10 Genius Uses for Your Drugstore Lip Balm

You know what would be amazing? If someone invented a multi-taking beauty product that you could use for literally anything-lip gloss, highlighter, moisturizer, hair gel, brow pomade, everything. Oh wait… that product already exists. And it costs less than $5.

That's right-sitting in your purse right now is the world's most versatile beauty product: lip balm. And we're not talking about a fancy $60 designer lip balm, either. We're talking about your Aquaphor, Vaseline, Rosebud Salve, Babylips, and other super simple lip balms youВ can pick up at the drugstore. Personally, IВ milk my favorite Carmex lip balmВ for all that it's worth, using it as an eczema treatment, face gloss, and more.

I knew there had to be other smart hacks for your everyday lip balm, so I got in touch with threeВ celebrity makeup artists ofВ Honey Artists, who've made lip balm work on runwaysВ and red carpets in ways you would not even imagine. Ready to see your $2В lip balm in a whole new light? Keep scrolling for 10 amazing lip balm hacks to try today!


1. Eye gloss

The glossy lid look is a favorite here atВ Byrdie, especially becauseВ you can achieve it with just a smidge of drugstore lip balm.В Makeup artist Aidan Keough recommends using your Smith's rosebud salve as an eye gloss for "minimal modern makeup."

If you want a bit more pigment, makeup artist Suzy Gerstein saysВ toВ mix your balm with some loose eye pigment or pressed eyeshadow to create your ownВ customВ look.

2. Skin salve

Vaseline Advanced Healing Lip Therapy - 2 pack $5Shop

I take advantage of this hack every single day. A simple, fragrance-free balm like Vaseline or Aquaphor makes the perfect treatment for dry patches, eczema, chapped skin around your nose or heels, even little cuts or blisters.В


3. Highlighter

The dewy, "wet-faced" highlight is super chic, andВ you don't even need any fancy products to get it. "Apply Aquaphor to the tops of your cheekbones for a subtle, light-reflective highlight that people will not be able to stop staring at," says Gerstein. "It's still eye catching enough to mesmerize people but they won't quite know what it is.

If your lip balm comes in stick form, you can even apply it directly to your cheeks, like a proper highlighter stick. Makeup artist Min Min Ma recommends Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel StickВ ($5). "From the tube, I directly roll it onto the areas where I want dewyness and gently blend the sheen with fingertips," she says.

You can also add a little dimension to your highlight by mixing the balm with aВ powder highlighter, like Urban Decay's Afterglow 8-Hour Powder HighlighterВ ($26). The combination of texturesВ creates aВ creamy luminizer. Gerstein recommendsВ mixing a fewВ shades of powder together "until you find your perfect candle-lit glow."

4. Brow gel

LipВ balm can even help you groom and highlight yourВ brows. Just squeeze a bit of unscented balmВ onto a spoolieВ and comb your brows into place. This providesВ "an instantly groomed look that opens up your face," Gerstein says. The balm also works to "give a soft healthy shine to brow hair," adds Keough.


5. Flyaway tamer

Slick back frizz andВ baby hairs on the go by taking a dab of drugstore lip balm and smoothing it over your hair, just like you would a gel or pomade. This hack has absolutely saved me on nights when my once-sleek ponytail has decided to go rogue.

Under-eye treatment

S.W. Basics Peppermint Balm $5Shop

We learned this one from the lovely Julianne Hough. In an interview earlier this month, she told us that when the skin under her eyes feels dry or tired in the morning, she goes in with a little lip balm. "I feel like if it's good enough for my lips, then it's good for my eyes, too," she told us.

Julianne uses La Mer The Lip BalmВ ($60), but this all-natural, peppermint-infused pick by S.W. Basics ($5) worksВ well too.

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7. Lip scrub

Exfoliating your lips helps keep them flake-free andВ smooth for lipstick application; plus, it has a plumping effect. You can create your own DIY lip exfoliator by combining lip balm in a tub with brown sugar, chiaВ seeds, or coffee grounds.

8. Makeup fixer

Aquaphor Lip Repair $4Shop

Here's a hack for when you mess up some small part of your makeupВ and don't want to start all over. "Whenever you make a mistake with an eye liner or if some mascara smudges, don't reach for makeup remover-it's too liquidy and hard to control," says Keough. Instead, use a cotton swap dipped inВ lip balm to remove the misplaced makeup.

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9. Eyeliner smudger

Ma says she often uses a lip balm,В such as Maybelline Baby Lips ($5),В along with eyeliner to create a "smudged smoky eye look." First,В line your upper and lower lash lines, including the water line, with an eye pencil. Then dab a bit of balm onto yourВ fingertip and use it to gently smudge the lid. (Ma advises against using it on the bottom liner,В because it can getВ messy.) "Finish the look with few generous coats of black mascara," says Ma. "One of my favorite mascaras is the CoverGirl LashBlast Volume MascaraВ ($9)."

10. Cuticle cream

Burt's Bees Squeezable Lip Balm $9Shop

A creamy, hydrating lip balm helps moisturize and soften your cuticles. Choose one made withВ Vitamin E, like this balm by Burt's Bees, to nourish brittle nails as well.

Do you have any clever lip balm hacks? Tell us in the comments below!