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15 Best Beauty Hacks Every Woman Should Know

9. Say goodbye to puffy eyes Puffy eyes can ruin your makeup. They are inevitable however because of allergies, fatigue and other factors. However, there are… Simi - November 22, 2017

9. Say goodbye to puffy eyes

Puffy eyes can ruin your makeup. They are inevitable however because of allergies, fatigue and other factors. However, there are a few simple hacks that you can use to reduce the puffiness of your eyes and make your makeup more effective.

Ice can be used to reduce puffiness around the eyes. Applying an ice pack for 5 to 10 minutes to the eyes right after you wake up can reduce swelling and puffiness. Thick slices of cucumber straight from the fridge can also be effective. Grated potato can also be placed over the eyes.

There are many eye creams available in stores. Most of them are very expensive. But many ladies swear by them as the only solution for puffy eyes. Even for these creams, there is a beauty hack to make them even more effective. If you store your eye cream in the fridge it will be even more effective. As an alternative to eye cream, Aloe Vera gel is also a great way to reduce puffiness.

Tea bags can also reduce puffiness around the eyes. Green or black tea bags are used. Place the wet tea bags in the fridge for 10 to 20 minutes. Then put them over your eyes. Sit back, relax and leave the tea bags on your eyes for at least 10 to 15 minutes for the best impact. If you have access to red teabags, they are also effective. Red tea is grown in South Africa. It is called “Rooibos” tea. It is exported to many countries across the world so it would be worthwhile to see if you can get some as it has many other health and healing benefits as well.

10. Long-lasting fragrance of your favorite perfume

We all have our favorite fragrance that makes us feel confident and attractive. However, fragrances may wear off quickly which is a waste as they tend to be expensive. This is a big problem for people who struggle with body odor problems. Bad body odor can ruin the overall effect you are trying to create with your makeup.

A good deodorant can go a long way in masking body odor but will not completely eliminate it. A strong scent or perfume does an even better job of masking body odor and can make sure that you will not have an embarrassing body odor experience. Remember to store your perfumes and scents in a dry environment as this protects the strength of their fragrance.

A ChapStick is the ideal beauty hack to make sure that the scent of your perfume or deodorant is stronger and lasts longer. If you don’t have a ChapStick handy, petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or fragrance-free lotion can work as well. You could also consider applying perfume directly after a hot shower as your pores will be open and able to absorb the fragrance.

Apply the ChapStick to the areas where you plan to spray perfume. These areas usually include the wrists, neck, the inner elbow and behind the knee. Spray your scent on these areas over the ChapStick. Don’t rub your wrists together as this weakens the fragrance. Spray on each wrist individually. As a base, the ChapStick traps the perfume and allows it to cling to the skin longer. In this way, a longer lasting effect is achieved.

11. Longer Lashes Without Using Extensions

Many women have horror stories about using extensions, from their real eyelashes falling out to accidentally applying them into the eyelid instead of on the lash line. Lash extensions are costly too and can damage lashes when used constantly. It would be great to wake up with long, full eyelashes but there are some makeup tricks that will help to make your lashes look darker, fuller and longer.

Conditioning your eyelashes regularly will help to make them stronger. They will be less likely to break and will eventually look longer and thicker, even without mascara, if you condition regularly. You can simply use a Q-tip or a finger to swipe Vaseline in a thin line along eyelashes at the lash line before going to bed at night.  Adding a small amount of coconut oil or olive oil to your eyelids right up to your lash line also helps. This not only keeps the lids supple and soft but affects the lashes growing out of them too.

A trick when applying makeup is to add dark liner right into the upper lash line. Darkening your lash line immediately makes the lashes look darker. Mascara with a very thin wand will be able to latch on to the shortest and thinnest of lashes. Spinning the mascara wand upwards and ‘lifting’ the lashes while applying also helps to make eyes look more wide awake.

Some people simply use a cotton swab and dab baby powder in between applications of mascara to give the impression of thicker lashes. An eyelash comb can be used to spread out eyelashes and remove clumps after applying mascara. By separating the smaller, thinner lashes that often stick together, it can also make you look as though you have thicker eyelashes.

12. Cover dark Rings Under your Eyes like a Pro

Unfortunately, even when you get your eight hours of sleep a night, it doesn’t always prevent those dark circles under the eyes. Sometimes these are hereditary which means that you have to use makeup to deal with them. The trick seems to come in correcting them before you conceal them for the best results.

