Getting the most from your beauty regime isn’t all about following the trends or using flashy products – above all else, knowledge is power. Surely there’s not a woman out there who doesn’t love learning new beauty shortcuts. Whether you want to fix a chipped nail in a hurry or discover the household staple that makes your perfume last longer, these mini beauty miracles are sure to boost your pampering routine.
The last-minute restyle
Do you have unexpected evening plans but your hair is looking a bit sad? Run a little water through the mid-lengths and ends, then roughly plait and leave for an hour. When it’s time to go, pull it out for soft waves. Is your hair too short to plait? Twirl it in your fingers when it’s damp and as it dries for easy movement
The scent secret
Rub a little bit of lip balm on your skin before you spray on perfume – the oils will grip onto the fragrance and make it last longer.
The lash fix
Hold a card behind your upper lashes when applying mascara, so that you can push the product into the roots without smudging it onto your eyelids.
The longer-lasting manicure
Make sure that your nail polish goes the distance by repainting a clear top coat every few days to take the brunt off any knocks, and smooth over cuticles with a dab of cuticle oil. Already chipped? File down the offending tip and seal the edge with clear nail polish, or a sparkly top coat to hide all manner of sins.
The flawless foundation hint
If your foundation leaves your skin streaky, don’t throw it away, you just need the right technique. Avoid sweeping motions and instead, push your foundation into your skin in small sections with a short bristled foundation brush. Choose one where the hairs are packed densely – this helps the product spread quickly while the fat base massages everything to a flawless finish.
The foot fix
When you’re in a rush to get out the door but still have a fresh coat of lacquer on your toenails, simply put on a drop or two of quick-drying drops so that you don’t have to worry about your pretty paint smudging.
The lip saviour
Wearing a bright lipstick? Scrub lips with a make-up wipe to de-flake, then dip a cotton bud in your moisturiser and run over your mouth to prep and plump.