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10 Mind-Blowing Hacks for 10 Beauty Products You Use All the Time

Get double duty from the beauty products you already own.

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Use setting powder for oily hair

If you don’t have time to wash your hair, setting powder can make a simple alternative for dry shampoo. Sprinkle a bit of powder onto your roots to soak up oil and freshen your roots. Dry shampoo is also one of the many amazing uses for baby powder.

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Use hairspray to control eyebrows

Just as hairspray can set your hairdo, a spritz can also tame unruly eyebrows. Put a little on your fingers, then lightly sweep your fingertips over your eyebrows. They’ll stay in place, and you won’t have to invest in a separate eyebrow gel.

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Use aloe vera for face primer

Aloe vera is a cheap alternative to makeup primer. It creates a base for your makeup to keep your foundation in place, with the added benefit of moisturizing your skin.

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Use deodorant to blot oily skin

If your skin is getting shiny and you don’t have blotting paper, a stick of deodorant can work in a pinch. Dab a bit on your finger, then gently apply it to your T-zone to make your skin look more matte.

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Use lip balm for frizzy hair

You might not lug hair products around with you, but chances are you’ve got a lip balm in your bag. If pieces of hair just won’t stay in place, dab a little lip balm on your palms or fingers, then rub it over the unruly spots for a little maintenance.

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Use mascara to touch up roots

If your grays are poking through and you can’t get in for a new coloring job yet, cover roots with mascara if you have dark hair.

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Use nail polish to protect jewelry

Costume jewelry can get tarnished and turn green after it touches oils and sweat from your skin. To keep cheap jewelry looking like new, cover your accessories with a thin coat of clear nail polish on the spots that touch skin. Just don’t try this on expensive pieces, as it will ruin fine jewelry. H

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Use lipstick as blush

Streamline your makeup bag by leaving your blush compact and brush behind and getting double use from your lipstick. Soft, satiny shades can be blended easily with your fingers. Matte shades are a bit tougher to blend, so try applying a bit to the back of your hand, pressing your fingers against the area to warm the lipstick, then dabbing the color on your cheekbones. Alternatively, brownish shades can sub in for bronzer when you’re contouring. Apply a bit to the back of your hand, then use a stippling brush to blend the color over your cheekbones, temples, and jaw.

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Use a mascara wand to exfoliate

Once your mascara is used up, hold onto the wand (clean it well!) and use it to get rid of flakes on dry lips. Swipe on lip balm, then brush a clean mascara wand back and forth over your lips. Wipe the dead skin off with a tissue. You can also use the wand to get rid of cuticles. Rub cuticle remover cream or extra virgin olive oil on your nails. After a few minutes, gently buff away the cuticles with the wand. Tip: To clean the wand, soak an old one in warm, soapy water for 10 to 15 minutes. Put a tablespoon of shampoo in your palm, then rub the wand into it. Rinse and repeat until the wand is clean.

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Use nail polish remover to clean a keyboard

Apply a bit of nail polish remover to a cotton swab, then gently dab the keys on your keyboard to make them look new again. Be careful not to use too much, because the circuitry could get damaged if too much liquid makes it inside. If all you need is a little dusting, swipe an eye shadow brush between the keys to freshen up your computer space.


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Originally Published in Reader's Digest

Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.