In what may be the most talked-about tech reveal of 2016, Instagram introduced “Stories” to its app, allowing users to post short-lived pictures and videos to their accounts. It may not include all the features of other photo-sharing apps like Snapchat, but just like its competitor, it’s a verified goldmine of beauty tips and secrets.
Personally, as a fan of Snapchat, I was wary of Instagram Stories. But I’m happy to take beauty advice wherever I can get it—and that’s no joke. When Instagram Stories were introduced, I followed 70 new accounts… in ONE DAY. Admittedly, that may be a little overkill, but when expert tips and insider access are at stake, I can’t help it.
To save you from compromising your followers-to-following ratio, we’ve assembled a list of the best beauty lessons we’ve learned from Instagram Stories so far. Now if they would only incorporate filters (am I right, Snappers?).
Keep scrolling to see seven unique tips we found straight from Instagram Stories!
There’s nothing we love more than finding the exact product a celeb rocked on the red carpet—especially when it’s affordable. So beauty guru @NikkieTutorials is basically our hero for sharing the liquid lipsticks that Rihanna wore at the Video Music Awards. First up is a deep velvet red she wore during her performance. And the vampy purple moment later on in the night? According to Nikkie, it was Coloured Raine’s Matte Lip Paint in Raine Fever ($17).
Does snail slime sound unpleasant? Maybe. Does it work wonders? Absolutely. Snail essence has been used in Eastern skincare for ages, with a proven track record of mind-blowing results. Instagram account @SokoGlam posted a story raving about this snail mucin–infused moisturizing cream. The natural compounds in snail mucin heal and protect skin while encouraging cell regeneration, helping with acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles.
If Instagram is the place for trend spotting, Instagram Stories are the place for breaking trend news. The latest trend we’ve noticed? Metallic makeup. We’ve got Kylie Jenner, Lime Crime’s burnished lipsticks, Makeup Geek’s out-of-this-world foiled shadows, and now Tarte’s glinting metallic pans. We can’t get enough of the burnt oranges, reds, and browns.
In the past, I was never been able to go more than two days without washing my hair. I couldn’t handle the texture of my hair or the feel of my scalp come the third day. What saved me was trying a purifying shampoo. Now I don’t experience product buildup, and I don’t have to over-wash to compensate for it. According to Kardashian-approved hairstylist @JenAtkinHair’s Instagram Story, this purifying shampoo gets the job done while providing extra shine to your strands. Excuse me while I run out and buy 50 bottles.
An epic metallic finish is the nail trend to follow right now, according to IG Stories. It starts with gel polish. After your polish has been cured under a UV light, rub a pigment powder into the dried varnish. (Don’t worry—you can watch a how-to video. The process is hypnotizing to behold.)
Keep in mind that this method is best suited for a nail professional. If you’re trying a DIY mani, reach for this slick chrome polish from Marc Jacobs for similar results.
Many brands are using Instagram Stories to unveil, or at least hint at, upcoming products. Take Smashbox: The brand has already revealed its 2016 holiday collection. We’re especially pumped for the “gloss to go” set, which will retail for just $25. We have a feeling this one will go fast, so be on the lookout. To keep you satiated until its release, check out one of the brand’s full-size lippies, like this warm rose shade.
Other notable product launches that have been hyped on Instagram Stories include ColourPop’s new fall lip shades and an Urban Decay Illuminated Trio Palette.
We spotted Julianne Hough (@JulesHough) on IG Stories recommending this technique. Part your hair into four sections, wrap each one into a tight bun, and pin. Next, spritz your hair with a flexible hair spray. After a good night’s rest, undo each section of your hair and spritz throughout with a texturizing spray, like Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray ($27). Just two minutes is all it takes to tousle your hair, spritz throughout, and head out the door. This is the easiest way to French-girl texture, and we have IG Stories to thank for the scoop.
Next up, read all about how one editor followed an early-2000s beauty routine for a week!