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Friday, May. 29, 2009 | 02:45 PM AT
For most women, makeup is a necessary evil. How evil? Well, there's the chemicals, the packaging waste, the animal testing... not to mention the sheer cost of it all! So what's a frugalista to do? Freelance makeup artist Liz Furlong has some tips on greening your makeup regimen--on the cheap!
Read? Let's do it!
2. Use less makeup: Hmm, less makeup = less money spent on makeup. Doh! But seriously. Take me for example. I always thought you HAD to wear mascara on TV. I don't even like mascara. It's itchy and a pain to take off. So I did a sneaky experiment. I started doing shoots without any mascara on. Guess what? The sky didn't fall. I didn't immediately get fired. Actually, no one noticed. Except me--because it was 4 tubes of mascara a year less to buy. Not too shabby! I've done similar experiments with eye shadow (yup, I can make do without it!) and lipstick (nah, need it. But found a natural, made in Montreal version)
4. Recycle your packaging: Check to see if your makeup company has a special recycling program. Many do. MAC for example, allows you to bring back your empty lipstick, foundation, eyeshadow, etc cases. For every six you bring back, you get free lipgloss, eye shadow or lipstick. MAC isn't the greenest or most natural makeup out there-- but they are cruelty free and have a neat recycling program.
6. Ditch the disposables: You'll save the planet (and cash) if you invest in a good set of brushes and a few cotton cloths (cut an old sheet or T-shirt) instead of disposable sponges, Q-tips, wipes and such. And please, don't use those terrible makeup removing wipes or oil blotting cloths. I know they're convenient, but they're probably full of chemicals you don't want near the organ you think with and they pollute our world.
7. Make your own makeup brush cleaner: This is the simplest (and most delicious smelling) recipe ever: Fill a spray bottle full of vodka and add about 15 drops of your favourite essential oil. I recommend lavendar or geranium. Voila! A wonderful germ-killing potion to keep your brushes (and skin) in the best health. Of course, you'd best use a cleaning cloth and not paper towels to clean them brushes! To help them dry, put them bristles-up in a jar. Don't pack them away when they're still damp.
So there you go. It's your turn now. Have you learned some amazing tips for greening your makeup routine on the cheap? Share please.
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