ahead, beauty!



  5. May 19, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Great tips! Usually I would go out with a lipstick that I use also as a blush. Truly a way to minimize makeup but still be prepared! 🙂 xo~ Lena

  6. May 19, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    Okay, first of all I've just got to point out how genius the title of this blog post is, haha! Secondly, thanks so much for the tip about washing the mascara brush and using for the brows – and I'll definitely keep number 7 in mind. Have a fabulous weekend!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Worldwide NARS Beauty Giveaway x

  7. May 20, 2017 / 2:44 am

    I love that you shared a little story or two about being a certified MUA! I do use bronzer as eyeshadow and I do that almost everyday. I don't use blush as lipstick mainly because I find the texture is drying on my already dry lips.

  8. May 20, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    I love this post! I've been playing around with makeup ever since I started wearing it and I remember telling a "friend" I used my blush as an eyeshadow and she making fun of me at the time T__T Never regretted it though, I still do it nowadays!

  9. May 20, 2017 / 6:33 pm

    There are some great tips here! I must start using more than one lipstick at a time, I bet you can make some gorgeous colours xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  10. May 22, 2017 / 6:57 am

    I learned to repurpose my makeup products when I was traveling. When sharing a camper van with a man and a toddler, bringing a variety of makeup products not really is top priority. But wearing the same look for six weeks would have brought me to tears, so I had to be creative.
    Good thing you are quick and creative, I bet that is a much needed thing for a MUA.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  11. May 22, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Great tips, and thanks for sharing your story. I have had to learn the hard way and years ago during a work travelling nightmare, I had left some of my eyeliner and lipsticks and used my mascara for my eyeliner and blush for lip colour. haha, it worked for the moment. Have a great week. /Madison

  12. May 22, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Fabulous tips! I am so boring when it comes to make-up, I really wish I was more creative and daring with it x


  13. May 23, 2017 / 12:08 am

    Oh my gosh that must have been so scary in your exam- at least it all worked out though 🙂 Getting the last bit of lipstick out of the tube and putting it into a tub is such a great idea!

    Rachel xx

  14. May 23, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    These are some great tips! I always go and buy the hottest new lippy but tend to gather hordes of products I don't ever use so combining or cutting down on certain items is something I definitely need to do!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Jaz xoxo

  15. May 23, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Great post! Clients do change there mind all the time and sometimes it can be so annoying lol. I had one client who at first couldn't decide what look she wanted and changed her mind 3x times and then changed her mind once more once I was done her makeup lol.

    Sheer Beauty Blog

  16. May 26, 2017 / 9:54 am

    I loved these tips but one thing about this post caught my attention, you had to smash up a Limited Edition MAC shadow! Nooooooooooo! I bet that hurt, I'd have cried!

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

  17. May 26, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    A great post and your way of thinking is brilliant, there's nothing I like better than to play around with makeup.

    In college I used to use an eyeshadow as a highlighter, lipstick on my cheeks, you can even use it on eyes, it's fun to play around and get creative.

    Makeup in essence is very much like paint, do what you want with it and enjoy! Your tips here are excellent and really enjoyed reading this and about your experiences (totally feel the pain with your Limited Edition Mac eyeshadow as Rosy has stated above!! Had a highlighter I brought in Barbados from MAC which was limited, it is now in crumbles but I refuse to throw it away as let's face it, the product is still fine even though it does make a mess when I open it!)

    Great post and hope you're well!

    Laura xo

  18. May 28, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    These are killer tips! I need to get those jars from Amazon so I can start saving my almost-gone lippies!

    Le Stylo Rouge

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