Twenty Beauty Secrets

Tips to looking fabulous.

Whether you only use a few products or have a small Sephora store in your bedroom, the following beauty tips will help improve your look.

20. Baby oil makes a great, inexpensive eye makeup remover. Great for these harsh economic times, baby oil can be purchased for less than a few dollars at most drugstores, and a bottle lasts for months. Simply pour a little oil on a soft cotton ball, press gently on your eyes for a few seconds and watch your eyeliner or eye shadow disappear.

19. Primer and foundation can be mixed together. If you love sleeping in, a short makeup routine can save you valuable seconds in the morning. Try mixing foundation and primer together to minimize application time.

18. White eye shadow makes eyes pop. To fake a good night’s sleep, dab a creamy, sparkling white eye shadow on the inner corners of both eyes. You’ll be amazed at how rested you look.

17. Milk of magnesia absorbs shine. Before applying primer or foundation, pour some milk of magnesia onto a cotton ball and dab on oily spots on the face. It’s a cheap alternative to most mattifiers, and its effects last for hours.

16. Purchasing quality brushes can put a significant dent in your wallet. Instead, buy brushes at your local art store. You can find a wide array of sizes at a mere fraction of the usual cost of makeup brushes.

15. Instead of paying upwards of $25 for products that mimic a sun-kissed sheen, make your own products, such as by adding bronze shimmer powder to a tube or bottle of baby oil gel. Shake the bottle to mix the formula.

14. Add your favorite fragrance into an unscented body lotion for a yummy-smelling moisturizer.

13. Spray a touch of hairspray on a toothbrush to groom your eyebrows.

12. Use olive oil, instead of expensive silicone serums, to add sheen to your hair. Squirt a few drops of olive oil into your hands, rub palms together then apply to hair.

11. Use a bronzer to contour your face. Using a small blush brush, blend a bronzer that is a few shades darker than your natural skin tone underneath your cheekbones and along your jaw line. Your face will look thinner and more defined.

10. Purple eye shadow is a great accessory. A subtle plum shade suits most eye colors. Apply the purple-hued shadow with a dry brush for a soft daytime look, or wet a sponge-tip applicator and brush on for a more intense, dramatic effect.

9. Visine takes the red out of unwanted pimples. Drench some onto a cotton swab and apply for 30 seconds to tone down redness. Then dot on some acne medication cream before applying makeup.

8. Use body lotion as a quick eye-makeup remover. A rich, hypo-allergenic body lotion does the trick.

7. Mix liquid foundation with a shimmery lotion for an allover glow.

6. Wear a moisturizer with SPF. Although this tip is a no-brainer, it’s essential you heed proper sun protection.

5. Don’t smoke— another no-brainer. Smoking causes age spots and wrinkles around the mouth.

4. Keep your hands away from your face. Your hands carry a plethora of bacteria, germs and acne-causing agents.

3. Don’t exfoliate daily; this may irritate skin, causing it to dry out. Rather, exfoliate every other day. If you have dry or sensitive skin, exfoliate only twice a week and use a gentle face scrub that has round beads.

2. Use a moisturizer in the winter. Even if you have oily skin, the harsh and dry outdoor air and indoor heating drains moisture from skin. Choose a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to combat dryness and restore suppleness.

1. Realize that individuality is what makes a person beautiful. Beauty is all about being true to who you are, not conforming to society’s boring standards of what is beautiful. Don’t be ashamed for what you are and what you’re not.