There’s nothing better than versatility: A hairstyle. An outfit. How about your beauty products? Even better. If ever there was a great way to save money and reduce clutter in your beauty cupboard, it’s finding other uses for your skincare products and make-up. Check out alternative ways to use what you’ve got.
Full-time gig: Check flusher
Side hustle: Eyeshadow
Blush has that great way of instantly perking up a sullen face, making it look flushed and healthy. But using your blush on your lids is so hot right now. This is a signature look by Sir John (the make-up artist responsible for queen Beyoncé looking so flawless): when eye, cheek and lip make-up shades are kept in same colour family. Try Revlon Powder Blush (R80), available at Dis-Chem.
Full-time gig: Style locker
Side hustle: Brow perfecter
Instead of using a traditional gel, you can use hairspray to set your brows. All you have to do is grab a disposable mascara wand or use the spoolie on the end of a brow pencil (the bit that looks like a mascara wand) and give it a quick hit with an aerosol spray, then gently brush up the hairs. The polymers in the spray will keep that shape – and keep you looking more awake until the end of the day. Try L’Oreal Elnett Hair Spray Supreme Hold (R95), available at Dis-Chem.
Full-time gig: Lip moisturiser
Side hustle: Lash manipulator
Ah, the humble tub of vaseline. Let’s be honest – there are many ways to use this product: It heals minor skin scrapes and burns, can reduce the look of split ends, you can make a body scrub with it… the list goes on. Our fave use? Lashes. Applying a small dab to both lashes can act as a mini mascara. Smooth it on to control and define your lashes, making them darker and glossy. Get Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Baby (R37) at Dis-Chem.
Full-time gig: Seriously hydrating body oil
Side hustle: Frizz fighter
Many lock-taming products are formulated with an oil to smooth the cuticle, so it makes sense that a slick of body oil can step in too. Choose one that’s as natural as possible and only use the tiniest amount – about half the size of your pinkie nail. Rub it into your palms, then lightly skim your hands over your hair in light, sweeping motions. Job well done. Try Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Oil (R56), available at Dis-Chem.