Let’s begin with a couple of common scenarios. It’s a few hours before a job interview or a date, and you notice your two week-old manicure is quite obviously chipped. You run to your bathroom sink and—of course—no polish remover. So, you begin the rather dreadful process of picking off nail polish bit by bit, leaving the crumbs on your kitchen sink before running out the door. Or maybe you’ve gotten home after quite a long night and it’s time to remove that waterproof liner and trusty mascara. But—wait! The last of your Lancôme Bi-Facil is gone, without a drop left to salvage. And how many of us, in an act of heat-induced desperation, have run into a public bathroom and grabbed a flimsy paper towel to stop our makeup from smearing? If any of the above has happened to you, then we have good news: You’re not alone. It’s during such acts of desperation that we come to appreciate our most treasured, must-have beauty products. Because, let’s face it! There really are some products that are so essential
you feel like you cant function without them.
But even if you’re the kind of girl who always has an extra stick of deodorant or bottle of eye makeup remover around, life happens: You get busy, forget to stock up, and inevitably find yourself trying to remove panda eyes 15 minutes before you’re supposed to be at work (the next morning). The next time you find yourself in such a situation, dont despair! Bookmark this handy-dandy guide, because we’ve rounded up 8 Genius Hacks for When You Run Out of a Beauty Product:
No nail polish remover? Use perfume! While you’re probably better off spritzing Jo Malone on pulse points instead of your fingertips, your favorite bottle of perfume will remove nail lacquer when youre in a pinch. Ethyl acetate, a solvent used in perfume, also happens to be the key ingredient in non-acetone nail polish remover. Spritz a cotton ball until it’s soaked with fragrance, then wipe off lacquer as usual.
No deodorant? Use baking soda. Being caught without deodorant can be pretty anxiety-inducing. (It’s also never subtle to do a midday pit check!) Luckily, that box of Arm & Hammer that absorbs odors in your fridge does the same thing under your arms. Baking soda breaks down and neutralizes the acids that cause body odor. Simply mix the powder with a little bit of water and rub on.
No eye makeup remover? Use organic coconut oil. “Oils help to break down waxy products like eyeliner, mascara, and eye shadows, and the most effective eye removers have oils in them,” explains New York based makeup artist Tanya Chavez. So if you’re out of your favorite remover, reach for some organic coconut oil instead to get the job done. Another added perk of this hack? “Not only is coconut oil effective on waterproof makeup, it’s also super gentle and conditioning for the lashes,” she says.
No primer? Use aloe gel. “Aloe vera gel makes a great primer substitute,” says Chavez. “It helps to hydrate and smooth the surface of the skin and minimize pores!” The gel also helps to keep makeup in place and looking fresh, and is especially great for people with combination to dry skin.
No eyeliner? Use an angled brush and mascara. “Mascara is very similar to a cream or gel liner in formulation, and can double as eyeliner when you don’t have one. For best results, choose a waterproof mascara because it’ll be less likely to break down from the natural oils on your eyelid,” explains Chavez. Simply pick up a bit of the product from your mascara wand using an angled brush and apply as you would a cream liner.
No powder? Use cornstarch. “Cornstarch takes away shine and maintains the balance of oils on the face,” says Chavez. “It also ensures the makeup’s longevity and won’t alter the foundation color as long as its applied correctly.” Use a large face brush and shake off the excess vigorously. (Try tapping the brush against a hard surface to ensure a light application.) Feather a light dusting over the face and you’re done! Keep in mind that cornstarch is a white powder, so its best for fair complexions. Dark-skinned beauties can add some cocoa powder to the mix to get the right shade.
No bronzer? Use cocoa powder. As long as you’re not allergic, it’s a great safe substitute for bronzer,” insists Chavez. “Plus, it smells good!” Add the powder into some cornstarch little by little until you reach the perfect shade for you. Once you approve of the tone, apply with a large bronzer brush as you would with any store-bought bronzer.
No moisturizer? Save your sheet masks. Any beauty junkie has a stash of their favorite sheet masks for a lazy spa session! But these cloth masks are soaked in essence and packed with the same potent vitamins, antioxidants, and other active ingredients commonly found in some of the market’s best serums and moisturizers. The masks are so drenched with the good stuff, in fact, that theres often a ton left over in each individual packet. That means you can drain any extra essence into a travel-sized container and pop it into your purse! You’ll have some on hand whenever you need it. Tap it on top of your cheekbones for an easy glow, or pat it on after the gym so you can have a flawless, makeup-free complexion!