It’s always a sad day when you start to run out of your favorite beauty product. You’ll do anything except jump out of a window to get those very last drops, whether it’s keeping your foundation bottle upside down at all times, using the inner tube of the pump dispenser to scrape out the last drops of body lotion, or even buying one of those ridiculous miniature makeup spatulas to dig out the remnants of a potted cream eye shadow. What do you do when it’s a tube of concealer or lip gloss, like the ever popular Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer? Blogger Teresa Tam found the answer.
Last year, Tam shared the hack on her blog Tereeses. It involves using a knife, so please exercise caution when trying this at home. Here’s what to do: Remove the stopper that controls how much liquid comes out of the tube. Tam was kind enough to create two detailed photos demonstrating where the stopper is and where you will cut. Below, the photo depicts a new tube of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and there are numbers for the five ridges at the top of the tube. Pay attention to the fifth ridge. That’s the stopper, and it prevents concealer from getting all over the wand.
In this photo, Tam has removed the fifth ridge, and the concealer has flowed out:
“I discovered [the trick] myself though trial and error,” Tam tells Allure. “After trying to scrape out all the excess product in the tube when the stopper was still in, there was clearly a lot more product trapped at the bottom.” Tam discovered that there’s about half of the formula left in the tube once you’ve taken off the stopper. Removing it is like popping a cork out of a wine bottle. “I usually use a regular kitchen knife. Take the pointed tip of the knife and wedge it under the bottom of the stopper.” The stopper should pop right off.
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It’s not completely smooth sailing once you’ve removed the stopper. To reach the remnants of concealer (lip gloss, shadow, or whatever is trapped at the bottom of your tube), you’ll need a brush. “I use the Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush because it’s thin and long enough to reach all areas of the tube to access the remaining product.” In addition to being resourceful, it seems Tam has a few beauty tricks up her sleeve. For more, make sure to head over to her beauty and lifestyle blog.
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