10 Inexpensive Beauty Tricks Only Stylists Know
Save a little money on your beauty regimen with these inexpensive secrets from the pros.
By Amy Ahlberg
1. Baby your brushes
Good makeup brushes
should last a lifetime. If yours look destroyed, here’s how to keep your next brush in tip top shape, according to InStyle’s experts. First, never let your brushes sit with product on them for too long; it can permanently damage the bristles, according to makeup
artist Fiona Stiles. Wash them regularly with shampoo or a mild dish
detergent. To dry, lay brushes flat on a
paper towel, says makeup artist Jake Bailey: “If you put them upright in a cup,
water can seep into the base and rot the brush."
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2. Don't redo makeup—refresh it
no need to remove and re-apply makeup after a mid-day meltdown. “To sop up oil
and refresh makeup, lightly mist your face with toner, then pat with a tissue,”
salon owner and makeup artist Eva Scrivo tells Marie Claire. Then dust with loose powder for a
smooth, velvety finish.
3. Skip the expensive body scrubs
Is a spa body treatment beyond your budget? You can easily get silky, smooth skin at home with a homemade body scrub from SheKnows:
mix one part olive oil with two parts sugar or salt, then add a few drops of an
essential oil (try lavender or grapefruit). Gently massage over your arms and
legs before your next shower, then rinse off with warm water.
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4. Prepare before you pucker up
Smooth, flake-free lips are an essential first step
when applying lip color, but you don’t need to buy a lip scrub, personal
stylist Fawn Cheng tells SheKnows. Her recipe: Mix equal parts brown sugar, olive oil, and
vanilla extract. Gently massage the mixture over lips and remove with a facial
tissue. Then proceed as normal with your lipstick routine.
5. Warm up your foundation with bronzer
You don’t need to have an
arsenal of different face foundations in your beauty kit, according to makeup
artist Brett Freedman. She tells Real Simple, “When
summer comes and your winter foundation looks too light, you can warm it up by
adding a touch of gel bronzer to it. This is way easier and cheaper than buying
a brand-new foundation.”
6. Don't over-powder
When you’re getting ready
on a hot day, don't continuously powder your face as you do your makeup, says
makeup artist Lisa O’Connor; you’ll risk ending up with a caked-on effect. “Wait
until just before you're ready to go out, then blot excess moisture and set
your makeup with powder,” she tells Total Beauty.
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7. Make any lipstick long-lasting
To reduce your need for touch-ups, Real
Simple says to dust a little powder on a folded facial tissue, then press it
gently between your lips to blot your lipstick. Bonus: This trick also helps keep color
off of your teeth.
8. Perfect the cat eye
For an expertly-drawn look you can create at
home, use makeup artist Julianne Kaye’s trick. “All you need is a sticky note, business card, or paper towel,” she tells SheKnows. Close the eye you’re going to
work on, and line up the note, card, or towel at a slight upward angle. Use it as a
guide for creating the signature swooped-up line using your favorite eye liner.
9. Get tinted lashes–for less
Salon-tinted eyelashes provide a natural-looking,
eye-enhancing effect. But you can create a similarly glossy, non-clumpy look
without an appointment, says salon owner and makeup artist Kimara Ahnert. Simply use
volumizing mascara and a facial tissue. “Take your mascara wand, dip it in the
tube, wipe it on a tissue several times to remove excess product, and then apply
it,” she tells Marie Claire.
10. At the end of the day, Vaseline is the best makeup remover
Makeup artist—and owner of an eponymous cosmetics line—Laura
Geller tells Woman’s Day that she uses Vaseline to take off her eye makeup. It’s a ritual she picked up from her mother, who also used basic petroleum jelly to moisturize
her hands. "Just dip a tissue into a jar and wipe your face with downward strokes—all your makeup will come right off," says Geller.
Watch a video with all of the tips here >>