Whenever I venture into makeup or beauty stores these days, I’m almost overwhelmed by how many different types of products there are for sale. My personal makeup routine has always been pretty streamlined, but I can easily imagine getting swept up in the “I need one of everything” mentality. But the reality is that many of your favorite beauty products can serve multiple purposes, even if they aren’t advertised that way. Knowing what those other uses are could help you cut back your makeup collection significantly! So to that end, today I’ll be sharing alternative uses for 12 common makeup products.
And just to clarify, I don’t mean this as an attack against people who love makeup. If you’re the type who has every shade of eyeshadow and every makeup tool under the sun, more power to you! :-) My goal is to simply share alternative uses for people who could benefit from cutting back on the amount of beauty products they own. So whether you’re short on storage space, looking to save some money, or even if you just want to be prepared for beauty emergencies, I think you’ll find these tips as useful as I do!
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1. Lip Balm
You use your trusty tube of lip balm to keep your lips soft and smooth, but that’s not all it can do! You can use lip balm to soothe cracked cuticles, prevent blisters, minimize mess while you’re coloring your hair, tame flyaways and rogue brows, and erase mascara smudges. Learn even more ways to use lip balm at the link below!
There are plenty of useful things you can do with hairspray! Spray your bobby pins before putting them in your hair to help them stay put. Spray your tights before wearing them to prevent runs. And spray your freshly-painted fingernails to make the polish dry faster! You can also use it to tame unruly brows! For more uses for hairspray, check out the link below.
Vaseline (or my homemade non-petroleum jelly) is a serious multitasker. Use it to keep lipstick off your teeth, or use it like mascara to define and add volume to your lashes. You can also use it to relieve razor burn, mask split ends, and give matte lipstick a glossy finish! Get more details and more uses for Vaseline at the link below.
I like to keep a few inexpensive toothbrushes in my bathroom to use for non-teeth-cleaning purposes. You can use a toothbrush to gently exfoliate lips, to separate and fan your lashes, and even to help re-dye your roots. (Use a separate toothbrush for each different use, and preferably not the one you use to clean your teeth!) ;-)
5. BB Cream
Your favorite multi-purpose BB cream just got even more useful! Apply BB cream to your legs to make them look even better while wearing skirts and dresses. The cream will hide imperfections and highlight the definition in your legs, making them look long, lean, and shimmery! You can also use it around your collarbone for the same effect when wearing shirts with lower necklines.
Your mascara can double as an eyeliner if you know this easy trick! Place your mascara wand at the base of your lashes, but instead of sweeping up, move the wand side to side. This creates an artfully smudged eyeliner effect without actually using eyeliner.
7. Coconut Oil
You might already use coconut oil as a conditioning hair mask or as a moisturizer, but you can also use it to help nourish your lashes! Use a clean mascara wand to apply coconut oil to your lashes (and brows, if desired) to moisturize, strengthen, and promote growth. It’s much cheaper than any lash & brow serum!
If you’re out of foundation or you misplaced it, you can use your concealer as a stand-in. Just apply some of your concealer to the back of your hand and mix in some of your moisturizer. Use a sponge or brush to apply the concealer mixture like a foundation, and voila! Beauty crisis averted. :-)
Mix your favorite shade of eyeshadow with a small amount of vaseline to create a custom lip color! The color options are endless, and it’s a great way to put eyeshadows you don’t use often to good use.
10. Body Wash
In a pinch, a good moisturizing body wash makes a fine substitute for shaving cream. Why spend the extra money for a fancy shaving cream if you don’t have to?
11. Eyebrow Pencil
Your brow pencil can serve double duty as an eyeliner. Using a brown shade for eyeliner is a great daytime look, and makes a great alternative to traditional black eyeliner.
12. Translucent Powder
A translucent powder is great for setting makeup and creating a flawless matte finish. You can also use it to add extra body to your lashes! Just dust a bit of powder into your lashes, then apply mascara as usual. The mascara will cover the powder and make your lashes look larger and fuller.