Restaurants and grocers notoriously throw away unethically copious amounts of perfectly good food on a nightly basis, but who knew the same is true of makeup? Believe it or not, dumpster makeup hauls are not only a bona fide "thing," they're a growing and lucrative trend. While plenty of makeup products are worth the splurge, there exist many makeup shopper tricks that don't force you to break the bank to make your face.
To turn the old saying around, behind every high-end department store, there's an equally high-end dumpster just brimming with treasures. Countless makeup counter testers - from MAC, NARS, Urban Decay, Clinique, and other upscale brands - are routinely tossed out every day for "health" reasons. The same remains true for slews of returned products that barely see the light of day. And what's not to love about a $200 color palette with the eyeshadows only slightly worn down? Or a brand new $60 Yves Saint Laurent lipstick that's barely been used once?
If one can apply the famous "five second rule" to a dropped chocolate chip cookie, one ought to be able to give at least that much leeway to an untapped wealth of designer cosmetics. At least, that appears to be the philosophy most of the women who find makeup in dumpsters choose to live by. Read on to find out more about the fascinating - and ingeniously economic - world of makeup dumpster diving.
Makeup Dumpster-Diving Tutorials Are A Big ThingVideo: YouTube
Believe It Or Not, Stores Toss Out High-End Makeup On A Regular BasisPhoto: Wikipedia/Public Domain
Some Companies Try To Destroy The Perfectly Good Makeup They Throw AwayPhoto: http://www.mgm.com/
Technically, Infection Is A RiskPhoto: New Line Cinema
It's Actually Pretty Easy To Clean And Sanitize MakeupVideo: YouTube
A Lot Of Tossed Makeup Is Still In The Package