The BEST Beauty Tips & Tricks

In the world of beauty, there are endless beauty tips and rules to keep you looking fabulous. And since I love good beauty tips, I have rounded up my best get-gorgeous tricks in one spot. Whether you want to learn how to create the perfect wavy hair or create a whiter smile, you’ll find beauty tips galore to help you get pretty from head to toe. You’ll be prepared to handle every situation thrown at you — and look good while doing so. Remember, beauty should always be fun and should express your personal style!

Freeze Your Eyeliner

Does your eyeliner constantly crumble while putting it on? Many beauty experts recommend leaving it in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to applying your makeup. It should glide along your lash line seamlessly after that.

Shave With Conditioner

If you’re out of shaving cream, lather your legs with conditioner instead of soap. Conditioner will soften the hair on your legs making it easier to shave. Not to mention that it actually leaves your skin feeling extra moisturized.

Rinse Hair With Beer Or Vinegar

Rinsing your hair with beer helps restore moisture to your locks while using vinegar will up the ante in shine. Soak your hair in either liquid (not at the same time) for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water.

Turn Up The Heat

For curlier, flirtier lashes, experts recommend heating your lash curler with a hair dryer for five to eight seconds before curling them.

Tuck N’ Roll

Do you have thin or fine hair that doesn’t hold curls well? If so, you must try the Friar Tuck Hair Trick. With just a brush, a cloth headband, and a bottle of sea salt spray (optional), you can create gorgeous spiral curls using NO heat. You will need about 8 hours to allow the curls to set but the results are gorgeous. Check out the video tutorial below and read the original post from the blog Aunie Sauce here.

 

 

Make Your Manicure Last…And Last

Before applying nail polish, wipe nails with an acetone-based cleanser. Cleaning excess dirt, oil or moisturizer from your nails will ensure that the polish adheres properly. .

Apply Sunscreen Daily

Wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Even when it’s cloudy. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays pass through the clouds.

Don’t Neglect Your Elbows

It’s easy to forget about your elbows, but they need just as much protection and care as other parts of your body. Cure dry elbows by massaging coconut or shea oil onto them daily. You’ll see and feel softer elbows immediately.

De-Puff Your Eyes With Raw Potatoes

Use raw potato slices to soothe your eyes. They are astringent meaning that they help decrease water retention and they also contain the enzyme catalase which helps lighten dark under eye circles. First, wash and peel a potato. Cut two slices and place one on each eye for 10 minutes. Lay down, relax and let the potatoes work their magic. Rinse the eye area gently with lukewarm water when you’re done.

Contouring Creates Dimension

The trick to achieving a chiseled celebrity-like face is to contour. Your face is three dimensional so applying foundation in a single tone will only make your face appear flat. Add a highlighter to areas of your face that would usually catch light but create enough shadow to emphasize your jawline and cheekbones. To learn more about contouring your face, read The 10 Commandments of Highlighting and Contouring by Allure Magazine.

Say Goodbye To Makeup Sponges

Makeup sponges help you apply make up, but not without a cost. They usually soak up more liquid foundation than what ends up on your face. The result? You’re wasting foundation and constantly buying new sponges. The fix? Get a foundation brush. You waste less foundation and it allows for a more even and precise application than a sponge would.

Avoid Overly Rosy Cheeks

Giving yourself a natural glow using blush is an instant confidence booster. But you’ll want to avoid brushing on too much. So always start your blush line two finger widths away from your nose and only apply it on the apples of your cheeks. This will ensure you create a natural glow without going overboard.

Keep Misbehaving Brows In Check

Spritz an old toothbrush or a clean mascara wand with hairspray, then brush brows and style them as desired. Even the most hard to tame brows will fall in line with this trick.

Applying False Lashes

Adding extra eye fringe amps up the glam instantly. First, take your falsies and loosen them by gently flexing the eyelash band, then curl your natural lashes to make sure your falsies line up with your actual lash line. Apply glue on your falsies using a Q-tip. Using tweezers (or finger tips if you feel that gives you more control), place your falsies as close to your lash line as possible. Let your lashes dry for a minute before you add a coat of mascara (this is optional).

