14 beauty hacks every woman should know.

The best life hacks are the ones that make you wonder, Why didn’t I think of that? From a DIY gel liner to using a Band-Aid for nail art (yes, really), read on for 14 brilliant beauty hacks every woman should have for those days we oversleep or when makeup mastery evades us… read: every day.

BEAUTY HACK #1. Draw a cross to get a perfect cupid’s bow.

Try it and you’ll never apply liner or lipstick in any other way.


BEAUTY HACK #2. DIY Gel liner.

Hold your eye pencil under a flame for one second, let it cool down for 15 seconds and you’ve got an instant gel eyeliner. Genius!

via The Beauty Department.

BEAUTY HACK #3. Shaving Cream swap.

Run out of shaving cream? Reach for the hair conditioner. It’ll give you the same close shave with added moisturising benefits.

BEAUTY HACK #4. Band-Aid nail art cheat.

This one had us thinking, why didn’t we think of this first? Rather self-explanatory: place a Band-Aid over your nail, paint on your desired spot colour, wait for it to dry and voila! an envy-inducing polkadot mani even the steadiest hand couldn’t replicate.

BEAUTY HACK #5. Make your lipstick last.

Apply your lipstick, place a tissue over your lips, then brush over it lightly with translucent powder. The powder will seep through the tissue, making it last all day.

via Lauren Conrad.

BEAUTY HACK #6. Yoghurt pimple mask.

Pimples are the worst. No wait, pimples and wrinkles are the worst. Spot treat pimples naturally by applying 100 per cent Greek yoghurt and leaving it overnight. How it works: the lactic acid in the yoghurt will help to clear it up and the probiotics have natural bacteria-fighting properties, which helps it stop spreading.

BEAUTY HACK #7. The easiest smokey eye EVER.

Draw a hashtag shape onto the outer corner of your eye with an eye pencil (a chubby one works best) and blend it with your finger or brush. That’s it, you’re done!


Via Cosmopolitan.

BEAUTY HACK #8. Spoon eyeliner trick.

The cat’s eye. A makeup look only the professionals and steadied-hand among us can achieve. If this isn’t you, we’d like to introduce you to the spoon trick.

BEAUTY HACK #9. Dry your nails faster.

Giving your nails a break from gel manicures? To speed up the drying process, dunk your fingers in a bowl of cold water for one to three minutes to cut your drying time in half.

BEAUTY HACK #10. Thick ponytail illusion.

Make your ponytail look longer and fuller without hair pieces or extensions, tie up two ponytails on top of each other. Then, wrap a 1-inch section of hair around both and use a bobby pin to hold it in place.

BEAUTY HACK #11. DIY Lip Venom.

The thin-lipped among us have probably heard about Du Wop’s lip plumping product Lip Venom. For your own DIY version, add a drop of peppermint oil to your lip gloss.

BEAUTY HACK #12. Instant eyelash curler eyeliner.

For super easy eyeliner draw pencil along your eyelash curler, curl your lashes and the pencil will transfer. For a darker look, you’ll need to go over the line again.

BEAUTY HACK #12. Dewy skin cheat.

Mix a tiny dot (you only need a small amount!) of liquid highlighter in with your foundation to fake a dewy, Mirand Kerr-esque glow.

BEAUTY HACK #13. Business card mascara trick.

One way to keep your eyeshadow in tact when applying mascara is to hold a business card (or spoon) behind your lashes when you apply mascara. Any residue from the wand will hit the card instead of making a mess of your eye makeup.

BEAUTY HACK #14. White eyeshadow makes colours pop.

White eyeshadow is probably not something you’ve thought of adding to your makeup kit but applying it to your eyelids before coloured eyeshadow or liner will really help make the colour pop. It also works with nail polish; apply a layer of white nail polish before your bright polish.

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