Want to double your beauty bounty without halving your salary? Go for products that do twice the work. These major multitaskers are ideal for scrimping on cash and streamlining your kikay kits à la Marie Kondo. Six unexpected ways to use your beauty products, coming right up!
LIPSTICK AS A BLUSH
We’ll look for any excuse to coat our lips with color, but did you know you can rock lipstick on your cheeks, too? We like the Suesh Pink Lip Color Pots for this trick—they’ve got gorgeous color payoff and a creamy consistency. Dab the color over the apples of your cheeks with the tips of your fingers and blend with a big brush for a natural flush!
MASCARA AS AN EYELINER
A mascara like Maybelline Rocket Mascara serves up more than fun and fluttery lashes—it can double as eyeliner! With a small angled brush, take some product from the wand and apply it as you would a regular gel or liquid liner. It will create a clean line and hold its place, just like it would hold your lashes.
MOISTURIZER AS A HAIR SERUM
No wax on hand? Slick down frizz and flyaways with a moisturizer. Aloe Derma Moisturizing Aloe Vera Juice will smooth things over, but it’s lightweight enough so as not to turn your scalp greasy. It’s made with 90% aloe vera juice, which has reparative properties that’ll nurse both your skin and hair back to health. All you need is a pea-sized amount to reap the benefits.
CONDITIONER AS A SHAVING CREAM
You can get more out of this shower staple than a glorious head of hair! Use it as a substitute for shaving gel, and you’ll be moisturizing your legs while banishing stubble. Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner contains coconut, almond, and sunflower oils that will butter you right up—plus, it comes in a big bottle to be used with abandon.
SHIMMER EYESHADOW AS CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHTER
Want to try strobing and contouring without investing in a whole new kit? Repurpose an eyeshadow palette that’s got enough colors for both techniques, like Pixi Mineral Contour Palette. Stroke a deep brown shadow underneath your cheekbones and jawline, along the sides of your nose, and at the arc of your forehead. Then apply a shimmery pale shadow to the tops of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, and your Cupid’s bow. Once you blend, you’ll have the sculpted features and lit-from-within skin you dreamed of.
CLEAR LIP BALM AS A BROW GEL
If you have brows that can’t be tamed, use good ol’ balm to get them straight. A classic like Carmex Original Jar is neither as dense as jelly nor as abrasive as hairspray—so it’s just right! Stroke it over your brows with your finger and then just comb the product through with a spoolie. Ta-da!