Have pimples on your chin or jaw line? Could be all that talking on the phone! Really! Pressure and bacteria from the phone receiver can irritate your skin. The solution: Don’t press it against your face and clean the receiver daily with astringent.
Love how lip stain stays on forever? Us too. But what to do when you want it off? Use a swipe of eye-makeup remover.
Try this when you have puffy, been-up-all-night-studying eyes: Keep alcohol-free toner or freshener in the fridge. Pour some on cotton balls and put ’em on closed eyes for a couple of minutes.
If you have oily or pimple-prone skin, your pillowcase could be your worst enemy. Oil and dirt collect on it and rub on your skin, so change the case a couple times a week
Trash blades that pull and nick your skin. Replace them after three or four shaves. Gillette’s Mach III Turbo blades are awesome — expensive, but awesome. (So what if they’re “for guys?”)
Slather your feet with hand lotion before you go to bed, put Baggies over them, then slip into a pair of old socks. Total smoothness in the a.m.!
Got dry skin? Hot water can zap away moisture. So take warm (not super-hot) baths and limit your shower time.
Max out your body lotion’s moisture power: Apply it after your bath or shower, while your skin’s still slightly damp.
Know that old trick about putting tea bags on your eyelids to lessen puffiness? Tip: Make sure it’s chamomile tea, ’cause regular tea can stain your skin.
If your face feels tight after washing, chances are your cleanser’s too strong. Go with something gentle, like Noxema! It’s a classic because it works!
Oops! Smell like you took a bath in perfume? Don’t wash it off (it’ll alter the scent and make you smell funky). Erase it by wiping your skin with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol.
Psychic Zit Network: Always break out during your period? Start using anti-acne products eight to 10 days before it starts.
To take a mask off quickly and easily, use a wet washcloth.
Got ingrown hairs from shaving? Use an alpha hydroxy lotion, ALPHA HYDROX Body Lotion, and be bump-free!
Yeah, we all know french fries won’t make you break out! But, they’re not totally innocent–the iodized salt used on fries can cause skin probs. (McDonald’s doesn’t use iodized–but other places might!) Check salt content before you chow down.
Use anti-acne products only two or three times a day. Overdoing it will dry out your skin and send it into oil-overdrive.
Suds your skin using small, upward, circular motions. Pulling it downward damages your skin’s elasticity.
Your skin needs a good night’s sleep too–that’s when it gets a chance to repair itself and replace damaged cells. Snooze at least eight hours a night!
Make your own oily skin scrub, says skin expert Ole Henriksen. Churn up a cup of oats in a blender, then add buttermilk or plain yogurt to make a soft paste. Massage on your skin for two minutes, then rinse.
Addicted to astringent? That’s cool. Just don’t put it on your lips. No natural oil glands are found there, so they dry out easily.
To keep skin clear, apply a thin coat of acne medication over the entire pimple-prone zone–not just on the pimples themselves.
After sudsing up your face, be sure to wash all those suds away. Left behind, cleanser irritates your skin.
To ease the ouch of tweezing, dab teething gel on your brow area with a cotton-swab before you pluck.
Lots of beauty products try to imitate the benefits fruits give your skin. But why not just go to the source? Next time mom buys a fresh pineapple or papaya, massage your face with the inside of the fruit skin–it acts as a natural exfoliator!
Sunscreen’s not just for summer–give your skin a daily dose of at least SPF 15.
There is a difference! Use a beauty bar–never, ever regular soap–on your face. Try Dove — it works really well and is VERY economical.
Plain yogurt makes for a great face mask–it sucks up dirt and extra oil.
Don’t forget to moisturize your legs! They get dryer than the rest of your bod ’cause the skin is thicker and has fewer oil glands. Best time: Within 3 minutes of getting out of the shower.
To prevent little bumps after plucking your brows, wipe the area with astringent or witch hazel.
Don’t stress about breakouts! Anxiety, along with heredity and hormones, can cause skin to freak out. Chill–and maybe your skin will too.
