Beauty Tricks of the Trade

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Taking hours each day to look and feel beautiful is impossible for many, what with the busy lives that people lead nowadays. The good news is that looking and feeling beautiful need not involve tedious hours of grooming, but can be achieved with a few simple tricks one can follow every day. These tips will make sure you’re doing the bare minimum, while maximising your results.

Exfoliate your lips while brushing
During your twice-a-day brushing routine, keep a separate toothbrush that you can use exclusively to exfoliate your lips. Two minutes of mild exfoliating with soft bristles can give you soft, smooth, and pink lips – the perfect canvas for a gorgeous shade of lipstick.

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Keep makeup remover next to your bed
This is probably the most important step to great skin. Keeping the remover next to your bed will you give zero excuses for not taking off your makeup before you go to sleep. Sleeping with your makeup on can cause breakouts and infections. So on those long nights when you’re feeling too tired or lazy for a full clean-up of your face, this one is a quick fix.

Blow-dryer to the rescue
Here’s one is for the impatient! If you don’t have the time to wait for your moisturiser, toner, and self-tanner to dry, then give your skin a quick blast with a blow-dryer. Just make sure it’s on the cool setting so you don’t burn yourself.

Nude pencil for bigger eyes
Lining the inner rim or waterline of your lower eyelids with a nude pencil will instantly make your eyes look bigger and more awake. It’s a simple way to brighten your eyes in a split second.

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Dirty hair don’t care
We all have those days when our hair is dirty or oily, and we’re just too strapped for time to properly wash it. While nothing feels better than a clean scalp, there are ways to combat the oiliness if you’re in a pinch.

Apply baby powder liberally to your roots before bed. The excess oil will be soaked up by the powder by the time you wake up. Brushing your hair through your roots once the powder has been soaked will give your hair added bounce and get you through the day with dirty hair that looks clean.

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Sensual waves made easy
For sensual mermaid curls that take no time at all, tie your hair in a loose low braid before bed and wake up to gorgeous curls in the morning. This is a great overnight way to make sure you have stunning curls without spending countless hours in the salon.

Cracked heels no more
Summer is in full swing, and showing off your well groomed legs and feet is a huge part of the season. So it’s time to prevent your heels from resembling a cracked pavement. Give yourself a relaxing foot treatment while you sleep with a simple home remedy to get smooth, beautiful sandal-ready feet. Rub your feet with a healing foot lotion or oil, and then slip them into socks before hopping into bed. By morning, your feet will be soft and smooth.

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Curl your lashes
This is one of the best ways to open up your eyes in a matter of seconds. While the eyelash curler might be intimidating to look at, it’s the best accessory to carry with you to make your eyes look bigger and better. For a more dramatic look, apply mascara after curling the lashes. Or for a more natural look, just curl the lashes and let them be.