If you compared your cosmetics spending to that of beauty industry experts, you’d likely be shocked by how much less they spend. That’s because they know all the cool tricks, like how to fix a product that you might have otherwise tossed in the trash or how to incorporate regular household items into your beauty routine.
Check out these 10 beauty hacks that will help you get the most out of your makeup, skin and hair-care products — and spend a little less in the process.
1. Baking Soda Scrub
What you will need: Baking soda
How much it costs: About $1 at the grocery store or pharmacy
If you live in an area with harsh winters, you might notice that your skin starts flaking in spots as early as fall. The colder weather, combined with dryness from heaters, can contribute to dead surface skin.
Print and TV makeup artist Alison Raffaele Tatem suggests giving skin a gentle scrub to reveal the new skin underneath — with baking soda.
“Turn any cleanser into a micro-exfoliating scrub by adding one to two teaspoons of baking soda,” she said. “Be sure to rinse well and moisturize afterwards, as this treatment can be slightly drying.”
Blend the baking soda with a dollop of your cleanser in your hand, massage on to damp skin and rinse. Your skin will feel baby-soft, and the flakes will be gone.
2. Tinfoil Mask
What you will need: Aluminum foil
How much it costs: About $4 at Walmart
Sometimes your skin is in need of a refreshing face mask, but you don’t have one on hand or can’t score a free sample.
New York-based makeup artist and brow master Ramy Gafni is the creator of Ramy Beauty Therapy and author of “How to Fake Real Beauty.” He suggests using frozen tin foil as a firming face mask.
“Cut out eye and nose holes from a sheet of aluminum foil,” he said. “Place the sheet in the freezer and, once it’s frozen, press it on to your face for 10 minutes or so. The cold foil will tighten pores, reduce puffiness and leave you with a tightened complexion. It’s also a great hangover helper.”
This mask might startle your family, but the results can be startling, too — in the best way possible.
3. Perfect Match Foundation
What you will need: A travel bottle and your regular face moisturizer
How much it costs: About $1 for the travel bottle at your local drugstore
No matter how carefully you examine foundation shades in the store, you’ve likely ended up with a color that wasn’t quite right. If the shade is just slightly off, don’t toss the bottle — try this beauty tip instead.
Emmy Award-winning makeup artist and beauty expert Kevin James Bennett said, “Foundations that are too light, too dark or even the wrong undertone (too pink or too yellow) can still be useful and will look fine as a tinted moisturizer. Using a moisturizer with SPF will create a great tinted sunscreen.”
He suggests using a travel bottle to mix one part foundation with two to four parts moisturizer and shaking well before each use. The moisturizer will make the coverage of the foundation a lot more sheer and forgiving. Hence, you’ll get more out of your mistaken purchase rather than letting the money go to waste.
4. Concealer From Foundation
What you will need: A small dish from home
How much it costs: $0
It’s the night before a big day, and you realize that you’re fresh out of concealer. Don’t panic — your foundation might just do the trick. Raffaele-Tatem suggests putting a few drops of your liquid foundation in a small, clean dish and leaving it out overnight.
“Some of the silicone and water will evaporate, leaving you with a thicker, higher-coverage consistency,” she said. “This doesn’t work with all formulas, but in a pinch it’s worth a shot.”
Apply your makeshift concealer just as you normally would by using a concealer brush or tapping it on gently with a fingertip.
5. Dewey Skin
What you will need: A facial mist, like Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray
How much it costs: About $7 at Ulta
Most of us have had the experience of carefully applying makeup only to find that, upon final inspection, it looks dry and cakey — especially in cooler weather. Gina Way, a veteran beauty writer and editor — and all-around skincare obsessive whose work is often featured online and in magazines like Marie Claire and Redbook — suggests trying a face mist makeup hack that works for her.
“As a finishing touch — to make my skin look fresh and totally un-makeup-y — after I’ve applied makeup, I rinse my hands with ice-cold water,” she said. “Then I towel-dry them (so they’re slightly damp). Then, I spritz a face mist, like Caudalie Beauty Elixir ($49), on one palm, clap my hands together and place them lightly over my face and neck. This adds the tiniest bit of moisture and radiance.”
Try hydrating your face first thing in the morning and prior to exercising.
6. Lackluster Lash Treatment
What you will need: A loose setting powder, like e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder
How much it costs: $5.99 at Walgreens
If you’re looking to give your lashes a lift, try this beauty tip from celebrity and fashion makeup artist Quinn Murphy:
“If you want to add volume and thickness to your lashes, take a spoolie eyebrow brush and dip it in loose setting powder,” he said. “Then brush the powder through your lashes. Follow with mascara, and you will notice fuller, more dramatic lashes.”
The loose powder provides a base for the mascara to cling to and can make lashes look far more voluminous.
7. Softer Blush
What you will need: Your coffee or spice grinder, translucent face powder like e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder and a small travel jar
How much it costs: $5.99 for the powder and about 50 cents for the jar. Both are available at Walgreens
You loved the color of that powder blush in the store, but when you try it on in the light of your bathroom, you realize the shade is far too vibrant. Thankfully, Bennett has a fix for this — and it’s fun.
Start by removing the cake from the compact, placing it in your coffee or spice grinder and grinding it to a fine powder.
To dilute the intensity, Bennett said, “Add some translucent loose powder to the grinder, whirl it for a few seconds to mix well. This trick will cut down the amount of pigment (color) in the blush but retain the original shade. Place the finished powder in one of your small travel jars.”
8. Red Lip Fix
What you will need: Raw cane sugar and honey
How much it costs: About $3.50 for the sugar at the grocery store and $8 for the honey on Amazon
Sometimes you’re in the mood for a vibrant red lip, but if your lips aren’t in the best condition, red can look a bit ragged. Murphy offers the following makeup hack:
“If you want to wear a red lip but have very chapped lips, put raw cane sugar into a pea-sized amount of honey. Massage into the lips in small circular motions and then wipe off. Apply a lip balm, and when your lips are moisturized, apply your red lipstick.”
The sugar, combined with honey, will help exfoliate and soften the lips, so they are perfectly prepped for the red lipstick. Try this trick any time your lips are dry.
9. DIY Dry Shampoo
What you will need: Baby powder or loose face powder.
How much it costs: About $1.50 for baby powder and $5.99 for loose face powder
If your hair is looking limp but you don’t have time for a proper shampoo, baby power or loose face powder can substitute for a dry shampoo.
“Sprinkle the powder on to your scalp in sections and brush through your hair,” said Gafni. “The powder absorbs excess oil and adds volume.”
When attempting this hack, apply the powder sparingly at first, so you don’t overdo it and leave your roots looking dusty. This trick is especially effective for oily scalps.
10. Static Relief
What you will need: Dryer sheets
How much it costs: About $2.50 at the grocery store
Hair can develop static, especially in dry, cold weather. To prevent your hair from standing on end, Raffaele-Tatem suggests rubbing a dryer sheet on the head to eliminate static cling.
The anti-static ingredients in the sheet help to tame the hair. They also help control static when rubbed directly on clothes. “Works every time,” she said.
This article originally appeared on GoBankingRates.