10 Quick & Easy Beauty Hacks
Want to look great but don’t have a ton of time to spend on hair & makeup? Check out our top 10 quick & easy beauty hacks!
Hack #1 - Effortless Beach Waves
After your hair has been washed & towel dried, apply a small amount of your favourite mousse or gel to prevent frizziness. Then, french braid your hair while it’s still damp & allow it to dry in the braid (s).
Pro Tip: use one french braid for bigger, looser waves and two braids for smaller, tighter waves.
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Hack #2 - Make Bobby Pins Stay Put
To help bobby pins stay in place, make sure you’re using them the right way! The flat side should face out, away from your hair, while the wavy side grips the hair for a better hold.
Hack #3 - Picture Perfect Eyebrows
First, comb your brows into the desired shape. Then, apply a small amount of hairspray to a fine tooth comb or a clean mascara wand, and comb through your brows once more to keep them in place!
Hack #4 - No Mess Mascara
After perfectly applying eyeshadow, the last thing you want is mascara all over your eyelid! Use one hand to hold a spoon to your eyelid while applying mascara, this way any mess gets on the spoon - not your eyeshadow.
Pro Tip: You can use the handle of that same spoon to guide your winged eyeliner.
Hack #5 - Perfectly Curled Lashes
Curl your eyelashes both before AND after applying mascara for an overall fuller & curvier lash appearance.
Pro Tip: Use a hair dryer to heat up your eyelash curler before using it. Make sure the curler is warm - not hot before applying it to your lashes!
Hack #6 - Goodbye Dark Circles
Instead of haphazardly dabbing concealer under your eyes, try drawing a triangular shape! The base of the triangle should be underneath your eye, with the point facing down toward your chin. This gives the appearance of brighter & lighter eyes.
Pro Tip: Use the same triangle trick with a yellow based cover up to hide under-eye redness
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Hack #7 - Silky Smooth Lips
Use a gentle exfoliating lip scrub before applying lip gloss or lipstick. This will remove any dead skin, and, if you use Body by Cordoba’s coffee based lip scrub, the naturally occurring caffeine will plump up your lips!
Hack #8 - Even More Lip Plumping!
Want the illusion of fuller lips? Apply highlighter to your cupid’s bow (just above your top lip) and the centre of your bottom lip. Gently blend out the highlighter and finish with a nude colour on top for a subtle glow.
Pro Tip: Combine hacks 7&8 for truly kissable lips!
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Hack #9 - Goodbye Shine
Reduce unwanted oil & forehead shine by using blotting papers throughout the day.
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Hack #10 - Clean Your Makeup Brushes!!!
Ok so this one isn’t so much of a hack...it’s just good advice! Keeping your makeup brushes clean can help prevent skin irritation & breakouts. Experts recommend cleaning your brushes weekly if you use them often. If you’re more of an occasional makeup wearer, you may be able to clean your brushes 1-2 times per month. The easiest way to clean makeup brushes is using dish soap & water. Fill a cup with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing soap (careful not to overdo it!). Leave the brushes in the water & soap for a few minutes, then rinse and pat dry with a clean paper towel. Voila!