Beyonce may have “woke up like this” but being cute isn’t as easy for everyone else. Knowing how to correctly apply your makeup, keep up with trends and do it all flawlessly is time consuming. Here are some helpful beauty hacks that will both save you time, and help you put your best face forward.
In a pinch and only have mascara? Your mascara can also double as eye liner. Take an eyeliner brush and dip it into the mascara. Apply the mascara to the the eye just as you would a gel liner and add some drama to your makeup look.
Suffering from a few late nights? Reduce under-eye puffiness and redness with green tea. Soak green tea bags in warm water to seep and then refrigerate until cold. Squeeze out excess water and place on eyes for five to ten minutes. The antioxidants and caffeine in the tea will reduce reduce redness and tighten skin.
Got a surprise pimple on the day of a big event? Don’t bust out the concealer, use Advil to zap it. Pierce or cut a gel capsule and apply directly onto the affected area. The anti-inflammatory medicine used to treat aches and pains will reduce any redness and swelling caused by unsightly blemishes.
Are you a nail-color addict? We have all been there where that beautiful dark red has left our nails stained and no amount of nail polish remover can get it out. So how can you change from black to pale pink? Use toothpaste to get stains out of your nails. Apply a small amount of whitening toothpaste to each nail and sit for about five minutes before rinsing off. Do this three times a week for nails to look whiter and brighter.
Bonus: You can also make your own whitening paste by combining 2 ½ tablespoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide.
Late again with no time for a shower but have greasy hair? No problem! That neglected bottle of baby powder is just as effective as any dry shampoo. The absorbing powder will soak up oils that collect in your roots. Sprinkle and massage powder into the roots and blow dry to absorb on the go.
Hate a great lipstick that is gone before lunch? Make sure your lipcolor stays all day, and has a flawless finish with translucent powder. After applying lipstick, hold a tissue over your lips and lightly dust on some translucent powder over the tissue. This will help set lipstick to last all day.
Got a mid-afternoon shine? That hand sanitizer in your purse could come in handy. Rub a small amount on shiny areas of your face, especially the T-zone. Besides the alcohol in the hand sanitizer which dries up excess water, there are also other ingredients similar to silicone that smooth like a primer and give your skin a protective coat that lock in moisture, reducing shine.
Out of makeup remover? Vaseline works just as good as the best cleanser. Put a small amount of Vaseline on a washcloth or cotton swab and rub on to remove stubborn eye makeup, lipstick or mascara.
Want to get the perfect winged look with your eye liner? Use a spoon to help guide you like the photo above. Hold the straight part of the spoon against the outside corner of your eye and trace the line upwards. Take the round end of the spoon and place above your eye and trace until the lines meet. Fill in and smudge to get the perfect winged shape in no time that is even on both sides.
Your toothbrush can do more than just clean your teeth. It’s also a great tool to exfoliate your lips. Moisten your toothbrush and rub lightly in circles on lips to exfoliate and remove dead skin. Regular exfoliation ensures super-soft lips.
What are your ultimate beauty tips? Leave us a comment or tweet us @MadeWomanMag!
Even though we know we need some “me time” to decompress and recharge, much like everything else in our lives, we just can’t find the time to do it all. We can’t schedule a massage at the spa - that would take an hour out of our day that we don’t have to spare. When it comes to getting our nails done, anything longer than an express manicure is out of the question. And have you seen how much a facial costs? Oh, hell no. There has to be a solution that allows us to revitalize ourselves while also accommodating our busy lifestyle (and our pockets).
Lucky for us, there’s something we can do to fix our problem - starting with forcing ourselves to make personal wellness a priority. Just because we can’t make it to a luxury spa resort doesn’t mean we can’t pamper ourselves. DIY it and turn your place into a Burke Williams with simple ingredients from your kitchen and some fabulous at home spa treatments. Check ‘em out here:
* 1 cup Epsom Salt
* 1 tbsp Baking Soda
* 3 drops of Essential Lavender Oil ( add more drops for a stronger scent)
What’s more “ahhhhhh” than a hot bubble bath? To create this bathtub oasis, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Once you’re ready to hop in the tub, scoop about a half a cup of bath salts into the water and enjoy feeling all your tension melt away.
