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Not surprisingly, beauty editors aren't the only ones resorting to beauty products in home-improvement emergencies. But what might surprise you are all the creative ways makeup artists, hairstylists and other beauty junkies use their favorite products for quick fixes.

Check out just how you can use beauty products for household problems and say buh-bye to Home Depot and hello Sephora!

Fix car dents with your blow dryer

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Fix dents quickly with your blow dryer.

Here's a tip that will freshen up your ride quicker than a trip to the carwash. If you have a dent in your car that's on a metal panel (like your trunk, roof, hood, doors or fenders), you can fix it with your blow dryer. Just blast the dent on medium heat for about a minute until the paint feels warm, then reach behind the dent and push it out. Hold it in place for another minute while it cools and there you go — good as new! (Source: Total Beauty New York Editor Dawn Davis)

Hairspray removes stains

Hairspray can remove everything from hair color stains to last night's spilled Shiraz. Just mist the stain with hairspray and blot until it's gone. (Source: celebrity colorist Marco Pelusi)

Get rid of rust with nail polish

Coat the undersides of your metal soap dishes or shower products with a layer of clear nail lacquer to keep rust from forming and ruining your bathtub. (Source: elle.com)

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Give wood a vintage look with Vaseline and paint.

Try Vaseline for that shabby chic paint look

If you want a photograph frame or cabinet to have that weathered look you could: A.) wait a few years for the paint to actually start chipping or B.) try this awesome Vaseline trick. Just slather Vaseline on the wood where you want it to look distressed (avoid any areas you'd like to keep looking pristine), then apply a top coat of paint. Once the paint is dry, sand off the Vaseline splotches (they'll be easy to spot since they'll be raised). The paint in those areas will come right off when you sand, giving you a chipped-paint look immediately. (Source: sweetpickinsfurniture.com)

Polish silver with toothpaste

You don't need to score silver polish; Simply squirt a bit of regular white toothpaste to polish any silver you have. Just don't use a gel or whitening formula — they won't do the trick. (Source: Good Housekeeping)

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Dust your keyboard with your eyeshadow brush

Those little nooks and crannies in your keyboard can get filled with crud (especially if you snack at your desk). But a quick swipe with a makeup brush can help you get between the keys and clean dirt out. Be sure to use an old brush — or wash it thoroughly before tossing it back in your makeup bag. (Source: squidoo.com)

Polish wood and leather with baby oil

Use baby oil to polish wood furniture or even your leather purse and boots. It'll give it a nice shine, remove water stains, and even give the wood a waterproof barrier. Bonus: It'll smell fresh. (Source: instrctables.com)

Eyeliner makes a great pen

Need to jot down a phone number while out and about? Grab a lip or eyeliner — it'll work just as well. Just don't use lipstick, since that can break easily. (Source: makeup artist and author of "StyleEyes," Taylor Chang-Babaian)

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  1. The Daily Face

    By Rina Raphael

    Putting on one’s daily makeup is hard enough. Now imagine coming up with a new look every day.

    But that’s just what Annamarie Tendler, 26, did on her popular blog. The creative makeup artist, who noticed a lack of simple and approachable beauty blogs, challenged herself to post a few new makeup tutorials a week in March 2011."

    “I wanted to make something that didn't inundate the viewer with information, but rather offered up a simple concept in a simple way,” Tendler told TODAY.com. “As in, here is a look, this is how you do it, this is what you use.”

    The tutorials range from practical (“how to curl your eyelashes) to wild (a Lichtenstein-inspired look for Halloween), and the work can often be exhausting. “I need to be generating so much material and I'm only one person, who also works on other shoots and projects,” said Tendler. “I find that every couple of months I need to take a two week break."

    Surprisingly, Tendler isn’t even a makeup junkie. Her personal regimen is “extremely simple,” consisting of not much more than Josie Maran Argan Oil moisturizer. But after posting dozens of makeup applications, she does have one beauty she recommends to all women: “Wear mascara.”

    Click through some of Annamarie’s favorite looks: (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Apr. 13, 2011

    "I was inspired to do today’s look when looking at Brassai photos of the 20s," Tendler wrote. "Everyone looks so cool and glamorous."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325
    Eyeliner: MAC Blacktrack gel liner

    Eye shadow: NARS in Galapagos, Make Up For Ever in Aqua Cream 15, MAC in Satin Taupe

    Eyebrows: The Body Shop black eye pencil

    Eyelashes: False lashes by Mattesse on top (#1565) and bottom (#49)

    Cheeks: MAC in Harmony

    Lips: NARS Shanghai Express

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. July 14, 2011

    "The best way to wear bright lipstick is with almost no other makeup. I used no liner for this look, only a wash of bamboo-colored shadow (a light brown) over my lids (diffused above the crease) and a ton of mascara."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeshadow: MAC in Bamboo

