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by Erin Weaver

Fifty years ago, most of the women who farm would splash their faces with water in the morning and stride out the door without a second thought. But these days, with the help of online shopping and affordable products, just about every farmgirl usually has some form of beauty routine. Whether you’re a simple moisturize-and-go kind of woman or a serious beauty addict, you can find ways to make your products multifunctional. Trying multiple uses for your products can be a fun experiment, minimize the bulk of your makeup bag, and save you money. These 8 multi-use tips will give brand new beauty functions to products you already own.

Homemade BB Cream

BB creams offer a light skin coverage that’s perfect for the summer months. Instead of buying a whole new product every summer, simply combine a couple of pumps of foundation with your daily moisturizer for a light, natural-looking BB cream.

Easy Deep Conditioner

To make a luxurious deep conditioning treatment for your hair, warm up some of your usual conditioner in the microwave until it has a runny consistency. Smooth it over your hair (making sure it’s not too hot first!) and leave it to soak in for 30 minutes for perfectly silky tresses.

Aftershave Balm Primer

Men’s aftershave balms often contain glycerin, the same ingredient as many expensive makeup primers, and they’re far cheaper. Try stealing some of your man’s balm next time you’re doing your makeup.

Loose Powder As Dry Shampoo

If you’re out of dry shampoo but you don’t have time to shower, a loose or translucent face powder can word as a stand-in. Sprinkle it onto your roots, rub it in, and let it absorb any excess grease.

Lipstick Blush

A simple swipe of lipstick across the cheeks can act as a gorgeous blush shade if you blend the product in well enough. A small amount goes a long way, so this easy trick saves you money and space in your makeup bag.

Lip Balm Highlighter

If you’re a fan of the recent highlighter trend, you’ve probably found yourself addicted to glowing up your face with those pretty (but often expensive!) iridescent powders. In a pinch, a swipe of lip balm can give you the same shimmery effect.

Brow Products As Eyeliner

Eyebrow pencils and gels usually work perfectly as eyeliner, giving a complementary depth of color to your eyes while looking more natural than liquid eyeliners. They also tend to be finely pointed enough to give you good control over your makeup application.

Hairspray For Setting Spray

Setting sprays which promise to keep your makeup in place for hours are great, but they aren’t really necessary unless you regularly wear heavy makeup all day. A quick spritz of hairspray can serve the same purpose at a much lower cost.

At worst, these tips will give you a quick stand-in for when you run out a product you need. At best, they’ll give you a cheap, multifunctional replacement for something you usually buy. And when a friend asks what you’re using? It’s your secret!

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