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Using deodorant to prevent blisters and petroleum jelly to set perfume are just some of the weird and wonderful ways common beauty products can be repurposed. Online retailer hairtrade.com has revealed the 15 household products that can actually be adapted for alternative uses…

1. Red lipstick as a tattoo cover up

Have a tattoo you want to temporarily cover up? Trace it with a red lippy as this acts as a neutraliser to the ink, covering the tattoo up. After this, fill it in with concealer and powder.

2. Shampoo as a makeup brush cleaner

Don’t purchase expensive makeup brush cleaner to wash your brushes in; simply use regular shampoo instead. Wash your makeup brushes weekly in a bowl of warm water and shampoo, rinse and leave to dry for sparkling brushes that look like new.

3. Eye shadow as a highlighter

Want an ultra-blinding highlighter? Simply apply a super shimmering eye shadow to your cheekbones, cupid’s bow and the tip of your nose.

4. Deodorant to prevent blisters

Before you head on a night out with your brand-new heels on, simply apply some deodorant to the backs and sides of your feet to prevent blisters.

5. Highlighter as a lip plumper

Lip plumping products can be expensive, so instead, why not create the illusion with a highlighter? After putting on your lipstick, apply a small amount to your cupid’s bow and across the middle part of your lips. Blend and blot to make your lips appear lusciously fuller with no cost involved.

6. Loose powder as an eyelash primer

Add a small touch of loose powder to your eyelashes before applying mascara. This will soak up any natural oils and will also beef up the diameter of your lashes, leaving them looking fuller for longer.

7. Blush as nail varnish

To get a flattering nail varnish that suits any skin tone, simply scrape a bit of your blush onto a clean surface and then mix with a clear nail polish. Shimmery blushes are also great to use, as they will add a bit of sparkle to your nails.

8. Petroleum jelly to set perfume

Placing a small dab of petroleum jelly onto the areas you spray perfume will make it last longer. The ointment is air and watertight so will seal in fragrance better than when you apply to dry skin.

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9. Argan oil for nails

Argan oil is a miracle to use on hair, and it can also be used on your nails to keep them healthy. Simply apply to dry cuticles to give them some tender loving care.

10. Conditioner for shaving cream

Conditioner isn’t just good for your hair, it can also be used as a shaving cream for your legs. Simply coat a small drop onto your leg, and shave to get accurate and smooth results.

11. Primer as a makeup remover

Don’t worry about sneezing and messing up your mascara, simply rectify it with your face primer. Dot some onto a cotton bud to clear away any mistakes without smudging.

12. Deodorant to remove nail polish

Running low on nail polish remover? Then use your spray deodorant instead. Spray either directly onto the nail, or onto a cotton ball and wipe away the varnish from your nail.

13. Loose powder as a dry shampoo

If you’re running low on dry shampoo, use translucent powder instead. A light dusting of loose powder on your roots will soak up the grease in your hair.

14. Lip balm to set your brows

To set your brows you can use clear lip balm or coconut oil if you’ve ran out of brow gel. Simply comb through your brows with a clean (mascara free) wand for perfectly arched and groomed brows.

15. Coral lipstick as concealer

Did you know that orange cancels out blue? You can use coral lipstick as a colour corrector to minimise dark under-eye circles. Simply dab onto the under-eye area and blend with some foundation or regular concealer to balance out your bags perfectly.

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