Elle's Quick Tips: How to Stop Products from Drying Out

I had yesterday off unexpectedly and spent the day making a video (I had a Guess The Video on Instagram) and trolling the aisles of Target and Whole Foods. I got some goodies I'll be using in some upcoming DIYs. While I tend to purchase drugstore beauty products, I do have the ones I splurge on. But have you ever had a product dry out on you? Way before its expiration/use by date? Even if it's a cheaper product, I can't stand wasting money. These are a couple of tips I use to stop products from drying out:

  • Store Upside Down--Wipes, gel/creme liners or shadows, felt-tip lip stains or eye liners, hair/wax pomades, and cream blushes, concealers or foundations all benefit from being stored upside down. The moisture goes to the top, so when you turn the product right side up, it's ready and not dry. Note: some products might have directions that state they must be flat. BONUS: If you have a glass container with dry contents, try zapping it in the microwave for a few seconds to revive it. Glass/contents could be hot, so use caution.
  • Poke a Hole--Rubbing alcohol, acetone, and polish remover are just some examples of products that have a foil seal on them. But removing the seal can cause them to dry out quicker. Instead, just poke a hole in the foil. It really works!
What's a Beauty Quick Tip you love?


  1. Storing it upside down - genius idea!

    Elle, so glad you received the products. And you are so welcome! However, I hope you found a gift card too - it was a surprise - and didn't lose it in the mail. Let me know.

  2. i store my pen-like products upside down, too...similar to my actual pens!

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  3. Storing them upside down is brilliant. I never would have thought of that!

  4. great tip. I would have never thought to store my makeup upside down.

  5. Thanks so much for the tip!


  6. Great tips:) The "storing them upside down" is brilliant!

  7. The storing upside down tip has saved tons of products from being thrown out - it really does make a difference! xx

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  8. Thanks for these great tips! When I find mascara drying out too quickly, I drop in a glass of really hot water and it is sorted out!

  9. Thanks for the tips! Man, I wish I had known these earlier, so I'm super glad you shared them!

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  11. great tips! never heard either before, thanks!

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  12. i never actually thought of storing my products upside down. great tip!

  13. Your tips are so useful! Sometimes when I am at a loss ( I.e. forgot my beauty purse home) I think of the ready to use solutions available in a coffee shop you posted a good while ago! A hole in the foil: while have I never thought of this?
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  14. Hi Elle, thank you for the tips. will definitely do this.


  15. You are brilliant and answer all the questions I didn't even know I had - I JUST had a favorite product dry out because I'm dumb and forgot to cap it when I went away (I mean, come on, Allison - use your head). Great post!

  16. That's a great tip to store makeup upside down. I would've never thought of it!

  17. That makes sense! Thanks for the simple tip dear!

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  18. No way! These seem like such *duh* things, but I seriously never thought of them before! Thanks!


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