Q&A with Kate McCarthy: Creative Uses for Everyday Makeup Products

Q&A with Kate: Makeup Questions Answered

Hi Kate! I love reading all of your tips! I especially love how you find creative uses for everyday makeup products. What are some of your favorite ways to play with product uses?

Kate: For those of you who know me, you know that I am a little bit of a mad scientist when it comes to finding new uses for current products. For those of you who don’t know me, know this… my Friday nights consist of mixing an array of eye shadows, lipsticks, and foundations in my kitchen while conversing with my cats about my week (they never seem to have much to say…).
Here are some of the secret tips I have for using my favorite products in unconventional ways:

Eye shadow: Yes, Eye Shadow is made to go on your eyes but these multi-purpose babies can transform any product sitting in your bathroom. Use Eye Shadow to change or create your own custom lip color by applying under Lip Stick (I talk about mixing Eye Shadow in eggplant with Lipstick in bordeaux here) or use a slightly shimmery color  to highlight your cheekbones. You can also use eye shadow to fill in bald spots along your hairline or scalp (like I do in this video) and fill in your brows.
Lipstick/ Gloss: Try using your Lipstick as an Eye Shadow base (Please make sure you sanitize it first with a paper towel drenched in rubbing alcohol!). For a new twist on a smoky eye use a deep shade of lipstick and swipe a thin layer from your lash line to right below your crease. Blend your smoking color into the lipstick for added depth, drama and a unique undertone.  You can also use Gloss to get added dimension by placing it lightly on top of any eye look. Lipsticks make a great blush as well! Just apply the same way you would apply a cream blush.

Concealer/foundations:  Use these to lighten any lip color! Or for the perfect nude lip, dab your foundation on your lips and top with clear gloss!

Dust 24K : Sprinkle any one of the shades into your hand, mix with glo essentials Style Defining Cream and pull through your strands for a subtle shimmer.

Custom Lip Color: To make a new lip color grab one of your Lipsticks (maybe one that has been lonely for a while) and cut off a small piece. Place it in a small microwavable bowl then use a clean spoolie to scrape off any Eye Shadow color into the same bowl. The ratio should be 1:1 to start then; you can add more of either one as you go to get the desired shade. Place in the bowl in the microwave for about 8-10 seconds then remove and stir with a toothpick or disposable cosmetic spatula (found at any beauty supply store). Place in a small travel pot (found at any container store) and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. TADA!!! You have a custom shade!

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to mixing, when you have a free night pull out all of your product and start playing. Don’t be afraid to mix different tones and color families, sometimes it might not work, but most of the time the result is awesome!! Just ask my cats!

Creative Uses for Your Everyday Makeup Products
Creative Uses for Your Everyday Makeup

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