We all have a few beauty tips and secrets up our sleeve, but if there’s one thing that’s true, it’s that we’ve all heard the same ones 1000 times over. To introduce some new beauty insider tricks into your life, here are 7 of the most well-kept secrets, revealed.
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1. When swatching lipsticks, use the pad of your finger
Our first instinct when we see a gorgeous lipstick is to swipe it on the back of our hands. Unfortunately, the colour on the back of our hands doesn’t mimic the natural colour on our lips and can actually result in an unflattering pout once applied. To properly get an idea of what the lipstick will look like on your lips, test it on your fingertip, as it closely resembles your natural lip colour.
2. Avoid foam cleansers if you have dry, sensitive, or aging skin
Foam cleansers are phenomenal at removing dirt, oil, and makeup on oily and acne-prone skin types, but for dry, sensitized, and mature skin types, the foam tends to be too stripping and aggressive. Instead, opt for hydrating cleansers that are designed to dissolve dirt and makeup, without stripping your skin’s natural moisture barrier.
3. Bake yourself bronze with self-tanner and a hair dryer
No need to wait around awkwardly for fake tan to dry. After exfoliating, moisturizing, and completing self-tanner application, lightly blow warm air from a hair dryer all over your skin to set the product in and speed up the developing process. You’ll still have to rinse off, but at least you won’t need to worry about the overnight bedsheet stink.
Blow Dryer: Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer
4. The skin is the last organ to receive water
Even though skin is the largest organ in the body, it’s the last to receive water and essential nutrients; so, it’s important to give it a little help. Firstly, start by drinking a sufficient amount of water everyday. Not only will it help with your overall health, it’ll also help hydrate your skin cells, which will leave you with beautiful, glowing skin. The second thing you can do to give your skin a moisture boost is to use a hyaluronic acid prior to applying your moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the body, right in between the spaces of our skin cells, where it works as a lubricating fluid to help retain collagen and provide elasticity. It also holds 1000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and keeping it there.
5. If fine lines, wrinkles, or dry skin is a concern, avoid matte makeup
Matte makeup has made a comeback from the 1950s Dorothy Dandridge and Grace Kelly-esque era and has become a must-have staple for makeup lovers everywhere. Unfortunately, matte makeup isn’t flattering for everyone. Matte finishes are ideal for oily and acne-prone skin types, as those with these concerns are seeking a way to minimize oil. Dry and mature skin types on the other hand, are lacking moisture in their skin and applying matte makeup will tend to accentuate wrinkles and look cake-y. This is because matte makeup products absorb moisture from the skin and prevent light reflection, causing your skin to appear older and/or drier. For a youthful, radiant glow, opt for hydrating cream and liquid makeup products as these will reflect the light and soften the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin. If you find that your t-zone looks shiny after application, use some blotting papers (instead of powder!) in your t-zone to minimize the sheen.
Blotting Papers: Shiseido Pureness Blotting Paper
6. Always go for a minimum of SPF 30 and broad spectrum
The number in SPF theoretically represents how long you can stay in the sun without getting sunburned. For example, if you tend to burn after 15 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF of 15 lets you stay in the sun 15 times longer than you normally would without sun protection. However, this doesn’t mean that you can just set it and forget it. It should still be reapplied every 2 hours and more often than that if you’re sweating or swimming.
When picking a sunscreen, always go for an SPF 30, as it filters out up to 97% of the sun’s UV radiation. You should also always opt for a broad spectrum sunscreen, as it’ll block out both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause premature aging, wrinkles, and sagging, whereas UVB rays are responsible for sunburns and play a key role in skin cancer.
Broad spectrum face sunscreens with no white cast: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light SPF 60 (matte finish, ideal for sensitive skin types), Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 (soft-matte finish), Murad Invisiblur SPF 30 (matte finish)
7. Heavy makeup on the lower lash line brings attention to dark circles
A gorgeous smokey eye complete with a dark eyeliner in the waterline and a generous coat of mascara on the bottom lashes will always be in style. However, those with dark circles may want to rethink their next evening-night-out makeup look. Dark mascaras, eyeliners, and eyeshadows on the lower lash line pronounce dark circles and tend to drag the eye down, making you look even more tired. However, not all hope is lost — There are a few things you can do.
Firstly, always start off with a great eye cream prior to applying your makeup. This will help smooth out the under eye surface for a flawless application. Next, opt for lighter eyeshadow colours and only line your upper lid. Then, line the waterline with a beige eyeliner. Finish it off by highlighting the inner corner of your eye and your brow bone to brighten the eyes and pull the whole look together.
If you’re adamant about painting on a dark, sultry eye, opt for a colour correcting concealer. Under eye colour correctors usually fall under the orange colour spectrum, however it can range from a light peach to a burnt orange depending on your skin tone. These tones will help cancel out any darkness from the under eye area (thank you, colour wheel!). Just remember — If you can see the colour corrector through your foundation, you’ve applied too much.