Uses for Old or Unwanted Lipstick?

December 18, 2011

Three old used tubes of lipstickDoes anyone have uses for old lipsticks? I just don't want to have them fill up landfills.

By Marie K



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December 18, 20111 found this helpful
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I have a beautiful shade which is no longer being sold. When it got so low the metal on the tube was scratching my lips I bought a brush and I'm still using it. I got it when I was working full time. I left that job in June of 1995. I am still using that color. I figure it will do me the rest of my life. I have other shades but none I like as well. Don't toss those tubes yet.

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December 19, 20111 found this helpful
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Lipstick can be used a blush on your cheeks. Pat it on with your fingers.

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December 19, 20113 found this helpful
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You can make your own gloss and add the lipstick into it to make a new colour. Use equal parts shortening and Vaseline; put in microwave in a measuring cup add in pieces of the lipstick.


Leave in only until melted. You can do this in a double broiler as well. When melted, stir up and pour into old lip pots. It will harden. Ready to use!

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December 20, 20114 found this helpful
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All good answers I would have listed, too. However, when the tube is comepletly empty, you might want to try this. Heat some water to hot but not boiling, or just nuke a cup of water and put the tube inside. When all waxy residue is gone, let dry. Make sure you get all "hidden" parts dry, as older tubes are often metal.

I then use it for small things like dimes, if it's large enough, pills, or my favorite, antacids! Hope this helps.

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February 10, 2007

Does anyone have a use for old, unused lipsticks? A craft? A method to make them usable as lipsticks again? Thanks!

Mary from Weaverville, NC


By kitty84 (Guest Post)
February 11, 20072 found this helpful
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Make your own lipgloss by melting them into a little Vaseline in a small pot (microwave for about 30 seconds). The more Vaseline, the more transulcent the gloss.

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By Cathy (Guest Post)
February 19, 20073 found this helpful
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You can keep using them as lipsticks without having to make them diluted with Vaseline into a lipgloss. As long as the colours are similar, you can scoop the remnants out into a small microwaveable pot, and zap briefly until soft enough to stir together.


Store them into a sealed pot and use a brush to apply like regular lipstick. I do this with all of mine.

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