* 1 small avocado, mashed
* ½ teaspoon lemon juice
* 1 tbsp plain greek yogurt
* 1 egg
Olé! The guacamole facial is perfect to boost your skin’s moisture. Combine all the ingredients together and refrigerate it for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, smear a thin layer on your face carefully to avoid your eyes. Sit with the mask on your face for 10 - 15 min before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
* ½ cup brown sugar
* ¼ cup white sugar
* 3 tbsp vanilla extract
* ¼ cup almond oil
Get your glow on and exfoliate your skin with this yummy smelling body scrub. Mix everything together before lathering it on your skin in the shower to get rid of dead skin. Don’t be afraid to scrub hard and make sure you rinse well - you don’t want any body parts stuck together!
* 2 lemons
* ½ cup epsom salt
It’s important that we treat our feet! Show your tired soles some love by letting your feet soak for in this healing treatment. Boil a few branches of rosemary in water for five minutes. Find a separate container that you will use as your “foot bath” or purchase an inexpensive foot spa. Place the lemon slices, epsom salt and rosemary water in your foot bath (be careful!). Soak your feet for 15 minutes. Dry your feet a little bit and if you’d like to, attack those callused heels with a pumice stone. When you’re finished with your feet, lotion up with a creamy moisturizer (like a body butter) and slip into a pair of cotton socks to seal the deal. Hello, heaven!
What are some of your favorite “me time” rituals for a DIY at home spa treatment? Tell us in the comments below!
Summertime is fast approaching, and although we are super excited about debuting our new short shorts and fancy sandals, the extra heat and sun can do extreme damage to our skin. Instead of shelling out top dollar for high-end cosmetics, here are some of the best DIY beauty face masks to treat blemishes, moisturize and keep your skin soft, smooth and radiant all summer long.
1. Honey Yogurt Face Mask
Made with a combination of plain yogurt, honey and cucumber, this mask is perfect for all skin types and will help moisturize, reduce pores, clear out bacteria and soothe skin.
½ tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
1 teaspoon cucumber pulp
To make the honey easier to stir, warm it in the microwave, about 10 seconds. Peel the cucumber and grate with a fine holed cheese grater to create the cucumber pulp. Combine with the honey, add the yogurt and apply as is, or chill if you prefer a cold mask. Add slices of cucumber on eyes for extra soothing and let mask sit 15-20 minutes before rinsing off.
2. Oatmeal Banana Face Mask
This mask is good enough to eat and is also great for your skin. Made with a combination of oatmeal, honey, egg white and banana, this mask is full of nutritious ingredients. Honey is one of our favorite natural ingredients to use in a mask because it has antibacterial properties and retains moisture. Bananas are full of potassium and naturally moisturize skin. The oatmeal acts as a natural exfoliant, removing dirt and dead skin cells, and the egg white helps tighten and brighten skin.
½ ripe banana
1 egg white
1 teaspoon of honey
½ cup of cooked or raw oats
To prepare, cook or add your raw oats to egg white and mash banana and honey. Stir until all are well combined. Wash face thoroughly and add mask. Let sit 15-20 minutes until dried.
3. Chocolate Avocado Face Mask
This mask combines two of our all time favorite ingredients: chocolate and avocado. The avocado has tons of moisturizing vitamin E and the caffeine in chocolate acts as a natural skin tightener and reduces puffiness and inflammation.
2 tablespoons avocado
1 heaping tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon coconut milk
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon plain yogurt
Mash avocado until pureed and add the other ingredients. Whisk until mixture is smooth and thick. Using fingers or a brush, rub onto face, paying special attention to areas that need extra moisture and that are red or inflamed, such as under the eyes and chin. Let sit 10-15 minutes.
I really love the masks with moisturizing agents like yogurt or avocado, since my skin tends to dry out in the summer. I also love the effects of the egg white in the Oatmeal Banana Face mask since it works wonders on brightening skin tone and fading blemishes like acne scars. So instead of going to the spa and straining your wallet, head to the kitchen and whip up some fabulous all-natural mask your skin will love.
What is your favorite DIY mask? Tweet us your thoughts @madewomanmag!