Though we’re always obsessed with the latest and greatest beauty products, there’s a reason why some items in our routines are tried-and-true classics. One of our favorite iconic formulas is probably in the back of your medicine cabinet: Vaseline. It’s been around for 150 years for a reason — Vaseline is a multitasking miracle cream, and it’s time it got its due diligence. It’s not just meant to be used for burns, as a lip balm, and as a diaper rash! Rather, it can be relied on for a slew of time- and money-saving tricks — that will keep you hydrated from head to toe.
I’ve learned in recent years, though, that petroleum jelly is capable of so much more than making your lips super soft. Especially in a beauty routine. Practically speaking, it can heal dry, cracked feet overnight (just slather some on and wear a pair of socks while you sleep), and even keep your nose from getting raw while you’re sick. Here are eight other ways you can use up that giant jar of Vaseline you have sitting around — or you know, those 10 mini jars, because how cute are they??
1. Get a Better Mani
Apply Vaseline to the borders of your nails before applying polish. Any that escapes your nails during application can easily be wiped away when you’re done, and no polish will be where it shouldn’t.
2. Make Custom Lipgloss or Cheek Stain
Mix some Vaseline with lipstick for a sheerer formula that you can apply to lips or cheeks.
3. Exfoliate Lips
Apply Vaseline to your lips and rub them with a Q-tip or toothbrush to quickly exfoliate.
4. Make Custom Eyeshadow or Highlighter
Mix some Vaseline with pigment for a shiny formula you can apply to lids or cheekbones.
5. Fix Flyaways
Get a tiny bit of Vaseline on your fingers and smooth over any flyaways you might have for a sleeker hairdo.
6. Tame Brows
In lieu of brow gel, comb a little Vaseline through your brows using a spoolie brush to help them stay in place.
7. Remove Makeup
The stubbornest of mascaras is no match for Vaseline. Rub some on your eyes (or lips, or wherever, really), and wipe away with a tissue or towel to instantly and easily remove makeup.
8. Make Your Perfume Last Longer
Rub a small amount of Vaseline into the spots you would normally apply your perfume before spritzing. Your scent will last longer than it normally would.