I love a good beauty hack (but then again, who does’t?). From multipurpose products to household items that work just as well – if not better – than expensive store-bought products to application tricks that cut down on your getting ready time, beauty hacks are indispensable to a well-rounded, efficient beauty routine.
While we all have our go-to beauty tricks, here are 10 of the very best beauty hacks for hair, skin, and body:
1. Baby Powder isn’t just for babies. While baby powder has been widely used as a substitute for dry shampoo (a little on the scalp, rub in, flip, and go), it’s also an effective way to curb sweat – from underarms to between your legs (especially in hot and humid climates when your thighs tend to chafe).
TRY: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder for a natural, healthier baby powder alternative.
2. Is your hair plagued with frizz and flyaways? Take a good old fashioned dryer sheet from your laundry room and gently run it over your hair to tame the frizzes. Works like magic.
TRY: Seventh Generation Natural Fabric Softener Sheets. All-natural is always a better option.
3. Want beachy curls while you sleep? The SoCal Curls contraption will give you better waves than a curling iron. And it does it all while you’re getting your snooze on. I do recommend watching the tutorial first (here).
4. Mascara makes a marvelous liquid eyeliner. It’s true – you’ve got a great, pigmented formula for the taking! Just dip an angled brush onto the mascara wand and apply to your lash line. Use the same mascara on your lashes for a perfect pairing of color and consistency. The waterproof mascaras work like a charm.
TRY: Benefit’s Bad Gal Waterproof Mascara with Make Up For Ever’s Angled Eyeliner Brush.
5. For an all-over, dewy, model-like complexion, mix a dollop of liquid highlighter in with your face moisturizer. If you want coverage and dewiness, combine the highlighter with your favorite foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer.
TRY: Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid (seriously, the best).
6. I’ve raved about my obsession with lipstick as blush here and here (video included). But did you know that if you add a very small amount of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream to your cheeks prior to rubbing on the lipstick (or any cream blush for that matter), it’ll actually blend much better – without all of the pulling and tugging. And 8 Hour Cream leaves a gorgeous glow on the skin, so it’s really a two-for-one. You can also use the excess on your lips and a dab on the eyes gives that glossy lid look.
7. Setting your lipstick really does work, especially when going for a bold, colorful hue. And the same trick is applicable to transitioning a glossier formula to that which is more matte. Here’s how you do it: place a tissue over your lipstick-painted pout. Using a brush and a translucent powder, gently dust the powder over the tissue. And voila! Mattified, long lasting color. Use the powder on the rest of your face to set your makeup as well. Just make sure you’re choosing a colorless formula.
TRY: Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder
8. Coconut oil is good for everything, from makeup remover to body moisturizer. But one of my absolute favorite uses for the all-natural oil is as a healthy shaving cream. It actually works better than the store-bought ones! And while you have your tub of coconut oil in the bath, apply to the ends of your hair as a DIY treatment (a favorite of Khloe Kardashian).
TRY: Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (it’s organic!).
9. If you’re a fan of hairspray – I’m all about L’Oreal’s Elnett Satin Hairspray (if you don’t own a can, you’re seriously missing out) – then use it to keep unruly brows in place as well. While brow gels are effective, uncooperative brow hairs like mine need something stronger from time to time. Hairspray is the answer. Spray onto a spooly and brush onto brows in an upward motion.
10. If you’re wearing a bold lip – red included – chances are, color will end up on your teeth. And this is a beauty no-no. So ensure that the color stays off by using these two quick and easy post-lipstick steps. 1 – Put your finger in your mouth and pull it out. You’ll be amazed how much lipstick ends up on the inner part of your lip (which would undoubtedly have ended up on your pearly whites). 2 – Coat your teeth with a thin layer of vaseline or Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (yet another use for the multipurpose balm). Misplaced lipstick will slide right off. Plus, this professional trick is a red carpet favorite as the coated teeth actually glisten when you smile.
