You might want to think twice before throwing out that "empty" bottom of face cream.
In a brilliant post on the /r/MakeupAddicts subreddit, one redditor has shared an easy "hack" that could save you a ton of money on beauty products for the rest of your life. Unable to squeeze any more product out of a tube of eye cream, Callievee decided to cut it open — revealing a lot more cream inside that she wouldn't have been able to get to otherwise.
"And this, ladies, is why you cut open your makeup/skin care when it's not letting you squeeze any more out," -callievee- wrote. "Look how much of my okay eye cream is left!!!"
Others quickly weighed in, singing the praises of this genius technique and offering advice on other ways to get the most out of your products, such as using a rolling pin on the tube before cutting it open. Another offered an alternative to cutting open the product altogether.
"Basically, you squeeze it on the sides to cause an air bubble in the tube and then grasp the end and shake, shake, shake," GoFeedTheCat wrote. "The next time to use it, it comes out like it is brand new. It totally works!!!!"
As Bustle points out, there is a "catch" to this brilliantly easy hack: In order to keep your products fresh, you should always make sure to close off the open end between uses. But I think it's fair to say that's a small price to pay for getting weeks of added life from all of your favourite beauty buys — including shampoo and conditioner, makeup primer, eye cream, and everything in between.