8 Makeup Hacks That Are So Crazy They Work!

I keep tellin’ you guys, as much as I love makeup, I totally suck at it sometimes. I’m proud of my brows, but pretty much everything else is a struggle sometimes.

Sometimes, I just wish there was a cheat code. It doesn’t need to be insta-makeup, I still like putting it on, but, just, you know, a whole lot more room for error, and a whole lot less money required.

That’s when I came across these 8 hacks for makeup. They seem weird and stupid but, trust me, they totally work.

1. Ice Cube Primer

Sure. You could jamsu it up, but who really enjoys smashing their face into a big bowl of ice cold water like their bobbing for apples. Except there are no apples.

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Ice cubes to the rescue! Pop some of these icy bad boys into a new zip lock bag after you’ve cleansed your face, just before applying anything and rub it all over your face. This tightens your pores, reduces puffiness and softens your skin when you do eventually start applying makeup.

2. Oh Yeeeeeah Lipstain

Lip stains are so in. I know. I’m totally guilty of buying 60 different shades of the same red. But it doesn’t have to be such a massively expensive exercise, and it could be a whole lot more tasty.

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Get some Cherry Red Koolaid (yup, you heard that right). A tablespoon will do. Add a couple of drops of water until it forms a thickish paste. Then apply! Make sure you don’t thoroughly clean your brush afterwards so you don’t attract ants.

3. Rescue broken powders

You’re in a rush. You’ve just finished your makeup with some setting powder. You try to wrap it up and pop it in your bag, but, silly you, today you accidentally woke up with butter fingers! Buh-bow. The powder in your compact breaks into a million pieces and so does your heart.

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OK, only joking. It’s not that serious. What you do, get your powder brush and pick up as much of the powder as you can into the compact. Then using a teaspoon break it down even further until it’s a fine dust. Mix in some isopropyl alcohol until it turns into a paste. Shape it flat with a butter knife and then leave it open to set for a few hours. By the time you come back from work, voila! It’ll look like new.

4. Pantyliner Protection!

Yeah, this one is a weird one.

I love a good smoky eye as much as the next girl, but you know what I do hate? All that fallout that ends up ruining the rest of your face. I used to place a fan brush under my eye to catch this, but who has 4 hands?

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So, you know pantyliners? They’re actually fantastic for catching fallout and the powder just sticks to the absorbent side. Simply cut them into 2 or 4 pieces, shape them to fit underneath your eye and stick them there before you start putting on that “night out on the town” makeup.

When you’re done, simply remove and dispose!

5. Blotting paper for cheapskates

Man, I feel like I need a pack of these a day. No. Not cigarettes. Blotting paper. And it sure can get expensive, especially in hot weather, with oily skin.

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Did you know there’s a cheat right in your kitchen? Simply grab some coffee liners and cut them into a compact shape you can carry around. Squares, circles, Spongebob Squarepants. Whatever tickles your fancy. Pop them in a little ziplock baggy and blot away! The material of the paper is perfect for catching excess oil without removing makeup along with it.

6. Eu de can’t smell it anymore

I spend a good thousand dollars on scents each year. I just can’t help it. So it’s no wonder that I get a little annoyed when you spritz yourself a little in the morning and, by lunchtime you back to smelling like an armpit.

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Here’s an amazing tip I’ve found to help you make that scent last all day. Dab a little bit of Vaseline on to the pulse points around your body before you spray! It should help that scent go just a bit further.

7. No surgery plump lips

I get it, not everyone is blessed with lips the size of a young Angelina Jolie, or even Kylie Jenner. How are we ever going to find the canvas to put those luscious lip kits of hers to use?!

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Not to worry. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on surgery to plump up your lips. Grab some peppermint essence oil (you can find it at your local organics store) and apply a couple of drops of it to your lips with a cotton bud. You can also add a few drops of it to your lip tints and lip glosses to add that extra fullness, as well as make them stretch a bit further.

8. Ghetto Beauty Blender Storage

I love beauty blenders. I love them so much that I made my own, and I’ve pretty much given up on foundation brushes altogether. But what happens when you’ve just got too many of them. They’re a wierd shape and you don’t want them to dry into an even wierder one. Hmmm….

You know what blenders are also shaped like? Eggs.

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Yup, you can see where this is going. Grab an unused plastic egg carton (plastic is preferable as it doesn’t harbor germs) and make sure its clean, before you pop all your beauty blenders inside!

That’s it for this post ladies! I hope you learned some money saving hacks! I’d love to hear what other hacks you guys use for great makeup or just to save some money! Leave them down in the comments below and I’ll be sure to try them.