Toothpaste Zaps Pimples

You’ve heard it before — don’t pop your zits! Apply a bit of toothpaste to a pimple before bed and washing it off with warm water when you wake up in the morning. Toothpastes draws impurities out of clogged pores and dries the skin which shrinks the pimple. Opt for organic toothpastes rather than gel toothpastes which don’t work as well.

Whiten Teeth at Home

Whiten your teeth at home with products from your pantry for far less than in-office whitening. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with one part mouthwash.

Blot Away Excess Oil

Do you start the morning with matte, fresh-looking skin only to find that by the time 5 p.m. rolls in you’re a shiny mess? If you have oily skin then blotting papers are a beauty godsend. Don’t use powder to soak up the oil. Using too much periodically throughout the day will make your skin appear cakey because you’re just layering makeup on top of more makeup. Opt for blotting papers instead. They will soak up all the oil and can be used as needed.

 

No Makeup Remover? Try Lotion Instead

If you’re out of makeup remover, use body lotion to get rid of makeup. It works especially well on tough mascara.

Create Fuller Lips

If you’re tired of having thin, pursed puckers, extend your lip line using a neutral-toned lip liner. Then apply lipstick over top. Be careful though — don’t extend your lip line too much.

Don’t Pop It

No, no, no! Don’t pop your zits. Not only does it increase the chance of scarring, it’s also likely that you will worsen the blemish and spread bacteria to other places on your face which could give rise to another breakout.

Exfoliate Your Lips

Dry, flaky, chapped lips are the worst canvas for lipstick. To ensure that your puckers are in perfect condition, exfoliate your lips. To do this, apply lip scrub or balm to your lips, then using a toothbrush or clean mascara wand, scrub your lips (don’t be too rough). Then, use a tissue to wipe away excess flakes and voila! You’ll have a perfect pout in no time.

Microwave Lotion Into Luxury

Who doesn’t love a spa day? If we could go every day, we probably would, but that would also put a dent in our wallets. A quick, easy and cheaper indulgence is to put your favorite lotion in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Make sure the oils in your lotion don’t separate and that it isn’t too hot. Apply it on to your skin and enjoy!

Exfoliate Daily

Exfoliation is an important and easy way to buff away the dead skin cells that cover up your skin’s natural glow. Use a light exfoliator, like the my Top 5 Homemade Sugar Scrubs to freshen your face and body daily.

Know Your Shade

When choosing a foundation, test a product on the skin near your jawline. And be sure to do it in natural light. This will ensure the foundation tone you choose for your face isn’t too different from the natural shade of your neck.

Wear Pantyhose Or Tights

What’s worse than having to wear a skirt with absolutely no time to shave your legs? We’ve all been there. The hassle free fix for this is to wearing pantyhose or tights (try a patterned pair for something new). It will disguise stubble as well as any blemishes on your stems.

Tweezing Tips

Before you tweeze, make sure you soften your skin by dabbing a cotton ball soaked in warm water or cream. When you start tweezing, do so in the direction of your hair’s growth.

Camouflage Grey Hair

If you want to camouflage some strands of grey hair on the go, use mascara if you have dark hair. For blondes or redheads, try dusting your roots with bronzing powder.

Cut Back On Pedicures

Save money on your beauty routine by taking care of your feet on a daily basis. Simply scrub your foot with a pumice stone each morning in the shower. Once you step out and dry off, apply a moisture cream to your feet. This will increase the amount of time you can go without a pedicure and will keep your toes healthy and fungus-free.

Use Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo absorbs excess oil on your strands and scalp and keeps your mane looking clean and fresh. If you don’t have dry shampoo, try washing just the top of your head (or wherever there is oil), with regular shampoo followed by a quick blow dry. Your tresses will look as good as new.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Be beautiful and environmentally savvy while you’re at it. Recycle your old beauty products by shipping them to Terra Cycle (you can download their pre-paid UPS shipping packages online so it’s completely free). They’ll take your old beauty products and transform them into something new.

Don’t Pump Your Mascara

You should never pump your mascara (i.e., moving the wand up and down in the tube really quickly) because it will only allow air into the tube which will cause your mascara to dry (and ultimately shorten its lifespan).

