100 Beauty Tips

100 Beauty Tips

  • Foundation Beauty Tips:-
  1.  For a sheer look, dilute your foundation with 2 drops of water for normal skin, toner for dry skin, or 2 drops of Witch Hazel for oily skin into your foundation.
  2. For the look of perfect skin, apply your foundation first, then mix your concealer into your foundation. Apply on the mixture into areas that need more converge, then lightly powder. By mixing your concealer and foundation together, you get the perfect colour and perfect coverage every time.
  3. Want to lighten your stick foundation coverage? Just mix the stick foundation with a dot of moisturizer on the back of your hand. You’ll still get the coverage that you like, without the heaviness. Update your look even more, by applying only where needed, like under the eyes, around the nose, and spot applying where needed. Set with a touch of loose powder, and your look just went from opaque to sheer.
  4. Want to keep that summer glow going all year round? An easy way is to take your favourite bronzer stick or liquid, and run a bit on your fingertips. And your moisturizer on top. Blend and apply on your face. What you get is a softer and lighter version of your bronzer that works for the fall and winter months.
  5. Try dusting your foundation with a dash of loose translucent powder. The powder soaks up extra oils in the base and creates a matte foundation that stays on hours longer.
  6.  Apply a light dusting of loose powder on clean skin before applying foundation. It helps skin look matte hours longer by giving the powder a chance to grab oils and shine before breaking through the foundation.
  7. Try this great photography makeup trick. Create perfect looking skin with great coverage with a real skin look. Apply your liquid foundation as normal, but about x2 as much as you need. Then, with a folded Kleenex, lightly press into the skin. The Kleenex grabs excess oils from the foundation, leaving pure pigment on the skin. Perfect for creating a flawless complexion, and for turning an oil-based foundation into a lighter version.
  8. Want to create a flawless, perfectly contoured bone structure? The old way was to use a dark brown powder to draw shadows under cheekbones and to trim down noses and double chins. The new way? Is softer, easier and looks more real. Take a foundation shade that’s 2-3 shades darker than your regular shade. Apply your regular foundation first, and then with a foundation brush, apply your darker shade underneath cheekbones, on the temples, under the tip of the nose, under the chin, wherever you feel it’s needed. Blend well into the other shade. Viola. You have a perfectly contoured bone structure that looks good in any type of lighting and looks more real than the ‘brown streaks’ of yesteryear.
  9. Want to add a glow to your foundation? Take a shimmer powder, like Mac’s Dust, or shimmer pressed shades in gold, silver or pink and add a pinch to your foundation. By mixing it in first, and then applying, you get an overall glow to your whole face that’s not too shiny looking.
  • Concealer Beauty Tips:-
  1. For a natural look, apply concealer after you’ve applied your foundation. This way you don’t end up applying too much, since your foundation will cover most of the discolorations first.
  2. To get a perfect colour match every time, mix a drop of your foundation into your concealer before applying.
  3. Want extra, long lasting coverage with your concealer? Apply a touch of loose powder into your concealer before you apply it. This will keep it from creasing later in the day. You’ll find you’ll also need fewer products.
  4. A model once told me she uses a Concealer Pencil on her lips first. She fills in the lip, and then applies an old, dark lipstick. The concealer pencil lightens up the lipstick shade by about 3-4 shades. To make current, she applies a top coat of lip gloss. A great way to modernize a favourite dark shade.
  5. Have dark blue under eye circles? Make sure your concealer is on the peach side, to calm down blue tones.
  6. Have dark grey under eye circles? Make sure your concealer is on the pink side, to calm down grey.
  7. Have a concealer that is too creamy? Or creases just hours after you’ve applied it? Apply with the tips of your fingers so that the heat of your hand melts the product into the skin more. Then take a Kleenex and lightly press any excess concealer off. You’re mostly pressing oils from the concealer, which helps with creasing later.
  8. Have a double dose of darkness under your eyes? Do a double application. Take your concealer and apply lightly, then a layer of foundation, then a layer of concealer on top of that. Press with a kleenex to press out extra oils and then powder. Sometimes a bit more is all that’s needed.