Colored mascaras are cool, but they can look too bright on light lashes. Brush on black mascara first, says makeup artist Jan Thomas, then apply the colored mascara.
Overdone it with the eye shadow? Don’t try wiping it off–you’ll make things worse! Instead, use a puff to press translucent face powder over the eye shadow to mellow out the color.
Shimmers should be worn on only one area of your face–never all over!
Powder puffs get yucky and breed bacteria after a few powdering! So, give your puff a weekly wash with an antibacterial soap.
Don’t toss out old lipsticks–mix ’em together and invent a new shade! Browns tone down bright colors; oranges and pinks will give blah shades a boost.
The blush color you choose should match the shade of your cheeks just after you’ve exercised.
Need to dry mascara in a hurry? Switch your blow-dryer to cool, close your eyes and give lashes a quick blast.
Makeup rule: Go for dark eye makeup and light lips–or vice versa. Never wear dark colors on both your lips and eyes!
When you want an extra natural mascara look, rub a lash comb through your mascara brush–then use the comb on your lashes.
Want long-lasting lip color? Sip through a straw rather than drinking straight from a can or glass.
Stop raccoon-eye, makeup meltdown by sweeping a little translucent powder under your eyes.
Make Up Artist Zit Tip: Dab a few drops of Visine on to an angryu red blemish — it gets the red out! Honest! (Advil and ice compresses help too!)
To create the illusion of fuller lips; put a dab of shimmer right in the center of your lower lip.
To hide a really red pimple, tone down the red by using a green cover-up, such as Physician’s Formula.
For smoother lips, apply lip balm, let it soak in for about 10 minutes, then apply your lip color.
. If your concealer’s too gunky, mix it with a little moisturizer on the back of your hand, then do your cover-up job.
To keep eye shadow in its place, sweep some translucent powder on your lids before applying your shadow.
Big night out–and your mascara’s all dried up? It may be tempting, but don’t add water! (It introduces bacteria and makes the mascara sloppy.) Instead, hold the tube–with the cap on tight–under a stream of warm water for a few minutes and you’ll get a couple more applications out of it.
To keep potted lip stuff from getting under your nails, scoop it out of the pot backwards — so it goes on top of your nail rather than under it!
Once you’ve covered up that zit, be delicate when applying foundation. Pat it over your blemish; don’t rub.
Take the blush test: Squint your eyes and look into a mirror. Can you still see your blush? If so, you need to tone it down.
To keep lip color off your teeth, put a finger in your mouth, close lips and pull your finger out. Sounds crazy–but it works.
When putting on eyeliner, look downward into a mirror. This makes your lid flatten out so it’s easier to draw a straight line.
Never use blush as eye makeup! It isn’t approved by the FDA (as in the scientists who give the A-OK on all cosmetics) for use around your eyes.
Eye pencil too hard? Blast it for a few secs with your blow-dryer. Go easy, though–overheating it’ll turn your pencil to mush! Before applying, check the consistency by drawing on the back of your hand.
To make your lashes look thicker, put a little powder (with your eyes closed, please!) On them before you apply your mascara.
To still look good at midday, freshen up your foundation, lightly spritz your skin with water, then re-blend with a dry makeup sponge.
Use the pad of your pinkie to test lipstick shades. The skin there most resembles your lip color–and it’s way more hygienic than using testers on your lips.
Dip a clean orangewood stick into your foundation bottle instead of using your finger. Toss the stick after each application to keep the bottled makeup sanitary.
Just ’cause you get a free brush with your blush doesn’t mean it’s your best bet. A makeup brush with a pencil-length handle makes blush application way easier.
Shampoo fine hair often; dirt and oil are quick to weight it down.
For light hold with no goop factor, spritz wet hair with hairspray, then dry and style.
Boost a deep-conditioning treatment by wrapping your hair in aluminum foil.
Got oily hair? Use a brush with synthetic bristles rather than natural ones. Synthetic bristles detangle without spreading oil from your scalp to the rest of your hair.
When choosing a blow-dryer, remember: The higher the wattage, the faster it’ll dry your hair.
