How To Repurpose Old/Expired Eyeshadow (Video Added)

repurpose and reuse old eyeshadow

I’m guilty of buying too many makeup products that I hardly ever use them up before their expiration date. As a beauty addict, I’m sure you can relate to this problem. Expired makeup and beauty products are dangerous to use as they can cause irritation, acne and other skin problems. However, it’s also such a waste to throw them away. Today, I want to share with you how I repurpose and reuse old eyeshadow by turning it into nail polish. We love stunning eyeshadows on our eyelids; why not rocking them on the fingers?!

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repurpose and reuse old eyeshadow

What you need:

Expired or old eyeshadow
Clear nail polish (any brands will work)
Small spatula (or something to scrape the eyeshadow out of its pan)
Small container (here I use the back of a bowl)

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Step by step:

1. Scrape the eyeshadow out of its metal pan. Make sure to finely crush the eyeshadow into powder.

2. Pour all the eyeshadow powder into a clear nail polish. Mine was from Wet n Wild. I believe it was .89 cent when I got it. You can use the one that you already have or get a new clear polish for very cheap at the drugstore. To prevent making a mess, I made a small cone out of paper and used it as a funnel to pour the eyeshadow.


3. Once the powder is inside the clear nail polish, shake it well. This is how mine turned out.

repurpose and reuse old eyeshadow

The eyeshadow powder tends to sit at the bottom of the nail polish bottle after awhile so make sure to give it a good shake before every use.

What do you think? I think I love the color even more than when it was an eyeshadow.Do you have any other ways to repurpose or reuse old makeup products?



  1. August 12, 2016 / 3:25 am

    Aww smart solution ! I will do mine too after this 🙂

  2. August 12, 2016 / 4:19 am

    It is, isn't it? I can't wait to make more colors ^^

  3. August 13, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    This is so cool! I'm definetly trying this >w<

  4. August 17, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    I'm going to have to give this a try. Clear polish is cheap and if my results aren't as nice as yours I've only lost some time. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty 🙂 I've shared on social media. Everyone needs to know how to do this!

  5. August 19, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    I'm so curious abut hoe yours will turn out 😀

  6. August 19, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Glad to know you came here from Creatively Crafty <3

  7. August 19, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Hi Lydia,

    That was exactly what I thought when I did this haha. Clear polish is very cheap so even if it doesn't turn out nice, we don't lose much but time! I'm so happy you like this post and thanks for sharing it.


  8. August 19, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it, Nicole!