Even though technology has developed in such a way that women are bombarded with information on a daily basis, there are still things that are widely unknown in the beauty world. The following top beauty secrets are game-changers you can instantly incorporate into your current skincare, hair, or makeup routines to make life easier on a daily basis.
1. Water is a natural beauty secret!
Water not only keeps you healthy and allows you to rid your body of impurities, but it makes this list because it makes your skin glow. You might think it's more useful in the summer, but those winter months can dehydrate you if you don't keep chugging. Drinking water also keeps your mouth hydrated; a dry mouth can lead to cavities and odor.
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2. Try white or cream eyeliner on your bottom lash line.
If you're suffering from allergies or you pulled an all-nighter studying for an exam, you can use any white or cream eyeliner to make yourself look more awake. Just pull your bottom lid down and draw a line right where your lashes start. Line all the way across and finish the look with mascara.
3. Let you hair say hello to apple cider vinegar.
Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar after you've washed to get rid of product build-up and create shiny, bouncy hair. Use one part water to one part vinegar and rinse it out with water when you're done. Voila!
4. Baby oil is a cheap miracle.
Baby oil makes a great, softly-scented moisturizer for dry skin. However, don't use it if you're sporting a sunless tan, or it'll make it come off in patches. You can also use this to highlight your collarbones in a sexy strapless top or dress. It's much less expensive than department store shimmer creams.
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5. Wiggle your mascara, don't brush it!
Instead of brushing on your mascara, try wiggling the wand. Start from the bottom and work your way up using this motion. It helps to avoid clumping, and it boosts lash volume and definition. You're left with fluttery and fabulous lashes.
6. Embrace an eyeshadow base or primer.
Put something under that eye shadow if you want it to stick around. You can use your own drugstore concealer or foundation, or you can opt for special products designed specifically to help your shadow stay on, like eye primer. Apply a thin layer of your product of choice, then tap your shadow on top with an eye shadow brush. Alternatively, you might want to pick a neutral base color to layer all over first as a blank canvas, and then apply your different colors.
7. Eye liner will enhance your eye color.
Everyone likes to bring out their eyes when putting on makeup. One of the best beauty tips for bringing out the flecks in your eyes is to line the bottom lash line with a matching color. If you have blue eyes with gold flecks, choose a soft gold liner or shadow and run it just underneath your bottom lashes for sexy eyes without a ton of makeup. Pair the liner with complementary shadow shades on the top lids as well.
8. Get high definition brows.
Full, highly defined brows are much sought after in the beauty world. If you want to stimulate healthy growth and obtain a polished, refined aesthetic, use a protein-spiked brow gel. Similarly, you can use brow-filling products to shade patchy, problem areas.
9. Emu oil? Yes!
This beauty secret may sound gross at first, but you'll be willing to slather it all over once you see the benefits. Use it for dry, flaky skin. Put it on at night or let it sink in before putting on your makeup. It penetrates further into your skin than most moisturizers and has no nasty chemical ingredients that can actually do more harm than good.
10. Dry brushing your skin is a savior.
Dry brushing using a shower brush with no water or soap is a great way to keep your skin glowing, exfoliated, and free of cellulite while also improving your circulation. Brush in strokes away from your heart daily for best results.
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11. Promote healthy hair growth with coconut oil.
Using coconut oil as a hair mask, leave-in treatment, frizz tamer, or conditioner will enhance the natural shine of your tresses as well as hydrate and moisturize the scalp. Whether you use pure oil or find it in a product with coconut as an extract, you'll soon notice your hair is softer and more manageable.
12. Banish blemishes fast.
For acne-free skin, wash your face morning and night with a cleanser containing salycilic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Alternatively, if you have a one-off pimple or spot, apply tea tree oil to it as soon as you notice it to banish it fast.
13. Spoon your way to winged eyeliner.
If you're struggling to obtain the perfect feminine feline flick, use a spoon. First, hold the stem against the corner of your eye and draw a straight line. Then, flip the spoon so it's hugging your eyelid. Use the rounded outer edge to create a bold and beautiful-looking curved winged effect.
14. Use micellar water to remove makeup.
Using wipes to remove your makeup should be a thing of the past. Instead, embrace micellar water. Stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow swear by it. As well as being unscented, it doesn't dry out your skin. In fact, it cleverly cleanses it at the same time as removing the dirt and makeup from your face.
15. Apply foundation correctly.
If you want sheer daytime coverage, apply your favorite foundation with your fingers. However, if you're looking for a medium to full effect for drinks with friends or date night, apply with an angled brush that will get into all your facial creases.