Running out of shave gel after de-scaling one leg is never a good thing. Neither is feeling naked-faced and showing the strain of a night with a sick child, with only five minutes until you have to be out the door.
There’s tons of products we use every day to prettify ourselves. But did you know that many of them can do double-duty in a pinch? Forget the labels! Why not try…
1. Conditioner as shave gel
It’s true. Using a quarter-sized dallop of a rich conditioner will not only leave you nic-free, but will also give your skin a little touch of moisture.
2. Blush as eyeshadow
Blue eyes pop when surrounded by pink, and darker-skinned ladies will gain the illusions of a healthy, natural glow when you substitute blush for eyeshadow.
3. Baby powder as a between-shampoo fix
Best for lighter-haired ravens, the talc will absorb oil as well as give you a little bit of fragrance. Just make sure that you use it sparingly and brush or shake out the excess well – or you might look as though you need some anti-dandruff help!
4. White eyeshadow as highlighter
All skin tones will benefit from a little bit of white-toned shadow applied in the inner corners of the eyes (it will wake you up, instantly. Try it. I’ll wait.), and a light dusting on the tops of cheekbones and above brows will add structure and open up your eyes even more.
5. Baby oil as makeup remover
This old-fashioned goody really does work. Extremely oily skin should avoid this beautyhack, but for all others, swipe a cotton pad saturated with baby oil over your skin and follow up with a thorough cleanse.
6. Toothpaste to treat blemishes
Before bed, use a cotton swab to dab a spot of toothpaste (the minty kind, not bubble-gum flavoured) on blemishes. Wake up to less eruptions.
7. A toothbrush to tame hairs
A clean toothbrush can be used to separate lashes, comb brows into place, tame fly-aways and even to apply hair colour.
8. Aloe vera gel for an after-shave treatment
You might have this kicking around your cabinet for burns. Apply a thin layer before using lotion for ultra-smooth skin, razor burn free.
9. Visine to minimize zits
It doesn’t just get the red out of your eyes. After washing, use a saturated cotton swab to dab some directly onto zits to de-rouge them before you put on makeup.
10. Lipstick as cheek colour
Not a great idea for dry, flaky skin, rosy cheeks can be had with a few dots of lipstick blended well. Think of it as a cream blush.
11. Vaseline to create a dewy complexion
Mix a tiny amount of petroleum jelly with your usual foundation and apply it with a flat, natural-hair foundation brush. Look instantly younger and ready for summer.
12. Body lotion to tame fly-aways
If your hair’s extremely oily, you might want to test this one out before publicizing its results, but in general, a dime-sized amount of your favourite body lotion can tame fly-aways. Evenly distribute the lotion between your palms and then run them over your hair.