23 of My Top Beauty Tips and Tricks

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I'm in my 30s {I'll turn 31 in 2 months} and I have to say, I love my skin. Over the years I've looked after it and in return it has been good to me. I use very little make up, usually doing up my eyes and lips and applying blush, and I believe this has helped keep my skin looking good. I don't wear foundation as I already have clear skin and I don't like the idea of covering it up. I love experimenting with different eye shadows, eye liners and lipsticks, and so should you. Play with it and see what looks good on you. I believe that you should have fun with make up. It's one of the best advantages of being a woman! I've been having fun with it for years now and below are some of my best beauty tips and tricks that I've learned through trial and error. Maybe they'll work for you, too.


1. To make sure your nails are dry after putting polish on, gently touch your little finger’s nails to each other. If they feel sticky, you still need to give them more time.
2. Don’t skip the base coat. It lets your nails breathe and protects them from going yellow.
3. Vitamin B Complex is great for strong hair and nails.


4. Wear a lipliner all over your lips before putting your lipstick on. Your lippie will last longer.
5. Use a toothbrush to exfoliate your lips. Put lip balm/ petroleum jelly on your lips, pucker, and   brush off all the dead skin for smooth, soft lips.
6. Sleep with lip balm on for soft lips in the morning.
7. After you put on a dark lipstick, put a finger in your mouth, close your lips around it and gently pull your finger out. The excess lipstick will come out on your finger instead of staining your   teeth.
8. Never press your lips together to transfer lipstick. Your bottom and top lip are not the same shape. Use the lipstick or a lip brush to fill color in.


9. Use an under-eye cream to keep the area moisturized. The skin here is very delicate, so use your ring finger to apply product.
10. Concealer is a life saver. Almost all of us have dark circles or shadows under our eyes, applying concealer there will make you look fresher instantly. I love MAC NC 42. Follow it up with a pressed powder to keep it in place.
11. Always curl your lashes with an eyelash curler before you put mascara on. Mascaras work best when put on curled eyelashes to give you that wide-eyed look.
12. Waterproof mascara is your best friend. It keeps your lashes up for a longer time, and you don’t have to worry about getting emotional or getting caught in rain.


13. Wear sunscreen. Every. Single. Damn. Day.
14. Exfoliate once or twice a week with a gentle scrub or with used coffee grounds.
15. Drink honey lemon water every morning to flush toxins out and keep skin glowing.
16. Drink a lot of water every day. Your skin needs moisture and a good water intake will help keep it looking plump and healthy.
17. Before applying blusher, smile. It will make your cheeks pop. Sweep the blusher from your cheeks to temples. Also, it’s just nice to smile at yourself.


18. Use a conditioner after shampoo. It surprises me how so many women still don’t do this.
19. If you’re using heat on your hair through straightening/ curling irons, remember to protect your hair with a heat spray before you apply heat.
20. The easiest and most effective way to get rid of dandruff it is to use baking soda on your scalp. Wet hair, rub baking soda into your scalp, rinse, and then use shampoo and conditioner as you normally would.
21. Get your hair trimmed regularly to avoid split ends.
22. Deep condition your hair at least once a week. You can use hot oil or just your hair conditioner on dry hair. Leave it on overnight. Sleep with a shower cap on to not stain your pillow.
23. Try and wash your hair twice or once a week to let the natural oils build up. You may think you’re getting rid of greasiness by shampooing your hair frequently, but it works the other way round as your scalp produces more oil as you strip away moisture with frequent washes.

If you're too busy to put on a full face of make up, I recommend using just concealer. This one product will make you look fresher instantly. Mascara and lipstick follow close behind. A concealer that matches your complexion and hides tiredness, mascara that opens up your eyes, and a lippie in a color that looks great on you will have you looking gorgeous, fresh, and feeling confident. And it takes less than 5 minutes, I promise.

What beauty tips and tricks have you learned that is invaluable to your routine? What would you add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!


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