Ever since landing in Asia I've been seeing baby powder everywhere. In the stores there are literally two shelves of the stuff in at least seven different brands and scents to choose from. I decided to do a little research to try and find out what the big deal is and as it turns out, talcum powder is something every stylish person should have handy in their purse. Read on to find out why...
Lashes: Mascara Volumizer Instead of Falsies
This trick has been around for a while. In fact, many makeup artists use this trick whenever the event calls for long and plump lashes. This is how you get the look:
- Dip an eyeshadow brush, spoolie, or Q-tip into some talcum powder. Tap the brush one or twice to get rid of loose powder.
- Apply the powder to your lashes in a sweeping motion, concentrating on the roots to avoid spidery tips.
- Now put on your mascara as usual.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 for extra volume.
Lips: Seal Your Lipstick for a Matte Finish
Don't you just hate it when your lipstick gets on everything you touch? There's an easy fix for that problem. All you need is a kleenex (napkin, whatever) and your trusty talcum powder.
Face: Prime and Set Your Makeup
If you read last week's blog, Tips from a Male Beauty Blogger, you already know a thing or two about applying powder as a primer before foundation. Next time try the same trick, but with baby powder. This will absorb any unwanted oils from your skin and the product. I especially recommend this during the hot summer months.
To set you makeup with talcum powder, make sure to use a pouf instead of a brush (unless you're into having lighter skin than usual). Use the old "rub it in" trick by popping the pouf into powder, giving it a few flicks with your finger, then rubbing the pouf against itself (like a taco) in two directions before dabbing onto your made up look. The result is a lightweight mattifying set meant to last all day.
Hair: Dry Shampoo
Not only can you use baby powder to absorb grease, but to add volume! Sprinkle a small amount of powder on to the roots of your hair and massage in with your fingers in a quick scrubbing motion as you would any regular dry shampoo product. For extra volume, add some talcum powder to other root areas of your hair before backcombing. But before you go all gaga over this new form of volumizing, be warned that this should not be an everyday habit. If used on a daily basis, the talcum powder may dry out your scalp!
Skin: Remove Excess Oil and Sweat
This is basically the same tip as setting your makeup, except it works all over your body. It's also a great way to save on oil blotting papers. Instead of the pouf, use a powder brush to sprinkle the good stuff on your chest, hands, or wherever you get oily. This also works wonders for removing sand from your skin after a day at the beach. Simply sprinkle on and rub off the sand!
Body: Before and After Hair Removal
At home waxing can be a painful process, especially when it comes to sensitive areas like the bikini or upper lip. Next time you reach for the waxing strips, rub on a thin layer of talcum powder first. This will allow the waxing strip to catch onto the hairs without grabbing your skin too. Once you're done waxing, use the oil from the package to relieve any redness before applying baby powder one more time to seal any sensitive areas.
You can also try using baby powder as an aftershave! This trick is especially useful for anyone prone to red spots or razor burn, since baby powder has a natural cooling effect. Simply apply on dry skin immediately after shaving.
Sweat: Summer Nights Deodorant
Don't you just hate it when you wake up all sweaty and sticky in the morning? Do I have the solution for you! There are two things you can do to prevent that night time sweat and smell:
- Sprinkle talcum powder on your sheets before you slip into bed (washes off like a charm, so don't worry if your sheets aren't white)
- Put some powder in the palm of your hand and apply under your arms, between the breasts, inner thighs, and anywhere else you tend to sweat throughout the night. Works like a charm!
Hands: For those who hate doing dishes
Dishwashing gloves + talcum powder. That is all you need to know to keep your hands from sticking to the glove after washing dishes in hot water.
Feet: No More Sweaty Blisters
Wearing sneakers without socks may look chic, but let's face it - smells far from glamorous. Not to mention those painful blisters that haunt your vacations! Fortunately, this is yet another awesome use for baby powder! Simply sprinkle some powder in your shoes and give them a good shake to spread it out. Wear your shoes as usual and enjoy.
Fashion: Oil Stain Remover
Unless you're allergic to oil, there are major chances that you've gotten an oil stain on your clothes before. This is going to be one of those I told you so moments next time you're caught without your trusty new friend, Johnson and Johnson. Baby powder absorbs oil... obviously it's going to be the best way to soak up that stain before it ruins your outfit forever. Soak up and stick it in the laundry.