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Julyne Derrick

Lipstick Almost Gone? How to Recycle Your Favorites

By March 12, 2008

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I got an email from reader Patti Campbell today that included a lipstick trick I had to share with everyone (with Patti's permission of course). She had read my tip for what to do with a tube when you're at the end of it. I suggested in this article digging out the last bits with a cotton swab, putting them in a lipstick palette and mixing in a bit of Vaseline. I like Patti's suggestion even more:

I scoop out the end of the tubes and put them in a pill case, the one with the days of the week individually capped, then nuke them until they melt. Use a lip brush and you have 7 lipsticks to go!

Thanks Patti...I can't wait to try this on my favorite M.A.C. tubes.


March 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm
(1) silvia wainwright says:

I would recomd doing that since we are supose to descard lipstick every six months and the average woman has a leat 10 diferent lipstick so they will not be finished before since months….be very carefull about using makeup that is to old as it promotes bacteria….

March 17, 2008 at 2:09 pm
(2) silvia wainwright says:

sorry about spelling mistakes, i meant that I wouldn’t recomend

March 18, 2008 at 7:45 am
(3) Candy Haviland says:

I take lipsticks that are almost gone or the wrong shade,(too dark or too light), put into a clean small cosmetic jar and nuke them,(distroys the bacteria) and I get a new color.
Then I use my lipbrush. If it is a little too dry, I add a dab of vaseline.

March 21, 2008 at 4:22 pm
(4) Toni says:

WOW! I’ve done this for years! Didn’t know I was on the leading edge! Try to use those ones that are in a circle type, or a small pill strip. Fits great in a small purse!

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