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How to Get the Most Out of Your Makeup

Over the last few years I’ve become a high-end makeup snob. I don’t buy much makeup from the drugstore or big box retailer anymore, it’s not that I don’t like it, I just find that the high-end makeup is better. You know the whole saying “You get what you pay for.” That being said, you know when you use products there’s always that last tiny bit in the bottom of the container? No matter what you try, you just can’t get it out. Being a single mom, I can’t spend a ton of money and not get my money’s worth. Although, now that I know how simple this is, I would be doing it to drugstore makeup too.

So here’s my little experiment I tried with my foundation, as it’s $38.00 a tube. I just knew there had to be quite a bit left in the container that I couldn’t get out with the pump it came with. For my foundation, I use It Cosmetic’s CC Cream and I highly recommend it, it’s such a great coverage and it’s very light and not sticky. I wanted to share my little experiment with you, because I plan on doing this with other makeup of mine as well. You could try lip gloss, moisturizer, primer, and a whole bunch of other makeup products as they would work great with the procedure I used.


Makeup (I’m using tubes of foundation)
Heavy Duty Scissors
Butter knife, Plastic knife, Spoon or Spatula
Small Glass Jar/container


First, I gathered up all of my supplies that I thought I would need. After that I just dived right in. I took my heavy duty scissors and cut the top right off of the tube, it was a pump, so I knew there had to be quite a bit of product left inside. Boy, was I right, I was shocked at how much foundation was still inside.

Then I took my butter knife and scraped out all of the foundation I could get. I put it into a small glass jar that I picked up at Hobby Lobby for $1. I’m sure you can find some containers at Ikea, The Container Store, Walmart, Michaels, and other places as well. There are also plenty of different shapes and sizes that will work for whatever you’re emptying out. Obviously, if you’re trying to empty out a lip gloss container, you might want a smaller, more shallow container to contain your lip gloss.

It’s so crazy, I can’t get over the amount that was leftover that I normally would have just tossed in the trash. Think of all the waste you normally toss as well, so much money just thrown out.

I will tell you, I tried to keep track of how many more times I used this foundation, and I used it over 20 more times. I only need a little bit for each makeup application. Literally, I just dip my foundation brush in one time for my whole face, so I was shocked there was that much I typically throw away.

Next I just grabbed a label from my planner, and slapped it on the glass container. Cute and simple right? I’m so glad I did this, and I will be doing this with other products I have.

Let me know if you try this with any of your makeup products and what you thought. Also, if you’re interested, I have another great blog post with Beauty Subscription Boxes if you’d like to check it out.

Do you have any beauty or makeup tips that you’d like to share?


Sunday 13th of October 2019

We have been doing this for years. It also works for toothpaste.

Sandy Klocinski

Saturday 12th of October 2019

Fantastic tip! Great value!

Karen Propes

Thursday 10th of October 2019

Thanks so much, I'm amazed how much you got out of the tube. I know this will save me money when I do this.

Dorothy Boucher

Sunday 10th of March 2019

I love this idea, don't know why I havn't thought of doing this, would have been saving me tons of money at the store, and I buy what ever my pocket can afford that week, that month. @tisonlyme143

Alice F

Friday 8th of March 2019

WOW, I never thought of doing this! What a great way to use every last drop of product.