We love a double duty product. Couple that with a price tag that won't hurt our wallets, and we're ready to faithfully dedicate our lives to it. That one product that fits this bill and more is—drumroll—baby powder.
You may have a bottle of the sweet-smelling powder sitting somewhere in your bathroom, or you might think it's something for babys and never touched the stuff (well, not since you were in nappies) but that's what makes this beauty multitasker all the more intriguing. Grab a travel-size bottle (£1), throw it in your bag and we bet you'll find at least a few uses for it throughout the day. Promise! Check out some of our favourite uses for baby powder below.
We live for beauty treatments that are quick and simple. Which is why we're totally in love with this two-ingredient mask that's rumored to help treat acne. Whether it clears breakouts or not, we do know that after leaving it on for a few minutes and rinsing it off, softer skin is the result. Just mix together a few tablespoons of baby powder with a few drops of water (so it forms a paste) and slather it on. Your skin will thank you.
Have you ever fallen victim to sweaty midday underarms at the office—or worse—your deodorant has failed you and you're left with noticeable body odor? Fear no more, friends. Just slip into the bathroom and pat some baby powder on your pits for a fast refresher.
Speaking of soaking up sweat (we're a glamorous bunch, aren't we?), baby powder is a great way to mattify shine throughout the day. Just be sure to use a light hand and apply with a big, fluffy brush so that you don't end up looking too pale or chalky.
One of our favorite lash-boosting hacks is to apply a bit of baby powder in between coats of mascara so that the formula can grab onto the powder's texture, thus appearing fuller and thicker.
In a similar vein, brush a bit of baby powder on your brows to cheat the look of thicker brow hairs and fewer patchy areas.
Don't feel like spending an arm and a leg on eye shadow primers? We don't blame you. Instead, gently apply some baby powder onto your lids before applying shadow and watch as the color stays on longer throughout the day. The powder helps soak up any oil from your lids that would normally cause the product to slide around and crease. Science, people.
There's nothing more disheartening than noticing your coveted (and pricey) lip color has worn off on your wineglass, continuing the cycle of having to apply even more product after you sip. Instead, we love this genius hack of applying your lipstick, blotting with tissue, then dusting on powder (in this case, baby powder) to help your color last all night. Talk about getting more bang for your buck.
A certain beauty editor (eh-hem) loves sprinkling baby powder onto greasy roots when no dry shampoo is in sight. In fact, sometimes it even works better than the leading spray cans. Trust us on this one.
Baby powder does wonders after a wax, and the same goes for razor burn. If you're noticing some red, itchy, bumpy areas after shaving, just apply a bit of powder and feel the cooling, healing power of powder.
What products have you found do double (or triple… or quadruple) duty? Sound off in the comments!