The 14 best beauty hacks
4. Keep teeth white
There is nothing more embarrassing than discovering you’ve spent the whole day with lippie coating your teeth. Never feel the shame again by using this beauty trick: after applying lipstick, pop your finger in your mouth, purse your lips, then pull it out. Any excess colour that was on your inner lip will be transferred to your finger. Check out our tips for avoiding other lipstick disasters (yes, there’s more!).
5. Perfect your mascara
Before applying mascara to your lashes, soak the tube in a cup of hot water. This will make the liquid inside more fluid, and prevent clumping as you coat. Just keep in mind not to over do it on the application, or you'll end up resembling a raccoon.
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6. Fuller lips, naturally
For the perfect Cupid’s bow, mark an ‘X’ in the centre of your top lip with a lip pencil, using the two points as markers. When you apply lipstick, your lips will look much fuller, plus the lip liner will keep it from bleeding.
bh tip: We love the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil as it lasts for up to 15 hours.
7. The old 'eyeliner as mascara' trick
So, you’re getting ready for a night out and the unthinkable happens: you’re out of eyeliner. Calm down, everything is going to be fine. Simply grab your eyeliner brush, rub it over the wand of your mascara and apply as usual. No one will know the difference.
bh tip: Invest in the Rimmel Scandal’Eyes Kate Mascara - its intense black pigment makes it perfect for this hack. Shhh.
8. Heat your eyelash curler
Before using your eyelash curler, heat it with your hairdryer. This works like a heat styling tool for your lashes, ensuring they stay nice and curled for longer.
9. Look-at-me lashes
You don’t have to wear false eyelashes to get that fuller effect we all know and love. Dust your lashes with baby powder, and then apply a coat of mascara. You’ll instantly notice the difference in volume.
bh tip: Thick, luscious lashes look even better when they’re curled, and the Shu Uemura is a cult product for a reason. It’s designed with an angle to suit all eye shapes, and curls like no other. Say hello to wide-awake eyes!
10. Dry nails faster
It only takes ten minutes, but how frustrating is it to sit around waiting for your nails to dry?! Luckily, there’s a quick fix. Once you’re done painting, wait two minutes, then submerge your fingers in cold water for 30 seconds. The cold will help to set the nail polish, so you’re free to get on with your day.
11. Make lipstick last
Do you wish your lippie would last the distance? Press a one-ply tissue to your lips after applying and dust over with loose, translucent powder. This will set your lipstick, meaning you won’t need to reapply every hour on the hour.
What other beauty hacks do you use? Have you tried any of the above?