Four things beauty gurus know that you don't.

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You’re going to want to listen up…

Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow absorb the decades of insider knowledge possessed by beauty experts by osmosis or something?

Ok, so that might not be exactly possible. But we’ve got the next best thing.

Here’s a collection of tips from our favourite beauty gurus.

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You are so welcome.

1. Rachael Mannell – former Cleo beauty director.

Mannell has been a beauty editor for more than two decades, so she knows her stuff.

She told Mamamia’s Shelly Horton that she tries to avoid beauty products that contain potentially harmful ingredients such as formaldehyde – which can be found in nail polish and hairspray – and sodium lauryl sulphate, which is commonly found in products that foam or lather up.

“[The skin] is the largest organ and it absorbs everything, and there are about 800 chemicals, in say, body products, and our skin and our body has to eliminate them… Cancer is a possible effect of using chemicals,” she says.

“As a beauty editor I have to try everything. I just try to be mindful.”

2. Edwina Carr-Barraclough – The Glow editor.

She’s the editor of a beauty website, so she’s kind of a pro. Here’s one of Carr-Barraclough’s foolproof skincare tips:

“My mum always told me that my neck and chest are just as in need of care as my face,” she says.


“So as a result, I always make sure to moisturise down to my décolletage and wash any makeup or bronzer off my neck at the end of the day.”

And, as an added bonus, here’s her top makeup secret:

“If you’re ever in need of a quick skin pick-me-up, be sure to add blush to your beauty kit. When I’ve had little sleep, or when my skin feels washed-out and tired, a couple of swipes of subtle pink blush to the apples of my cheeks make me look [and feel] alive again. Not the blush kind? Bronzer works just as well.”

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““If you’re ever in need of a quick skin pick-me-up, be sure to add blush to your beauty kit.”

3. Kahla Preston – The Glow writer.

Preston swears that one of the best things you can do for your skin starts in the shower.

“I’ve always been careful about cleansing my face in the shower – the heat of the water can really dry out your skin, and a dermatologist told me it can also cause you to over-cleanse which isn’t great either,” she says.

“Rather than stick my face directly into the stream, I cup the water and splash gently – and try not to make it too hot.”

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Kahla Preston.

4. Brittany Stewart – The Glow writer.

When it comes to beauty advice, Stewart says the best tip she’s ever heard came from her mum.

“The one beauty tip that I always live by is one my mum told me – never leave the house without a lipstick. Adding lipstick instantly makes you look more polished and put together, lifts and brightens the face, can make your eyes pop and your teeth look whiter and is also a great confidence boost for days when you’re just feeling a little bit blurgh,” she says.

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Brittany Stewart.

What advice do you have for all the beauty addicts out there?

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