Favorites: All-Purpose Balm
There are a plethora of conventional ways to use all-purpose balms – from chapped lips to chapped cheeks – and then there are the less conventional, but just as fabulous, ways to put your multi-tasker to work. Like using it on eyelashes and brows to conditioner, lengthen, and offer sheen, or on legs to give the illusion of longer, leaner gams. An all-purpose balm can also be added into dryer formulas like matte lipsticks to create a smooth and creamy blush (apply with fingers or a blush brush). Add a dollop to the center of your eyelids post shadow to create a lightly glossed or smudged eye. Or dab onto brow, cheek, and collarbones for a quick, on-the-go illuminating effect. For the ultimate, customized highlighter, add all-purpose balm to your favorite neutral or golden shimmering powder shadow to create a unique formula with seamless application and that coveted dewy glow.
Here are a few of our favorite all-purpose balms:
Rodial Glam Balm Multi Purpose Plumping & Intense Hydrating Super Balm with Stem Cells ($44) – Packed with plumping, hydrating, and anti-aging ingredients, this balm can also be used as a plumping mask, eye cream, or cuticle moisturizer. And there are all of the more conventional uses like lips, hands, elbows, and other severely dry areas of the body.
Egyptian Magic Skin Cream ($38) – This all-purpose salve is a coveted makeup artist and celebrity secret salve. It’s made with just six ingredients and softens into an oil when rubbed between fingers.
Homeoplasmine ($24) – Another makeup artist secret, Homeoplasmine is the French version of our Aquaphor. It is literally good for everything, from cracked lips to dry cuticles. Use it for relief on bug bites, too.
Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($6) – This multipurpose salve has a slight rose tint and scent. It’s wonderful for lips, elbows, hands, and feet, but also great to add a bit of sheen to cheekbones. Beyonce recently revealed that she puts Rosebud on her lashes then curls them: ” I use it to prime my lashes before curling. It’s like a natural mascara. It makes the lashes hold the curl and look shiny.”
Glossier Balm Dotcom ($12) – This do-everything balm is thick and dense so it’ll hydrate even the most dehydrated areas of your body (think feet, knees, and elbows). But it’s also ideal as a highlighter strategically placed on brow, cheek, and collarbones. And try mixing it with a matte lipstick to create the perfect consistency of cream blush for a glowing flush.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant ($21) – The fragrance-free version is the jam for sensitive skin types, and the glossier consistency makes this balm the premiere choice for creating that coveted glossy eye look. If that’s not your thing, there are at least 10 other ways to use it (click here for a recap).
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