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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

BEST BEAUTY HACKS DAILY ROUTINE

As a beauty and style blogger, it’s my business to try as many techniques as possible, and to test-drive as many products as I can. At least, that’s what I tell my husband when I come home from the store with a bag of new finds.


While trial and error has helped me discover a lot of my favorite items and tips, it has also led me to a lot of duds. Bad formulas, poor color payoff, and makeup techniques that simply don’t work are common. In other words, just because a tip appears in “Cosmopolitan,” it doesn’t mean it’s true.

I’ve systematically tested a ton of so-called beauty hacks that promise to give you everything from clearer skin to fuller lips, and I’ve narrowed things down to arrive at a “best of the best” list of tricks that actually do what they promise. Whether for a special occasion or for everyday use.

Beauty Tricks That Really Work
1. Curling Your Eyelashes

One mistake I see again and again is in ladies’ eyelash curling techniques. Many women simply clamp down, count to three, and are done. Not only does that make an unnatural crease in your eyelashes, but the curl may not last.


Instead, try the pump technique. Start at the base of the lash and pump the curler three times. Then, move to the middle section of your eyelashes and repeat. Finally, repeat those three pumps at the tips and you’ve got a gorgeous sweep of lashes that lasts.
2. Fake Falsies With Baby Powder

If you love false eyelashes but think they’re a pain to apply, skip the glue and tweezers in favor of something much easier: baby powder. After you’ve curled your eyelashes and applied one coat of mascara, dip a clean mascara wand or cotton swab into some baby powder and sweep it along the underside of your lashes. Then, apply another coat. The mascara adheres to the baby powder, creating dark fibers that make your lashes look longer and fuller – without the falsies.
3. Dry Shampoo Technique

Dry shampoo is practically a revelation in the beauty sphere. It’s my go-to strategy when I’m short on time and can’t wash and blow dry my hair. However, while it’s a miraculous addition to any bathroom cupboard, using it improperly and not giving it enough time to work can leave you with white spots or still-oily locks.


4. Perfect Smoky Eyeliner

The smoky eye is a makeup stalwart – it’s a timeless look that can make a girl’s eyes pop. The key to getting it right is avoiding harsh lines and achieving the perfect smudge. If your eyeliner doesn’t cooperate with that, try heating it up to loosen the pigment a bit. Just grab a lighter and hold it to the tip of your eyeliner for one or two seconds. Then, let it cool for 15 seconds before applying and smudging it with a brush or your finger.

The traditional smoky eye is black or gray, but that can be a bit much for a daily get-up. When wearing it in the daytime, using a color can look less dramatic. If you have brown eyes, try a navy pencil and shadow. For blue and green eyes, plum really makes the color pop.


5. Pouty Lips

While there are a number of products on the market that promise to swell your lips, they generally present two problems. First, those products work by irritating your lips, which can be painful. Second, they only achieve short-term effects. Make your perfect pout last longer by using a bit of eyeshadow for a volumizing effect. By applying your lipstick and brushing some shimmery ivory eyeshadow to the center of your lips only, it creates a 3D effect that makes them look fuller – no irritation or special products required. The same goes for clear gloss. Just dab it on the center of your lips.

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