Survival Uses For Makeup

Makeup is the fifth most bought woman based product in the world. The average woman will spend $15,000 on makeup in her lifetime. Many of us look at these products with one thing in mind, making us look pretty. But, what if I told you that your makeup bag can double as a survival kit. Makeup and perfume have an array of survival use you probably never even thought about.


In the 80s and 90s, people were being to develop reactions and health problems form perfume causing sales to slump. But, due to modern science and new hypoallergenic formulas, there has been a huge increase in sales for this product. Perfume is the number one beauty care product bought each year. Perfume is also highly flammable and can be used to pretreat tinder to get a campfire started. Mix it with baking soda to create a room deodorizing powder. This will help mask food and zombie smells. It can be used as a form of mace when fighting off a living attacker. Dab cotton balls in them and put into small silk bags to make sachets to mask the smell of death all around you while traveling.



Foundation is often referred to as “Body Makeup”. It is designed to cover large areas of skin. The only difference between the two products is the foundation is a liquid and the concealer is a powder. Some foundations can be used as a moisturizer or a sunscreen. Mix it with some eye shadow to make paint to make touch up repairs. The concealer can be grounded up and be used to treat small oil spots by acting as an absorbent.


Blush/Eye Shadow

Blush is a soft pigment powder or liquid design to give your cheeks a natural healthy glow. The blush comes in thousands of colors. From vibrant tones, to cool tones, to natural tones there is a color out there for everyone. Mix it with a liquid foundation to make your camouflage paint. When mixed with alcohol you can shape it into chalk sticks to be used for temporary path marking. When in powder form it can absorb moisture from the air. This will be good to preserve fruits and veggies from rotting too fast. Just remember to wash it off before consuming it.



Mascara is a cosmetic used for darkening and thickening the eyelashes. It is one of the most ancient forms of makeup with its origins going as far as Ancient Egypt. It is also one of the only types of makeup that can expire. Beauty experts suggest before using mascara you should smell it. If it smells like vinegar it needs toss. That doesn’t mean it can’t be used for survival. Most mascara contains fish scales, so they can be added to enhance your fertilizer. Clear mascara can be mixed with pigments to act as a marker to make notes of surfaces. Disinfect the brush to use it as a brow cleaner. Also, put Vaseline on the tip to help moisturize and exfoliate dry lips.



This stuff goes back as far as Mascara. It was originally designed to protect your eyes from the sun god Ra in Ancient Egypt. It fell out of style for a long time but had a come back in 1922 with the reveal of King Tut’s tomb. Most eyeliner comes in the form of a pencil or thin-tipped wand, so you can use it as a writing instrument. Stick them in the grow to act as garden stakes for ivy plants like green beans. Use your knife to sharpen the points to make emergency arrows for short term defense.



Lipstick is the number one bought makeup tool. The average woman spends $1,780 on just this every year, and own a minimum of five shades. 80% of women have at one point in their life wore lipstick. It contains petroleum which acts as a fire starter. Because of the oils found in it, you can use it as a lubricant on tools and equipment. When empty the tube can act as a waterproof casing for matches or medications.


Lip Gloss

Lip gloss is the baby of the makeup world. It was invented in 1930 by Max Factor. The goal of the product was to make lips look shinier in films. It was through its use in the movie industry that sparked it’s popularity as young girls try to emulate the actresses they enjoyed. Its oil consistency helps cover expose skin in extremely cold weather situations. It can be used to lubricate your fire bow. Rub it on the heels of your feet and between your toes to prevent blisters from forming.


Nail Polish

Though dating back to ancient China the formula we used today is form 1916 and was originally a form of car paint. There are 311 colors available to the public. This does not include decals, base colors, and topcoats. The first official nail polish color was red. They are great at sealing tents, tarps, and backpacks. They also provide some degree of waterproofing to these items. It can be used to help you color-code your magazines so you know whose gun gets what clip. Apply a coat of clear nail polish to small metal items to prevent rusting.


Hair Dye

Not the safest product on the list. It contains over 5,000 chemicals, most of which can be toxic if not handled correctly. Constant hair dying has been linked to hair loss and premature balding. Hair dye gets it’s pigments from melanin and can be used as a paint substitute to mark doors and buildings. It contains Resorcinol which helps in the production of tires and chemical fertilizers. Among the list of chemicals, it may have ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, both of which are good cleaning and sterilizing products.


Makeup Brushes

This is the most versatile tool in any makeup bag. They are used to evenly apply makeup to the face allowing for contouring of the structure. They come in an array of shapes and sizes their possibilities are endless. Dab in tea tree oil to disinfect the house. Dust hard to reach corners. Use the small-headed ones to apply Vaseline to the corners of your mouth and behind your ears. Just make sure that you thoroughly clean your brushes between use.


Other Makeup Accessories

There are plenty of accessories located in the beauty aisle to help enhance or ease the application of makeup. Sponges can be used for first aid uses like eye patches, or apply ointment of some kind. When heated up an eyelash curler can be used to seal tears in the plastic. Blotting paper can serve to replace tissues in any situation.

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M.L. Lewis

Written by M.L. Lewis

M.L. Lewis is not new to the world of writing. She has written various short stories and poems throughout the years and has won multiple awards in art and literature. The highest honor she received was Poet of the Year in 2000, and again in 2005. A poem she wrote in honor of law enforcement can be seen in the book, Everything You Wanted to Know about the Heroes in Blue. She was also featured in Encounter magazine for the volunteer work she did for the United States troops. In 2010 she won Resident of the Year in a local newspaper titled The South Hills Messanger. Today, she spends her time increasing her knowledge on disaster preparedness while working on her Ph. D. in Paranormal Studies.

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