50 Beauty Secrets – A MUST-READ!

50 Beauty Secrets – A MUST-READ!

 

 

 

From basic beauty dos (wear sunscreen every day) to definite don’ts (avoid popping pimples), as well as obscure secrets (beer and vinegar for hair?), you’ll find advice to keep you as beauty-full as ever. Here are 50 smart tips that make looking good easier and faster.

  • Everyone loves a spa day! A quick, easy and cheaper indulgence than a trip to the spa is to put your favourite 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. 
  • To stop eyeliner from crumbling, a quick fix is to freeze eyeliner for ten minutes before applying. It should glide along your lash line seamlessly after that.
  • Out of shaving cream? Use conditioner as a substitute. Conditioner will soften the hair on your legs making it easier to shave and it will leave your skin feeling extra silky.
  • Okay, we know this sounds crazy, but rinsing your hair with beer helps restore moisture to your locks and using vinegar will pump up the shine. Soak your hair in either liquid, but not at the same time, for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water.
  • For curlier, flirtier lashes, heat up your lash curler with a hair dryer for a few seconds seconds before curling them.
  • You probably need less eye shadow than you think. Start with a tiny bit of product on the brush and work it outward to create a soft smoky eye.
  • Massage an ice cube over your face until it melts. Do it every night before bed to keep fat cells, acne and wrinkles under control.
  • 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 lasts longer.
  • Wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Even when it’s cloudy outside. Around eighty per cent of the sun’s UV rays pass through the clouds.
  •  Don’t Neglect Your Elbows! It’s easy to forget about them, but they need just as much protection and care as other parts of your body. Cure dry, rough elbows by massaging Bio-Oil onto them daily. You’ll see and feel softer elbows in two days flat.
  •  Rinsing your hair with a mixture of chamomile tea and lemon juice, instead of conditioner can permanently lighten your tresses. Allow your hair to dry while sitting in the sun or use a blow dryer — the heat will lighten your locks.
  •  The trick to achieving chiseled celebrity features is to contour. Angelina Jolie cheekbones, anyone? Your face is three dimensional, so applying foundation in a single shade will only make your face appear flat. Add a highlighter to areas of your face that would usually catch light and create shadows to emphasize your jaw line and cheekbones.
  • Make-up sponges usually soak up more liquid foundation than what ends up on your face. The result? Wasting foundation and constantly buying new sponges. The solution? A foundation brush. You waste less product and it allows for more even and precise application. 
  • Potatoes can help lighten dark under eye circles and de-puff eyes. 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 
  • Everyone loves walking out of the salon with a fresh blow out, but how do you prevent your locks from going limp in the days after? Your hair naturally secretes oil so be two a step ahead and spray your roots with dry shampoo. It will absorb any moisture before it weighs down your hair. Also, touch up your blow out the next day by using a hair dryer and a round brush. It will give you an instant boost of volume.
  • Give yourself a natural glow, but avoid overly rosy cheeks. 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 flush without going overboard.
  • Keep misbehaving brows in check by spritsing an old toothbrush or a clean mascara wand with hairspray and brush and style eyebrows as desired. Even the most hard to tame brows will stay in line with this trick.
  • Adding extra oomph to lashes amps up the glam instantly. Apply glue on your falsies using a Q-tip. Then with tweezers, place your false lashes as close to your lash line as possible. Let your lashes dry for a minute before you add a coat of mascara. And there you have va-va-voom Kim K inspired peepers.
  • You’ve heard it before: don’t pop pimples! Rather apply a bit of toothpaste to the zit before bed and wash it off with warm water in the morning. Toothpastes draws impurities out of clogged pores and dries the skin which shrinks the pimple.
  •  Do you start the morning with matte, fresh-looking skin, but by noon you’re a shiny mess? If you have oily skin then blotting paper are a beauty godsend. Using too much powder to soak up the oil will make skin appear cakey, so opt for blotting paper instead.
  • No Makeup Remover? Body or hand lotion works just as well in a pinch! Even on tough to remove mascara. 
  • If your lips are on the thin side, fake a fuller pout by extending your lip line using a neutral-toned lip liner. Apply lipstick over it. But be careful not to extend your lip line too much.
  • If you have visible sun damage, you’re probably guilty of skipping the SPF — be sure to apply sunscreen religiously, but to help even out your complexion, try this trick: three times a week, gently rub a (washed) strawberry on discoloured areas. Keep the juice on your skin for two minutes before rinsing. The fruit acids may help lighten dark patches.
  •  If you’ve just dyed your hair, the last thing you want is for the colour to start fading. One sure-fire way to prevent this is to use a deep conditioning treatment once a month. This will help lock in the colour and has the added benefit of staving off dryness and damage.
