Double duty products are the best, especially when you find yourself in sticky situations with limited resources and you're forced to improvise. I thought I'd share some little tricks I've learned through experience/reading that have come in handy for me over the years.
1) Lipstick as blush.
Dab a bit of lipstick on your cheeks and blend with your fingertips for an instant flush of color on those cheeks. It's very practical for those days when you really can't be bothered to carry a big makeup bag around.
2) White eyeliner as highlighter and eye shadow base.
This product should be a staple in everyone's makeup collection. It can be used in a variety of ways that go beyond its eye lining capabilities. Use it in your waterline to make your eyes pop (not literally) and look larger than they actually are. Blend it on your eyelids as a shadow base to make your eye shadow colors appear brighter (and make them last longer). Use it right under your eyebrow as a very natural brow highlight!
3) Baby Powder as dry shampoo.
In a country where it's pretty hard to find proper dry shampoo in a normal store, this trick has become very handy. If your hair is feeling a little oily but you don't have time to shower, dab a bit of the powder on your scalp and blend it in with your fingers and brush. I will admit, it's a bit tricky at first to not have your hair look gray but once you get the hang of blending it in, it works out just fine and the powder absorbs all that oiliness up. (side note: there's a ton of DIY dry shampoo tutorials on pinterest).
4) Clear mascara as a brow gel.
If you have bushy eyebrows like me and don't really like to use tinted products to make them look bushier than they already are, and just want to tame those beasts down... then clear mascara is your best friend! I've heard many people talk about the Maybelline clear mascara but I haven't been able to find it in Lebanon, instead I've been using the clear mascara by Samoa... it's not the best, but it does the job. I'm on the hunt for other clear mascaras, if there are any other brands you think I should try out then let me know!
5) Bronzer/blush as eye-shadow.
Playing around with eye-shadows is probably my favorite part of my makeup routine. Sometimes though I'll be out and I'd have a very limited selection of products with me, and I'd need something to warm up the eyes and make it look that I'd made more effort than just mascara. I take a bit of the bronzer or blush that happens to be in my handbag and I apply it with my fingertip/brush across my crease. It gives your eyes some warmth and adds a little "something something" to a plain mascara/eyeliner look.
6) Cream eye-shadow base as a highlighter.
I love a little bit of contour and highlight, but I haven't actually bought a proper highlighter just yet... which is why I use my light champagne colored cream eye-shadow base as a highlight to brighter up my face. Apply just a dab right on the top corners of your cheeks and blend it out!
7) Clear nail polish as your tight savior.
If you love wearing black tights (pantyhose) as much as I do, then you know it's a complete pain when you're out and you notice that there's a little tear in them. In order to control it and not have it tear even more, grab clear nail polish (or black, depending on the color of your tights) and dab it around the part where it's torn to control the situation. This is quite a popular hack, but I thought I'd share it anyway because I find it VERY useful!