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24 Beauty Secrets You Should Really Know

Shake up your makeup.

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their best unconventional beauty tips. Here are the stunning results.

1. Buy travel-size mascaras instead of full size to save money in the long run.

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"Sephora usually carries travel-size versions of most popular mascaras for a fraction of the price, and I always get the same amount of use out of them before the three months are up when mascara goes bad and needs to be replaced."

—Submitted by addeyt

Learn more about how long you should be keeping your beauty products here.

Find the mini size of cult favorite Benefit They're Real Mascara here.

2. To save on high-end mascaras, keep and clean the expensive mascara wand and use it with a cheaper formula.

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You can either swap the lid if it fits or use the wand you prefer when putting it on.

—Submitted by saoirsea

3. Cornstarch can double as dry shampoo — it absorbs hair oil and adds volume to dirty hair.

—Submitted by lexip4afa97749

Check out a cornstarch dry shampoo tutorial that matches your hair color at A Beautiful Mess.

4. Use microfiber towels to clean excess powder off your brush.

"I just swirl them around the cloth gently and it catches all the powder, just as it would with dust. I only use it for dry makeup and not liquids or creams, and it works wonders."

—Submitted by Mandy Dimitriou, Facebook

You can find this cute microfiber towel at Target.

5. Instead of buying scented lotion, spray your favorite perfume into unscented lotion or moisturizer.

"You'll never have to buy scented lotion ever again! Saves $12 every four months or so!"

—Submitted by Ameliag4a2dd527b

Check out a how-to on Living On A Dime.

6. Put hairspray on an unused toothbrush and use the bristles to comb your eyebrows.

—Submitted by Abbie1217

Learn more at Birchbox.

7. Apply Elmer's glue around your nails before you paint them.

"After the nail polish dries, peel the glue off and there will be no polish on your skin."

—Submitted by evah4340b2228

For a full tutorial, go here.

8. If you have uneven skin on your face from scars, acne, or just large pores, apply makeup with a torn beauty sponge.

9. Use Vaseline as wrinkle cream.

"The cheapest and most effective under-eye anti-wrinkle cream."

—Submitted by Wioleta Włodarczyk (Facebook)

10. Use brown napkins as blotting papers when you're on the go.

11. When looking for the right foundation color, test the foundation on your neck instead of on the back of your hand.

It's a much more accurate color test.

—Submitted by tesshofman

Learn more at The Beauty Department.

12. After applying mascara (and letting it dry for a minute), brush through your lashes with a clean mascara wand.

"Works much better than a lash comb to remove clumps and make your lashes appear fuller."

—Submitted by tomkat41

Learn how to clean a mascara wand here.

13. Warm your mascara in your bra before applying it.

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—"This warms the formula and helps it apply more evenly."

Submitted by nickig43623a220

14. Apply cinnamon oil for fuller lips.

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Submitted by mollyp463d8c170.

15. Reduce foot odor by soaking feet in tea.

16. If you accidentally get mascara on your face, let it dry before you try to remove it with a Q-tip.

17. Instead of drawing on winged eyeliner, use your eyeliner pen as a stamp.

"Lay the tip of your liner pen kind of flat against your lid and "stamp" it on in sections. Then turn the pen in the other direction (with the pointy tip toward your temples) and stamp it again. Viola! Winged eyeliner!"

—Submitted by lindsayb47bd21cbc

Get all the steps on The Glossy.

18. When applying fake eyelashes, look down at a mirror under your chin.

"Put a compact or handheld mirror down flat below your chin. Look down at the mirror but keep your head facing forward, then apply the lashes. This helps you get closer to your natural lash line and less obvious you're wearing falsies."

—Submitted by shannonb4efe92872

Check out a full video of this technique here.

19. Use red or pink lipstick as a color corrector.

"I have hyperpigmentation on my chin, and I use a red lipstick to cancel out the grayness and then cover it up with foundation and concealer!"

—Submitted by sahutasha

Check out a tutorial here.

20. If you have a lot of trouble with eyeliner, try an E.L.F. makeup remover pen.

"Just be sure to clean the tip with some tissue after every use, or it won't remove makeup as well."

—Submitted by fallonw2

Get one for $3 at Eyes Lips Face.

21. For the perfect cat eye, start from your bottom lash to make the wing.

22. Lick the rim of a cup before taking a sip to prevent leaving a lipstick print.

23. Use more hair dye to remove dye stains on your scalp.

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"Use some of the leftover hair dye on a cotton pad to rub off the stain. It sounds counterintuitive, but it works as the new dye on the pad sticks to and lifts off the stain from the skin."

—Submitted by Sophie La Ghash (Facebook)

24. Rinse hair with carbonated water to reduce frizz.

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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