Beauty Hacks You'll Wish You’d Known About Sooner
It seems like there's no shortage of ways to do hair and makeup these days. Thanks to the Internet, we’re now able to share countless tips and “hacks” with each other at all times, and the list never seems to end! But we’re not complaining – after all, what girls doesn’t like to learn new seasonal dos and makeup looks?
Today, we’re going to let you in on some little secrets we’ve found around the web that are beyond helpful – especially if you’re a busy gal on-the-go. Trust us, once you try out these professional beauty hacks, you’ll start to wonder why you hadn’t thought of them yourself! From curling your hair to fighting tiredness, here’s all you need to know to channel your inner beauty queen, on a daily.
The perfect cat eye
Winged eyeliner is a coveted makeup technique that mostly favors the bold. Cat eyes are not easy to execute, especially if you’re in a rush. To make things easy on yourself, grab your credit card and use the edge as a sort of stencil to guide your eyeliner along a perfectly straight line.
Make your lips fuller
Sometimes you just want to give your pucker a little boost. For those moments, grab your toothbrush and gently brush your lips. Doing so activates the blood vessels and makes them a bit fuller. Finish with your favorite lip color, and you’re good to go.
Curl your hair with a straightener
If you’ve recently chopped your hair, you might find yourself struggling to give it curls. This video shows you how to make the perfect curls with a simple straightener – we bet you’ll be surprised at how easy it is, regardless of its length.
Nail your at-home manicure
Tired of getting nail polish all over your nails when attempting a DIY mani? Same. In one piece, Lifehack shows us that we can all make it 100 times easier on ourselves by simply applying vaseline on the edges of our nails. This allows us to wipe away any mess-ups without ruining our perfect manis! Life. Changed.
Give yourself an instant eye lift
No need to head to the doctor for a more youthful-looking complexion. Just apply an arch of highlighter above your brows and blend it in with your finger.
Remove static from your hair
Ever find your hair doing that weird static thing where random strands start sticking up? Classic. Instead of trying to hairspray it into place, just run a dryer sheet over it. Bonus points because your hair will smell super fresh!
Create your own leave-in conditioner
For unruly strands that tangle throughout the day, try making your own leave-in conditioner – we promise it’s not as tricky as it sounds. Personally, we like the way Allure’s beauty editor mixes up her fix-it-all concoction: 1 part conditioner and 3 parts water, all inside an easy-spray bottle.
Get a summery shine
To get a sun-kissed glow without risking a sunburn, simply mix highlighter into your lotion and and watch your legs gleam away under the city sun.
Erase those puffy eyes
Instead of loading up on skin cream, you can help diminish puffy eyes simply by massaging your face. Use your fingers to press gently around the bone underneath your eyes, moving from the inside corner of your eyes outward. Then repeat about two to three times and voilà!
Stay gorgeous ladies!
Article written by Jessica Hernandez, edited by Rosa Sanchez.
Jessica Hernandez is a writer and blogger based in Washington D.C. who focuses on beauty, fashion, lifestyle, and the occasional tech piece. When she isn’t trying to avoid politics in D.C. she spends her time playing with her two cats and practicing her baking skills.