Being lazy is the mother of all invention, wouldn’t you agree? We all wish we replaced our makeup sponges more regularly and cleaned our brushes more often. But we just don’t, and we know it. That’s when inspiration strikes. There are mornings when you want to get your makeup done quickly and your brushes are not clean and your sponges are so covered in product that you don’t know what their original colour is. For such days, we just have to look to Instagram for creative inspiration. 

Many creative bloggers have come up with innovative ways to apply makeup using things you find around the house. Here we have a few of those tools ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious, so read on and see what you think.
 
Silicone bra inserts

Silicone bra inserts

Silicone makeup applicators gained popularity because they are easy to clean and they do not absorb product and are economical. But getting your hands on a Silisponge (a drop-shaped, transparent silicon makeup applicator) may not all that easy as they get sold out quickly. So what did the internet do? They used the silicone inserts found in bras to apply makeup, instead. Clever, don’t you think? Although we are not sure about the size of the insert being too comfortable or easy to navigate over the face.

Scotch tape

Scotch tape

Using sticky tape to create a stencil in which you can apply your preferred products seems like a plausible idea for beginners. When you want that perfect lift on your cat-eye or you want good definition to your smokey eye, or even when you want your contour to be precise, sticking tape to make sure the line is sharp seems a good idea. The downside is that it may leave adhesive behind, which may affect the rest of the makeup you are going to apply.

This is also a great tool for getting salon-style nail art. Cut out thin strips and stick them on your nails in the pattern of your choice and paint away!
 

Spoon

Spoon

This makeup hack went viral and that is enough to make us believe that there is some truth to its effectiveness. If you have struggled to master the cut crease, which is a defined line between your eyelid crease and the brow bone, simply use a spoon! After you have applied a neutral eyeshadow all over the eyelid, take a spoon and cup it to your eyelid and align it to where you want the cut crease line to be. Now, sweep a darker eyeshadow along the edge of the spoon on the brow bone. This will give you the illusion of a cut crease.

Hard boiled eggs and tomatoes

Hard boiled eggs and tomatoes

Yes, you read that right. Bloggers have been experimenting with things that have a similar feel to either silicone or the skin on your fingertips. And that search led them to hardboiled eggs and tomatoes. Just take the shell off a hardboiled egg and use it to apply your liquid foundation. You could also swap in tomatoes for the same purpose and the advantage with this is, you find tomatoes in all sizes for different areas on your face (like using a smaller cherry tomato for under eye area), and you can use them chilled which will make you feel fresh.

Panty liners

Panty liners

You must be thinking, ‘This is getting bizarre!’, and we don’t blame you. Panty liners are thin and absorbent and they have adhesive on one side. Cut out strips of the liner and gently stick it to your under eye are when you are doing heavy eye makeup. It helps to catch all the fall out and keep the makeup on your cheeks intact.