Beauty inspiration comes from many places, and that includes you, dear reader. We test and research beauty products on the daily, yet we’re constantly blown away by the tips we learn from each of you, whether it’s through a comment on our stories or a shout-out on Twitter (@byrdiebeauty, FYI). Since we’re not the selfish type, we’re sharing some of the best nuggets of wisdom we’ve learned from our very own readers. Maybe you’ll even see your own name in the credits!
Keep scrolling for seven smart beauty hacks we learned from Byrdie readers.
Reader Priscilla ChaCha commented on a story about hacks and said she adds a drop of tea-tree oil or lavender oil to her mascara. Why? She says the essential oils kill eyelash mites while also thinning out clumpy mascara and adding a patent shine. If you try this trick, it’s important to only add one or two drops—and never apply the oil directly to your eye without diluting it first.
Nothing beats the refreshing spritz of a face mist during your midday slump. If shelling out $20 or more for one has you less than enthused, do as reader Bella Herrera does and purchase some rose water (which you can buy on Amazon for under $3), pour it in a small spray bottle (you can buy one at most dollar stores or even Target), and spritz with abandon—without making a dent in your wallet.
We’ve interviewed our fair share of makeup artists, all of whom have blown our minds with many a makeup hack. Turns out our readers are full of makeup tips, as well. Take Jacquetta Sorenson, for instance, who told us she stopped applying mascara on her bottom lashes to make her eyes appear more open and wide awake.
Reader Rhea Sugwekar might have just solved all our oily skin problems. She told us she applies aloe vera gel all over her face after cleansing, waits 10 to 15 minutes for it to sink in, and then seals it in with her regular nighttime moisturizer. In the morning, she claims her skin “literally glows.” Needless to say, we’re trying this trick out ASAP.
In case you needed further proof that you should be doing your beauty shopping at Whole Foods, heed reader Grace Elizabeth’s advice: Swap your moisturizer for jojoba oil. She says it’s a “lifesaver”—just remember to only use cold-pressed versions (like Leven Rose 100% Organic Jojoba Oil, $13).
We love whipping up beauty treatments in our kitchen—apparently, so do all of our lovely readers. Kimberly Cloney says she mixes baking soda with water to make an at-home scrub, while another reader mixes baking soda with the juice of half a lemon and applies it to her nose as a makeshift mask to keep blackheads at bay.
We’ve covered the various things that can cause breakouts—your sheets included. Reader EC King shared an easy solution: Swap out your current detergent for a fragrance-free version. She swears this has helped keep her skin from breaking out. We’re game to try this out!
We’re always looking for more beauty tips. Share the one you absolutely swear by below—we may feature you in a future post!