Some beauty tricks to learn:
- Raw potato slices contain potassium to take away dark circles under the eye
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Do you need a quick glow to your skin and all over healthier look? Bend over at the waist, as far as you can possibly go, and hold to the count of thirty.
For cellulite, scrub the skin with a bristle brush or loofah. Brush in slow sweeps, always toward the heart. There are gloves and mitts available to do this, but they’re not necessary. Try to do this at least five minutes every day.
Also for cellulite - Copy the expensive herbal wraps offered by top spas. Mix a cup of corn oil with 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice and 2 teaspoons dried thyme. Massage into hip, thigh, and buttock areas. Cover with plastic wrap to lock in body heat. For extra results lay a heating pad over each area for five minutes.
Right from the can, Crisco is a big secret among beautiful women. Use it to remove makeup and as a highly effective moisturizer. Hospitals even use it to treat psoriasis and eczema.
Raw potato slices contain potassium to take away dark circles under the eye.
To lighten age spots and sun-damaged skin, mix the juice of 1 lemon, 1 lime, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 2 ounces of plain yogurt. Gently massage into each spot. Use at least once a week.
The best leave-in conditioner for your hair is nothing other than laundry room fabric softener. It’s very strong, so be sure to dilute it. Suggestions: 1 cup water, 1/2 cup fabric softener.
Parsley is rich in chlorophyll. It is a major ingredient in leading breath fresheners, such as Clorets and Certs. Don’t spend lots of money for internal breath fresheners, eat parsley!
Create your own tinted lip gloss. Simply mix any of your favorite lipsticks with a dab of Vaseline.
A little bit of red or orange in the center of the lips makes them look fuller.
To make the whites of your eyes look brighter, use a light blue pencil under the eyes. Blue eye shadow lightly applied under the eyes works just as well.
When coloring hair - Color hair that has not been washed for 1 day. The natural hair oils will assist in making the hair color application more successful. The color will cling better to hair that is not dry.
To alleviate puffy, swollen eyes place bags of frozen peas under the eyes.
Degrease oily hair with witch hazel when you don’t have time to shampoo. Apply to roots with a cotton ball.
To help relieve dandruff, add 30 plain aspirin to a full bottle of your regular shampoo. Apply and rinse as usual.
To make you own facial mask, mix a handful of 100% all-natural kitty litter with a 1/2 cup water and apply a facemask.
Manicure - Mix one cup of warm water and the juice of one-half lemon. Soak your fingertips for five minutes. Rinse and pat dry, pushing back cuticles. Rub lemon peel against your nails, back and forth vigorously. Finish by buffing with a soft cloth.
Your nail polish will always be smooth and easy to apply it you store it in the refrigerator. Frosted nail polish will not separate. However, if it has hardened or is gummy, place the bottle in a pan of boiling water. The polish will be like new.
Oily skin holds perfume scents longer than dry skin. So, before applying perfume, rub a very thin layer of Vaseline or petroleum jelly on your skin and you will smell delicious for hours.
To remove the redness from pimples, rub a tiny spot of visine on the pimple.
Worried about cellulite? Rub used coffee grounds where the problem exists (cellulite cream is mostly caffeine based).
To raise the ph level of shampoo, add aspirin to it.
Need an emery board and can’t find one? You can use the strike plate on a book of matches.
Rubbing Pepto-Bismal® on your skin is a better facial than peel off masks.
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20 Beauty Secrets Every Teen Should Know
quote to live by: “No, I’m not! I’m not a tomboy! I love my makeup! That’s not true! I’m not a tomboy!” — Hilary Duff, Academy Award-winning actress
There’s nothing worse than getting advice from older people, but the truth is some advice is worth taking and keeping, especially when it comes to fun beauty tips. I’ve been reading fashion magazines and testing beauty products for years. In this time, we’ve read 1000s of beauty tips, tried 1000s of products, but only a few are worth keeping around. So, here I share with you the 20 beauty secrest that every teen should know.
