Two for One: Unconventional Tricks for Your Makeup

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Two for One: Unconventional Tricks for Your Makeup
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We’ve all been there: you’re anxiously chucking clothes into a suitcase, trying to get out the door so you won’t miss your flight. You make it onto the plane just in time—relief! But when you reach your destination and start primping for a night on the town, you realize you’ve forgotten a crucial piece of makeup. Groan! Before rushing to the nearest store, it’s worth finding out if what’s already in your suitcase can double as that missing product. Read on to discover which beauty tools have secret uses--you just might save yourself some time and money!

The Hair Straightener's Secret Identity
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The Hair Straightener's Secret Identity

Most women love a good hair straightener, and who can blame them? Whether you have an hour to get ready each morning or only a few minutes, a high-quality hair straightener can polish off your look; even just a swipe across the bangs makes a difference. But have you ever considered that you might be able to use your hair straightener for more than just taming flyaways and creating sleek strands?

The Hair Straightener's Secret Identity: Curling Iron
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The Hair Straightener's Secret Identity: Curling Iron

The next time you want to change up your hair with some curly goodness, ditch the hot rollers or curling iron and give your straightener a chance. As long as the iron is skinny and heats well, you should be able to use it to curl your hair! Start by spraying heat protector through completely dry hair. Grab a 2-inch section and wrap it around the iron, starting halfway down the strand. Make sure to wrap down, not up toward your scalp. Release, spritz with hair spray for extra hold, and repeat on another section of hair. Voila—beautiful curls!

Related: Click here for a step-by-step guide to curling hair with a flat iron.

More Than Lipstick
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More Than Lipstick

Peer into any makeup bag or beauty drawer and chances are you’ll find at least a few tubes of lipstick. Available in a plethora of colors, lipstick is the perfect accent for any occasion; a light shade such as coral looks sweet for the daytime, while a blood red can send an evening outfit into va-va-voom territory. And if you ever find yourself in a beauty bind, lipstick can help more than just your lips.

More Than Lipstick: It's Blush!
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More Than Lipstick: It's Blush!

If you’ve got a tube of lipstick on hand with pink or red undertones, it can also double as blush. Simply swipe a few strokes of the lipstick onto clean fingers. Dot the lipstick onto the apples of your cheeks, and then use a clean finger to blend outward. The lipstick will blend in like cream blush.

Related: Check out a more detailed guide for using lipstick as blush.

Redefining the Toothbrush
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Redefining the Toothbrush

Since we were young, the importance of dental hygiene has been drilled into our head. Brush, floss, repeat—right? As we grew older and years of sugary food and drinks took their toll on our pearly whites, good dental habits became even more crucial. A toothbrush has always been a health necessity, but now it could prove itself vital to your beauty routine, too--click on to find out why.

Redefining the Toothbrush: An Exfoliator
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Redefining the Toothbrush: An Exfoliator

If you’ve ever struggled with dry, flaky lips, the solution is simple: exfoliate with a toothbrush! Prep your lips with a layer of petroleum jelly or salve. Then wet a new, soft bristle toothbrush with a splash of water; it’s important that you not use the same toothbrush you use for your teeth, as this could spread bacteria. Massage the toothbrush over your lips gently to remove any dead skin. When finished, reapply the petroleum jelly or salve to lock in extra moisture.

Clear Polish to the Rescue
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Clear Polish to the Rescue

Clear nail polish is the champion of the working gal. It’s an easy way to keep your digits looking fresh and clean without committing to a polish color for a week or two. Keep a bottle in your makeup bag for quick touch-ups, or to stop other pesky situations in their tracks…

Clear Polish to the Rescue: Pantyhose Repair
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Clear Polish to the Rescue: Pantyhose Repair

Nylons. Tights. Stockings. Pantyhose. Whatever you call them, you know how fragile they are. And once you snag them, it seems like the end is near. Even just one tiny tear can lead to a giant ladder up your leg. But if you’ve got a bottle of clear nail polish on hand, your day doesn’t have to be ruined by nylon runs! Just dab a bit of nail polish onto the run. It’ll prevent a bigger ladder from forming, and you can continue on your way without peering down at your leg every fifteen seconds.

Eye Shadow Overtime
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Eye Shadow Overtime

Let’s be honest: eye shadow is fun, especially if you’ve got a large palette that spans the colors of the rainbow. With your trusty brushes in hand, you can fancy yourself an artist of sorts, painting away on the canvas of your eyelids. And now you can expand that canvas, because eye shadow isn’t just for your eyes anymore.

Eye Shadow Overtime: Highlighter
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Eye Shadow Overtime: Highlighter

If you’ve got powder eye shadows in light, shimmery colors (think pearl or beige), try using them as a face highlighter. That go-to shade you use to dot the inner corners of your eyes or to accentuate the brow bone will work well to highlight your cheekbones. If you’ve ever craved a glowing look or lusted after a celeb’s bone structure, then definitely try this trick.

The Concealer Truth
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The Concealer Truth

A concealer is worth almost any price tag if it does its job well; it can leave you feeling flawless. Research and test different concealers to find the one that works best for you. Then, once you’ve found the perfect concealer, consider putting it to work for your makeup routine with this simple change-up.

The Concealer Truth: It's Primer, Too!
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The Concealer Truth: It's Primer, Too!

Not only can concealer disguise pesky blemishes and discoloration, it can also be used as an eye shadow primer. If your perfectly-painted peepers become blotchy and smeared after just a few hours of wear, try swiping a bit of concealer over your lids before your next makeup application. This will give you an even-toned base to work with, and the eye shadow will grip to the surface of your eyelids easily.

Beyond Just Baby Powder
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Beyond Just Baby Powder

You already know that baby powder is a versatile product: it can remove odor in shoes, absorb excess moisture in your sheets, and (of course) prevent diaper rash for the younger set. But did you know that there are two—yes, two—secret beauty uses for baby powder?

Beyond Just Baby Powder: Shampoo and Setter
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Beyond Just Baby Powder: Shampoo and Setter

If you wake up late for work and don’t have time to jump in the shower, shake some baby powder into your hair. It’ll work as dry shampoo to absorb excess oil and keep your hair looking clean. Massage a bit into your scalp and brush thoroughly. Baby powder can also be used to set your makeup and soak up oil on your face. Just sprinkle powder onto a puff or brush and gently blot your face. With both uses, make sure to avoid inhaling the baby powder, as this can be potentially harmful.

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