Beauty Secrets from the People Who Know Best
"If you’re not a professional makeup artist, it can be difficult to line those eyes, but then again liquid liner tends to stay on longer and smudge-free. So what I do is, I line my eyes first with a pencil liner because it’s easier to make that straight line with it. Then I go back on the line with the liquid liner. It’s kind of like coloring! The result? Your eye liner will stay on, smudge-free, and well-lined."
-Ysolt Usigan, beauty and style contributor at Huffington Post
"If your skin is on the shiny side, stop by your local Starbucks, grab a handful of those brown napkins, and shove them in your purse. They work better than any blotting papers I've used and they're free. And, don’t feel guilty about pilfering from the coffee conglomerate. If they're charging four bucks for some java and steamed milk, they owe you a shine-free face."
-Daneen Baird, founder and editor-in-chief of SpoiledPretty.com
"I have extremely thick tresses that get dry and frizzy during extreme seasonal shifts. I apply a conditioning hair masque and leave it on overnight, rinsing in the morning. Hair becomes angelical soft and immediately rescued."
-Amy E. Goodman, author of “Wear This, Toss That!”
"For an eye look that’s defined but not too heavy, line your upper lash line with black eyeliner and the bottom lash line with brown eyeliner. This is one of my biggest makeup artist tricks for beautiful, soft eyes!”
-Mally Roncal, celebrity makeup artist
"Run your eyelash curler under warm water (or blast it with your blow drier for a second) before using it for a considerably curlier result that lasts!"
-Alexis Wolfer, editor-in-chief of TheBeautyBean.com
"Take a white eye pencil and line the inside rim of your lower eyelid. This really makes eyes pop! Fun fact: Look at the old black/white photos of the gorgeous women of the ‘30s and ‘40s like Marlene Dietrich and you'll see this was done to them. Additionally, if your eyes are a close set, use the white pencil to lightly line the section where the upper and lower lids come together, closest to the nose. This will make them appear wider apart. The key here is to make sure it's sublte."
-Candice Sabatini, editorial director of BeautyNewsNYC.com
"The best thing you can do for your appearance is to drink lots of water. Hydration helps your skin stay moisturized and glowing, boosts your metabolism, and keeps your energy levels up. Spritz water on your face too, especially in the summer, to keep it feeling and looking refreshed."
-Debbie Strong, senior health editor at Everyday Health
"If you break out on your chin and jawline often, try using and keeping a hand sanitizer next to your computer. We often unconsciously touch and lean chins into hands while zoned out in front of the screen, causing the dirt and bacteria on our hands to spread and trigger breakout-prone areas of the face."
-Grace Gold, freelance beauty reporter
"To preserve a blow out, I sleep with my hair in a top knot secured with hair pins to keep the texture and shape. When I wake up, I just let it fall and spruce it up a bit with dry shampoo on my roots and if I need to, I'll refresh it with a blow dryer."
-Jeannine Morris, editor-in-chief at BeautySweetSpot.com
"To keep my skin from drying out, I use two different face washes—a heavy duty gel-based one in the evening and a lighter milk-based cleanser in the morning. A lighter cleanser in the morning helps the skin retain protective oils.”
-Alina Dizik, freelance beauty writer
"Make a $5 tube of mascara look as good as the results from a $25 tube by holding a business card up along the inside edge of your lashes and sweeping the brush against it with your other hand. This way your lashes can't bend out of the way of the brush and you end up coating every lash all the way to the tip. The results will leave you wide-eyed in more ways than one.”
-Wendy Toth, senior lifestyle editor for Digital Works @NBCU
"After age 35, never ever wear powder (except maybe a dab on your nose). It settles into wrinkles around the eyes and mouth to instantly age skin. Instead, go for a tinted moisturizer and/or a stellar concealer like YSL Touche Eclat that deflects light to minimize lines. Use facial blotting tissues like those by The Body Shop with tea tree oil to blot excess oil.”
-Ingrid Schmidt, freelance style and beauty editor
"I once splurged on a very expensive haircut at a super swanky NYC salon. What did I learn from this $400 trim, besides it looked no different than a $40 cut? I learned to take my power back. When it came time to style my hair, the master stylist asked me how I would like him to do it. ‘I don't know, you're the expert,’ I said. He begged to differ and lectured me on how I should never give my power away in the chair. Wagging a pricey comb at me, he cautioned me to stay alert and aware every step of the way and never be afraid to speak up or ask the stylist to show you want they are doing. ‘Never forget, when it comes to your hair, you're the expert,’ he said. Then he offered me champagne.”
-Janene Mascarella, beauty writer for Bella magazine
"Save money by creating your own tinted moisturizer. I just put a small drop of my liquid foundation and a dime-sized amount of my daily moisturizer in the palm of my hand. I mix the two and voila! I have my own tinted moisturizer! No new products required."
-Margaret McGriff, Yahoo! Shine community beauty blogger
"Always—no matter what season or climate you live in—wear sunscreen on your face, hands, any part of your skin that is exposed.”
-Betsy Aaron, editorial consultant and staff writer at BeautyNewsNYC.com
When it comes to beauty, the best kept secrets are held by the people who know them best: Beauty experts!
These bloggers, editors, manicurists and makeup artists have spent countless hours perfecting and simplifying some of the most difficult beauty routines and they're ready to share their secrets with you. Whether it's the perfect oil blotter (found next to your cappuccino) or how keep your eyelashes curled, they spill all their beauty secrets. These tried and true tips have been tested for every beauty emergency. Trust us, you'll never leave the home without these secrets in your arsenal.
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