1. Skip the foundation
If you have acne the first thing you want to do is slather on the thick foundation. Don’t. Foundation is for women over 35. Not only will it cover up your natural beauty, but foundation on a teenager looks anything but natural. Instead, cover up blemishes with concealer, then follow with a powder or tinted mosturizer. Tinted moisturizers tend to be lighter than heavy foundations.
2. You pat concealer in, you never rub it in
We know this from watching the Tyra Banks show. When applying concealer, put a bit on the pad of your middle finger and pat it in. Never rub. Got acne? Pat the concealer on top of it.
3. Play up your lips or your eyes, never both
If you are wearing heavy eye makeup, go for nude lips with just a bit of gloss. Prefer the drama of dark lipstick? Keep face light (stay away from heavy blush) and wear only mascara on your eyes and a light eyeshadow. Don’t heavily line your eyes. Play up both and you’ll look like a clown.
And never, ever line lips in a darker color than your gloss or lipstick.
4. Less is more
Ever notice how some of your friends look best with no makeup at all? No matter your age, too much makeup makes you look worse. If you wear foundation, powder, blush, liner, mascara, eyeshadow, lip liner and gloss on an everyday basis, then you’re overdoing it. Tone it down: All you really need is a great mascara, concealer for blemishes and gloss. Add a pop of blush in winter.
5. Natural hair is always hot
If you have super dark hair, lighten your look by going a shade darker or getting lighter highlights. Blonde? Try highlights, especially framing the face. We see too many teens lightening their hair several shades and the look can be super-tacky, not super-fabulous. The trick is to let people assume you were born with sun-kissed hair, not that you gave yourself a bad dye job from a bottle.
6. Vaseline is your best friend
Vaseline is a great, cheap eye makeup remover. It’s also great for fixing chapped, scaly lips. Slather on a bunch of Vaseline, then use a toothbrush to massage lips. Wipe the excess off on a tissue. Your lips will be smooth and soft.
7. You can never go wrong with layers
Long layers are great for any hair type: Super curly, straight or wavy. It makes thin hair appear thicker, curly hair appear manageable and wavy hair appear just-got-back-from-the-beach sexy. Just make sure you don’t get too many layers cut in. Too many short layers is dated.
8. Acne? Get thee to a dermatologist, stat
Biggest mistake people with acne make? Not going to a dermatologist. Forget those $150 jeans you covet. Getting rid of those pimples will be the best investment you’ll ever make. And the only guaranteed way to do it is with a dermatologist.
9. Spend money on key beauty products
Not sure what to splurge on and what to save on?
Save on eyeliner, splurge on eyeshadow.
Most pencil eyeliners are made of wax, which is not worth $18 when you can get a great pencil eyeliner for $3 from any drugstore. Don’t like the way wax won’t glide on easily? Try a kohl pencil or a liquid eyeliner. You can get either for cheap at your local Walgreens or Target. When it comes to eyeshadows, quality is quantity. A great eyeshadow (like the beauty editor’s all-time favorite, Dior 5-Color Shadow Palette, (pictured here) will stay on your eyes all day long, while a cheap, $4 palette will have faded by the time you finish your mid-morning coffee. What’s more, quality department counter eyeshadows typically have richer colors.
Don’t want to spend upwards of $20 on a pricey palette? Invest in a small tube of M.A.C. Paints, which acts like a eyeshadow primer and will keep even the least expensive eyeshadow in place for days. With a dab of this on your eyelid, your shadow isn’t going anywhere.
Save on both cleansers and moisturizers.
Surprise, surprise. There’s no reason to open your wallet wide for quality cleansers and moisturizers. In fact, even the fanciest dermatologists and skincare specialists recommend basic drugstore cleansers and moisturizers to clients.
