Once in a great while I will run across a “Beauty Tips” article that makes me sit up and take notice. It doesn’t happen very often….but this particular article was one of those that did just that. It’s from Shape Magazine and there were 31 tips in total in the article….but here are my Top Ten Favorite of the bunch! I hope you find at least a couple of them helpful. I’m pretty excited about trying several of them myself! 🙂
#1 Layer Your Liner
I have always wanted to try liquid liner but have been too chicken for the very reason listed in this tip! I am definitely going to try it now!
“If you’re not a professional makeup artist, it can be difficult to line those eyes, but then again liquid liner tends to stay on longer and smudge-free. So what I do is, I line my eyes first with a pencil liner because it’s easier to make that straight line with it. Then I go back on the line with the liquid liner. It’s kind of like coloring! The result? Your eye liner will stay on, smudge-free, and well-lined.”
-Ysolt Usigan, beauty and style contributor at Huffington Post
#2 Starbucks Blotters
Love the “out of the box” thinking behind this one!
“If your skin is on the shiny side, stop by your local Starbucks, grab a handful of those brown napkins, and shove them in your purse. They work better than any blotting papers I’ve used and they’re free. And, don’t feel guilty about pilfering from the coffee conglomerate. If they’re charging four bucks for some java and steamed milk, they owe you a shine-free face.”
-Daneen Baird, founder and editor-in-chief of
Clarification: I am not condoning STEALING from Starbucks. If you happen to go there and purchase a latte or a frappuccino or whatever your favorite beverage is…just pick a couple of extras napkins. You could even cut them up into squares when you get home (or in your car if you carry scissors like I do!) and stash them in your purse. A couple of napkins would go a long way!
#3 Soft and Sexy Eye Makeup
Black liner on top….brown liner on the bottom. Who knew something so simple could make such a difference?
“For an eye look that’s defined but not too heavy, line your upper lash line with black eyeliner and the bottom lash line with brown eyeliner. This is one of my biggest makeup artist tricks for beautiful, soft eyes!”
-Mally Roncal, celebrity makeup artist
#4 Warm Your Eyelash Curler
This one just makes TOO much sense not to try! 🙂
“Run your eyelash curler under warm water (or blast it with your blow drier for a second) before using it for a considerably curlier result that lasts!”
-Alexis Wolfer, editor-in-chief of
#5 Fatten Up Baby Fine Hair
This made total sense to me. I have always maintained that my hair is easier to style a couple of days AFTER washing!
If you have flat, baby fine strands of hair, an aerosol can of dry shampoo is essential for pumping up the volume. Women who are blessed with hair to spare use it to sop up oil between blowouts, but I like to spritz it straight onto clean roots daily. (Klorane is my absolute favorite brand, but there are some great drugstore options out there, too). The fine blast of powder adds texture and what I like to call “grip” to give my style staying power—and more importantly gives me lift that lasts all day!
-Ellen Miller, beauty director at SHAPE
#6 Getting Rid of Yellow Nails
Just a smart idea.
“If you get yellow nails after months of wearing dark polish, try scrubbing your toenailsa nail brush and whitening toothpaste. It gets rid of the yellow color. Try it — it works pretty well, and you end up with minty fresh toes!”
-Roxanna Sarmiento, beauty and style writer, and blogger at
#7 Sea Buckthorn Oil . . . the good oil!
I hadn’t ever heard of this oil until my sister told me about it last week. She’s a believer…and now maybe I will be too!
“Flawless skin is everyone’s best beauty asset. Apply a drop of omega- and antioxidant-rich sea buckthorn seed oil on blemishes to speed up healing and see more perfect skin by morning. It’s amazing!”
-Jolene Hart, beauty and health coach
#8 Mix With Lotion
Lotion doesn’t have to be purely for moisturizing…it can be part of your beauty routine as well!
“Mix your favorite body lotion with body oil (even a tiny bit of olive oil will work!) for an all over soft sheen. Mix a body bronzer with your favorite body lotion; it’s an easy, goof-proof way for a quick boost of color, especially when you are pressed for time!”
-Michelle McKean, Beauty Mama blogger at
#9 Pillow Talk
I’ve always heard you should sleep on a silk (or satin) pillowcase for the benefit of your hair AND skin! I really need to try this!
“Always sleep on satin or silk pillowcases so that your hair doesn’t snag and break when you’re tossing and turning. If your hair is prone to dryness, focus shampoo on your scalp. Clean your scalp and when you rinse, the shampoo will clean the length or your hair just enough to gently cleanse it.”
-Kai Chic, creator of Mane and Chic
#10 How to Make Your Hair Grow Faster
“Coconut milk helps the hair grow long and thick, (The kind from a can is fine.) Rub it onto the scalp, leave it on for an hour or so, then wash it out.”
Pratima Raichur, Indian ayurvedic skincare expert.