Monday, June 10, 2013

Beauty Uses For Rubbing Alcohol

rubbing alcohol has many beauty purposes. who knew that rubbing alcohol was so useful, particularly when it comes to beauty? there are several benefits to purchasing that $1.75 bottle of rubbing alcohol, here are just a few:

  • easily fixes broken (powder) makeup. whether it is an eyeshadow, a bronzer or a blush, any powder that has shattered can easily be put back together. simply break up the remaining powder, add a few drops of alcohol and reshape. the moisture will evaporate leaving a perfectly reshaped powder. this is also a great idea for when you hit pan on your palette - rather than digging the powder out of the edges of the palette, reshape using alcohol.
  • hydrates paint pots. you know you dread the moment when your gel liner begins to dry and it becomes more & more difficult to apply. simple add a drop or two of alcohol to your paint pot/gel liner/cream blush and it will help rehydrate, making your makeup like new!
  • sanitizes makeup. i already shared an in depth post on how to clean and sanitize your makeup and brushes. follow the link for more info.
  • DIY hand sanitizer. making your own hand sanitizer is so simple: mix 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/3 cup aloe vera gel and mix in a few drops of essential oil for scent. voila! (old soap dispensers can be repurposed or reuse your old hand sanitizer pump)
  • removes wax. no, i'm not talking about candle wax, i'm talking about that sticky-won't-rub-off-adheres-to-everything wax used for hair removal. while i am a big proponent of waxing i'm not a fan of wax residue left on countertops. clean it easily with a little alcohol. 
  • clean your cellphone. women can all agree that the residue left behind on our cellphone screens - whether it is makeup, lotion, or facial oil - is not a pretty sight. plus, it is a breading ground for bacteria (hello, acne). apply a small amount of alcohol to a cotton swab and lightly swipe to disinfect.
  • remove makeup stickers. ever buy a product and find yourself annoyed at the sticky residue left behind from the price tag? me too. alcohol removes the mess quickly and easily so your OCD can relax.
  • removes nail polish from countertops. enough said.


  1. Great post, kristie!! I didn't know about the DIY hand sanitizer. I'm going to try some of these out.

  2. I love posts like this! There are a few tips that I do, and a few that are GENIUS and I must try! Homemade hand sanitizer (or as my daughter re named it "hanitizer" lol) is a brilliant and money saving idea! :)