When it comes to looking beautiful, I doubt any woman is against learning a few tips and tricks to make the beauty process a little easier. The key is to weed through all the ridiculous, and ‘too good to be true’ nonsense, to find beauty solutions that actually work. After scouring magazines and the Internet, and getting advice from professional makeup artists and beauty experts, I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks you will want to try.
1. If you want the benefits of a facial or body scrub without the harshness and irritation, use baking soda instead. Mix 1 parts baking soda with 2 parts warm water to form a paste. Massage the paste into damp skin, then rinse with warm water. Exfoliating once a week will get rid of the dead cells that make your skin look dull.
2. If you’ve ever had a perfectly good polish job ruined by tiny bubbles, store your nail polish in the refrigerator to make sure it goes on easy and dries smooth. Before applying the polish, palm-rolling the bottle instead of shaking it will also prevent bubbles. Always let the first coat of polish dry completely before adding a second or top coat.
3. Want to create the appearance of fuller lips? Line lips lightly with a flesh tone lip liner before applying lipstick. Avoid using dark lip liner, especially black, unless it’s Halloween and that’s the look you’re going for. Lining your lips is also great for preventing smudges.
4. Use strawberries and lemons to even out skin and help reduce the appearance of dark spots. Gently rub a clean strawberry, or fresh, sliced lemon on discolored areas of your skin three times per week. For best results, allow the fruit acids to penetrate your skin for about three minutes before rinsing off.
5. Perfume evaporating too fast? Before applying perfume, dab a small amount of petroleum jelly or baby oil onto pulse points to make the scent last longer. If you’ve overdone it with the perfume, apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball, then dab the cotton ball onto your skin. The alcohol cuts the potency of the perfume without altering its scent.
6. Although reviving an old bottle of nail polish can give you a few more uses of your favorite color, it can also cause streaky results. Rather than adding nail polish remover to your polish, as is often suggested, add several drops of clear polish to the nail polish instead.
7. Having trouble creating the perfect cat eye? Scotch tape makes a great stencil. Tape a small strip of Scotch tape to the outside corner of your eye at a 45-degree angle. For best results, use a thin liner brush that has a tapered point.
8. Can’t find that intense, matte lipstick you’ve been longing for? After applying a coat of lipstick, top it with a pressed powder in a similar shade. Apply a second coat of lipstick to reveal an intense, matte stain that pops.
9. Nothing ruins an at-home manicure faster than smudged polish. Prevent smudges by painting the nails on your dominant hand first, making sure to start at your pinky and working your way to your thumb. Doing this helps you avoid accidentally dragging your hand across your wet nails.
10. Looking to create the illusion of a smaller forehead without having to get bangs? Apply a matte bronzer along your hairline (from temple to temple) with a large powder brush. The bronzer creates a shadow that makes large areas appear smaller. Don’t forget to blend the bronzer in thoroughly.