  • Powder Beauty Tips:-
  1. To keep humidity away, apply a light dusting of loose powder first on clean skin before you apply your foundation. This first layer of powder helps foundation adhere better if your base has a tendency to disappear in a few hours.
  2. Customize your own loose powder. In a shaker container, mix 1 tsp of a loose shimmer, yellow or mauve eye shadow into your loose powder. Yellow helps to calm red and pink skin tones, mauve calms down excess yellow skin tones and shimmer creates a night time glow to the face and body.
  3. Want your makeup to last all day? Mist your face with water after you’ve applied all your makeup to set your colours and setting powder. It really does make a difference.
  4. Create your own eye shadow base. Mist a new, clean pressed powder puff with water. Then pick up some loose powder (translucent is best) with the puff. Apply lightly to the eyelids. Blend softly and let dry. Then apply your shadows on top. An instant eye shadow base that really works.
  • Eye-shadow Beauty Tips:-
  1. For best results, pick up your eye shadow colour with the side of your eye shadow brush, not the tips. Running the brush across with the tips of the bristles only picks up too much product, and sends it flying. You know this is you if you get a ‘hole’ in the middle of your colour. Apply by pressing on the colour instead of brushing it on to avoid colour from falling. Great for applying dark and heavily frosted and glitter colours.
  2. To make a powdered shadow colour go on stronger; apply your coloured shadow with a makeup sponge or an eye shadow applicator. The colour will go on exactly the way you see it in the pan.
  3. For a softer version of an eye shadow colour, pick up some white or cream coloured eye shadow first on your brush, next pick up your colour and then apply. The lighter colour will soften the intensity of the pigment.
  4. Your colours not going on right? Are you getting colours in the wrong area? It could be your brush that’s the culprit. Make sure your brushes fit the area you are applying to. The smaller the brush, the smaller the application area. Smaller brushes are great for applying under the eyebrow. A larger, flat brush is perfect for shadows that go on the lids. A long fluffy shadow brush is great for the crease. It’s all in the brush.
  • Lipstick Beauty Tips:-
  1. For extra staying power, apply a dot of a matte or shine control product on lips. Let set and then apply your lipstick as usual.
  2. Want to lighten a lipstick colour? Apply a dot of shimmer stick on your lips, and then apply your lipstick. Instant lightness.
  3. Want a lip colour that will last all day? When doing a recent Aids Benefit fashion show, to save time we used a red cream blush on the lips as well. It lasted forever. Because cream blush has a higher staining quality, it lasts longer and wears off more evenly than lipstick. Tip: Skip the lip gloss and it’ll last even longer.
  4. Do you have dry lips and want a moisturizing lipstick? Apply your best lip balm or conditioner first, and your regular, not creamy lipstick on top. You’ll get longer lasting results without the smearing of a cream based lipstick.
  5. Want a great long lasting sheer lipstick? Grab a matte lipstick, and apply moisturizer both before and after your lipstick. Moisturizer before will keep your lips soft, without drying out, and moisturizer after, will update it to a sheerer colour.
  6. Lip balm really does work in creating a smoother surface to apply lipstick or lip pencil too. But the trick is to make sure the lip balm is completely soaked up by the skin before applying anything else. Get in the habit of applying your lip balm the same time you apply your skin moisturizer (or sunscreen). By the time you get to your makeup, your lips will be perfect for application. If you apply your lipstick or pencil right after, you’re actually adding the feathering and creasing problem because the slickness of the lip balm will add to the slick factor.
  7. Love mixing lip colours to get your own customized shade but always end up getting muddy, too dark looking shades? The trick is in the two shades you’re mixing. Always mix two shades together that are in the same colour range. Like two pinks, or two reds together. You’ll always get a perfect blend. Feeling more adventurous? Mix two colours together that are in the same colour family. Like a pink and a red, or a beige and a brown.
  • Lip Pencil Beauty Tips:-
  1. Want a universal lip pencil that will go with every lipstick colour you own? Any shade of a rosy nude colour will work. The closest to your natural lip colour is the best. Remember to draw a lip line, and then fill in the lip with the pencil. Apply your lipstick or lip gloss on top.
