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Business cards! I use them to catch eyeshadow fallout, prevent mascara smudges, make sharp lines with bronzer or eyeshadow, etc. etc. I’m supposed to give them away to other people, but oh well.

I use Murad’s anti chafing powder gel as a face primer. It works just as well as the pricey Smashbox one I used to use, and costs $5 at Walmart.

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I’ve used tiny brushes designed for cleaning in between your teeth to apply mascara to my bottom lashes. I often use Monistat Chafing Gel as a foundation primer since silicone-based and pretty much exactly like Smashbox Photo Ready Primer.

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I will sometimes use a Post-it note to keep eye shadow fallout from wrecking my foundation/under eye concealer. I also have a clean, unused small toothbrush that I use for brushing up my brows. And I use those “fold back” or “butterfly” clips (the ones for holding papers together) to seal up the “crimp” edge of plastic tubes of moisturizer or BB creams, etc. that I cut off when they “seem” to be empty but there is still a ton of product in the tube but you just can’t squeeze it out.

About a third of my makeup brushes are actually paint brushes from the craft store. I have a variety of taklon brushes for cream eyeshadows and loose pigments, and Maxine’s Mop goathair brushes are dupes for Mac’s 239. I can get 4 of these for the same price as a MAC brush, so it’s a no-brainier for me.

I use toothpaste to speed up the healing process of a pimple. Works like a charm because it’s a contact antibiotic and dries it up.

That Monistat Anti Chafing gel for a primer – if any of you out there haven’t tried it, you need to! It’s great! Hard to find in stores though, I order mine online.

I used to wear winged eyeshadow almost every day in bold colors. I’d take a business card and hold it against my skin at the angle I wanted, and then brush the eyeshadow over it to create a crisp line.

This is going to sound strange, but I use a Colgate Wisp disposable toothbrush for my brows. I take a brand new one, remove the little bead of breath freshener with a tweezer, & voila. It works better than any other brush or spoolie I’ve tried. Since I fill my brows they get dirty-looking after a while, even with cleaning, so I swap them out every month or so.

I really had to think about this! I don’t think I have. The only items I could think of were tape, like you said Christine, and also food items for hair masks.

Oh man of course!

I’ve done the tape trick countless of times and I also use business cards when tape is not available.

More often than not I put Listerine on my zits to disinfect and dry them out.

And of this one I am ashamed, but it has to be said: I use baby powder in my hair and comb it through when it’s greasy and I’m to lazy to wash it.

I wouldn’t be ashamed. Companies are selling what is basically baby powder and calling it dry shampoo for removing oil from hair on days of un-wash. Call it being frugal or ahead of the game. 😉

Milk of magnesia as a face primer. I’ve heard of some girls using Monistat as well for a face primer, I’ve never personally used it though.

I sometimes use Scotch tape on my nails if I am doing a design. I also use brushes from the art supply store to apply makeup to my face. I have used pulverized walnut shells and sand, but these were in skincare products. I didn’t use them by themselves.

I don’t personally use anything extra, but one of my friends actually uses Kool-Aid packets as hair dye, particularly when she goes red. A rather clever way to do root touch-ups on the cheap, I thought. 🙂

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