My favorite eye makeup tips to make you look like you know what you’re doing.

Looking fab ain’t always easy. Especially when you have no idea whether what you’re doing is right (pretty much most of the time). So, when I came across these makeup tips that help you make the most of your eyes I had to share them!

Eye shape, brows, lids and lashes, I got you covered! Now there’s no excuse to go out looking like you’ve used a Homer Simpson made makeup gun.

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Use multiple layers of mascara for that extra “boost”! Sometimes I even use 3 layers.
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Raise your brow.

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For a smokey look to an existing color start with a black base.
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For longer lasting and more vibrant eyeshadows start with a white base!
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Use your inner lash line! It can make a world of difference.
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What kind of eye shape are you?
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White liners are the bomb! If you get any one do-it-all product a shimmery white liner has to be it.
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Use light pressure on the crease, medium pressure on the lid for natural shading.
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Some inspo for you!
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Wanna be pro at applying eyeliner? Start with dots and then connect them together with an eyeliner brush for a smooth straight light.
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How eyeliner can change your eye shape.
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The perfect lash curl!
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Getting an eye lift without surgery!
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THIS is how you apply eye makeup. Don’t look straight ahead, rather tilt your head up and look down into a mirror. This makes your lid tight reducing the chance of ugly creases when applying.

 

Got any eye makeup tips of your own! Share them in the comments below, and who knows, we may feature you in our next spot!

8 tips for looking ageless

None of us are going to be young forever. Even the most baby-faced Korean skincare fanatics among us will, in time, show the years. But that doesn’t mean we should all pack it in and spend the last half of our lives in sweaters confined to the couch watching Miss Marple over a bucket of ice cream. Noooo! The best of us age gracefully. Meryl Streep, Judi Dench and the ageless Julie Andrews. How do they do it?!
I’ll tell you what they’re not doing. They’re not slathering their faces with more makeup than a scary clown.
Here’s what they are doing:

Concealing Crows Feet

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Crows feet are some of the first signs of aging you’ll come across. As you age they can deepen. Because of the creasing, they have a brown undertone.
To lessen their appearance try applying concealer in an upward motion. Use one with a pinkish tone for those of us with lighter skin. For medium skin tones use a peachy concealer.

Using the right lip color

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While ruby red lips are totally in at the moment, and they really give you an elegant look, they don’t help you look youthful.
Skin on our lips is thin and don’t contain glands that normally replenish moisture. That’s why they dry so quickly. To combat this use lip balm with SPF before applying lipstick and moisturize them at night. Choose shades of pink to define and plump your lips for a youthful appearance

Widening the eyes

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Big and wide eyes is the calling card of youth. But as you age, your skin loses elasticity. The skin on your eyelids and brow bone begin to droop and you take on a bit of a “sloth-like” appearance. As cute as sloths are, they aren’t an animal most people want to imitate.
For a quick fix you can get a good lash curler and freeze curled lashes in place with a dry mascara. You also want to remember to highlight that brow bone to provide some lift.
When using eye products, as the skin around your eyes is looser than it used to be avoid using pencil liners or liquid liners, which can tug at the skin or leave dashes above the lash line. Stick to a creamy gel liner instead, which has a much smoother application. Make sure to angle your eyeliner upwards at the ends to provide more lift.

Adding radiance to their skin

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As we age the collagen in our skin breaks down, you lose that plumpness, and your skin becomes prone to drying. Apart from using a powerful moisturizer, a great way to quickly get that glowing plumpness back is using a creamy, glowy blush stick to give yourself a radiant glow.
Another amazing tip from professional makeup artists to add some radiance back to your skin is the judicious use of highlighter. Apply it under your foundation for a much more natural and realistic glow. We aren’t going for chroming here.
Finally, avoid using powder based products, which can just make you look cakey. No baking!

Filling out the brows

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As you age it’s not uncommon for brows to get thinner. Sometimes it’s natural, sometimes it’s due to over plucking. Whatever the reason, a well defined brow can give an instant lift to your face and give the impression that, yes, you are a lady and you’re a boss at being one.
But, stay away from heavy products. Stick to powders and pencils to lightly fill in and define the natural contours of your brow. You want a soft natural, but well groomed look. It’s not practical to wear Instagram brows.

Using the right foundation and only once

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As you age your skin becomes thinner so it’s natural that your complexion will change over time. Often you will get rosier and rosier, and then all of a sudden… You have a ruddy face.
Use a medium coverage, silicon based liquid foundation for a dewy finish. Avoid finishing it with powder. It’s as simple as just letting it set naturally by waiting 5 minutes for it to dry.
That’s all my tips for looking youthful as you age! Let me know what you think! Got any tips of your own? Leave them in the comments below!

