Spoons aren’t just for soup. Did you know you can use them for nail art, pimple minimization, and creating the perfect winged eyeliner? Here are those tricks and many more.
1. Freeze two spoons, and sweep them under your eyes to get rid of under eye bags.
Put two metal spoons in the freezer at night, and in the morning, place the backs of the cold spoons under your eyes and as close to the inner corners as possible. Apply a little bit of pressure and slowly glide the spoons toward the outer corners. The gliding movement will help drain the fluid that’s pooling underneath your eye, while the cold spoon will help minimize any puffiness.
2. Use the handle and the rounded edge to create the perfect winged liner.
Hold the handle of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye, and draw a straight line. Then, flip the spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid, and use the rounded outer edge to create a perfectly curved, winged tip. After you’ve made your outline, fill it in, and draw a line across your lashline to finish the look.
3. Hold a spoon underneath your eye when applying mascara on your lower lashes to avoid marks on your under eye area.
Place a spoon below your eye with the curve out and then apply your mascara like you normally would to your lower lashes. That way the residue will land on the back of the utensil rather than your skin. This also works when applying mascara on your upper lashes if you place the spoon on top of your upper eyelid.
4. Fix broken eyeshadow by adding drops of rubbing alcohol and pressing it together with the back of a spoon.
If your eyeshadow, blush, or any kind of compressed powder product is broken, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the crushed product, and press the pieces back together by applying pressure with the back of a clean spoon. Let it dry and then use as normal.
5. Curl your lashes with the edge of a spoon.
If you don’t have an eyelash curler nearby, grab a metal spoon instead. Place the curved edge right above your top lashes with the back of the spoon against your eyelid. With your finger, lightly press your lashes against the edge to mimic the clamp of an eyelash curler. Move the edge of the spoon out along the lashes and continue pressing. For a more dramatic curl, heat the spoon up a bit with a blow dryer first.
6. Align the curve of the spoon to your brow to get the perfect arch.
The curve of a large spoon is the perfect shape for an eyebrow arch. Line up the curve of the spoon underneath your brow, and lightly trace around it with a brow pencil. Use this line as a guide, and begin filling in your brows above it with light strokes.
7. Mix loose pigments with a salve to make your own custom lip color.
Grab one of your favorite eyeshadow pigments, and blend it with a little bit of a salve, such as VMV Hypoallergenics Boo-Boo Balm, or petroleum jelly in a spoon. Use a finger or a brush to apply your new custom lip color.
8. Make contouring easier by using a spoon to find exactly where the hollows of your cheeks are.
If it’s difficult for you to find the hollows under your cheekbones for contouring, grab a spoon, and cup the apples of your cheeks so that it fits comfortably inside. The area just below the spoon is where you should apply contour powder.
9. Use the cup of the spoon as a palette for nail art projects.
Pour drops of the polish you’re using into the spoon. This makes it easier to dip small tools into the paint for nail art designs. (Tip via Nail artist Simcha Whitehill aka Miss Pop.)
10. Give your nails a marble effect by swirling two polishes together and rolling your nail over the edge of the spoon.
Pour drops of nail polish into the spoon, and swirl them together with a bobby pin. After you’ve created a design you like, let the polish slide to the edge of the spoon by tilting the handle. Align the bottom of your nail bed along the edge spoon, and roll your nail on top of the paint. Clean up the messy edges to finish the look.
11. Prevent the polish from getting on the skin around your nails by holding the tip of the spoon underneath your nail.
Grab a plastic spoon and hold the tip underneath your nails while you paint to prevent the polish from getting on the skin on the tip of your fingers.
12. Reduce the size of a hickey or a bruise by rubbing a cold spoon on top.
Put a spoon in your freezer, and once it’s cold, rub the back of it against a new bruise or a hickey to slow the blood from rushing to the area and help it fade.
13. Place the back of a hot spoon on a pimple to help heal it.
This is an old trick to help a new zit heal faster. Run your hand under sink water to find a temperature that is hot but does not burn to touch. After you find a good temperature, fill a cup and soak the spoon in the water. Once the spoon is hot (test it on the back of your hand first to make sure it’s not too hot) place the back of the spoon against a pimple, and hold it there until the spoon cools off.
Culled from www.cosmopolitan.com