Remove product buildup from brushes (except natural bristle ones) by soaking ’em in warm water plus a few drops of white vinegar.
When drying your hair, hold the dryer at least eight to 10 inches from your hair. When styling, hold your dryer four to six inches from your hair.
Gonna put your hair up? Up ‘dos stay put better when your hair’s a little dirty!
Double your rinse time: If it takes two minutes to rinse all the shampoo outta your hair, spend double that time–like, four minutes–rinsing out the conditioner.
If you have thick hair, take a tip from the pros and divide your hair in sections, then work on drying just one section at a time.
For super dry or African-American hair, instead of snoozing on a cotton pillowcase (which absorbs moisture), switch to satin.
To keep curls under control, combine equal parts of gel and conditioner, scrunch it into your hair and let it air-dry.
Style update: Make a couple of skinny braids and secure ’em with hair elastics. Can’t find hair bands? Backcomb the ends of the braids, spritz with hairspray and hold the hair together until the spray dries.
Wanna lighten your hair without a big color change? Highlight just five or six strands around your face.
Don’t weight your hair down by conditioning strands that don’t need it! Work conditioner through the ends only–and avoid the roots.
Tangled tresses? Gently comb through your hair after applying conditioner.
Hair factoid: On any given day, one out of every 10 hairs on your head has stopped growing! Just thought you’d wanna know!
Flat hair fixer: Spray your hair with hairspray, then rake your fingers through your strands, tugging gently at the roots while the hairspray dries.
Always aim the air from your blow-dryer down the length of your hair. Directing the air upward roughs up your hair’s outer cuticle, cutting down on that great natural shine.
For dry, fragile hair: Once or twice a week, rub conditioner into your hair before you shampoo.
Wanna glam up your hair in a hurry? Slip on a rhinestone headband–it’s a totally hot look.
Don’t let your towel contribute to more detangling work for you. To towel-dry wet hair, pat–never, ever rub.
To help your style stay put; switch your blow-dryer to cool as you finish each section.
Avoid securing your hair in the same place every time you wear it in a ponytail. Your hair will be weaker at this point and more likely to break.
To keep straight hair sleek, spritz hairspray along your part, then run your palms over your hair.
Does just one side of your long hair get split-ends? Your backpack or purse could be to blame. Watch for carryalls that catch your hair–and damage it!
For an instant hair switch–without cutting an inch–change your part.
Hate hat hair? Twist the top of your hair into a mini bun before you put on your hat so the top layer will stay flat.
To give your hair added texture, mix equal parts of thickening cream and mousse, then scrunch it through your hair.
The quickest fix for a bad hair day: Put your hair in a ponytail! It’s one style that never goes out of fashion!
Swipe nails with a nail polish remover-soaked cotton ball before you apply polish. This’ll remove any oil residue and make the polish you apply last longer.
Keep your cuticles soft by applying cuticle oil to them. After it soaks in, use polish remover to take off the excess.
Square ’em off! Avoid filing nails too low at the sides, since this whittles away your nail’s support.
Don’t shake that polish bottle–it causes air bubbles, which can ruin your manicure. Roll it between your palms instead!
Gonna try out one of winter’s dark nail color shades? (PURPLE is way in) First apply a basecoat, like Basecoat:001 Paint Job Base Coat. Hey–you don’t want that nasty yellow stain on your nails, do ya?
Wouldn’t it bum you out if you ruined your new paint job before it even dried? Wait three to five minutes after applying your last coat of polish before spraying your nails with quick-dry.
Don’t use your nails as tools–dial the phone with a pencil; use your knuckle to flip light switches; open soda cans with a spoon.
Why not, go nude! Um, not that way. Instead of putting on polish, buff your nails to an au natural shine.
Do your nails break, like, when the wind’s too strong? Make sure you’re chewing down on foods that give you plenty of calcium, zinc and iron.
Create your own nail colors. Use a clean, empty nail polish bottle and start mixing your least favorite, unused shades!
No time for a manicure? Run a white nail pencil under the tips of your nails for a quickie French manicure effect.