Here are a couple of beauty secrets you probably didn’t know about.
Sure, it’s chilly in your bathroom in the morning, but don’t be tempted to crank up the heat in the shower. Hot water followed by cool, dry air leads to rough skin. To lock in moisture post-shower, pat– don’t rub– yourself dry, and coat skin in a thick alpha-hydroxy lotion.
For flawless skin choose a cleanser and moisturizer appropriate for your skin type that you can use a.m. and p.m., and then supplement it weekly with a purifying face mask. You should also consider using a nightly skin treatment that exfoliates dead skin cells.
Trying to look well rested when you aren’t? Avoid piling on the foundation. Use a tinted moisturizer instead, followed by a beige eye pencil– it counteracts any redness around your eyes.
Large pores are caused by two things: genetics and age. Want to shrink them? Go to a spa or a dermatologist to get microdermabrasion treatments, a type of facial that gently sloughs off the dead surface layer of skin.
To accentuate your upper lash line without creating overly spidery fringe, apply a strip of false lashes meant for your lower lashes from corner to corner. They’re shorter than traditional falsies, so they’ll thicken your lash line without elongating it too much.
When applying liquid liner— otherwise your line will look uneven, keep your eyes open. Apply by drawing three dashes, one on the corner, one in the middle, and one on the inside corner of your eye. Go back and connect the dashes for a smooth line.
For full lips go for a glossy look. Try first outlining the perimeter of your lips using a concealer brush dipped in bronzer two shades deeper than your skin tone. Top pout with coral, gold, or peach gloss.
To make the waist look narrower, use a white pencil liner to dot an egg shape on each side, starting below the rib cage. Fill in just this area with a self-tanner one shade darker than your natural skin and blend,” says Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare spas.
To keep eye shadow from creasing, eliminate as much oil as possible from your lids. To do it, use an eye shadow base or pressed powder before applying colour. Looser, more powdery shadows are best if creasing is a problem.
Naturally pale but want a healthy glow? The good news is that you don’t need a lot of makeup to achieve great-looking skin, says New York makeup artist Paula Dorf. For natural-looking results, apply glow products to the apples of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, your hairline, and chin.
When waxing at home, apply tooth-numbing cream in the area you plan to wax about half an hour prior to your session. It will temporarily numb the skin, making the experience a little less painful.
Treating your neck like your face doesn’t work. “Your neck ages in its own way and so has special needs,” explains Adrienne Denese, M.D., Ph.D. “Neck tendons shrink through the years and become more visible and the thin skin in this area doesn’t respond to lasers and peels as well as your face does.” She suggests good posture and neck stretches.
Want to make your small eyes look bigger? Stay away from dark eyeshadows. Start with a nude base, then apply shadow a shade or two darker than the base to your crease and use your finger to blend the color up toward your eyebrow.
When applying fake eyelashes, put a little more glue on the edges than the rest of the lash, since they’re more likely to come loose. Blow on the glue for a few seconds for a better hold.
Olive oil is a great cure for all things dry. For soft cuticles, place your fingers in a bowl of warm olive oil. Olive oil is also a great way to remove waterproof mascara. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and smooth over closed eyes.
For daytime moisturizing, think layering: Use an antioxidant serum under a face cream, topped off with a sunblock. To stave off flaking, consider light exfoliation once a week. Moisturizing without exfoliating first can result in breakouts and dull skin.
“I frequently see women with deeper wrinkles on one side of their face– the side they sleep on, of course,” says New York dermatologist Heidi A. Waldorf. To avoid “sleep lines,” opt for silk or satin pillowcases and pile on the antiaging products.
To sop up oil and refresh makeup, lightly mist your face with toner, then pat with a tissue, says Eva Scrivo, makeup artist and owner of the eponymous New York City salon. Finish with a dusting of loose powder.
Refresh your makeup by spraying your face with water. While your face is still wet, start reblending the concealer, foundation, or powder you already have on.
To avoid an orangey look with self-tanner, after application, wipe a cotton swab or a damp paper towel across your eyebrows and along your hairline.
Water, paper, chemicals: all enemies of soft hands. “You have to fight back every day,” says Jan Arnold, founder of Creative Nail Design. “First, exfoliate to slough off the dead cells. While skin is moist, slather on a cream rich enough to compensate for how few oil glands your hands have. Treat your hands to a paraffin-wax dip next time you’re getting a salon manicure.”