  2. Want to darken any lipstick colour you have? Apply a light brown lip pencil over your lips, and then apply your lipstick colour on top. Instant depth.
  3. For perfect lips, apply your lip pencil both before and after your lipstick. You’ll find that the wax in the pencil actually helps keep the lipstick from bleeding.
  4. When blotting lipstick, apply tissue completely over lips closed, instead of saying ‘ah’ and biting the Kleenex. You’ll notice that when you blot the entire lip this way, you get the entire ‘lip print’ on the Kleenex, which keeps lipstick edges from bleeding and feathering, not just the centre.
  5. Can’t find that right lip pencil shade? The universal shade for pretty much any lip colour is a light light brown. Can’t find it? Try looking for beige, or a blonde eyebrow pencil works every time.
  • Lip Gloss Beauty Tips:-
  1. Want your lip gloss to stay on longer? Brush a dot of loose powder on lips first and then your lip gloss.
  2. Want to create a fuller lip? Apply a dot of shimmer lip gloss over your lipstick. The lighter, shimmering colour will create the illusion of a fuller pout regardless of what lipstick colour you’re wearing.
  3. Have an eye gloss that just is not working for you? Use it as lip gloss. You’ll find that it can last even longer than your regular lip gloss.
  4. In humid weather I found out that lip gloss fades super-fast. To keep the look, apply a very matte lipstick in a light shade, blot, and powder, and then apply lip gloss (clear or shimmering) on top. You’ll find that the colour and shine lasts hours longer because of the matte lipstick.
  5. Want a shiny, glossy lipstick, without the drips? Apply your lipstick ON TOP of your clear lip gloss. The gloss will dilute and create a shiny colour, and by applying the lipstick on top of the gloss, you won’t get the glossy bleeding after you’ve won it for 2 hours.
  6. For longest wearing lip gloss, apply a nude lip pencil, or the new invisible lip pencils on your lips first. Then apply your lip gloss on top. This gives the lip gloss something to hold on to and lasts a few hours longer.
  • Blush Beauty Tips:-
  1. For a ‘healthy’ glow, tap blush on the apples of your cheeks when you smile. Your guideline? Never apply blush below line of the bottom of your nose: you’ll look cold.
  2. For correct amount of blush every time, note where you hit with your blush brush first. That’s where the colour will be the strongest and then blend out from there.
  3. Keep your cream blush on longer by applying a light coat of Vaseline or for those with oily skin, a moisturizer on first. You’ll find your cream blush lasts hours longer.
  4. Create an optical illusion with your blush by bringing attention to your eyes. By applying colour directly ‘under’ your eye on the apples of your cheeks, you will draw attention to your eyes.
  5. Use your blush to focus on your hairstyle. This optical illusion is great for showing off that beautiful hairstyle, or for the bride at the her wedding. Smile, and apply blush on the apples of your cheeks, and then blend straight back towards the top of your ear. By ‘blending’ backwards, you bring the focus of the line going straight back to, you guessed it; your hairstyle.
  6. Shorten a long face with your blush placement. Apply blush close to the apples of your cheeks, and avoid blending out beyond that point. By keeping the focus of the colour right underneath your eye, you give the illusion of a smaller face and you create a ‘line’ that ‘divides’ the face in half.”
  7. Want your blush to last longer? Use lipstick or a chubby lip pencil in a wine or bronze shade on your cheeks. Blend and then apply a touch of your coloured powdered blush on top. You’ll find that your colour will last hours longer. Why? The wax of the pencil has more staying power than powder alone.
  8. I’m a big fan of blush stains, but even I feel a few hours wear isn’t enough. Call it the professional in me but sometimes I just want my blush to last all day long. Here’s a quick trick that I found out accidentally….I applied one morning my ‘blush’ coloured powder blush and an hour later, touched up with my liquid stain on top. It’s a little tricky to blend because the powder blush underneath makes the stain dry quicker, but I noticed that the stain colour stayed on for hours…..and I do mean hours. About 5-6 hours later when I checked. It was still on.
  9. Widen your face to create cheekbones. Apply a contouring colour. Try a deeper, warmer shade of your skin tone for colour. Apply in the hollows of your cheekbones. Then apply right in the indentation of your temple. By adding contour here as well, you create the illusion of a stronger cheekbone by going in (temple), out (cheekbone) and then in again (underneath the cheekbone).
