10 ways to use multi-purpose balms
We have some news to break to you: That hydrating lip balm you carry around in your bag isn’t who you think it is. It’s so much more.
If you’re a sensitive skin sufferer, an athlete, have Sandy Cohen-esque brows or a partner with scratchy facial hair, then it’s time to put your balm to work.
Here are the top 10 ways you can and should be using your favourite balm.
1.Treat dry lips
The old and faithful solution for chapped lips year-round. Multi-purpose balms are thick enough to heal throughout winter but not too sticky that they’ll catch your hair in a summer breeze.
2. Smooth flyaways
Put an end to disobedient baby hairs hell-bent on ruining your sleek ‘do. Instead of going overboard with hairspray, use your balm minimally where needed to ensure your flyaways are behaving.
3. As a dewy highlighter on cheekbones
To achieve a natural no-makeup makeup look, dab a little bit of the balm onto the highest points of your cheeks. Even better, a balm with a slight pigment will give you a slightly flushed appearance.
4. Define lashes and tame unruly brows
Do as Kate Bosworth does and use a bit of balm on the end of your lashes to create the appearance of thicker, darker lashes. And for the brows, use in place of a gel to hold shape. The perfect by-the-pool and beach side accomplice.
5. Create your own cream products
This beauty hack will work for eyeshadows, bronzers or blush; simply mix in a bit of balm with any powder product to transform it into an illuminating cream product.
6. Create a barrier for nail polish
If your at-home manicures are turning out a little dodgier than you may have hoped, use your balm to seal your cuticles and stop nail polish from bleeding onto your skin.
7. Use it as a perfume base for longer-lasting scent
Sick of lugging your perfume bottle around in your handbag?
By placing balm onto your pulse points before applying your perfume, it acts as a moisturising lock for a longer-lasting scent.
8. Treat cracked elbows or heels
Multi-use balms are thick enough to form protective barriers for the skin to nourish and heal even the driest of areas.
9. Treat minor burns
Whether it’s an after-sun treatment or chafe, balms are a soothing way to treat and calm irritated skin and will form a protective barrier while it heals.
10. Remove eye makeup
For your stubborn water-proof mascara or lipsticks, use your balm as a remover and a nourishing moisturiser.
Main image credit: @kellyrowland
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