Miami Beach dermatologist Leslie Baumann’s favorite moisturizer is an $11 bottle of Cetaphil (according to the November, 2006, issue of O Magazine). In Vogue Magazine, Manhattan dermatologist Lisa Airan (clad in Manolos, a Hermes bag in hand), mentioned her cleanser of choice is Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash (less than $6). This happens to be my favorite cleanser as well, which recently caused my friend Laura to exclaim, “I can’t believe you’re a beauty expert and you use a cleanser made by Johnson & Johnson!” I explained to her that basic drugstore cleansers do an excellent job of removing excess oils and dirt. You don’t need fancy ingredients for that.
When considering moisturizers, you’ll want one for body and one for face. Consider your skin type for facial moisturizer — products are formulated by skin type. For body lotions, consider your needs. Do you have ultra-dry skin that needs super hydrating, or are you looking for a light moisturizer that will soak in fast? Either way, you can find a great buy for under $10 at a drugstore. There’s no need to dump $44 on a bottle of Kiehl’s Creme de Corps (a body lotion I’m partial to)— unless you just love the product (I do love Kiehl’s lotions).
While you can get a decent foundation at your average drugstore, the chances of you finding the perfect shade for your skin color can be hit or miss.
Too much money is wasted annually on the wrong shades of foundations and concealers, which is the main reason I say, “Get thee to the department store and skip the drugstore.” Nothing beats the discerning eye of a makeup expert when it comes to finding the right shade and formulation for your skin tone. A makeup expert can take one look at your skin and determine if foundation or a tinted moisturizer best suits you or if you need a lighter or darker shade of concealer.
I suggest a department store such as Sephora for foundations and concealer rather than a specialized counter such as Clinique or M.A.C. Why? Sephora beauty experts have a wide variety of brands to choose from, whereas a Laura Mercier makeup artist only has Laura Mercier makeup to try out.
Extra tip: You may need different shades of foundation for summer and winter. Most people have a shade or two darker skin in the summer time.
Splurge on hair brushes, save (somewhat) on makeup brushes.
Cheap drugstore hairbrushes made of plastic bristles can pull and break hair. Nothing beats a high-quality boar bristle brush, which you’ll have for a lifetime. Because boar bristles have become so popular, they’re popping up at some of the better drugstores these days. But they will cost you more than the plastic brushes. The $125 you’ll spend on a Marson Pearson brush is one investment you won’t regret.
Makeup brushes are a good example of when synthetic can actually be simpler on your life. Synthetic brushes are easier to clean and easier to use with wet makeup than their much more expensive natural bristle cousins (which can come in pony, squirrel, goat or badger hair).
That said, cheap makeup brushes won’t last nearly as long as well-made brushes. For this reason alone, I suggest investing in affordable brushes from Sephora, M.A.C or Sonia Kashuk (available at all Target stores). These brushes aren’t “cheap” but they won’t break your bank, like my bevy of Trish McEvoy brushes broke mine years ago when I invested in them. Just as you a gourmand needs only three types of kitchen knives to cook like a chef, you need only 3-4 makeup brushes to get flawless makeup like a model.
Extra tip: Always throw out the tiny brushes that come with department store makeup. You’ll get a much smoother, flawless finish with a professional makeup brush.
Sorry you hairstylists out there with a fancy brand to push, the truth is drugstore brand shampoos and conditioners get the job done. There’s no need to spend $75 on a ginormous bottle of Kerastase shampoo,unless like me, you’re super attached to the way it makes your hair smell or you really, truly believe in the bottle’s claims that its special ingredients can pump up your volume into Beyonce-like proportions.
One reason mass brand products, like Pantene and L’Oreal, are so great: The companies have billions of dollars to put into cutting-edge research.
As for blowdryers, the new ionic dryers like this HAI Tourmaline Ionic Blowdryerthat finish hair in record time not only save you time every morning, but they cut down on heat exposure to your hair and let’s be honest, less drying time means less damage.
Save on lipstick and lip glosses.
Let’s talk lip glosses first, because the gloss trend continues.
The fact is, lip glosses rarely last, so why spend big bucks on them? Both Revlon and L’Oreal make a great basic lip gloss. That said, you’ll find much better color ranges and a less stickiness if you splurge on Nars or Chanel gloss, the beauty editor’s favorite.
