If you have trouble with your eyeliner or lip pencils breaking when you sharpen them, place them in the freezer for 10 minutes. This makes them slightly harder, and thus easier to sharpen.
Want a manicured look, but don't have time? File your nails into a square shape, buff them, then apply a coat of clear polish. Rub cuticle oil around the edge of the nail, then moisturize your whole hand. You'll have a polished look in less than 15 minutes!
For a healthy glow, use gel or cream blushes instead of powder in a rosy pink. These are more transparent and blend smoothly. Apply it to the apples of your cheeks and blend up towards the eyes for a natural look.
Tired of your mascara flaking off or smudging? Apply mascara only to your top lashes, then run an eyelash brush through to separate the lashes and avoid clumping and build-up.
Remember, cosmetics have expiration dates! Throw out mascara every three months, powder eye shadow every nine to 18, and cream eye shadow every six to 12. This will ensure quality make-up jobs and prevent eye infections.
It's not difficult to a salon-style blowout on your own -- it just takes a little extra time. Using a round or paddle brush, separate out sections of wet hair one at a time and dry them individually. It takes a little time to focus on each section, but it's worth it!
Hair sets best while it's cooling, and not when it's still hot from curing irons or blow dryers. Instead of applying hairspray right after drying or curling your hair, wait until it has cooled to hold the style longer.
To avoid razor burn before shaving, use your favorite moisturizer beforehand. This holds moisture on the leg longer and makes it easier to shave.
Keep a jar or tube of hand cream on your desk at work and in your car. This will keep it available to you wherever you go, so you can apply it throughout the day to keep your hands from getting too dry.
Cleansing cloths and facial wipes are handy, but also expensive. When you buy a new package, take some time to cut each cloth in half. You only need half, anyway, and the extra time will save you money in the long run.
If you're the type who likes to have everything on hand, make your next purse a lightweight one with rolled or thick straps. Thin straps are uncomfortable to carry when your purse is heavy, and are better suited for women who don't carry much in their bags.
Every little bit helps, but there are simple things you can do you make yourself look younger that don't involve makeup. Whitening strips, for instance, help remove coffee and tea stains from teeth; whiter teeth help you look younger and healthier easily. And there's one that's even simpler -- work on your posture! You'll look thinner ...Read more
Don't start brushing your hair right when you get out of the shower. Get out the majority of the tangles with your fingers first. When your hair is about 80% dry, that's the best time to start. Don't start brushing until your fingers go through your hair easily without hitting tangles.
Yes, a ponytail can look nice at the office or a dinner out! Part your hair a bit off-center, and make a loose ponytail in the lower middle of the back of your head. Make sure to dry your hair with a blow dryer and comb it straight. As easy as it might be, making a ponytail while your hair is still wet doesn't look good at all!
Those dryer extensions really are useful! Nozzles direct and concentrate the heat where you need it most; for example, if you have straight hair, a narrow nozzle works perfectly. Diffusers are worthwhile, too -- they can add a lift to flat hair.
Invest in an ionic dryer if you find that your hair tends to be frizzy. It seals water into your hair by reducing the size of the water droplets in it.
We've given you some tips on plucking your own eyebrows before, but remember ... anything is easier with help from your stylist! If you're not sure of how to shape your brows, have your stylist do it first. You can use that shape as a "road map" so long as you remember to pluck on a semi-regular basis.
When picking up new makeup, you can generally get away with buying mascara, eyeliner, lip gloss, and most eyeshadows without testing them. Lipstick, powder, foundation, and blush all need to be checked before buying. You're not likely to be able to guess without testing.
It turns out omega-3 fatty acids are not only good for your heart, but help reduce and prevent wrinkles. Sugar, on the other hand, does the exact opposite. If you're worried about wrinkles and don't already take fish oil supplements, now would be a great time to start. Alternatively, if you're a fan of salmon, you've got an even better excuse...Read more
Want great-looking hair, but don't have time to style it? Get a simple, straight cut. You can let your hair air-dry when you get out of the shower, and it'll still look great! For a simple cut, you don't have to spend top dollar -- a small, inexpensive salon will do fine, so long as you make sure to go back and keep your cut maintained once ...Read more