One of the most useful beauty tools we’ve encountered isn’t a high-tech laser or some new gadget. It’s a simple, unassuming toothbrush. The humble bathroom staple doesn’t just keep your pearly whites polished — it can do the same for your brows, lips, and up-dos. So, before you toss aside that spare one, check out these clever beauty hacks…
De-Clump Matted Lashes
After applying your mascara, comb through your lashes with a clean toothbrush — the tiny bristles will separate any lashes that are sticking together.
Take Your Hair to New Heights
No teasing comb? Lift small sections of hair at the crown of your head or along your hairline and gently backcomb with your toothbrush to build height. Spray a texturising spray like KMS California’s HAIR PLAY Playable Texture for even more volume.
Combat Flyaways and Frizz
Smooth particularly stubborn flyaways by spraying a toothbrush with a hairspray like this one from Percy & Reed and gently combing down cowlicks or frizz.
Tame Unruly Brows
A toothbrush makes the perfect stand-in for a spoolie. In a pinch, gently dab one in a clear, lightweight lip balm like this one from Absolution and brush your brows upward and outward to keep every hair in place.
Fake Festival-Ready Braids
After creating a polished side braid or crown braid and loosening the plaits, take a dry toothbrush and gently comb your hair upward to get that messy, lived-in texture.
Channel Your Inner Manicurist
No time for a mani? Use the edges of a toothbrush to clean out any gunk that’s stuck under your fingernails for a clean, polish-free finish.
Get a Smooth Statement Lip
Nothing sabotages a bold look like dry, flaky lips. Dampen a toothbrush in warm water then brush the bristles in a circular motion on your mouth to buff and slough away chapped skin before applying your bright lipstick.
– Erica Smith