6 Fashion and Beauty Hacks

Even the most common items around your home can do double duty—serving more than just their original purposes. From tights that act as a strainer to a brilliant new use for old buttons, these fashion- and beauty-related problem solvers will make your life a little bit easier.

1

Tights as a Strainer

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Photo by Emily Kinni; Styling by Linden Elstran

Is that half-used gallon of Ivory Eggshell from four years ago full of lumps and rust? Use a pair of tights to filter out the impurities. Stretch the hose over a can or a bucket, secure it with a rubber band, and then pour the paint through.


2

Nail Polish to Refresh Accessories

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Photo by Emily Kinni; Styling by Linden Elstran

Blah costume jewelry or hairpins get trendy with a bright shiny coat.


3

Milk as a Stain Pretreater

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Photo by Emily Kinni; Styling by Linden Elstran

No use crying over spilled…wine. If you dribble some red on a shirt or a dress, submerge the soiled part in whole milk, squeeze out the excess immediately, then launder as usual. (If the item is dry-clean only, leave it for the pros).



4

Oatmeal as an Itch Reliever

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Photo by Emily Kinni; Styling by Linden Elstran

Can’t stop scratching that mosquito bite? Rub it with a bar of oatmeal- or aloe-infused soap to quell the urge.


5

Buttons as a Drawer Accent

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Photo by Emily Kinni; Styling by Linden Elstran

If you can’t handle the cost of fancy dresser pulls, give your current drawer knobs a cheap and cheerful upgrade by attaching a few pretty buttons with superglue.


6

Soap as a Mirror Marker

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Photo by Emily Kinni; Styling by Linden Elstran

Keep your love notes clean: Scribble on a mirror with a bar of soap. It is cheaper than lipstick and wipes off more easily.