Extra Useful Ways to use Cotton Swabs

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I thought this was such a fun project! SheKnows.com asked me how I use Q-tips and besides the obvious makeup removal when I started thinking about it I actually had a lot of make-up tricks and tips where I use them and didn’t even realize. So hears some of my favorites!
1) How to get the perfect wine stained lip: While wine-stained lips can be difficult to perfect, I’ve found a solution that really works. I don’t want it to look like lipstick, that’s the key. It should literally look stained, darkened, but where your natural lip and all its creases and imperfections shine through.
My favorite color is Fast Ride by NARS which I would describe as a dark, sheer wine color. Putting it on straight from the stick can look a bit too harsh so I take a little on a Q-tip and apply it thinly over my lips. It’s really the perfect wine-stained look and my go-to for nights.

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2) For my second (and favorite tip): Applying little gold and silver face tattoos for music festivals!
It’s no secret that I’m a festival lover. Going on eight straight years at Coachella, three at Lollapalooza and dozens of smaller festivals around the world. I’ve learned a thing or two about how to get the perfect festival look. One of my favorite ways to make my look fun and flirty is by using temporary tattoos around my eyes. It can be a little tricky putting a temporary tattoo on your face because you obviously have to do it after you put your makeup on, but then how are you supposed to get your face wet with a washcloth to make the tattoo stick without rubbing off your makeup and making an absolute mess?!
Seeing that the size of the tattoo will be quite smaller than even a penny, you don’t need a lot of water to make it stick. What I do is wet both ends of the Q-tip with hot water and then press down on all areas of the little tattoo for about 10 seconds each. Easy-peasy and no stress about ruining your makeup.

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3) For travel germaphobes: After flying over 150,000 miles last year, I’d like to think I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve when it comes to what you need to bring on the plane to make it as easy and hassle-free as possible. I’m also sort of a germaphobe, which can cause problems.
I use hand sanitizer compulsively and am completely skeptical of how well planes are really cleaned before the next group of passengers arrive. As far as my hypochondriac self is concerned, everything on the plane is harboring some kind of gross bacteria.
Planes are also extremely dry and harsh, especially for the delicate skin on your face, so I come prepared with all kinds of moisturizing products, which I apply over and over throughout a long flight.
I’m always hesitant about getting hand sanitizer on my face, so I had to get up each time before applying my moisturizer. I’m sure that wasn’t fun for the people sitting next to me, who had to scoot out several times during our flight. I’ve learned to always bring a little baggie of cotton swabs in my carry-on. That way, I can easily apply all of my eye creams and lip balms without having to get up 2,000 times to wash my hands. It’s better for me, and it’s definitely better for everyone around me.

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Extra Useful Ways to use Cotton Swabs

25 Comments

  1. Alena says:

    Everyday I use cotton swaps for everything! Perfect post my dear!
    Kiss, Alena | meet me stylish

  2. Great tips! Seeing as my father just gave me an excessive amount of cotton swabs (thanks dad! If only you would by my groceries haha)

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  3. sasa says:

    It is definitely better when you are traveling<3

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  4. Mattie says:

    I can’t imagine doing my make-up without Qtips!

  5. Belen says:

    wow.. I have never thought of using q-tips for lip balm!! that is genius… I have to it next time I have one of those finger lip balms
    Xo, Belen
    A Hint of Life

  6. Niss says:

    The one for the plane is definitely a useful tip!

    Life of Niss

  7. Jessi says:

    Love those little face tattoos! So cute

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  8. Miri says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing:-)
    XX
    Miri
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  9. nueyork says:

    I had never even thought about using them to apply lipstick! This sounds perfect, especially since I’m always blotting them to sheer them out.

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  10. Thanks for sharing these tips! The first one is my favorite! Definitely gonna try it ;)

    <3

    ALINA ERMILOVA

  11. Deborah says:

    You always have great tips for us…love the idea to bring cotton swabs on the plane to apply mosturizer products!

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  12. Fashion Snag says:

    Love the Q-tip idea for stained lips!

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  13. ediot says:

    amazing post
    I always use cotton swabs in my daily routine. these are great tips
    thanks for sharing darling
    x

    e d i o t

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  15. Stacy says:

    I like your makeup a lot!!!
    xo

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