  10. Want to create a warm golden shimmer? Try a soft gold shimmer eye shadow. Apply lightly with a large fluffy blush brush to spot apply on tops of cheekbones, over eyeshadow, on lips for a day to night look. Or mix into body or face lotion for a subtle shimmer.
  11. The right application of blush depends a lot on the size of the blush brush. If you find that your blush is going everywhere, it could be your blush brush is too large. Take your brush, and then smile. Hit the apple of the cheek with the tips of the bristles. Does the brush spray out over the apple of the cheek? The brush is too large. You want the brush to fit perfectly. Perfect application every time.
  12. A fan of bronzer? Make sure you don’t overdo it. The easiest application is with a fan brush, not the regular bronzer brush. A fan brush dusts just the right amount onto the top of the forehead, tops of cheekbones, across the nose and across the chin. The right glow looks great either day or night.
  • Eye Pencil Beauty Tips:-
  1. To keep Eye Pencils on all day, apply a little eye shadow on top with a fine eyeliner brush over your pencil. For a dramatic effect, try any colour over your black or brown pencil. Try a high intense frost eye shadow over black pencil. Dramatic in an instant. Favs? Dark shimmering blues greens and purples.
  2. Run out of your favourite liquid eyeliner or black eye pencil? In a pinch, apply a thin line of mascara with your eyeliner brush as eyeliner. The mascara will last for hours and give you a great emphasis.
  3. Having a hard time sharpening your eye pencil? To keep from crumbling, store in the refrigerator overnight and then sharpen. A perfect point every time.
  4. Avoid breaking your eye pencils by always using a metal eye pencil sharpener. The plastic sharpeners give too much, breaking the tip.
  • More Eye Shadow Beauty Tips:-
  1. Want to change a matte or cream eye shadow you already have into a frost? Shimmer sticks in silver or gold are perfect to create beautiful highlights by applying lightly on top.
  2. Want to try the new ‘wet’ looking cream eye shadows out there? Create your own: buy the famous Elizabeth Arden’s 8-Hour cream and apply over any coloured eyeshadow. You’ll get the super wet look that lasts a few hours.
  3. Here’s a new trick I picked up while doing a photo shoot. The client wanted a sheer watercolour look for the eyes and in a colour that I didn’t have. So to make do, I mixed a little pastel pink eyeshadow into a gel moisturizer and applied on the eyes. It dried a little bit, which helped set it and viola…a sheer shade that stayed on pretty well. Check your local drug store for a gel moisturizer. They’re clear and do a great job at keeping skin soft and shine-free. It also helps keep foundation on longer, when mixing together, especially when your skin is a bit on the oily side.
  4. Applying eye shadows wet have always given the best staying power, but it’s tricky to do, especially with dark colours. Make it easy on yourself. Apply your eyeshadow dry, as normal. Then with a fine mister bottle, lightly mist over your eyes. Keep eyes close to let dry. After drying, you’ll find that the eyeshadow stays perfect and crease free for hours.
  5. Have a long day ahead? Spend a little extra time with your eyeshadow to keep it on all day. Apply your shadows, and then press loose powder on top to set. Apply another layer of your coloured shadows on top. Will last hours longer.
  • Powder Beauty Tips:-
  1. For a soft finish, apply loose powder with a fluffy large powder brush. For more shine control, use a powder puff to press loose powder into T-zone areas.
  2. Want to create a updated warm loose powder from a pink based loose powder? Mix in 2-4 Tbsp. of ‘ warm yellow ‘ loose powder or a matte warm yellow eye shadow into your jar of loose powder and stir. Close with the shifter top on top. Yellow calms down any pink tones, making your pink-based powder more wearable.
  • Primer Beauty Tips:-
  1. With primer being all the rage lately, here are a few tips to get the most out of your primer. Afraid you’re applying too much? Apply with a foundation brush first and apply from the t-zone out. The right amount will be laid on perfectly.
  2. Primer does not work will mixed into other products. It’s meant to be applied first to the skin, let set, and then apply your foundation on top. It also works good to set concealer as well.
