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All the unexpected but brilliant uses for Vaseline

Your favourite ointment is more multi-purpose than you thought...

03 Apr 2018

Long before micellar water, BB creams and lip + cheek balms became makeup kit must-haves, Vaseline was the multi-purpose king.

The OG ointment, which is made mostly of petroleum jelly, is still a firm favourite and people are always finding new and amazing ways to use it.

Unaware of the powers this little tub of magic possesses? Here are just some of the unexpected ways you can use Vaseline...

1. To apply glitter at a festival

If you're heading to a music festival this summer and want to go full-Kesha with the glitter, pack some Vaseline to use as an adhesive.

"Vaseline is great for sticking glitter down and is completely safe for the face (and even leaves skin feeling quite smooth underneath)," says Katrina, co-founder of .

But how does it fare in a sweaty moshpit? "If you spray it down with fixing spray over the top, we've had people come to The Gypsy Shrine tent the next day with their glitter still on that's lasted through the day and the night. I'd say it lasts all day - but it's always great to keep a little supply in your bag so you can top up if you dance the night away."

2. Glossy eyes

One of the biggest trends of the year, glossy eyelids can be worn bare or using colour. Either way, Vaseline comes in handy. Apply it solo for some wet-look shine, or pat gently over your favourite eyeshadow colour to reinvent the finish.

3. Nail polish guard

Do things get a little messy when you try a DIY mani? Apply some Vaseline around your cuticles and any polish that ends up outside the nail will be easily wiped away.

4. Hair dye-barrier

Similarly, when doing a DIY hair dye job, apply an outline of jelly around your hairline. This will stop the dye from staining your skin.

5. DIY lip tint

Instead of mourning over your favourite lipstick shade as it comes to an end, keep it going for longer by mixing the last little bits with Vaseline. The colour won't be as powerful, but you'll gain yourself a brand new lip tint.

6. Marathon must-have

If you're planning on running a marathon soon, firstly, you're amazing and we are in awe of you. Secondly, get ready for some friction. Perhaps one more for the men than the ladies, applying Vaseline to your nipples will help to guard them against serious chafe.

7. Emergency highlighter

If you really can't go without glow and your highlighter is nowhere to be found, a dab of Vaseline here and there will give you enough dewy sheen to get you through.

8. Lash glue remover

If you're struggling to remove your faux fluttery lashes, apply some Vaseline along the strip line to help loosen the glue and make for gentler peel-off.

9. To set your brows

Brushed up brows still make us swoon, but if you don't like a hard-set eyebrow gel, Vaseline is a great alternative. Apply a little across each brow and then use a spoolie to brush them up.