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Nine beauty tricks using cotton buds that you might not have thought of before

Beauty By The Mirror

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We've been told we can't clean our ears with them - but they have so many other uses

The simple cotton bud had but one use, to clean your ears, though now we've been told it can't even be used for that.

Fear not, because the cotton bud can be used for so much more.

Eco-friendly and versatile the cotton bud is one of the best items to add to your makeup bag.

So forget cleaning your ears (actually don't do forget that) and try out some of these easy tricks.

Here are some smart beauty tips with cotton buds to change up your beauty routine:

1. Use as eye makeup remover

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Forget pads and all your products

Dip the cotton bud in cleansing milk and use it to remove eyeliner or mascara. You can also use it to remove 'sleep' or gunk from the corner of your eyes.

All the makeup - and gunk - will come out easily.

2. Use it to create nail art

Mix it up and create nail art

No one really has all the kit and odds and ends needed to create great nail art.

That's where the cotton bud comes in.

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Twirl the cotton end to create a point and dip in your nail polish. Then get to work creating designs on your painted nails.

3. Thicken your eyelashes

Thicken up your eyelashes - and use cotton buds

Who doesn't want thicker lashes? Apply one coat of mascara, the a coat of translucent powder using your cotton bud then another coat of mascara.

It also helps mascara sticks more to your lashes.

4. Travel lighter

Ditch all the other products

Why carry a heavy make up bag when you can just take a few cotton buds? Bare with us.

The cotton bud can be used to apply eye shadow etc.

Also some beauty bloggers have said they dip the cotton bud in perfume, to avoid carrying a whole bottle.

Wrap the perfumed cotton bud in a plastic small bag and then use it when you need it on your pulse points.

5. Sunscreen on those hard to get to places

Forget smudging it in

Use the cotton bud to touch up sunscreen in tight spots.

It may sound strange but dab some on and use it for your hairline or your parting, or your ears.

This works well for those people with a sensitive scalp.

6. Apply medicine to affected area

Use the cotton bud to apply medicine

Anyone plagued by pimples, or suffering from acne will know touching it makes it worse.

Dab the cotton bud in the medicine and use it to touch only the affected area - much cleaner.

7. Use it to hide those dark eye bags

Conceal and blemishes and get rid of dark circlesHide dark circles, but switch the brush for a cotton bud

Hide dark circles, but switch the brush for a cotton bud

You can apply concealer using a cotton bud, to hide under eye circles.

Use a small amount of concealer and use the tip to smudge it in.

8. Smooth your eyebrows

Make your eyebrows look thicker

To make eyebrows appear thicker, apply some olive oil using the cotton bud.

Massage your eyebrows with the end of the cotton bud at night for best results.

9. Get every last bit out

The cotton bud is great to make sure you get every last bit out of the bottle, whether it's perfume, a bottle of foundation or lipstick.

Get in all the small places on the keyboard

These are just nine beauty tips but cotton buds can be used for cleaning too - use them to get in the cracks of your keyboard.

You can also use it to wipe off polish, apply cleaner to old antiques...

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