Whether you need to speed things up in the morning, are pressed for time before a work meeting, or seem to be running late (again) to meet your friends on a Saturday night, these tricks were made for you. They’re easy, they’re quick, and they cost almost nothing.
Keep reading—your life is about to change.
Beyoncé’s makeup artist, Sir John, says, “I like to use SPF as the no-makeup makeup look that everyone loves. SPF contains titanium dioxide, which is light-reflective and gives this beautiful glow and natural contour. Most people don’t know sunscreen is actually one of the best highlighters (especially in pictures!).”
“I use clear eyebrow wax around my lips to prevent bleeding,” says makeup artist Kelly Hanna Thompson. “It fills in fine lines and creates a solid barrier."
Caudalie founder Mathilde Thomas explains that the skin around our lips is similar to the skin around our eyes. So guess what? You can dab Caudalie’s Premier Cru The Eye Cream ($99) onto your lips and watch them plump right up.
Find a shimmer-free blush that’s close to your lipstick color and press it into your lips with your finger. It’ll transform your look from shiny to velvety in seconds.
“Using a Beautyblender Sponge ($20), gently press a minimal amount of facial oil onto dry areas,” makeup artist Edward Cruz explains. “Your foundation will bond with the dry, flaky skin, unveiling a smooth and fresh finish.”
For easy, effortless post-manicure cleanup, squeeze a few drops of Elmer’s glue on your cuticles before painting. Once your nails are dry, you can peel the glue off. It’ll eliminate stray polish and make your manicure look oh so profesh.
Sprinkle a bit of volumizing powder on your braid and use your fingers to gently rub it in. Then, lightly tug on your braid until it’s thicker and more textured.
A makeup artist from the Violet Grey beauty boutique told us that all you need for better-looking brows is concealer. Just pat product onto sparse areas to create a stronger base that will attract any gel, powder, or pomade like a magnet.
Lona Vigi (Selena Gomez’s hairstylist) swears by this easy tip: “Spray your hairpins and bobby pins with hair spray to give each one a bit more grip to hold a bun, twist, or braid. It’ll make it more secure.”
Vigi also suggests applying dry shampoo, even when your hair isn’t greasy. “I use so much dry shampoo. It’s great for so many things, not just covering up grease. Use it on freshly washed waves to add texture and volume, or spray it in a pony, bun, or braids to create a thicker, fuller look. But never spray it directly on your roots—always spray it in sections 8 to 10 inches away from your scalp."
Gently lift your lid and trace your waterline with a soft pencil eyeliner, making sure to fully connect it with the initial line you traced on your eye. This quick trick will make your eyes look so much more defined with really minimal effort.
Associate editor Victoria swears by this trick: “I smoothed a bit of concealer on the dark area around my nostrils and along my nasolabial folds … and blinked in astonishment at the reflection in the mirror. It was like finding a missing puzzle piece: I had erased all the tiredness and premature aging from my face. It was still me, but an airbrushed, spritely looking version.”
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