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Few things are more satisfying than a time-saving, life-changing life hack. Artfully mastering one is like giving yourself a pat on the back, “Way to go, self!” And when you have the opportunity to “pay it forward,” it’s really, really good karma.
Here, some major aha moments when it comes to fashion hacks.
1. Smelly or stained jeans are never a good look. The same goes for jeans that shrink or fade in the dryer. If you need to clean your favorite pair, try spot treating and then putting them in the freezer in a Ziploc bag with a dryer sheet. Leave them overnight and voila!— by morning, clean, fresh-smelling jeans that haven’t faded a thread.
2. Come fall, few things are better than a cozy cashmere sweater. Sadly, they don’t always wear exactly as we hope. If your favorite sweater is pilling, try lightly gliding your razor (yes, the Venus you use for your legs) over it. If the sweater gets snagged or is damaged beyond repair, try cutting off the sleeves to make leg warmers to tuck into your favorite boots (like the photo above).
3. An oxford or a chambray shirt under a sweater is a classic look. But adding an extra layer can make even Kate Moss look a bit bulged and frumpy. To avoid this, layer a tighter tank top between the sweater and button-up for a slim fit. The tank will press and flatten the bottom layer into your torso. And we just gave your your body back (you’re welcome!).
4. Two pet peeves: loose sunglasses and scratched leather. However, you can easily fix both. Dab a bit of clear nail polish on the screw of your favorite shades to tighten them up a bit. For a minor scratch on your handbag or boots, use a dab of body moisturizer to gently rub it away.
5. Ugh… blisters. Nothing ruins a day quite like ’em. If your fall favorite, can’t-live-without Tabitha Simmons belfy glossed-leather point-toe flats are feeling a bit tight (or narrow as they tend to feel), place a Ziploc bag of water in each of them and stick the shoes – with the water bags — into the freezer overnight. This will gently stretch them out. Come morning, your shoes will, once again, be made for walking.
6. Stiff t-shirts are just so many shades of wrong. To give a brand-new, crisp t-shirt a more worn-in and comfortable look, soak it in a salt water solution for three days or so. After a quick wash and dry, it’ll feel — and look –like your favorite rocker tee. Yippee.
Get hacking and happy fashion!
Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City working in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @chs_psu
There are never enough hours in the day. Between work, family, and beauty rest, you’re lucky if you have enough time to scroll through your Instagram feed. So getting glam shouldn’t take more time than you have to spare. With this in mind, we’ve created the three minute contour. Want the crafted cheekbones of Rosie Huntington-Whitely or the chiseled bone structure of Kim Kardashian? Well, now you can fake them, and without much effort or time.
After applying foundation, choose two powders, one that is one to two shades lighter and one that is one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone (you can substitute a bronzer for the darker powder option). Apply your dark or contouring powder in the shape of the number three on the right side of your face. Start at the center of the forehead, swoop the hairline, up the cheekbone toward the nose, back across the hairline and below the jaw, and finish in the center of your chin. Now reverse the number three on the left side of your face. Gently blend in harsh lines. Congratulations, the contouring part is officially done.
With your light powder, or highlighter, dust onto cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, in the hollow of the cheek, and in the center of your forehead. Add highlighter to any other areas that you wish to illuminate, such as the brow and collarbone. When it comes to your highlighter, shimmer is optional, but recommended.
With these simple and quick contouring steps, you’ve created definition and opened up your face while still leaving time for life’s other pleasures. Like taking the perfect #selfie.
Products to Try:
Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit ($48) – This palette has both your dark and light shade in powder form
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick ($44 each) – If you prefer a creamy consistency, try these foundation sticks for contouring – choose one stick that is lighter and another that is darker than your natural skin tone.
RMS Living Luminizer ($38) – An all-natural, sheer, satin-pearl highlighter that works like magic to brighten and illuminate specific areas of the face.