Apply Bronzer Evenly

Before applying bronzer or self-tanning lotion, mix a drop or two of the solution with moisture cream. Blend using your finger or a Q-tip then apply to skin as you would regular moisturizer. This will ensure the cream blends in — and covers skin — evenly.

Use Oil On Your Skin.. Even If It’s Already Oily

This probably sounds crazy, but using an oil-based product to remove makeup or excess dirt from your skin can actually improve your epidermis’ condition. Why? Over-cleaning stimulates the sebum glands, which causes skin to over-produce oil. Using oil-based products will have the opposite effect.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Make sure you clean your makeup brushes regularly to avoid a buildup of makeup residue and bacteria. You can purchase makeup brush cleaner from a drug or beauty store, or you can simply use shampoo and conditioner to clean your brushes as you would your own hair. Clean brushes guarantee a super smooth and even makeup application every time.

Treat Ingrown Hairs

Apply a product containing azulene or witch hazel to help reduce the swelling and redness that’s associated with ingrown hairs. From there, coax the ingrown hair from its location with a pair of tweezers (don’t pull it out, though — this will only make the ingrown hair regrow in in the same way later).

Towel Dry The Right Way

Don’t rub your hair dry with your towel; it will cause your hair to frizz. Instead, before getting out of the shower gently squeeze excess water from your hair. Then, wrap your hair in a towel and pat it dry to absorb any remaining moisture.

Perfume Basics

Don’t douse yourself with perfume before you leave the house. Just because you can’t smell it doesn’t mean other people won’t be able to. If you wear it every day, chances are your olfactory sense has just become desensitized to the scent. Only spray or dab perfume on select spots like your knees, wrists, base of throat, and behind your earlobes.

A Top Coat Is A Must

Add a top coat to freshly painted nails, and then again once they are dry. This makes your nail polish less likely to chip and will ensure it lasts longer.

Hydrate Your Cuticles

Use excess eye cream on cuticles. The more you hydrate your cuticles, the stronger your nails will be.

Base & Seal

For smudge-proof eye makeup, first use a cream base to prepare the eye. This will allow your eye makeup to go on smoothly and will set for longer lasting wear. Then take blotting tissue and use it to remove any oil or any excess makeup from the eye area. Last apply a small dab of cream concealer to hold things in place.

Balance Out Your Makeup

Balance out your shimmer. If you’re doing a shimmery eye, opt for a matte lipstick. This way your look won’t be too overwhelming and will draw focus where you want it to be – your gorgeous face.

”I always think that less is more. There’s a point where you look in the mirror and say ‘Is this too much?’ and if you even have that inclination then it usually is.”

– Kim Catrall, Sex and the City

Highlight Your Lips

Take a shimmery gloss to the center of your lips, top and bottom – this will attract light to your lips, making them look pouty.

Change Out Your Mascara

The primary reason for flaky mascara is that the formula is too dry or old. Make sure to close your mascara tightly after each use to help keep its moisture. To extend the life a bit, add 2-3 drops of saline solution into the tube and swirl the brush around.

Choose Reds Wisely

When choosing a red lipstick, you just want to remember to get one that looks good with your undertone. If you have a warm undertone, then go for warmer reds, and if you have a cool undertone, then go cooler. If you’re afraid of red lipstick, put it on and then blot it off to wear it as more of a stain.

Don’t Touch the Tresses

To make volume last all day, avoid running your fingers through hair. Oil from your hands can weigh down your roots leaving your hair flat by the end of the day.

The Purge

Clean out your makeup bag at least once a year to get rid of old products that may be expired or you no longer use. I recommended completing seasonally (approx. every 3 months).

Revive Your Curls

To revive curls mid-day, take a very small amount of pomade and put it in the palms of your hands. Rub them together. Next gently smooth the pomade over your curls and scrunch just a little bit.

Set Your Base

Use your concealer as a base on your eyelids. Concealer will help to absorb oil and your eyeshadow will stick to the product instead of your lids, making it stay longer.

Healthy You

The healthier you are, the healthier your hair! Take a daily multi-vitamin with Biotin to help hair grow faster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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