Monday, January 21, 2013

Lip Gloss: Three Unexpected Uses

Okay, okay. I know I am a little crazy when it comes to lip gloss.  But my craziness sometimes pays off!

If you're even a little bit like me, you probably own multiple shades of gloss. Some of them might have, unfortunately, not been the best pick for your lips so you set it aside. Or you have multiple tubes of your fave lip gloss so that you don't run out.  Either way, you can use this to your advantage.

Here are a few ways to use lip gloss on anything but your lips:

If your hair is sticking up every which way, run a little clear gloss through the ends. This makes the hair more piecey and manageable and binds any flyaways. Make sure to avoid using at the root of hair, as it will come off looking a bit greasy, rather than tamed.  Stick with using it on the ends, especially if you have dry, damaged hair.

Try wearing a bit of gloss on your lids for a shiny, dewy look. You might be thinking 'lip-gloss is super sticky--I don't want that on my lids!'. I totally understand.  That's why you need to prep your lids before you do anything.  You want to apply a clear, wax-based balm to prevent the gloss from feeling sticky. Next, choose a translucent gloss in a pastel, pink, or sorbet shade. Take a little bit of gloss, and dab the pigment onto your lids using your ring finger.

Bonus tip? You can also use your gloss to create a fun color liner by pairing it with a bright eye shadow. Take a very thin liner brush, and apply the gloss to your lash line. Using the same brush, pick up a dose of shadow and trace over the gloss. The result: a feminine gel-like liner in your favorite shadow shade.

It’s easy to turn gloss into a cream blush. Start with a highly pigmented, heavy-duty formula. Using the back of your hand, mix a tiny bit of the gloss with a balm-like moisturizer to create a sheered-out cheek color. Before applying it,  prep your skin with a tinted moisturizer or foundation so you have a smooth, even canvas. DO NOT rub the color into your skin.  Rather, lightly press and tap the color into the apples of your cheeks. Remember: less is more when it comes to applying gloss outside your lips!

Keep a few glosses in your bag and you'll be set for the day!

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