Cotton swabs or Q tips can do so much more than cleaning ear wax. If you’ve been underestimating the use of this hygiene essential, you are not alone. However, its time we learnt a few tricks from makeup artists and manicurists who always carry around this tiny product in their kit for clever tricks and to correct any mishaps.

Are you ready to learn some unexpected Q beauty hacks that will make your life easier? Read on...

Clean smudges with precision
 

Clean smudges with precision

Let’s admit we still struggle with getting the perfect winged liner on both sides, but that’s not a good enough reason to be late. Simply dip the tip of a cotton swab in makeup remover and fix the excess or smudged liner. Use the same trick for lipsticks.

Root touch-ups
 

Root touch-ups

Not ready yet to embrace those greys? Use temporary colour to give your roots a quick touch-up in between salon visits. The Q tip offers price application and keeps colour away from the scalp.

Remove excess eyelash glue
 

Remove excess eyelash glue

Whether you have put excess glue on those fake lashes or want to clean all the glue from the previous application, Q tip is your knight in cotton armour. Dip it in rubbing alcohol and clean those expensive falsies.

Tone down makeup
 

Tone down makeup

We’ve all had those moments where we applied a little extra highlighter or blusher and then had to re-do the makeup all over. Instead use a cotton swab to gently and lightly remove excess product from your skin.

Make lashes look thicker
 

Make lashes look thicker

No, we haven’t lost it, we were saving this genius makeup hack for the end. To add more drama and volume to your lashes simply apply some translucent powder to your lashes using a Q tip and then put on your mascara to give it the desired oomph.