Ever wish there was a genie in a bottle who would pop out every time you needed help with your hair or makeup application? You are not alone. Sometimes we over complicate beauty and make it seem like it is unattainable unless you have tons of money or go to a professional for help. This is not the case. There are cheap and easy beauty tricks you can do that will make your beauty routine easier and leave you looking fabulous. Here are five such beauty hacks that will do just that.
Use Water Temperature to Your Advantage
- Wash face with cold water to tighten pores temporarily. This also helps slow down oil production. Keep I mind I said it helps slow down oil production not stops it. Follow your cold wash immediate with pore minimizing products and oil absorbers to longer lasting oil-control.
- Wash face with lukewarm water if you use anti-aging products. Lukewarm water will not tighten pores, allowing nighttime beauty treatments to absorb into skin easily.
- Rinse hair with warm water before applying a deep conditioner. The heat opens the hair cuticle allowing the moisturizers and proteins in the conditioner to penetrate deep into the hair shaft.
- Do a cold-water final rinse for hair. This is nothing completely new but many forget this step. I have preached this in articles many times. Cold water closes the cuticle. A closed or flat cuticle reflects light better giving hair a natural shine.
Cotton Swabs Are Beauty Life Savers
Cotton swabs or Q-Tips (if you like brand names) are a favorite makeup tool. They are clean, disposable, serve multiple purposes and are cheap. Here are a few beauty uses for cotton swabs:
- Blending eyeshadow – Cotton swabs quickly blur the harsh lines between eyeshadow shades and work for both cream and powder shadows.
- Smudge eyeliner for a smoky eye look.
- Clean up makeup mistakes – If you stroke color farther out than intended on the eyes or lips you can use one of these babies to clean that mistake up quickly.
- They are great for messy nail polish application. Just dip the swab in polish remover and clean up any polish that got on the skin near the nail.
- Emergency makeup applicator – you can apply eyeshadow, eyeliner, eyebrow powder and lip color with a cotton swab.
Self-Tanners Also Help to Even Skin Tone (Temporarily)
If you use a self-tanning lotion, wipe, mist, or cream on your face then skip foundation. The self-tanner will even out your skin tone as the tan develops. Just wear an oil-free moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher. This trick allows you to sweat without having foundation streaks running down your face.
Always Carry Clear Lip Moisturizer
A clear lip moisturizer or lip balm does more than keep lips smooth. It is a mini beauty first aid kit.
- It soothes dry lips.
- Apply to eyebrows to tame them.
- Apply to dry, cracked cuticles and rub in to soften them.
- Use it to slick down hangnails.
- Apply to eyelid and under eye area to relieve dryness or tightness.
Your Kabuki is Good for Liquid and Powder
The kabuki makeup brush is intended to be used for applying loose powder or mineral power foundation. However, that kabuki — and any fat powder brush — works just as well with liquid foundation. Apply a quarter-sized drop of liquid foundation to the back of your hand. Lightly dip your Kabuki brush into the foundation. Dot the foundation over your face, then use the brush to blend the foundation in using a circular motion like you would with mineral powder. The effect? A soft matte finish that makes your skin look practically flawless.