Originally called “Baby Gays” (seriously), Q-Tips entered the market in 1923.
These days, you might find a cheaper cotton swab, but there’s no substitute for the real thing. Fluffy tufts of cotton wrapped around a sturdy paper shaft. Genius.
Over the years, Q-tips expanded their uses to include ear health, cuts ‘n scrapes hygiene, fixing nail polish goofs and most applicably (pun intended), makeup application. They’re perfect for achieving the perfectly blended smoky eye look and soft, subtle face contouring.
Not only has the Q-tip become the cotton swab we all reach for, their packaging has become more and more sophisticated too. No longer are you limited to the blue or white dispenser reminiscent of tupperware.
In fact, recently Q-tips released some really cute new vanity packs that are suitable — heck, designer — enough for any bathroom counter. The new boxes hold 285 swabs and are available for around $3 in funky, pretty patterns on a field of either red, blue, purple or yellow. Now your Q-tips can be displayed on your vanity-top right and look beautiful next to your loveliest make-up and accessories. For makeup professionals, this box is pretty enough to take along on any make-up gig — your brides will LOVE it.