    Eyebrows: MAC in Fling

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Cheeks: MAC in Harmony

    Lips: NARS in Schiap

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Aug. 12, 2011

    "Red seems like a weird choice for eyeliner, since most people don’t want to look like sleep-deprived junkies, but it works as a bold liquid liner. Also, by coupling it with bold brows, you will achieve a defined look, instead of it looking like you might have allergies."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: Blacktrack, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eye liner in shade 10 (red)

    Eyebrows: The Body Shop eye pencil in black

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Cheeks: MAC in Harmony, MAC Highlighter in Pearl

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Aug. 23, 2011

    "This is definitely something I’ll have to experiment with at a dark, nighttime party."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: NARS liquid liner pencil

    Eyeshadow: MAC in Copperplate, NARS pencil in HollywoodLand

    Eyebrows: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in shade 21 (teal)

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Cheeks: NARS in Penny Lane

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Oct. 18, 2011

    "I will warn anyone who tries this [Roy Lichtenstein-inspired look] out that pulling this one off if a lot like cleaning your bedroom: it looks worse before it looks good."

    Face: Ben Nye Creme Color in White

    Dots: Ben Nye Creme Color in Red

    Tears: Ben Nye Creme Color in Blue, Cosmic Blue, and White

    Eyeliner: MAC Blacktrack

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Lips: NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Nov. 21, 2011

    "This is a great party look because it’s dark, goes with anything, and you feel festive without being over the top. Yeah, you don’t need to wear green eyeshadow and red lipstick to get the point across that you love Christmas."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

    Eye shadow: Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Strut, Make Up For Ever Flash Color in Silver

    Eyebrows: MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling

    Eyelashes: Dior Blackout

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Nov. 28, 2011

    "I probably wouldn’t wear my makeup like this out on the street, but it’s definitely a look that can be modified for everyday wear."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in Shade 10 (red)

    Eye shadow: NARS Duo in Scorching Sun, MAC Goldenrod, MAC Goldmine

    Eyebrows: MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling

    Eyelashes: Dior Blackout

    Lips: NARS Lipstick in Heatwave

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Dec. 19, 2011

    "This is more of a dark look. I started by lining the eyes with Blacktrack, including both the upper and lower inner rims and winging the liner."

    Under-eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

    Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil in shade 10L (gold)

    Eye shadow: Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in Shade 15, MAC Shadow in Satin Taupe, NARS Duo in Cordura, MAC Highlighter in Pearl

    Eyebrows: MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling

    Eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

    Cheeks: MAC Blush in Harmony

    See the full tutorial (Annamarie Tendler) Back to slideshow navigation
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Video: Top six complexion-improving products

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    >> this morning on "today's beauty," the best fact products. "prevention" magazine reviewed items for his beauty awards. they're ready to unveil the winners for the best complexion category. jennifer, good to see you. what does celebrate your beauty mean? is it obvious?

    >> other magazines do things that want to fix flaws or hide things about your face. we want to find products that give you the healthiest skin you can have so your real beauty shows through. 1,700 products were reviewed, we had 300 readers test the products under the supervision of a doctor.

    >> let get to your list.

    >> sure. this is the best cleanser or cleansing system. it's the clarasonic mia2.

    >> can you use your regular products with it?

    >> it comes with a cleanser. j .

    >> awesome. gets that skin nice and clean.

    >> this is philosophy miracle workeri-aging fluid. one of the reasons we liked it is it has spf-5. readers complain some of the sunscreens are heavy and feel goopy on the skin. it also has peptides which boosts collagen in your skin.

    >> that's good stuff. moving on. this is our best night serum or cream.

    >> what's a night serum?

    >> if you have dry skin , you put a moisturizer on. if you want a booster you use a serum. it's only $22. it won out against a lot of products that cost more than $100. it has ret inol which will smooth your skin and help up have fewer wrinkles.

    >> this is the first time we tested fact hair removers. we get questions all the time from our readers, how do you deal with fact hair.

    >> i'm covering my mustache now.

    >> we're bringing it out of the closet. so this is gentle for your face?

    >> yes. it has the accident -- it has this for fine rare. and one for medium.

    >> this i see everywhere.

    >> this is the roc retinol treatment. this takes care of all the problems. you can put on the cream and serum. we had readers who had 20% fewer wrinkles after using this for six weeks.

    >> i love the price point.

    >> this is $27. you can add it in to your regular skin care .

    >> and the last one here?

    >> this is our eye cream winner. we had a tester who had crow's feet. she measured after using this for a month 32% fewer crow's feet. so that's really good. the cream has jojoba to moisturize. and the best thing is at the top there's a little concealer you can use, it has spf 15. it comes in three shades.

    >> that's $78. these days eye creams are $400, $500.

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