Most makeup lovers know their regular makeup routine like the back of their hand. You already know which mascara to avoid if it’s raining outside or which eyeliner is going to give you the sharpest wing. Whether you’re a lip-balm-and-done kind of gal or strategically apply falsies every day, the worst feeling is knowing you’re out of that one makeup product you can’t live without. If you’ve ever found yourself in this dilemma, there are actually some beauty hacks you can try by using your boyfriend’s grooming collection.
Unless your bae uses makeup for men regularly, we’re guessing you’ve never even considered dipping into his variety of men’s beauty products as an alternative. When it comes down to what’s actually inside female and male makeup and skincare products, sometimes the ingredients aren’t that different. If anything, it can even be a timer saver or cheaper substitute that’ll still give you similar results as your own luxury makeup.
Unfortunately, a lot of guys still don’t wear masculine makeup daily, so here are some easy hacks you can try with products that are definitely available in your boyfriend’s stash.
From microblading to brow makeup for men, everyone’s obsessed with getting perfectly sculpted eyebrows right now. To maintain a strong brow game, brow gel is that one beauty product that helps keep a finished brow in place. With that said, if you’re ever out of clear brow gel, you can actually use your boyfriend’s hair gel or styling pomade instead.
Remember, you’re grooming your eyebrows, not inches of hair on your head, so don’t smear on large clumps. All you really need is a small dab in the palm of your hand or fingertip to smooth out brow hair. If you have a spoolie brush to spare, it’ll apply even better.
Nail products have come a long way, as they’re even being sold on online men’s makeup stores like Differio. For all you self-proclaimed nail addicts, you probably can’t begin an at-home manicure without smoothing out those cuticles. It’s a small detail that makes a big difference. If you have cracked or split cuticles, you can actually use your boyfriend’s (or your own) lip balm to moisturize dry areas. Lip balm isn’t strictly considered makeup for men, which is the great thing about this because you most likely have your own.
To keep things hygienic, you can cut or scoop out the lip balm, instead of applying the lip balm directly on your fingers or toes. If you only have sheer lipstick on hand, this can work as well, as long as there aren’t any strong pigments that’ll stain the skin around your nails.
Are you dating a bearded guy? If so, your split ends are in luck. He might not have makeup for men lying around, but there’s a good chance he’ll have some beard oil you can steal. Although beard hair is coarser than the hair on your head, beard oil is still loaded with the same beneficial oils inside most hair products, like rosehip, jojoba, and argan oil.
For the best results, you’ll only need a dime-sized amount, which you can apply on damp or dry hair. Just keep in mind that beard oil is usually more concentrated than regular hair oil so apply with caution to avoid overly oily locks.
You might’ve heard of after shave going viral in 2016 for being the “it” product for priming your face before foundation. The beauty of this product is that it’s usually cheap and you can find it in almost any drugstore. Plus, most guys usually have after shave stored in their bathroom, beard or no beard. Since after shave typically contains high amounts of alcohol – a drying ingredient, it’s ideal for getting a matte finish with a slightly tacky base to keep face makeup in place.
Application is simple. Just smooth it over your skin like you would with normal face primer before applying foundation or BB cream. Voila! This is also a great hack for any guys looking to boost their getting-ready routine with face makeup for men.
Generally, face scrubs are one of those unisex skincare products that you can find among both women’s and men’s cosmetics brands. However, if you only have your boyfriend’s face scrub to work with, you can use it for more than just scrubbing out the pores on your face.
It’ll work wonders as a pre-shave exfoliator on your legs or armpits to smooth rough skin and release ingrown hairs. You can also smooth out rough, cracked heels to prep your feet before a DIY pedicure.