The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
BlushByNumbers - Welcome!
So I’ve decided after over five years of being a makeup artist, researching makeup, and trying out a ton of new products, that I would finally starting blogging about my favorite hobby =) I find the art of makeup to be one of the most fascinating and exciting forms of artistry because no two “canvases” are ever the same! The name BlushByNumbers symbolizes the many, but simple steps it takes to apply makeup in order to make it your own. I also am a penny pincher and love to learn new ways to get more for your money when it comes to buying makeup (because many of it is insanely expensive) and making it last.
I’ll start off with one of my favorite tips that I know I have shared with many people and that is the tubes trick. Makeup that comes in tubes such as moisturizers, foundations, concealers, etc tend to run out pretty quickly and that drives me crazy! Or if you squeeze the tube too hard, it all comes out and then its just a waste so to avoid this problem (and also, get get about 1-3 weeks worth of makeup out of that tube), I cut the bottom of the tube off about a centimeter from the bottom after about 1-2 uses (so the makeup isn’t completely full and can’t overflow). I then take a small container (Harmon’s and CVS sell small travel containers with twist off tops - these are perfect!) and squeeze the entire product into the container. Make sure to check the inside of the tube to ensure you were able to get ALL of the product out. These containers also make it easier for storage and you won’t have excess product spillage when you open them. Also, this method also works with tubes of makeup that seem “empty” - guaranteed you can get at least a week’s worth by cutting the bottom!
*BTW - this method also works with toothpaste and is much better then the ‘roll up from the bottom’ method!!
Another tube trick - most lipstick tubes are filled completely with the lipstick. What I mean by this is, the lipstick continues all the way to the bottom of the tube usually. So when the plastic “bottom” of the lipstick starts to show and it appears to be finished, look again. What I do is I take a metal makeup spatula that I have (if not, a small tweezer works, but be careful!) and I pop the plastic covering or container off that surrounds the lipstick. Usually, the lipstick is left in the bottom of the tube and you are able to retrieve it using a small spatula about the size of a small nail file (also can be found at a Harmon’s type store). When the leftover lipstick is removed, I then put it in a lipstick palette that you can buy or if you’re unable to fine one, craft stores usually has small bead boxes and those boxes work as well. After the lipstick has been transferred, in order to remember which lipstick is which, I take the sticker on the bottom of the empty tube and stick it underneath the lipstick in the new lipstick container :)
Any questions, let me know. Otherwise - happy saving and I’ll post more soon about some of my favorite products and tips!