When it comes to perfecting your beauty routine, you will occasionally be forced to transform into a Makeup MacGyver.
If you can’t achieve the perfect smoky eye with your own hands, or keep your mascara from smudging, then you must simply be resourceful and use the tools that you have at your disposal: household goods and a bit of ingenuity.
After all, if MacGyver can create a bomb out of a paper clip, turning a coffee filter into blotting paper should be a cinch, right?
Here are just a few household products that are going to come in super handy the next time you have a makeup crisis. No need to thank me — just pass on the knowledge, people!
1. Plastic Spoons
Use a spoon to cover your eyelid and only apply shadow to your crease, thereby creating the perfect cut crease. Kim Kardashian would be so proud.
2. Elmer’s Glue
Use simple Elmer’s glue around your cuticles to provide an error-proof barrier when painting your nails. Once you’re done applying your bail color, just peel off the excess and you’ll be left with a perfect manicure!
3. Bobby Pins
Create the perfect contour brush out of a typical, inexpensive blush brush by using a bobby pin to flatten and press the bristles together.
4. Scotch Tape
If you don’t have an exceptionally sturdy hand when it comes to applying liquid eyeliner (and who among us does?), using standard scotch tape to create a stencil for your “wings” will give you effortlessly perfect results every time.
5. Dyer Sheets
Brush a dryer sheet over your hair to get rid of unwanted static and dry frizz — or if you simply want your hair to smell like fresh laundry. (Just kidding. But maybe?)
6. Coffee Filters
No need to purchase those little packs of blotting papers! Simply use the coffee filters that are definitely lurking in your kitchen cabinet right now to blot any unwanted oil or excess shine from your face.
7. A Toothbrush
If your lips are feeling a bit crusty, simply use a dry toothbrush to exfoliate your tired pout and slough off any dead skin. Your matte lipstick will look even more amazing once you have a smooth canvas to work with!
8. Old Business Cards
You know that frustrating phenomenon which occurs when your wet mascara accidentally gets on your eyelid, leaving unsightly black flecks behind? Avoid this by covering your eyelid with a business card when applying mascara. You’ll get full lashes, without the cleanup.
9. Corn Starch
Use corn starch along the roots of your hair to absorb any excess oil and act as a dry shampoo — just make sure to massage it in completely, otherwise your hair will take on a ghostly gray hue.
10. Baby Powder
Baby powder isn’t just a useful dry shampoo hack — it can also be incorporated into your eye makeup routine. Use a dusting of baby powder on your eyelashes in between coats of mascara to achieve fuller, thicker lashes instantly.
Use the perforated ends of adhesive bandages to create a handy little template for giving yourself polka-dot manicures.
Apply dabs of petroleum jelly on any skin you intend on spritzing with perfume. The petroleum jelly will lock in the scent, and will prevent the fragrance from fading off the skin.
After applying your lipstick, seal in the color by placing a tissue over your mouth and lightly dusting it with translucent powder. The porous sheet will allow bits of powder to sneak in and set the lipstick, without compromising its color.
14. Pam Cooking Spray
If you’re in a hurry and can’t wait for your nails to dry, spritz some Pam non-stick cooking spray over wet nails to speed up the drying process. Once you’re done, simply wipe it off — unless you enjoy having hands that smell like oil. (No judgement here.)