Tricks of the Trade

by saikrishna

Presentation is everything. Feeling good in your own skin is extremely important because it boosts your confidence, and getting your hair and makeup right is essential to the overall process. In order to get the look you want, you need to learn some of the secrets of the beauty industry. Here are some insider beauty hacks to help you nail it perfectly.

Instead of throwing your old mascara out, clean it and keep it. The brush works wonderfully in taming your eyebrows. Just make sure you clean it carefully beforehand, using a strong soap.

The eyes are perhaps the most important part of the makeup process. The right emphasis can really make or break your look. Getting your eyes to pop in any colour is quite simple; use white pencil or eye shadow as a base. This makes any colour stand out, giving your eyes the pop you’re looking for.

Eyeliner completes almost any look, and now you needn’t worry about running out when you’re already late for a party. Grab your eye shadow, and use a brush dipped in a couple of drops of saline solution to liquefy it.

Boom – eyeliner! The great thing about this is that you have many more colour options, and it may even save you some money. On top of that, it stays put for hours.

Another quick fix for when you’re out of liquid liner is to use a pencil. To get the liquid effect from a kohl pencil, carefully warm the tip over a flame. This will give you a long-lasting look similar to a dark gel liner.

Speaking of long-lasting, nothing’s less appealing than lipsticks that fade. Instead of spending a small fortune on all-day lipsticks, lightly hold a single-ply tissue over your lips once you’ve applied a coat of your desired shade. Use a makeup brush to apply the translucent powder onto your lips over the tissue, and you’re good to go!

Some people have a well-defined cupid’s bow; others try their best to make it stand out using a lip pencil. The best way to get the shape perfect is to begin by drawing an ‘X’ in the centre of your lip with a lip pencil. Continue to apply lipstick as usual.

It’s always embarrassing to have lipstick on your teeth. To avoid this, get rid of the excess lipstick with your finger. Carefully put your finger in your mouth, rest your lips gently around it, and pull it out. The extra product will come off on your finger… not your teeth!

As much as you want to get your nails painted, you might not have the time or patience to wait for them to dry. A nifty enamel-drying trick is to soak your nails in a bowl of ice water. The cold will harden the enamel, and you’ll be good to go in a minute or two. Sometimes, the natural look is best. You want to remove that nail polish and let your fingers breathe, but those horrible yellow stains have you reaching for a new coat all too often.? With the help of a nail brush, scrub the stains off with whitening toothpaste.

You’ve been told a million times to remove your makeup before you sleep, but it can sometimes prove to be one task too many. As you know, olive oil is great in your diet, but it’s also great for your hair and skin. One of its many, many uses is as a makeup remover. Dab a small amount onto a cotton swab, and you can remove your makeup while delicately moisturising your skin.

Another great makeup remover is petroleum jelly. It doesn’t just nourish your lips; it even takes care of your eyelashes. Use petroleum jelly to strengthen and moisturise your lashes, helping them grow longer and healthier.

Everyone has bad hair days (sometimes, horrible ones); there’s no escaping it. Washing your hair before it gets oily can take a backseat when there are more pressing issues in life. Dry shampoos are all the rage abroad, but they haven’t quite caught on here yet. Instead, sprinkle a small amount of corn starch on your hair to keep it from looking greasy, and brush it to spread the powder around. It will absorb the oils, and no one will be any the wiser. It’s also much healthier than the chemical-laden products in the market.

Concealing and contouring can be tricky, but getting your look right is easy if you know how. When dealing with dark circles, apply the concealer in a triangle shape under your eyes. Though we’ve been taught to apply it in a line under the lower eyelid, the triangle trick works the best to get even coverage and a more natural look.

Bronzer is great to keep your skin glowing. If you run out, just head into the kitchen. Mix up equal parts cinnamon, cocoa and nutmeg, and two parts corn starch. This will create a more organic (and more economical) bronzer. Looking good was never this easy!      – Saloni

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