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8 Ways to Use Your Brushes You Probably Haven't Thought Of!

22 February, 2018 - 08:40pm by - First Lady | 21 Comments

Article by BR Tabatha

Makeup brushes.  I don't know about you but I've got more than a few.   And I reckon over half of them never get used.  You know what I mean right?  The little brushes and applicators that come with palettes or cheapies you picked up in a 'these are cute!' shopping moment.

And if, like me, you're hanging on to brushes you don't use, it's probably because you don't want to waste them right?  Well here you go, 8 ways to put those beauty tools to good use.

  1. Clean your old mascara wands and use them as spooley brushes to tame your eyebrows.
  2. Re-use liquid eyeliner brushes for adding nail art detailing
  3. Use old mascara wands for cleaning hard to reach spots.
  4. Some say the brush makes the mascara, so clean your favourite brush and use it to use up other mascaras in your stash
  5. Use the sponge applicators that come with palettes and eyeshadows for arts and craft.  They're great for applying glitter and sequins to small spaces.
  6. Use a clean mascara brush to clean under your nails when giving yourself a manicure.
  7. Sponge applicators can be used to get ombre nails - paint the polish on to the sponge in stripes and press to the centre of your nail and roll to the sides.
  8. Use makeup brushes to dust your keyboard.

What do you reckon?  Do you have any more tips to share?  Get chatting below!

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Great tips! Small brushes are handy for cleaning parts of the dashboard of the car too.

I use eye shadow sponge applicators to apply glitter gel and polish on my nails - more glitter and less of the clear gel and great if you just want a little glitter on the tips!

My favourite tip is #8. I'll be using that one tomorrow! I use one of the brushes that came in a set in the kitchen. It was too stiff and thick for anything useful beauty-wise, but it is great for brushing on oil/milk/egg onto pastry, or for preparing a pan.

Oh yes thats genius! A fan brush would be perfect for egg washes!

23rd February, 2018 at 4:16 pm

I already save my old mascara wands. The nails thing sounds interesting

Good Tips -same to waste all these excellent brushes .

Some great tips I need to try

Fantastic tips, I like and use number 8, using a makeup brush to dust my keyboard, I normally give the brushes I dont use to family and friends but will try these in the future :)


27th February, 2018 at 11:02 pm

Who would have thought. I do how ever save my mascara brush I have a favourite one that makes applying so much better and hate when I get one that hAs a hopeless brush if I’m trying a new one.

I feel like the mascara brush might be a bit too rough though! The flesh under there is quite delicate I wouldn't want to irritate it or damage it.

Use small stiff eyeshadow brushes to clean off nail polish from around your nails and cuticles after a manicure.

I don't understand why palettes come with those useless sponge applicators! also- who buys the packs of them. The only use I can think of would be to apply highlighter in the inner 'v' of your eyes (make them 'pop').

Keyboard here I come :P

I hate those silly little sponge applicators that come in some eye shadow palettes. Even expensive high-end eye shadows such as Chanel and Lancome use them - ridiculous!

Good tips some of those I had not thought off. Though I never keep why I don't need I just pass it on to others that will have use for it.

Liquid eyeliner brushes are so good for nail art!


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