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30 of the BEST Beauty Tricks

1) “Re-painting your polished nails with a clear top coat every second day makes the colour last and last and last and last, I swear.”
Amy Starr, beauty editor at SHOP Til You Drop.
2) Did you know a rosy lipstick can double up perfectly as a rosy blush? Simply dab onto the apples of cheeks (the bits that protrude when you smile) and blend in with your fingertip.
Katrina Lawrence,

3) Want to learn how to apply fake eyelashes, or master the art of liquid liner? YouTube has some great how-to videos that will give you a good starting point. Or for a vintage glamour look, check out

4) How many of these ‘hall-of-famers’ are in your bathroom? They’re must-haves for a reason, so add one or two to your basket next time you’re at Priceline or the department store makeup counter.

YSL Touche Eclat
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Noir
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
Lancôme Juicy Tubes
Klorane Dry Shampoo
Benefit Benetint
Chanel No.5
Nars Blush in Orgasm

5) If a regular shower cap isn’t preventing your blow-dry from becoming a frizzy mess, try a cloth-lined version. Plastic can make your head sweat – instant death for your carefully smoothed locks!

6) Do you wander sleepily into the shower in the mornings and blast your face with hot water in a bid to wake up? Stop! High temperatures increase sebaceous gland activity, which can lead to pimples, and can also cause capillary damage.

7) Want to make your eyeliner last all day? Buy an eyeliner brush and a dark eye shadow in a wet-dry formulation. Lightly dampen the brush and apply the shadow as you would a liner. You’ll have a longer-lasting line that will take you from dinner with the girls to the dance floor without any need to reapply.

8) Dry lips? Start by grabbing a lip scrub or damp facecloth and gently exfoliate away the chapped skin. A Chapstick-type wax-based lip balm; or beauty writer fave Lucas Papaw Ointment will keep your lips protected and moisturised during the day.

9) For bright red Hollywood lips apply your first coat of lippie, blot with a tissue and then reapply – it’ll give it longevity and luscious colour.
Sharon Goldstein, beauty editor at OK! Magazine. Check out Sharon’s blog at

10) Uh oh! Running late and need to look made up pronto? Mix a smidge of luminizer in with your regular moisturiser and smooth over your face for an instant and natural looking glow.
Sharon Goldstein, beauty editor at OK! Magazine – check out her blog at

11) The best way to make the most of your bright new shade of lipstick? Prime your pout with concealer first – this will tone down your lips’ natural hue, making your lippie stand out more.
Katrina Lawrence,

12) Banish bad hair days forever! Have a selection of sleek headbands and cool hats on hand for days when hair misbehaves. Or even a few good ol’ elastic bands – nothing beats a sleek ponytail or casual bun when it comes to chic hair styling.
Katrina Lawrence,

13) Concealer can be a miracle worker – you’ve just got to know how to use it. Yellow-toned concealer can help to even out shadowing, while pink-tones hide bruising. A green-toned concealer can help neutralise the redness of rosacea, broken capillaries or ‘too-rosy’ cheeks.

14) Mum always said squinting can cause wrinkles, but it can also help when applying your mascara! If you squint your eyes just a little bit as you apply a coat of mascara, it will keep the lashes off your skin and allow them to dry flawlessly. Sorry Mum.

15) Need to speed up the drying process on your home mani? Give your nails a quick blast with a hairdryer set to ‘cool’.

16) If you suffer from broken capillaries on your face, add a 2000mg dose of Vitamin C to your morning routine. Vitamin C is known to help strengthen capillary walls.

17) It’s amazing how a DIY spray tan can make you feel so much better at this time of year. Remember the key is to exfoliate first – and rub a bit of moisturiser on elbows and knees – areas it tends to grab.
Adriana Donnola, lifestyle and beauty editor, NW

18) Are you a nail polish peeler? STOP! When you peel back the polish, chances are you’re taking a layer of nail with you. Reach for the nail polish remover instead.

19) Next time you hit the beach, remember to put sunscreen on your hands and feet. They’re the areas that are always neglected, yet they age the fastest!

20) Hang on to cosmetic and skincare samples found inside magazines or as gifts with purchase. They’re a perfect size for travelling, or to put in your work desk drawer for makeup top-ups during the day.

21) When did you last have a breast check? Regular breast checks (by your GP or self-exam) are crucial for detecting changes in breast tissue. Head to for more information and to watch a how-to video.

22) Next time you have a mani, try a coat of gun metal grey. It looks great on short nails… which makes it perfect for you biters out there!

23) For the perfect pair of red lips, use a lip brush to paint on your lipstick. Blot with a tissue, then brush on another coat. Blot once more. This helps to create a long-last no-bleed effect.
Katrina Lawrence,
24) Body brushing is the single best thing you can do in your beauty routine. It makes you healthy from the inside, and in turn, look it on the outside. Reduces cellulite too – what a bonus.
Amy Starr, beauty editor at SHOP Til You Drop.

25) Never underestimate the power of the brow… and how much they can change your look if done badly!

DO: Get them shaped professionally. If you can’t afford to get it done regularly, have a beautician sculpt them once every 2-3 months and maintain them in between yourself.
DON’T: Go too thin – thin is definitely not in!
DO: Fake thicker brows by putting in a little brow gel and brushing upwards with a brow brush.
DON’T: Pluck multiple hairs. Removing one hair at a time will take a little longer, but you’ll get a much better result.
DO: Tweeze stray hairs above the brow if you need to – just be careful to maintain your natural arch.

26) Don’t forget the golden beauty rule: play up eyes or lips – never both. Go too OTT on both the eyes and lips and neither feature will stand out.
Katrina Lawrence,
27) Winter is the perfect time to use a body oil to moisturize. It’s quick to soak in and seems to envelop your body like a warm winter blanket. I like to massage my cuticles on hands and feet too – before you know it those toes are going to be on show again!
Adriana Donnola, lifestyle and beauty editor, NW

28) Is your chic dark polish still clinging to your nails after a session with the nail polish remover? Try squeezing some lemon juice into a bowl of warm water. Soak for a couple of minutes to remove staining.

29) If you have small lips go for light, glossy lip colours. Try to avoid dark and matte lippy as they’ll make your lips appear smaller.

30) Sick of waking up with lines on your face from your pillow? Switch to silk pillowcases and you’ll have one less wrinkle to worry about in the morning.
Amy Starr, beauty editor at SHOP Til You Drop.

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