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    51 Life-Changing Beauty Tips You Need To Know Right Now

    Straight from the everyday experts, aka our readers!

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    We asked the BuzzFeed community to share their most prized, life-changing beauty tips — and y'all, are you READY for the amazing results? Be ready to take notes.

    1. Make your toothbrush go the full mile and exfoliate your lips with its bristles every night to get rid of dead/rough skin, and then follow up with some good 'ol Vaseline.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    "Every single time I brush my teeth, I scrub the crap out of my lips to exfoliate them. And then I put on Vaseline on them. Vaseline also helps my dry skin, especially my eyes where it gets very sensitive and irritated." —Emma R.

    Get the toothbrush from Target for $2.99, Vaseline Lip Therapy from Amazon for $1.89, and Deep Moisture Jelly Cream from Target for $7.99.

    2. Or make your own scrumptious lip scrubs with some basic pantry staples. Either way, save your pennies!

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    "Never buy lip scrubs. They are super easy to DIY. My personal favorite is just mixing honey and sugar in a 1:1 ratio, scrubbing onto my lips, and putting on Aquaphor afterwards. Works every time." —Martha Van Den Oever, Facebook

    Get LoveSome Honey from Amazon for $3.77 and Domino Sugar for $2.99.

    For more tips, check out 11 Ways To Get The Smoothest, Softest, Fullest Lips Ever!

    3. However, Blue Magic Conditioner can be used as a cheap lip treatment if you're feeling lazy but still covet that baaaaby soft pout.

    "It works miracles and smells good. —Alexandria C.

    *Disclaimer: This product is originally intended to be used on your hair.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.55.

    4. Speaking of Aquaphor, did you know that in addition to being a dry skin lifesaver, it's also a bomb highlighter?

    @aquaphorus / Via

    "If you put on a layer of Aquaphor on before bed, you'll wake up glowing in the morning. Just make sure to wash it off afterwards! Plus, if you put it on your cheekbones, it looks amazing as a highlighter!" —Ashley B.

    Get a 7 oz. tube from Amazon for $8.99 or 14 oz. tub for $14.26.

    5. So is Vaseline because we all need to ensure that we have a most ~extra~ highlight.

    "Dabbing a lil bit of Vaseline on areas where I put my highlight for that ~*extra*~ pop!" —Mariana V.

    Get the original jelly version from Amazon for $4.17.

    6. If you struggle with puffy eyes or redness in the morning, store your contacts in the fridge overnight.


    Or if your eyes are particularly sensitive, try storing eye drops in the fridge for the same effect! Be safe!

    "The cold will not only wake you up, but it makes you look brighter and more awake. If you don’t wear contacts, you can do the same thing with a bottle of eye drops." —Elizabeth M.

    7. Line your waterline with a nude eyeliner to open up the eyes and conceal any redness induced by lack of sleep.

    "It conceals redness and makes you look more awake." —Mary Catherine H.

    Get Tarte Fake Awake Eyeliner from Sephora for $20.

    8. Use Aveeno Foaming Cleanser to clean Beautyblenders and makeup brushes. There won't be a drop of residue which will help reduce future breakouts. Yay!

    "Leaves no residue behind (I’ve found many soaps do), doesn’t dry brushes out, and I’ve had no breakouts since switching over from regular soaps!" —Heather Wade

    Get Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser from Amazon for $5.99.

    9. Treat your naked lashes to a healthy dose of castor oil before bed so they can grow uninhibited in both length and fullness, as they should.

    "Castor oil on your naked lashes at night before bed. Makes them long, lush, and full-looking. Takes a few weeks to work, but very well worth it!" —Kelly B.

    "Mix equal parts castor oil and coconut oil and apply to clean lashes at night to make them thicker and longer. It only took a week for me to see a difference. You can also use it on your eyebrows or as a hair mask (leave it on 30-60 min and wash out)!" —Cosette F.

    Get it from Amazon for $10+.

    10. Blast your eyelash curler with your blowdryer for a few seconds before curling for added lash oomph.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    "Use a blowdryer to heat up your eyelash curler before using it! Makes a HUGE difference, especially if you have super straight lashes like I do." —Coral K.