No matter the color of your skin tone, you must always apply an orange or peach corrector first. The opposite of blue (the color of the dark circles) is orange on the color wheel so they cancel each other out. Go with a darker orange if the rings are really dark. Just pat the corrector onto the dark ring with your finger or a sponge. A bright orange lipstick can even be used as a corrector. It may take a bit more blending but it works well.

After this, you will need to use a concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin tone. This will make your eyes appear brighter. The concealer has to be blended in thoroughly and you must not neglect the inner corner of your eye when applying it. This area between the bridge of the nose and ocular bone is often ignored and means that the area you’ve lightened does not blend in properly with the rest of your makeup.

When the concealer has been applied, you can then use foundation and a translucent powder. A translucent powder is best because you don’t want to darken the area you have just spent time lightning. Applying a white eyeshadow to the tear duct area will also help to draw attention away from dark circles.  Highlighting the cheekbone can also reflect light and brighten any darkness that remains.

13. Make your Eyebrows Look Fuller

Brows grow in three to four-month cycles. You need to step away from those tweezers if you want full brows.  Leave them to grow and groom them daily with a spoolie can help them to grow in the right direction.  You can spray the spoolie with hairspray if you want to set your brows in place.

Vaseline can be used to promote the growth of thin brows. It creates s sealing barrier and locks moisturizer in to help speed up skin recovery. When skin is nourished and hydrated, the hair grows better. Oils such as olive oil or coconut oil will have the same effect. An eyebrow serum can also be used that blends nourishing ingredients to condition and restore eyebrows.

When using makeup to make eyebrows look thicker, first draw a line underneath the brow with an eyebrow pencil and then fill in the sparse areas with small flicks. After this, define your brow shape with pressed powder of a similar color on an angled brush.

Never fill in the inside corners too much and make the endpoints too harsh as this creates an unnatural look.  Your final move can be to use your spoolie to blend lines, brush off excess powder and make sure the look is completely natural. Using a concealer underneath the arch of the brow can help to define it. 

14. No more Cracked Heels

Our heels are likely to crack if stand for long hours, let the skin get very dry or often wear backless shoes.  This problem only gets worse with age because the fat pad on the bottom of the foot shrinks and is often replaced with callouses.  We cannot just ignore the cracks because they get worse over time and can easily become infected. This is particularly dangerous if you are diabetic or have problems with circulation.

Calluses must be softened the right way as scrubbing too hard can split the skin further. Using a pumice stone after a shower or a soak in the bath is better because the skin is softer.  You have to file the heel gently in one direction. This will slough off the dead skin without making cracks worse. Do this at least once a week and afterward, gently moisturize with a foot cream.  A foot cream with acid, like a lactic acid, helps to remove any thickening and prevent calluses from causing problems.

Lock in the power of the cream by wearing some socks. After covering each foot with the cream, slip on the socks before going to bed. Special socks for this purpose are lined with silicone but you can even use plastic wrap over your heels before putting on your ordinary socks. In the morning your feet will feel soft and smooth.

Wearing the right shoes is also important if you have cracked heels. If you want to wear flip-flops, rather choose those with a thicker sole that absorbs shock. A shoe that keeps the foot off the ground will help to prevent any dirt from getting through the cracks and making infections more likely.

15. The ‘Number 3’ Trick for Contouring and Highlighting

Most of us feel we don’t have enough time when applying our make-up in the morning to experiment with highlighters or bronzers.  The fastest way to contour when you don’t have much time is to apply bronzer down the side of your face in the shape of the number 3. The reason this technique works is that it mimics the facial areas that are naturally exposed to the sun. You just swipe a half-moon shape from your forehead to cheekbone and then from your cheek to your jawline.

You will first need to apply a foundation before contouring. If you’re going to use a liquid for contouring and highlighting, it’s better to use a liquid foundation and if you are going to use a powder, your base should rather be powder too.  Combining different product textures is a mistake.  Generally speaking, powders blend easily, creams offer high coverage and liquids have more staying power.

Once you’ve applied foundation, load your bronzer onto your makeup brush and trace a number 3  down the side of your face. The middle of the number 3 should curve in halfway between your temple and your nose. The bottom of the number 3 goes out again comes in down to just below the corner of the mouth. Repeat this on the other side of the face. Now you can apply your highlighter in the top half of your number 3 shape.

If all this sounds rather complicated for a quick fix, remember that at the end of the day, it’s just a guideline. As long as you remember that you’re trying to emphasize your best features by highlighting and conceal other features with shadowing, you will be fine. The less flat your make-up appears, the more natural its effect.

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