Makeup for Idiots – 6 Infographics

Vloggers on YouTube make it look so easy don’t they. When you try those looks by yourself you just end up looking like a gremlin who ate after midnight. It’s so unfair. But fret no longer ladies! I’ve put together 6 super simple infographics with basic makeup techniques everyone can learn in a cinch.

Check them out below!

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What do you want your eyeliner to say? I always want to look like I’m definitely not hungover. Definitely not…
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Inspiration from Julep so you stop wearing that stupid winged liner you can never make thin enough to stop it looking like a blob of black accidentally stuck to your eye.
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Color theory! No more mixing purple and green! Wait… That wasn’t a thing?
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The classic smokey. Classy.
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Because I also have absolutely no idea what all these thousands of wands are for.
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Slowly puts down that blending brush I’ve been using to apply shadow with…

 

Got any other infographics that you swear by? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below or just let me know what you think!

Why Asian Women Never Age

Have you ever tried to guess the age of an Asian woman? It’s often not easy, right? Asian skin appears ageless a lot of the time. But it isn’t genetic pot luck. As Korean skincare products become more and more popular people are becoming aware that it isn’t only the French that have serious skincare chops. Asian’s also have a trick or two up their sleeves.

For some age old (and some not so old) secrets behind why Asian women never seem to age, read on!

  1. Turmeric Everything

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I can’t even find a way to use this in cooking most of the time. It just sits in my spice cabinet to impress my mother in law in case she wanders into the kitchen.

But now I have a reason to own it. Lots of it! Whether ingesting moundfuls of it or slathering on my face, turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that reduces skin inflamation. It also contains lots of manganese, which is like Red Bull for collagen production.

Try including it in a home made honey yogurt mask, or incorporating it into a lemon and ginger chicken dinner.

  1. Collagen is Life

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Collagen. It’s the stuff that your skin is built on. Instead of just repairing it like most creams aim to do, Asian women haven taken it upon themselves to also boost it’s production.

Whether it’s drinking it, swallowing it or eating it (yes, eating it), Asian women make taking collagen a part of daily life.

Little known fact, red fruits & papaya boost collagen production. Time to pull out that fruit salad recipe.

  1. Ditch the European for the Korean

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The old dermatological houses of Europe have gotten old, stuffy and haven’t innovated in years. There are still amazing products from there, but many of them are simply expensive emulsions.

Koreans are driving skincare trends these days. At a fraction of the price of high end French serums, they’re innovative, both in design and composition and add new and effective ways to take care of your skin.

Don’t know what to try from the multitude of wierd and wonderful world of K-Beauty? Start with adding a face mask to your daily skincare regime, they’re cheap, effective and, a lot of times, really fun to use.

  1. Eat by Color

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We love our fish and chips, and fried chicken, but our skin doesn’t. Most East Asian cultures don’t feature fried foods as much as say, American or Australian culture does.

So what do Asian women eat to maintain that glowing complexion? Turns out they pack lots of grains, fruits and vegetables into their diet. There isn’t a lot of consumption of red meat and a greater prevalence of fish. Also, the drink of choice is usually green tea, coconut water or a fresh fruit juice.

If it sounds like a big jump to move from beer, fried chicken and chips, try to remember this rule: the more colors there are in your meal the more balanced your diet!

  1. Sun is the Enemy

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One thing I noticed as an Asian in Australia is the difference in what’s considered beautiful skin. Australian’s, by and large, preferred to be deeply bronzed. Asians, especially those not born there, prefer to be porcelain.

There are a whole bunch of cultural reasons for this that I won’t get into, but recent research into skin health shows that having porcelain skin isn’t such a bad idea. It turns out that, while getting a tan on the beach, your is collagen breaking down as your skin slowly “cooks”. This is, actually, really bad for skin health.

In places like China, Japan, and Thailand women wear sunscreen all day, every day, even in cloudy weather. It’s not uncommon for them to not go out during the hottest times of the day between 10AM and 4PM.

To protect the health of your skin apply SPF50 sunscreen to your face and exposed skin during the day.

That’s it for today’s beauty tips! They’re pretty basic, but following these 5 steps is a great first step towards becoming ageless.

Let us know in the comments what you think and if you have your own beauty tips you follow for that flawless complexion!

 

7 Beauty & Style Lessons from Jackie Kennedy

He’s caustic, rude, dishonest, and demeaning to all manner of people.
 
