Don’t just wing it.
Who knew Nivea could replace all these products?
Maybe she’s born with it, maybe she knows the right makeup hacks.
For anyone who has no idea what they’re doing with makeup.
Four simple steps is all it takes…
Who doesn’t love to learn a few new beauty hacks? It’s the best way to make the most of the products you do have, especially if they are cheap and effective!
Be sure to check out our ten beauty hacks below, and don’t forget to leave a comment with some of your own.
Cotton tips can really be your BFF. Use them to smudge out the perfect smokey eye, remove makeup from those hard to reach places, and also help to create the perfect cat-eye flick.
If you suffer from chronic puffy eyes, simply use tea bags to decrease the swelling. Let them sit in a cup of warm water until they run cool, they apply over your eyes for 5-10 minutes.
Who knew that coconut oil could be so good for you? Use it in your daily meals, apply it onto your skin to cure dry patches, use it as a hydrating hair mask, or even onto your face as an all-natural way to remove your makeup.
Apple cider vinegar
This trusty ingredient has been used for years as a natural way to cleanse hair and skin. After shampooing your hair from the shower, rinse it with about 300ml of apple cider vinegar to remove dandruff and leave your scalp feeling soft and smooth – without over-drying it!
If you can’t quite master a flawless cat-eye (not many of us can!), then scotch tape should easily be in your makeup kit. Apply one strip extending from the bottom waterline and the other from the top, then simply fill in the middle.
Now this might seem a little odd at first… but trust us on it. Dry shampoo is often one of those products we always forget to buy, but always seem to need at the last minute. Use a trusty can of starch from the laundry room to soak up all that excess oil in your hair!
Stayed in the sun too long? Apply some full-fat Greek yoghurt to the area and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Yoghurt is packed with probiotics to help it heal faster and cool down the burn.
Exfoliate your skin using a mixture of 2 parts brown sugar and 1 part lemon juice. Not only will it help to rejuvenate the skin from the inside out, but the scrub is also effective at increasing circulation.
Out of shaving cream? Use conditioner as a way to achieve smooth, soft skin without any itchy patches or razor burn.
If your nails are looking yellow and discoloured, it’s time to put down the dark nail polish and treat them to some toothpaste… seriously! Use a whitening formula to scrub those yellow stains right off your nails. Just remember to moisturise with a cuticle cream afterwards.
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Who hasn’t owned a lip gloss in their life? From your first Lip Smackers to the elusive Dior Plumpling gloss… they come in so many shapes and sizes. Bet you didn’t know it could be used as a moisturising treatment? Who knew!
Keep reading for more of our exclusive hacks, as well as our favourite lip gloss at the moment!
Do you have trouble taming those little baby hairs which never seem to go away? Take a swab of some lip gloss with a cotton bud and carefully push it back into your hair-line.
This one is for those girls who suffer from tough cuticles, especially during the wintery months. Simply apply a small drop of lip gloss onto your cuticles to smooth them out, and they’ll look better in no-time.
Who else suffers from dry heels? Rather than waiting for your next pedicure (or avoiding sandals forever), apply some gloss onto your heels for a quick fix. They won’t stick to your shoes, but will appear soft and smooth.
Yeah, we’re going there! This is ideal for girls who suffer from extremely oily eyelids, and find it difficult to make their makeup last the distance. The result is a mostly sheer look which won’t fade… especially during the warmer weather.
Tired of those split ends ruining your look? Apply a tiny drop of lip gloss onto your ends for to easily manage split ends. Don’t apply too much since it can completely ruin your clean hair!
Who hasn’t cried for hours on end after their favourite television show was cancelled? To combat a dry nose, apply some lip gloss on the outside to stop the skin from flaking.
For a truly sun-kissed and youthful glow, apply some gloss onto the outer edges of your brow and cheekbones. It will give your face a pop of colour without the use of the sun! Layer it with matte products to achieve a natural look.
Want to try these tips and more? Our favourite lip gloss at the moment is:
Rimmel Oh My Gloss, $6.98
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Everybody loves a classic eyeliner look, but applying it flawlessly is an entirely different story.
Without giving up half of your precious makeup collection, get inspired by some of these eyeliner hacks to make a cat-eye so much easier than it seems.
Did you know that painting brushes are actually really good to use for applying gel eyeliner? From Essie Button to Chloe Morello, the best in the business swear by this handy tip to create a flawless flick at a fraction of the price.
If you have made a few mistakes when applying your eyeliner, use a cotton tip dipped in micellar water to remove any messy lines. There are also a number of angled cotton tips which are perfect if you’re on-the-go, and require a quick touch-up!
Next time you’re attempting a cat-eye, use some tape as a guide on where to draw the flick. Apply it stemming out of the lower water-line, and simply remove it when you’re done! It leaves you with a perfect flick every single time.
Pencil then liquid
If you suffer from chronic shaky hands (especially when doing your makeup), use a black eyeliner pencil as a guide before applying liquid. It creates a base for your entire eye makeup look, and creates the illusion of an easy smokey eye.
