This month, I’d like to tell you a few secrets that “they” don’t want you to know. These tips are my inside secret as a formulator and inventory of how to re-activate and extend the life of your favorite cosmetics!
1. Mascara reactivation
After your mascara’s turned into a thick, powdery, dead mess you can bring it back to life! To reactivate your mascara, simply add one to two drops of vegetable oil into the mascara tube and mix with the brush to reactivate the formulation. For a more patent shine – dip the brush bristles into Vaseline, then push the brush back into the tube.
2. Extended the life of your favorite Lipgloss and lipstick
Don’t you hate it when your favorite lipgloss or lipstick has been discontinued? Here’s a trick that will allow you to use the product for a few extra weeks while you’re looking for a replacement.
Start by extracting all of the lipgloss/lipstick from the original container (you may have to cut open a tube, or pull your lipstick out of the case) and put the product into the smallest ziploc bag you can get. Then add ½ of the equivalent amount of either petroleum jelly, or your favorite clear lip balm/ lipgloss to the Ziploc bag. Massage the mixture together until the two items are blended and then cut off a very small piece of one of the ziploc’s bottom corners and apply.
3. How to fix a broken powder compact
Everyone knows what a purse looks like after their powder compact breaks. Here is my tip for fixing a powder compact that has shattered.
Pour the compact’s loose contents into a small ziploc bag and add about 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Massage the mixture together, then repack it into the compact. Once in the compact, place a sheet of paper over the powder and then place a book or cutting board over the sheet of paper. Gently but firmly press down on the book to re-set the powder into the compact and allow to fully air dry. Your compact will be good as new.
4. How to extend the life of your favorite discontinued eyeshadow:
For powder eyeshadow, simply mix-in some translucent powder. Use an iridescent powder to amplify the current color.
For cream based eyeshadows, start by extracting all of the cream from the original container (you may have to cut open a tube, or pull off the lid) and pour the product into the smallest ziploc bag you can get. Then add ½ of the equivalent amount of dimethicone cream. Massage the mixture together until the two items are blended and then cut off a very small piece of one of the ziploc’s bottom corners and apply.
For over a decade, Scott-Vincent Borba has been a renowned innovator in the beauty category and has worked on such esteemed brands such as Hard Candy Cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson®, P&G/Wella-Sebastian, Shiseido/Joico, and Dr. Murad.
Scott-Vincent helped found E.L.F. Cosmetics with the idea that quality color cosmetics shouldn’t be limited to high-end department stores.
Scott-Vincent has been a high-fashion model, TV personality and became a licensed aesthetician to further his credentials and experiences. He founded BORBA, and continues to use his creative thinking to push the envelopes of skin care as we know it.