As for lipsticks, the formulations in Chanel, M.A.C., Vincent Longo, Dior and Giorgio Armani can’t be beat, but you can find a great long-wearing lipstick in your local drugstore.
Save on mascara and on eyelash curlers.
I say this begrungingly because I only wear Lancome brand mascaras (mascaras being one of those beauty products people find and stick by forever), but I really don’t need to be spending the money I do on mascara.Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara has gone down forever as the best drugstore buy ever. At just $7 a tube, it’s a good basic standby. L’Oreal and Max Factor also make great drugstore mascaras.
Every magazine touts Shu Uemura ($15) as The Eyelash Curler everyone must have in their makeup drawer. So why then, do so many makeup artists stockpile the much cheaper Revlon Extra Curl Eyelash Curlers (about $6)? Hmmmmm……
plurge on tweezers AND flatirons.
The tweezers you can get at grocery stores are useless. Trust me, I am a tweezer addict. I’ve tried them all. The best one I’ve found is —Tweezerman slant tweezers. Cheaper brands just don’t have the holding and pulling power that a Tweezerman has. I have owned more than 25 pairs over my lifetime. Just one should last a lifetime (if they wear down, you can mail them in and the company will sharpen the edges for you for free), but I am so addicted to brow- and chin-tweezing that I take mine with me everywhere and constantly lose them (the woman at my local apothecary on Bleecker Street thinks people keep stealing them).
Ceramic flatirons (more than $50 at a beauty supply store) check out some great options here are worth the money if you straighten your hair on a regular basis. Not only will a quality flatiron last longer, but according to InStyle magazine, most stylists agree on the superiority of ceramic tools. They get hotter faster, smooth the hair shaft better and are less damaging to hair, according to InStyle, which consistently name ceramic tools a best buy year after year in their “Best Beauty Buys” issue.
Splurge on blush, bronzers and powders.
While you will consistently find drugstore mascaras, cleansers and moisturizers on your average “Best Beauty Products” lists, you won’t find many drugstore blush, bronzers and powders. Why? Luxury powders have been pulverized to such a degree that you can layer and layer without ever looking like a clown, according to Marie Claire beauty editor, Didi Gluck in the magazine.
10. Buying foundation or lipstick? Test it first
There are some beauty products you simply must try out at a department store or Sephora before you buy. These include: Foundation, lipstick, blush and powder.
Buy these products in a grocery store and you’ll be lucky if you picked the right color for your skin tone. What you can get away with without testing: Mascara, eye liner, most basic eye shadows and lip gloss.
11. When can you skip sunscreen? Never
Here’s a trick we wish we knew: The first beauty product you should apply every day is sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy or rainy outside. Why? Good habits start young and if you use sunscreen now, you’ll have gorgeous skin when you’re 50, 60, 70. Remember, the sun’s UV rays can penetrate clouds and car windows.
12. Wrapping hair around the barrel creates waves
There’s nothing cooler than long, layered waves. To get them, wind hair AROUND the barrel of a large curling iron. Reverse direction for each 2-inch section (wind up for one, down for another).
13. Self-tanner will always stink
Unfortunately, even the best ones smell. Your best bet is to apply self-tanner a good 24 hours before an important event and take a shower (don’t loofah) to wash off any smell. For really big events like a dance or wedding, consider a professional spray tan. These are pricey and don’t last long, so make sure to do it a day before the big event.
14. Don’t let nails go
Not into manicures and pedicures? No worries. Just make sure to keep nails clean and the same length. If you do want to paint them, don’t keep the polish on until half of it’s chipped away. Also, there’s nothing worse than too-long toenails. Keep nails clipped between pedicures! People tend to judge others by the care they put into their hands and feet.
16.Oily hair? Invest in a dry shampoo
17. Shave legs at the end of the shower
18. Know your best feature and play it up
19. Scrubs are great for dry skin
20. Remember: Beauty is mostly internal
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