They say beauty is a topic where you can keep on learning, and this we couldn’t agree with more.
From handy little hacks to those ‘oh my gosh’ moments, there are lots of new discoveries to help us make the most of our beauty regimes. Today, we have decided to round-up all our own personal best kept beauty secrets, and compile them into one useful list.
Your life is about to change, and get a whole lot easier too. No need to thank us! Just doing our jobs…
Apply eye cream BEFORE your moisturizerBuy now with free delivery
It’s true. If you apply your facial moisturizer or night cream first, and then your eye cream on top, the first product is already sinking into your skin, acting as a barrier or any other similar textures. Loading an eye cream on top of this makes the penetration into the skin slower, reducing the benefits.
Avoid this by applying eye cream first, or, ensure you leave the skin around your eyes untouched when applying moisturizer/night cream. We love the Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel featured, as it’s gel texture is rich and fast absorbing, getting deep down to the wrinkles!
Curl your lashes with waterproof mascaraBuy now with free delivery
The truth behind this is that waterproof mascaras are actually drier than usual ones, and the wetter the mascara, the heavier it is. To keep that curl factor going strong, a lighter mascara is essential, especially when used with eyelash curlers.
Opt for a voluminous waterproof option, such as Stila’s Stay All Day Lash Water Resistant Volumising Mascara
Make brown eyeliner your go-toBuy now with free delivery
If you haven’t discovered how handy brown eyeliner is, then you haven’t yet lived. Lining eyes at the bottom with a brown eyeliner as opposed to black actually makes eyes look wider, and if you have blue eyes, just watch them pop! It also doubles up as an eyebrow pencil, giving it multi-use.
Keeping a brown eyeliner pencil to hand on a daily basis is one of the best known beauty secrets. Blinc have a lovely range, as do LashFood in the form of liquid liners too.
Get plumper lips with eye creamBuy now with free delivery
Eye creams are usually packed with skin plumping ingredients, such as hyluaronic acid, giving delicate skin that ‘cushioned’ look. If it’s good enough for the eyes, it’s good enough for the lips!
Top make-up artists have been prepping clients lips with collagen boosting eye creams for decades. It’s a recommended practice for overnight treatments, or just before applying lipstick. Choose one that is gentle and doesn’t taste foul! We love Perricone MD’s Hypo-Allergenic Firming Eye Cream, but also have a look at those hyluaronic acid products.
Shade your parting for thicker looking hairBuy now with free delivery
Thicker hair can be created by illusion- it’s all about the trick of the eye! Lightly dust your parting with a coating of eyeshadow powder in a similar shade to your hair color. This especially works well with those who have light brown – dark brown hair. Choose a soft brown eyeshadow and a large fluffy eyeshadow brush and blend it in all the way down your visible parting.
Go gently though – it needs to look natural!
Dust a shimmery powder onto lashes for fullnessBuy now with free delivery
A simple trick for thicker, fuller looking lashes is to apply your first coat of mascara, let it dry, and then apply a shimmery highlighter powder lightly over the lashes. Then, apply your second coating of mascara. The light particles plump up the eyelash hairs and create the perfect base for the second coat, to really ‘thicken’ the hairs.
We love the RMS Master Mixer Highlighter – plus it doubles up as the prettiest highlighter!
Make a customized lip color with loose pigment and salveBuy now with free delivery
Need a new lipstick color but don’t have it in your collection? If you have lots of loose powder eyeshadows lying around, just tip a small amount onto a flat mixing surface (or perhaps a spare lid) and scrape a little bit of a balm or salve into it. Using a lip brush, mix together until the texture and consistency is how you want it.
A great way to experiment with all those loose pigment eyeshadow powders you may have! For a choice of salve, look at natural ones, such as Jurlique Rose Love Balm or the Pommade Divine Natural Remedy Balm.
Use a white pencil to widen eyesBuy now with free delivery
Those lighter than light concealers or white eyebrow pencils really do work a treat when brightening and widening the look of your eyes. Using a white tipped pencil, such as this Jane Iredale version, smudge into the corners of the eyes and under the brow bone. Once blended in, eyes instantly look larger and more wide apart – a common feature amongst models.
Fix broken lipsticks with a lighter and a fridgeBuy now with free delivery
That feeling when your lipstick breaks off in the middle and you feel like you can’t use it again. Yes, we feel you. But there is a fix! Simply hold the broken lipstick against a small flame (a lighter or a candle) and let the lipstick melt a little so it all smudges into the original shape. Then, refrigerate over night. In the morning, your lipstick will all be mended – voila!
For luscious lipsticks, we are currently loving the combination of lip-loving butters, vitamins and touch of color packed into Rodials Glamtick.
Dissolve those pesky skin bumpsBuy now with free delivery
If you think that harshly exfoliating those pesky red bumps that appear on your arms is a form of treatment, we hate to tell you that it isn’t. As much as exfoliating can loosen any skin and bumps, it’s actually more irritating to these types of bumps on the body. Instead, use a moisturizing lotion loaded with AHA’s, which effectively melt away fatty build ups.
Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Revealing Body Lotion is a great option, as it is packed with 10% AHA- just enough to exfoliate without drying out the skin,
For more tips, tricks and general beauty advice, have a scroll through our SkinStore blog. Who knows what else you may learn…