Simply put, discontinued makeup is any cosmetic product which has gone out of supply and the company has stopped its production. But, there's no need for you to worry as there are a number of ways in which you can lay your hands on such products. This article lists down a few of them for you.
The first thing you can do is, get in touch with the respective company helpline or the manufacturer. When a company decides to discontinue a specific product, they make sure that they have a facility that helps you find it. They may also be able to tell you if there are any select outlets which still stock it. Finally, if you can plead and be convincing enough, the company might be compelled to start manufacturing the product again!
The first idea didn't work? Let's try this. Hunt for the product at a discount store and pray that lady luck shines on you. Who knows, you might just get it there. The manufacturers might be trying to get rid of surplus and discontinued cosmetics and the product you are looking for may be a part of that surplus.
There are numerous sites which have a specialized section for discontinued makeup products. Try your luck there. Log on to any such website, and once you get there just check out the discontinued makeup section.
Online auctions are another glimmer of hope for you. Websites like ebay and Amazon have turned out to be a boon for the millions of 'netizens' (internet citizens), who buy most of the things off the Internet. Here, you can even avail plenty of discounts and offers on products.
If all the above attempts go in vain, you could try searching for the product on the Internet with the exact name, number, and category of the product. There are many such web portals which may help you narrow down your search in this way.
Let's try and get a bit innovative now. Take a sample and recreate that piece of makeup with the help of professional custom blenders. Such services can clone and replicate an array of cosmetic products from lipstick to blush to eye shadow.
Finally, if nothing else works, try and make your own product at home. The few significant things that you need to lookout for here are coverage, undertone, overtone, and texture, along with any optical effects like shimmer. For example, if it is a lipstick you are lusting after, you can mix blobs of colors. Put that mixture in the microwave oven for 20 seconds and let it melt down. Follow by putting custom color in a small travel jar and then let it attain room temperature before you use it on your lips.
Try the above mentioned tips when you find out that your favorite lipstick from your favorite brand has been discontinued. If all the tricks fail, try your hand at a different brand. Who knows, it might just turn out to be a a tad bit better.