20 More Must-Try Beauty Tips
Since our first list of 20 must-try beauty tips was such a huge hit, we decided to put together another list of 20 indispensable tips that you can start using today to improve the way you look and feel.
We really hope you enjoy these!
Exfoliate Your Lips
Dry, flaky, chapped lips are the worst canvas for lipstick. To ensure that your puckers are in perfect pout condition, the experts at The Beauty Department recommend exfoliating your lips. To do this, apply lip balm to your lips. Then scrub your lips gently with a toothbrush or clean mascara wand. Then, use a tissue to wipe away excess flakes and voila! You’ll have a perfect pout in no time.
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 daily.
Know Your Shade
When choosing a foundation, test the product on the skin near your jawline—and be sure to do this 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.
Uses for Old Mascara Wands
Don’t throw away your old mascara wand. It still has a few uses left. Clean it and use it as a brow brush instead. You might even find it handy around the house. Use it to unclog sinks or clean tough-to-reach areas in your home.
Wear Pantyhose or Tights
Few things are 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 and any blemishes on your stems.
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, the folks at Real Simple suggest using 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 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 increase the amount of time you can go without a pedicure and will keep your toes healthy and fungus-free.
Use Dry Shampoo
I absolutely love dry shampoo—especially Klorane. (Check it out here at Klorane Dry Shampoo) It 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.
Don’t Pump Your Mascara
The experts say that you should never pump your mascara (i.e. moving the wand up and down in the tube really quickly) because that will allow air into the tube and 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 the condition of your epidermis. The reason: Over-cleaning stimulates the sebum glands, which cause skin to over-produce oil. Using oil-based products will have the opposite effect.
Avoid Chipped Nail Polish Like the Plague
There are only two options for your nails: with nail polish or without. Do not allow your nails to be caught somewhere in the middle. Few things are worse than nails donning chipped nail polish. Even if you think no one will notice, someone will. Trust me.
Sometimes less is more. Don’t slather your face with moisturizer because it will take 10 minutes or more to be absorbed by the skin before your face is ready for makeup. In an interview with Real Simple, Susan Evans, a dermatologist, said the best way to apply face cream is to blend a dime-sized amount on your cheeks, nose, chin and forehead instead of moisturizing heavily.
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 drugstore 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 Hair
Apply a product containing azulene or witch hazel to help reduce the swelling and redness that’s associated with ingrown hair. From there, coax the ingrown hair from its location with a pair of tweezers—but don’t pull it out. 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. This will cause your hair to frizz. Instead, gently squeeze excess water from your hair before getting out of the shower. Then, wrap your hair in a towel and pat it dry to absorb any remaining moisture.
Remove Nail Polish Without Remover
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 promptly with a cotton ball.
A Top Coat Is a Must
Add a top coat to freshly painted nails, and add another coat once the first coat is dry. This makes your nail polish less likely to chip and will ensure it lasts longer.
Smile more often! This is my #1 beauty tip. Your smile is the most beautiful asset you have. Wear it everywhere, every day.
And don’t forget—sweat is magic! Work up a good sweat every day to make your health and fitness wishes come true,