Out of a Beauty Product? These 4 Easy Swaps Will Save the Day


Substitute any hard-to-find beauty must-haves (or just ones you’ve run out of!) with items easy product swaps that you already have on hand.

No polish remover? Try clear polish.

Swipe one coat of clear top coat onto your old color, let it sit for one minute, then rub away with a cotton ball. The fresh layer of polish bonds to the color underneath it, softening it enough to remove it.

No eye cream? Try lip balm.

Use your ring finger to apply a dab of lip balm around the eyes (don’t apply directly from the tube since this skin is super delicate). Ingredients in the balm (like beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter) that hydrate lips also moisturize and plump crow’s-feet.

No makeup wipes? Try night cream.

Rub a pea-size amount of cream onto skin, then rinse. Night creams are made with a thicker consistency, which helps lift and remove makeup from skin. Plus, it leaves behind a hydrating residue to clean and moisturize in one simple step.

No deodorant? Try witch hazel.

Spritz three to four pumps of witch hazel onto underarms. It lowers skin’s pH level to make it harder for odor-causing bacteria to survive while its astringent properties shrink pores so less smelly sweat escapes.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine.

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