1. Make Your Own LinerYou may have heard of this one before, but it's definitely one of the coolest things you can do with your shadow. If you like using pencil liners and want to get a softer look for your lash line, use shadow instead of actual eyeliner. To do this, take a small angled brush or a pencil brush and wet it just slightly. Then, dip the brush into your shadow and glide it over your lid. Instantly, the shadow will become thicker and darker, giving it the appearance of liner. And if you go for the angled brush, you can wing your faux-liner as well!
2. Fill in Your BrowsIf you're not looking to pay tons on the latest brow gels and kits, just look to your favorite matte palette! Taking a shade that matches most closely to your brows, fill in the gaps between your brows and expertly add an arch using nothing but shadow. If you're not a brow pro yet, do not fret; we can also help you with that one here.
3. Create the Perfect ContourIf you have a nudes shadow palette with darker browns and lighter beiges, then you pretty much have a built-in contour palette. If you're looking for subtle definition without the hassle of having to blend in liquid products, create your contour with your eye shadow. Taking your angled fluffy brush, find a shadow two shades darker than your skin and fill it in underneath your cheek bones, at the top of your forehead and along the sides of your nose. Then, take a color two shades lighter than your skin and highlight above your cheekbones, the middle of your nose, your chin and your forehead. Instant and easy contour!
4. Color your HairYes, you read that correctly. If you want a bold, colorful ombre that is completely temporary look no further than your eye shadow. There are products on the market called hair shadow which work to color your locks in a similar way as hair chalk, but why spend money on those if you already have all the stuff you need? To make this work, take an old shadow or a color you don't use often, pop it out of your palette and slide it through your strands. To seal the color in and make sure it lasts, add some hair spray directly to the colored pieces. It even shows up nicely on dark hair!
5. Make Your own Nail PolishThis is a great DIY hack to recycle old shadows from palettes gone by. To make your new polish, take your old shadow and crush it into a finer powder. Using a clear polish, poor the shadow contents into the polish, being careful to give it time to sink down to the bottom. Once all the shadow is in, simply shake it up until you get the color you want.
Bet you're looking at that palette a bit differently now, aren't you?