  3. Apply a dot onto the lips to create a smooth surface for lip pencils.
  4. With primers, actually the less you apply the better. Think of it as applying an invisible layer of skin between you and your foundation. It’s not meant to be a thick layer, which can actually interfere with the process. The thicker the primer, the more likely you can get whiteheads from the silicone in the product.
  • Skin Looks Beauty Tips:-
  1. Want a shimmering face look for night? Take an old liquid foundation, and add a few shaves of a shimmery light cream or powder eye shadow or a drop of shimmer body lotion. Apply and get the latest glow skin.
  2. A warm brick eyeshadow is the perfect all over summer colour’… for lips, cheeks, eyes…….dust lightly and apply a little lip gloss on top of lips and you’re done.
  3. It was just yesterday when we were having a hard time keeping matte faces and lips on. Now, believe it or not, some of us have a hard time keeping cream products on. Trick of the trade: Like attracts like. Matte sticks to anything matte, cream sticks to anything moist.
  4. On a photo shoot, I had to create a glistening skin look quickly, and upon finding out that most glistening sprays have Olive Oil as one of its main ingredients, I immediately created my own. Get a nice glass spray bottle, easily found at Target or your local drug store, and combine Virgin Olive Oil (no smell…and the lightest in texture) with a few drops of jasmine, rose or lavender oils and shake it up. Now you have your own glow in a bottle!
  5. A quick dusting of shimmering body powder or an iridescent eye shadow over the high points of the face, (cheekbones, chin, top of nose, eyelids, across forehead..) creates a quick day to night look.
  6. Want to warm up pale skin or create a special body effect? Mix a warm yellow, lilac, bronze or shimmering loose powder into your body lotion. Apply on legs and arms and as it dries, you’ll create a soft tinted effect that won’t come off. You can also try this with your facial moisturizer to create a special tinted foundation.
  7. Lately all the top fashion shows and shoots I’ve done have had one thing in common. Glow skin. No, I don’t mean shiny, or dewy, or matte, or wet. But glow. How to get this? Get your favourite shimmering shimmering cream/pink/pearl eye shadow and apply to the high points of the face. Tops of cheekbones, eyes, chin.
  8. Want that super shiny dewy look? Just apply some lip gloss on the tops of your cheeks and you’re ready to go. My favourite is the clear opalescent ones…look real pretty at night-time.
  9. Want to tone down ruddiness or pink skin? On clean skin apply a light dusting of a yellow based powder. The yellow will calm down enough so that you’ll need way less foundation and concealer and also adds a bit of warmth to the skin.
  • Skin Care Beauty Tips:-
  1. Skin feeling dry lately? Give it a 1-2 punch. On damp skin, apply a light layer of virgin olive oil. The easiest way? Dilute 1 parts olive oil to 4 parts water in a water spray bottle. Mist all over and rub in until the oil disappears. THEN apply another layer of your favourite body lotion. Vitamin E and Collagen enriched are the best. Let sink in, easiest when done as part of your night time ritual. Next morning? Baby smooth skin.
  2. I’m a big fan of those vitamin E lipsticks, chap sticks and lip balms….but sometimes, I’ll get one that tastes just awful. Don’t toss it out. Use those instead as great nail and cuticle conditioners. Keep one on your night stand or desk, and apply whenever you see it. You’ll have stronger nails and well-conditioned cuticles in no time.
  3. Need to uplift your spirits? Try a sugar body rub: Mix sugar into olive or corn oil and rub over dry skin for a exfoliating rub. Then rinse off in a tub full of warm water that’s scented with aroma therapy oils. Peppermint wakes you up, rosemary or lavender calms you down. You’ll feel like a whole new person.
  4. Got some extra baby wipes around? They work perfectly to remove Nair or any depilatory if you can’t get to the shower fast enough. Just note, that you DO want to rinse completely afterwards to remove all chemicals from your skin. To remove that chemical feeling afterwards from a depilatory, just apply some body lotion and it’s gone.