  •  Save money on your beauty routine by taking care of your feet every day and increasing the amount of time in between pedicures. Simply scrub your feet 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 keep your feet in tip top shape.
  • It’s well known that heat can hurt your hair, so limit the use of a flat iron to three times a week. This is also best if you want to get long hair ASAP.
  • Dry, flaky or chapped lips are the worst canvas for lipstick. To ensure that your pout is pucker perfect, exfoliate! Start by applying lip balm to your lips, then, using a toothbrush or clean mascara wand, gently scrub your lips and voila! You’ll have a perfect pout in less than a minute.
  •  Before tweezing, make sure you soften your skin by dabbing a cotton ball soaked in warm water or cream on the area. Remember to always tweeze in the direction of your hair’s growth.
  •  Flat irons are amazingly versatile. Not only can you use it to straighten your hair, you can also create tight curls or soft romantic waves. So invest in one of these multi-use tools, rather than just a curling iron or straightener. 
  • Exfoliating is a necessity for getting a natural glowing complexion. Buff away the dead skin cells by using a light exfoliator to freshen your face every day.
  • When choosing a foundation, test it on the skin near your jawline. Be sure to do this in natural lighting. This way the foundation shade you choose for isn’t too different from the natural shade of your neck.
  • Reinvent your old mascara wand! Don’t throw it away: clean it and use it as a brow brush instead
  • Camouflage Grey Hair by using mascara if you have dark hair and blondes or redheads can try dusting roots with bronzing powder.
  • Before applying bronzer or self-tanning lotion, mix a drop or two of the solution with body lotion. Apply to skin as you would regular moisturiser. This will ensure the cream blends in and covers skin evenly and subtly. You too can glow like JLo!
  • Avoid chipped nail polish. 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.
  • Try to save another day before washing hair. Use a dry shampoo or wash just the top of your head (or wherever there is oil), followed by a quick blow dry. Your tresses will look as good as new.
  • Never pump your mascara! It will only allow air into the tube which will cause your mascara to dry and ultimately shorten its lifespan.
  • Make sure you clean your make-up brushes regularly to avoid a build-up of make-up residue and bacteria. You can purchase make-up brush cleaner or you can simply use shampoo and conditioner to clean them as you would your own hair. Clean brushes guarantee a super smooth and even make-up application every time.
  • 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.
  • 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 wrists, base of the throat and behind the earlobes. 
  • In order to remove product build-up from hair, use a clarifying shampoo once a week. This will also help prevent dandruff and other annoying hair and scalp conditions.
  • If you run out of nail polish remover, you can remove cracked or chipped nail polish by applying a clear top coat to the nail and removing it quickly with a cotton ball.
  • Using an oil-based product to remove make-up or excess dirt from your skin can actually improve the condition of the epidermis. Why? Over-cleaning stimulates the sebum glands, which causes skin to over-produce oil. Using oil-based products will have the opposite effect.
  • Apply a product containing azulene or witch hazel to help reduce swelling and redness that’s associated with ingrown hairs. Then, 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 the same way again.
  • Sometimes less is more. Don’t cake your face with moisturiser, because it will take ten minutes or more to be fully absorbed by the skin before it is ready for make-up. The best way to apply face cream is to blend a dime-sized amount on your cheeks, nose, chin and forehead instead of moisturising heavily.
  • Are your feet weatherworn? Mash half a banana in a bowl, mix in a few drops of honey and massage into your heels. Wrap your feet in plastic wrap and allow the mixture to absorb for at least ten minutes. Rinse, then gently exfoliate with a pumice stone.
  • You can DIY bang-up bangs, like Selena Gomez. Start by gathering bangs in your non-dominant hand while holding a pair of hair-cutting scissors in the other. Pull the hair down until your thumbnail rests vertically on the bridge of your nose. Trim right around the tip of your thumb. This will give you a gently rounded arc from temple to temple, which is more flattering than a straight fringe.
  • Neutrals are nice, but it’s fun to spice things up a tad. For a simple, speedy way to wear colour on your lids, go monochromatic: use three shades of the same colour. Apply the lightest all over the lid, the darkest near the lash line, and the medium shade from the lash line to just above the crease. Blend them all together and you have a totally different look.
  • Trick to getting lashes for miles? Curling lashes both before and after applying mascara. You can also re-curl them throughout the day for some extra lift. Remember to be gentle when you apply pressure with your curler.
  • If you tend to apply concealer first when doing make-up, rather start with the eye make-up instead. This way, you can easily clean up any residue that migrates below your eyes (and that could create dark shadows) with a cotton swab soaked in make-up remover. Only then apply concealer for a bright-eyed finish.

 

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