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March 5, 2014

40 Of The Best Beauty Tips You’ll Ever Need

Freeze Your Eyeliner

Does your eyeliner constantly crumble while putting it on? Pop 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 (and it will leave your skin feeling extra silky).

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, try heating your lash curler with a hair dryer for five to eight seconds before curling them.

Use Ice Cubes To Keep Fat, Acne And Wrinkles At Bay

Massage an ice cube over your face until it melts. Do it every night before bed and keep fat cells, acne and wrinkles under control.

Soothe Your Stomach.. And Your Face

Apparently Pepto-Bismol isn’t just a stomach soother, it can also be used as a facial mask. It contains bismuth subsalicylate, which is commonly found in facial creams. In an interview with Reader’s Digest, Dr.Frances Jang, a dermatologist at Skinworks, recommended spreading two teaspoons of Pepto-Bismol on your face, then letting it dry for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

Apply Sunscreen Daily

Wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Even when it’s cloudy. Apparently 80 per cent 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 Bio-Oil onto them daily. You’ll see and feel softer elbows in at least two days.

Lighten Hair With Chamomile Tea And Lemon Juice

Rinsing your hair with a mixture of chamomile and fresh lemon juice instead of conditioner will 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. This is so easy to do while on holiday lying on a beach!

De-Puff Your Eyes With Raw Potatoes

Use raw potato slices to soothe your eyes. 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 (Kim Kardashian cheekbones, anyone?). 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 emphasise your jaw line and cheekbones. Check out this little picture I found!

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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. I always go for Bare Essentials!

Avoid Overly Rosy Cheeks

Giving yourself a natural glow with blush is an in look for spring. 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. If your in need or a re-haul then book in for a HD Brow appointment. You will never look back.

Toothpaste Zaps Pimples

You’ve heard it before — even since our school days we’ve been using tooth paste! By applying a bit of toothpaste to a pimple before bed and washing it off with warm water when you wake up in the morning. They say that toothpastes draws impurities out of clogged pores and dries the skin with shrinks the pimple.

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.

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.

Lashes For Miles

Curl your lashes both before and after applying mascara for longer lashes. You may want to re-curl them throughout the day to get some extra lift, just remember to be gentle when you apply pressure with your curler.

Stop Your Hair Colour From Fading

If you’ve just had your hair dyed, the last thing you want is for the colour to fade. One way to prevent such a mishap from happening is to use a deep-conditioning treatment once a month. This will help lock in colour and has the added benefit of staving off dry and damaged locks.

Use A Flat Iron To Create Waves

Flat irons are amazing tools with multiple uses. Not only can you use it to straighten your hair, you can also create tight curls or soft romantic waves.

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 to freshen your face 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 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.

Camouflage Grey Hair

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

Use Dry Shampoo

We absolutely love dry shampoo, especially Boots XXL Volume (we use this religiously). 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

Did you know 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 moisturiser. 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.

Moisturise Properly

Sometimes less is more. Don’t slather your face with moisturiser because it will take 10 minutes or more to be absorbed by the skin before your face is ready for makeup. 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.

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 Boots, 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. Ps, I use shampoo only 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.

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 then again once they are dry. This makes your nail polish less likely to chip and will ensure it lasts longer.

Clarify Your Hair

In order to remove product build-up from locks, use a clarifying shampoo once a week. This will also help prevent dandruff and other annoying hair/scalp conditions.

Smile.. Lots

Our best beauty tip? Smile! It’s the most beautiful asset you have. Where it every day.

GLOW x