  5. Need to get glitter off your face after a disco night out on the town? After doing a photo shoot where we had to make a last-minute quick change, I picked up a neat trick. Remove as much as you can with a dampened Q-tip (the water will pick up the glitter by rolling it off) and whatever excess you have left over, use a metal spatula dipped in Vaseline to lightly ‘scrape’ the remaining glitter.

 

  • Hair Beauty Tips:- 
  1. A model told me this trick. She runs a Gold Shimmer stick through her blonde hair and then brushes through. Instant shimmer and highlights, especially around the face.
  2. To create amazing waves and texture in hair, create your own ‘texture spray’ with a spray bottle of literally 3/4 water and 1/4 salt. Mix, and spray into dry hair light, and scrunch. Your hair gets instantly thicker and wavier. Just don’t overdo it. Salt can dry out colour, processed and fried hair.
  3. You’re colouring your hair, and you goofed. You got hair colour on your skin. What to do? Grab your skin Buff Puff, or pumice stone. On damp skin, rub off until your stain is gone. Yes, your skin will be a little pink, but by buffing the top layer of the skin, you’ve also removed the hair colour stain as well.
  4. Tired of dealing with hair coloured stained skin? Apply a layer of Vaseline onto your forehead and temples to keep colour from getting onto the skin. Wipe off when you see the colour developing and turning darker. Then apply another layer to keep colour off as your rinse and shampoo.
  5. Need a deep conditioning treatment for your hair in a jiffy? Use virgin olive oil. The virgin brand leaves no scent and it’s the closest to your scalp’s natural oils. It’s also the easiest to wash out of your hair. The easy way to apply? Try mixing olive oil with water (3 parts olive oil to 1 part water) in a spray bottle, and spritz on dry hair at night. Or, for help with those dry ends, on those pony tail days, coat your palms with a little olive oil and coat the ends of dry hair. You hair will be super shiny, soft and moisture-rich. Use during the day as a shine enhancer.
  6. Can’t wash out that oil treatment from your hair? Apply shampoo on dry hair first. Work through, then apply water, lather and rinse. Repeat if necessary.
  7. Damaged, dry hair? Conditioner not doing the trick? Maybe it’s how you’re applying it. Instead of applying your conditioner to wet hair, wait for a lazy day or a lonely night. Then on dry hair, saturate your hair with a deep penetrating conditioner and let soak in. Then leave on overnight, or all day (a ponytailed baseball hat look works the best.) Shampoo the next morning. All those frizziest, dry ends and straw like hair will be banished.
  8. Have left over hair conditioner from those hair colour kits? Save them for your next hair colour application. What do you do with them? Apply a thin layer of the conditioner around your forehead and hairline to prevent hair colour from staining your skin. When you’re done applying colour, just wipe off.
  9. Forgot your shaving lotion? In a pinch, use hair conditioner, body lotion or hair styling cream. Apply, shave and rinse when you’re done.
  10. Hair product not quite doing what you want it to do? Do what the pros do. Mix two together. Mix a mousse with a dab of styling gel, or a styling cream with a dot of hair gloss. Mix and match and create your own super styling combo.
  11. Trick of the trade. Always apply a quarter size of styling product. That’s all you need, really. And apply from the ends up, unless it’s a root lift styling product. Then that goes into the scalp.
  • Nail Beauty Tips:- 
  1. Want to make absolutely sure that your nail polish is dry? Take the taste test. Just lick your nail, and if you can taste nail polish, it’s not dry yet. No taste? You’re good to go.
  2. Want to keep nail polish on longer? Do what the professional Nail Technicians do. Take a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol, and rub over clean dry nails. Let dry before you apply polish. By taking off the excess oil on the surface of the nail, polish will adhere better, and last longer. Then apply hand moisturizer or oils after the nail polish is dry.
  3. Need an instant cuticle softener? Crisco or olive oil will work in a pinch.
  4. Have a lip balm that doesn’t work or tastes bad? Works great as a night-time cuticle treatment.
  5. Need to get super smooth heels? Soak in a warm bath first to soften skin. Then apply a layer of oil, Vaseline or a greasy type of moisturizer. Apply to your dry heels and then pumice away. The oil will the pumice buff off the dead skin and gives a moisturizing treatment at the same time. Rinse off when done, for silky smooth feet.