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How to Use Up All the Colors in Makeup Palettes 2011-01-12 03:00:00

Here's What to Do With Those "Dud" Eye Makeup Palette Colors

Perhaps you were gifted a beautiful new makeup palette for the holidays, or maybe you already have a whole slew of eye shadow palettes in your beauty stash. And isn't it a darn shame that some of these shades get used right down to the tin, while others remain untouched until you inevitably decide to toss them? That's why I asked celebrity makeup artist and Avon global creative color director, Jillian Dempsey, what to do about these overlooked colors — the colors that aren't always all that bad, just misunderstood. To see what she said, just keep reading.

Start with a nylon brush with loose hairs at the end. Then, dip it into color you would never wear followed by a color you would wear. "Blending is the key to getting a really cool-looking eye," says Jillian. By mixing it up a bit, "you can come up with your own customized tone, and I really think that’s a good way to try and use some of the shades that just never are used," she adds. So the next time you're met with a puce-tone shadow, give Jillian's technique a try. You never know what you will come up with.

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Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
Thanks, 24Savvy!!
24Savvy 24Savvy 6 years
LOVED this tip. We love reading about savvy ways to use things that would normally go to waste. We loved your article so much we linked to it on our site. http://www.24savvy.com/fashion/item/371-link-love-savvy-7-scoops-of-the-week-jan-26.html Nicole, 24/Savvy Team
EricaJane EricaJane 6 years
i can't do eyeshadow right..
sparkleluvr sparkleluvr 6 years
I do this ALL the time, I am obsessed with mixing shadows to make up my own colors. :-)
Smashboxchick Smashboxchick 6 years
I'll definitely try that one of these days.
ItsGlisten17 ItsGlisten17 6 years
I like to try each color at least once :) You never know!
Elle-Taylor Elle-Taylor 6 years
Great advice, I like the idea of custom eyeshadow
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