While it is without a doubt fun to buy new makeup products, sometimes it’s simply not in the budget.
Mixing a few products that you already own is a great way to achieve a fresh color or different look without investing in a brand new color.
Nude lipsticks or blushes work as great bases. You can top them off with pinks, corals, or warm peachy shades.
As far as foundation goes, try mixing with a little face serum to “thin it out.” This is good to do if you a looking for a lighter, fresher face without buying an entirely new product (like a BB cream).
I’ve matched up a few of my favorite types of products to mix together, as well as some shades that have worked for me. Experiment a time or two with your concoctions to make sure the products set correctly and don’t separate on your face.
Nars Nude and Pink Lipstick 1 of 5
Mixing a pink and nude lipstick together is the perfect way to get a slightly different shade without buying a whole new tube. If you want more pink, put the nude down first, but if you want something a little more nude, start with the pink.
(Don't feel like you need to stay within a certain brand; I simply used Nars as an example.)
Mix a Face Serum with Foundation 2 of 5
Mixing a face serum with your foundation is a great way to "thin out" an otherwise heavy foundation. This hybrid is perfect for summertime, or whenever you want to a more natural without buying a separate foundation. This may take a little bit of trial and error to make sure the products mix well.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush 3 of 5
Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow 4 of 5
Benefit's Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows blend together beautifully. Applying a lighter shade first will give a bit of depth and warmth to an otherwise flat and dark shade.
Marc Jacobs Lip Lacquer 5 of 5
Mixing two lip glosses is a fun way to create a new shade. I'd recommend mixing together on your hand and applying with your finger to save the brush from absorbing the other color. Put a little pink overtop a bold red to give your lips an "ombre" look.