We’ve talked about double-duty products, and we’ve talked about following the rules, but what about throwing all caution to the wind and using your favorite products in ways that are wildly inappropriate? We’re talking lip balm on your eyelids, mascara in your brows, nail polish on your bug bites—yes, we do all of that and more. Our favorite cheats, above!
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails ($2) in Crystal Clear
Next time a bug bite’s driving you crazy, try painting over it with clear nail polish. Trust us, it’ll stop itching almost immediately.
Spray hairspray on a toothbrush and use it to tame flyaways on an up-do.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar ($18)
The darker shades of OCC’s Lip Tar—including Strumpet, RX, Vintage, and Anita—make stellar eyeshadows.
RMS Lip Shine ($25) in Sacred
It’s hard to find a bright cream blush, but this lip balm delivers the perfect punch of blendable color.
Aubrey Organics Clarifying Shampoo ($10)
Clarifying shampoo makes for an effective brush cleaner—for both hair and makeup brushes!
Use whatever leftover mascara’s on your brush, post-lash application, and sweep it through your brows instead of using a brow pencil, powder, or gel. (Unless you wear black mascara and have blonde brows, in which case please don’t try this.)
Sara Happ Lip Slip ($24)
This lip balm makes a great on-the-fly cuticle cream.
The better question might be, what can’t Aquaphor be used for? It makes a great eye gloss, lip balm, hand cream, cuticle moisturizer, and even illuminator when applied to the top of your cheekbones.
Tarte Cheek Stains ($30)
Tarte’s sheer cheek stains make for pretty—and very easy to use—lip balms.
For those too scared to travel with hair oils and serums (they’re prone to leaking), there’s body lotion. Surprisingly, it tames frizzy hair and flyaways very well in a pinch.
Rosebud Salve ($6)
Try using the sheer balm as both eyebrow gel (if you have a spoolie brush on hand) and eye gloss.