6 Smart Beauty Swaps that Save You Big!

6 Multitasking Beauty Products6 Multitasking Beauty ProductsOut of an essential beauty product? While it may not be in their job description, many products can be used in a slightly different way to take the place of something else. Here, 6 smart swaps to try the next time you find yourself in a beauty bind.

1. Conditioner instead of shaving cream
If you reach for the shaving cream can only to find it empty, grab another shower staple: hair conditioner. It offers the same slip-and-glide surface, which is key to helping prevent nicks and cuts. Apply a thin coat over the appropriate areas.

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2. Lipstick instead of blush
When you're low on cheek color (or just don't have it with you), lipstick can do double duty, posing as cream blush. Dab a little bit onto fingers, then rub onto the apples of your cheeks, blending well. Start with a small amount, because it's easier to add more than to remove. It may go without saying, but this swap is best reserved for pink and red hues.

3. Mascara instead of eyeliner
Mascara can easily become multi-purpose eye makeup. Wiggle the brush all the way into the base of your lashes, rather than just on the tips. This technique deposits extra pigment that makes it look like you applied eyeliner.

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4. Body lotion instead of a frizz fighter
A saving grace on bad hair days, regular body lotion (or hand or face cream, for that matter) can smooth away frizzies. Rub a dollop into hands, making sure it's almost completely absorbed, then smooth palms over strands. This substitution is best for coarse or thick hair; it can be too heavy and greasy for fine locks.

5. Cuticle oil instead of a manicure
One of my all-time favorite swaps, cuticle oil works wonders when there's no time for a mani. Apply a liberal amount onto nails and rub it in. Not only does the oil hydrate nails (which is good for overall health), it also instantly smooths ragged cuticles. Bonus: Nails get a pretty sheen and look like they were just freshly buffed or coated with clear polish.

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6. Vaseline instead of mascara
Here's yet another use for that good ol' tub of multitasking Vaseline: eye makeup. Dab a tiny bit on fingertips, then run along your lashes. It makes them look dark, shiny, and lush − an instant eye opener. This trick is also great for beach trips or hot summer days... or anytime you want to prevent dreaded raccoon eyes.

- By Melanie Rud Chadwick

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