When it comes to makeup, our philosophy is decidedly on the “color outside the lines” side of the spectrum. We know that a lipstick is not just for your lips—nay, it can be used to add a natural flush to your cheeks, or even camouflage your dark circles (yes, truly). Our trusty translucent powder not only makes shine disappear on our face but also can fatten our lashes in a pinch. In our modern day and age, the mind-set toward makeup has taken a decidedly anarchist turn—mainly because there are literally no rules left when it comes to what you can and can’t do. In the spirit of celebrating the creative, unexpected, ever-changing world of makeup, we’re sharing nine of our favorite uses for our everyday products—not one of them involve following instructions.
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Here's a crazy thought: The same clear wax that holds your unruly brows in place is also the perfect tool to keep your lipstick within the lines. If your lipstick tends to feather, trace a clear brow wax around your lips post–lipstick application to ensure no smudging or fading occurs. Bisous!
Remember when the vlogger Deepica Mutyala broke the Internet by proclaiming red lipstick was the perfect way to balance out the blue and gray tones of dark circles? Turns out she was onto something. Rita Ora's makeup artist, Kathy Jeung, told use she also uses a dab of red-orange lipstick underneath concealer when she's in a pinch.
If you had to pick between using mascara and eyeliner for the rest of your life, we suggest choosing mascara—mainly because it can also double as eyeliner. First, make sure to wiggle your mascara wand at the very root of your lashes when you apply. This darkens your waterline and makes your eyes look more defined with little to no extra effort. If you're feeling especially ambitious (or adventurous), you can actually swipe an angled eyeliner brush across your mascara wand and trace the pigment along your lid as a makeshift liner. Ideal? Not really. Will it work? Yes (we tried it).
Most people know by now that you can use conditioner to shave your legs. But, like, what if you're also out of conditioner? (True story.) In times of (even greater) need, your favorite leave-in hair product can come into play. Apply a thin layer on your legs in your shower, and then shave as usual. Your skin will appreciate the oils and hydrating ingredients, and the light, lotion-like consistency will help your razor glide so smoothly.
We picked up this tip on our last visit to the nail salon. Channel your inner manicurist and dip an old makeup brush (preferably a lip brush or thin eye shadow brush) in polish remover to clean up the edges after painting your nails. This means less pressure to do a perfect manicure on the first try—you're welcome.
You'd be hard-pressed to find us without at least one (okay, three) lip balms on our persons at any given moment. And for good reason: They're the ultimate beauty multitasker. One of our favorite ways to use a clear lip balm (other than actually applying it to our lips) is to tap it above our cheekbones as a makeshift highlighter. It adds a subtle dewy sheen (remember, use a light touch!) and instantly wakes up your face.
If your eye shadow tends to smudge and crease, tap a bit of concealer on your eyelid before applying your powder shadow. Then, take an angled brush and apply it right below your brow bone for an instant eye-lift. (Here are five more concealer hacks beauty editors swear by.)
This makeup artist trick has grown to become one of our favorites. Ever look at those really deep shades of cream blush and wonder how in the world to pull them off? First of all, if you use a light enough touch, anyone can. But also, raspberry- and wine-hued cream blushes also give your lips the most natural, matte stain. Our favorite is Truly Daring from Honest Company; we pat it on our lips for a flush of color that doesn't dry out (or draw too much attention).
If you look in the mirror midday and are dismayed to see that your roots way oilier than they were this morning, not to fear: Your loose powder compact is here. It's important that you use translucent powder if you have darker strands, as to avoid looking like a model in Rihanna's first collection for Fenty Puma. Just dust some at your crown, and then massage in with your fingers. It'll do in a pinch.
Speaking of which, here are six makeup products you can totally use on your hair.