The only way to use a felt-tip liner is by pairing it with a mirror. Position the small mirror just under your nose, then follow the line stemming out from your eyes.
This might seem a little difficult at first, but trust us, it’s the only way to make felt-tip liners work!
Gel eyeliner is one of the best ways to make your makeup last the distance (especially in warm, humid weather), but sometimes the formula can dry out. You can two easy options here: put it in the fridge for 10 minutes, or into the microwave for 2.
How did we not know that there are specialised stencils for applying eyeliner? This super-simple hack sticks easily onto your lid, so you can colour in the the middle!
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We’ve all made the mistake of using a foundation with high SPF and jumping into flash photography with a glowing, white face.
But what other makeup mistakes should we be avoiding in the future? Use our simple makeup tips to save any look, and keep your skin looking perfect!
Wrong foundation shade
Many of us are guilty of choosing a foundation which is too light, and often too dark for our natural skin tone. Rather than swatching the shade on your hand, make sure it matches your neck. This is the closest in colour to your face, and should blend in seamlessly. If all else fails, you can always have your foundation matched by a professional and it’s absolutely free.
Women suffering from dry, flaky skin understand that applying foundation can be a nightmare. Make sure your skin is properly nourished by applying a hydrating moisturiser and primer before foundation. In addition, gently swipe your foundation brush rather than applying it in circular motions.
If you find it difficult to apply false lashes, use individual ones instead. These create a natural, wispy look which is perfect for women who don’t want their makeup to look over the top. The trick is to look downwards into a mirror, and apply the falsie over your own natural lash.
Creating the illusion of slimmer cheeks, nose, and jawline can often come at a price. The best way to do this is by blending until all the lines on your face are almost seamless. Use a foundation brush for best results, and buff gently into the skin.
For a subtle bronze glow, use a formula which is matte as opposed to shimmery. Glittery shades look more artificial and attract too might light, making them look quite unnatural on the skin. Don’t over-do it! Less is more, and you can always build-up the bronzer, rather than applying too much all over your face.
Clean your brushes once a week with a gentle cleanser to remove any build-up of product. Not only could dirty brushes compromise your makeup, but the bacteria can also contribute to acne and blocked pores.
Filling your brows
As a general rule with eyebrows, remember that less is more. Use a pencil which is in the same shade of your brows, and gently fill in any gaps. If you suffer from dry skin, don’t use a gel since it can leave your brows feeling dehydrated and tacky.
A huge beauty trend at the moment is creating a soft highlight under the eyes with a concealer. If your eyes have the tendency to crease during the day, this look won’t work for you since the product will only settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Use a creamy concealer to cover up any dark circles, and blend with a damp cosmetic sponge or concealer brush to reach those difficult areas.
SPF in foundation
If you have a special event coming up, use a foundation, concealer, and powder which are free from SPF. Any type of flash photography picks up these undertones, and washes out your entire makeup look. Only powder on areas where your face has the tendency to get oily, and blot the rest.
While we all want a healthy, glowing complexion sometimes applying too many shimmery products on the face can create a different look entirely. Frosted highlighters should be applied in moderation, and if you think the formula is too pigmented, mix with your foundation to dilute it.
What are some of your makeup blunders?
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Have you ever wanted fuller looking lips without the extra price tag, or even the short-term commitment? Rather than turning to collagen injections or even fillers, many women are using good old makeup to create the illusion of larger lips. Here are just a few ways to alter the look of your lips, without going under the knife.
Purchase a lip liner which is close in colour to your natural skin shade, since this will be the best way to plump your lips. The trick is to slightly (yes, slightly) over-draw your lips on the sides and on the bottom.
We want this look to be natural as possible, so lightly draw a line that extends from your natural lips outwards. Then simply blend well with your finger or even a lip-brush.
Get those lips looking juicy by dabbing a touch of cinnamon just before you apply your lip products. The cinnamon should make your lips feel warm, and just after a few minutes they will appear slightly plumper than usual.
Then simply remove the product with a damp cloth, and apply your usual lip products such as liner, lipstick and even gloss to complete the look.
Apply a touch of highlighting powder on your cupids bow to give the illusion of full lips. The cupids bow is located just above your lips, in the little indentation which is found in the centre. Avoid using products which are yellow-based, since this look won’t appear natural and you might resemble a disco-ball!
This is where the sun should naturally hit your face, so it’s best to head outside with a compact mirror, ensuring you’ll apply the product in the correct place.
It might seem odd, but many women choose to contour their lips to make them plump and juicy. The secret is to apply a darker shade on the outer perimeters of your lips, then 1-2 shades lighter in the centre. Blend well to ensure that any harsh lines are disguised.
White lip liner
You can also try using white lip liner at the centre of your lips if you don’t have a lighter shade on hand. Concentrate the product on the centre of your lips, and blend well before applying a gloss.
Apply a light concealer or light coloured foundation on the outside of your lips, and blend well with your fingers. The heat from your fingers is better than using a brush, because it will push the product right into the skin and avoid dry spots from popping up.
The light concealer or foundation will help to highlight the area, creating the illusion of larger lips.
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