Let’s be real: Vaseline probably isn’t the first thing you think of when considering makeup-bag essentials. It’s one of those unsexy products that none of us remember buying, yet we all have a jar of it lying around somewhere. While it may not be the first (or last) thing you reach for in your daily routine, it’s arguably one of beauty’s most overachieving multi-taskers.
From taming brows to smoothing dry ends, Vaseline can be used to fix virtually any beauty problem. Below are just 25 ways to incorporate this versatile item into your regimen.
1. It subs in for mascara.
If you don’t love mascara but still crave defined lashes, coat them with a little Vaseline for a glossy finish. Petroleum jelly not only leaves lashes conditioned, but it’s even rumored to help them grow (score!).
2. Use it to restore cracked heels.
Slather a generous amount of Vaseline on dry feet, throw on a pair of fuzzy socks and leave them on overnight for super smooth skin the next morning.
3. It eliminates self-tanner streakiness.
Rub a little Vaseline along your wrists, ankles, elbows and knees before applying self-tanner to keep the formula from clinging to any dry areas and avoid patchiness.
4. It gives you a natural glow.
As an alternative to shimmering highlighters, dab a little along the tops of cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and under brows for a natural, understated sheen.
5. Prevent scars from forming.
If you accidentally burn yourself with a curling iron (happens to the best of us), try applying a thin layer of Vaseline over the wound to minimize future scarring.
6. It repels at-home hair color.
Follow in the footsteps of hair pros by applying a layer of Vaseline along your hairline and ears to protect the skin from staining while applying dye.
7. Use it as a cuticle cream.
Keep your manicure looking pristine with this affordable (and efficient) alternative for healing cracked cuticles.
8. Keep chaffing at bay.
Eliminate any uncomfortable friction caused by the summer heat with a layer of Vaseline over trouble spots. Make sure to use it sparingly though—excess product may melt and create a mess.
9. You won’t find a more hydrating face cream.
While it’s not as cosmetically elegant as your usual face creams, Vaseline is actually a great heavy duty moisturizer (don’t worry, it’s noncomedogenic) and works wonders on dehydrated skin in dry weather.
10. Or lip balm.
Suffer from flaky, dry lips? Vaseline works as a super conditioning salve and is a great primer under drying lipsticks.
11. Create a DIY body luminizer.
Mix one part Vaseline with one part liquid highlighter and apply to your collarbones, tops of shoulders and along your shins for gorgeous, glowing skin.
12. Or lipsticks.
Turn loose pigments or crumbled eye shadows into custom lip tints by mixing them with a little Vaseline. Pro tip: Use a greater pigment-to-Vaseline ratio for a more opaque finish.
13. Tame unruly fly-aways.
Rub a pinch between your palms and smooth it over your strands.
14. Open stubborn nail polish bottles.
Apply a layer of Vaseline along the rim of the bottle cap and twist firmly.
15. Conceal split ends.
Just a dab is all it takes for instantly glossy, smooth tips.
16. Set straggly brows.
Use a spoolie with a little bit of Vaseline to groom arches into place.
17. Transform matte eyeshadows.
Prime lids with petroleum jelly before applying matte shadows to give them an instantly glossy sheen.
18. Remove stubborn eye makeup.
Dip a cotton swab into Vaseline for a gentle way to erase budge-proof mascara, liner and even false lashes.
19. Make your perfume last longer.
Rub a tiny amount of Vaseline onto the areas you normally spritz your fragrance, then apply your scent as usual. It adheres better to petroleum jelly than skin for greater longevity.
20. It makes at-home manicures mess-free.
The next time you paint your own nails, make sure that doesn’t include your cuticles. Apply a thin layer of Vaseline along the edge of your beds to help catch any overflow polish.