I’m talking about the new President of the United States, Donald Trump, of course. But Presidencies have not always been so troubling. There was a time when the Presidency deserved respect and his wife, adored.
 
The most adored of them had to be Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She continues to be an icon of style and a guide to all that is effortless, dignified and everlastingly fashionable.
 
When I look back at her life, there were 8 lessons I found for presenting yourself in public life.

 

1. Sometimes a simple cleansing regime is better

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While the first lady was blessed with a luminous complexion, it wasn’t due to a 3 foot long laundry list of skincare products. In fact, she used a single product: mineralized soap. These are rich in organic minerals and salts that both exfoliate and nourish. A modern day version of this you could try is the legendary Magic Stone from April Skin.
 

2. Find a scent that works and stick to it

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Put your hand up if you have a wardrobe cabinet full of perfumes. I know I do. I know the thinking. You rationalize it by saying they’re all for different occasions, right? But Jackie Kennedy’s guiding philosophy was to always be yourself. So, no matter the occassion, she always wore one scent: Lovely Patchouli 55 from the House of Krigler. Now, you don’t have to go and get a perfume from the most exclusive perfumery in the world. But you should find a scent that you love and wear it everywhere, because, why bend to suit the occasion? The occasion should suit you #strongwomen.
 

3. She pioneered eyebrows

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Brows in 2017 are in, but over 50 years ago, Jackie Kennedy was already perfecting the brow. Constantly the perfectionist, she groomed her brows meticulously. People look at brows and they are one of the fastest ways to determine whether a person is a slob or well-organized. Jackie Kennedy was always well organized. A product like the Skinfood Black Bean Eyebrow Pencil is great as an all in one solution to grooming, filling and nourishing your brows.
 

4. Always present yourself with an air of effortlessness

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Long before Paris Hilton made hangover sunnies trashy, Jackie Kennedy was using them to substitute for a lack of time. Those days when your hair just won’t stay down, and you haven’t got the time put on a full face of makeup, instead of trying to smash it on and possibly lose some dignity do what she did. Wrap a scarf over your head and don a pair of fashionably large sunglasses for that morning brunch. Never appear flustered again.
 

5. Invest in a powerful moisturizer

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Not saying you have slather your face with every cream under the sun. Just find a really good one, and stick to it. While Jackie Kennedy did age gracefully, her habit of smoking took a toll on her skin. To keep her complexion youthful and radiant she only ever relied on one moisturizer. As is the case with anything. The higher the quality the less subsitutes you need to make. For example, the legendary True Cream Aqua Bomb from Belif gives deep hydration without breaking the bank, and has been around forever.
 

6. Focus on the lips

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Again, while red lipsticks have come back into vogue in 2017, Jackie Kennedy was rocking it over 50 years ago. She really was ahead of her time, and her lesson of treating lipstick as a fashion accessory continues to be a guiding principle today. To keep in simply stylish choose a lipstick shade to fit your dress. There’s no need to get all fancy with the eyeshadow. Try the NARS range of audacious lipsticks for sophisticated, creamy and high impact lip colors.
 

7. Less is more

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This is probably the most important lesson from Jackie Kennedy’s legacy of style. She never went over the top. She never used any extravagant products. She stuck to a few high quality products that suited her, and maximized her natural features. She never succumbed to short lived trends, and she was always herself, not trying to be someone else. Style doesn’t need to be complicated and Jackie Kennedy Onassis proved why.
 
That’s all for this post! What other style lessons have you learned from the first lady and what do you think about the ones we’ve talked about here? Leave your comments below!
 

8 Infographics that Make Using Beauty Products Easier

There are about 12 billion different beauty products you can buy these days (maybe a slight exaggeration). So it’s no wonder that many of us have no idea what to get or how to use half of them.
 
Luckily, one of the rules of the Internet is that, if somethine exists, someone, somewhere will have made an infographic.
 
I love a good infographic. So easy to read and understand, and the best ones can change your life. So, here are my top 8 beauty infographics that might change yours!

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Find out the perfect foundation type for your skin!
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No idea what skincare product to use first? Check this out
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So many brushes! So little idea how to use them! This has got your basics covered.
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How to conceal those ugly under eye circles, or just go nuts!
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No idea what eyeshadows do to your eye? Refer to the above chart!
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Mowing through your foundation? You’re probably using too much. Here’s the right amount to use of every beauty product!
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Contouring. No longer some magic voodoo art. This is how you can flatter any face type!
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Had that mascara forever? Maybe it’s time to throw it out. That is unless you like getting an eye infection…

Have you got any favorite beauty infographics of your own that you wear by? Leave them below in the comments. I’d love to learn about them!