    "They curl faster and stay curled longer. Even if I don’t have time for any other makeup, it makes me look put together." —Jaclyn Michele H.

    Get an eyelash curler from Shu Uemura for $22 and a blowdryer from Amazon for $29.75. You can also get a heated lash curler from Dermstore for $24.

    11. Maximize lash volume by brushing ~down~ first so you don't neglect the back sides of your lashes — that way, when you brush upwards as usual, you'll end up with double the product and double the volume!


    "When applying mascara, make sure to brush down on your lashes first. This coats the back of your lashes so that after you brush them upward, you will have double the volume!" —Meg S.

    12. Dust on some baby powder — a Q-tip works well for this — in between coats of mascara, so your lashes can reach their full potential.

    "Really gives them extra length and fullness!" —Courtney E.

    Get Johnson's Baby Powder from Amazon for $1.92.

    13. Use a comb with tiny, precise bristles to separate and define each itty bitty lash before you attack it with mascara for even more noticeable, falsies-like results., @tweezerman / Via

    "Buy one of those tiny combs with a long handle. Use it to comb (gently) through your lashes before applying mascara. It. Makes. A. Huge. Difference. Your lashes will look like mink falsies with just a few coats of mascara." —Jelly B.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.64.

    14. Or skip the mascara altogether and give your lashes a lil' boost by gently swiping some hair conditioner on your lashes using a disposable wand — 'cause who said moisture and lift have to be mutually exclusive? Just be sure to not get it IN your eye.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    "When I don't wear mascara, I apply regular hair conditioner to my lashes using a disposable wand. This provides moisture to your lashes while making them look slightly more prominent!" —Meg S.

    Get a 100-count pack of disposable mascara brushes from Amazon for $5.98 and Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioner for $2.99.

    15. Nail down an everyday makeup lewk that you love and keep the same set of products in a few different bags, so you're never caught off guard with misplaced items.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    "Have a 'basic' or 'everyday' makeup kit that is easy to maintain and doesn't use too many (or too expensive of) products. Keep two or three of these kits: one in your regular makeup stash, one in your gym bag, and one for on-the-go in a cute clutch. That way you aren't shifting your products from bag to bag all the time or risking forgetting your essentials." —halvogirl

    Get the Pur Cosmetics Love Your Selfie 2 Kit from Pur Cosmetics for $42, clutch from Nordstrom for $35, and duffle bag from Nordstrom for $53.40.

    16. Use Neosporin on razor bumps, stretch marks, cuticles, and even bleeding pimples to help heal and restore — the possibilities are endless!

    "I was extremely prone to razor bumps on my inner thighs and back of legs. But after I shave I apply Neosporin and I haven’t had any problems. You can also use it on your bikini line!" —Gabrielle A.

    "Neosporin is so underrated!! I put it on my stretch marks and on my cuticles. You can even use it on pimples if they’re bleeding." —Juli

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97+ (available in two sizes).

    17. Start off your makeup routine with a lip stain or lipstick, so when you're all done, you can wipe some of the intensity off and top with a lip gloss.

    Soko Glam

    "I start my makeup routine by putting on staining lipstick. When I finish, I wipe the stain off with a towel (not makeup remover!) and put on some lip gloss. Your lips look brighter, but still natural." —akinamelkew

    Get Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tints from Soko Glam for $5 each (available in seven shades).

    18. Instead of buying new lipsticks every time you get bored of your current rotation (too often to count, oops), just dab colorful eyeshadow over your fave nude lippie for fresh, money-saving shades!

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    "Instead of buying new lipstick colors, I apply a nude lipstick/liquid lip and put colorful eyeshadow on top of it." —fallflipflops

    Get Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in "Stepping Out" from Sephora for $24 and BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Ultimate Artistry Palette from BH Cosmetics for $21.99.

    19. Don't automatically give up on a lipstick that doesn't totally suit your pout. Try mixing it with other shades to mastermind a color that DOES work — or pick up a lip palette designed specifically for mixing and matching.

    @jcatbeauty / Via

    "If your lip color isn't quite perfect, mix it with others or top it with lip gloss to make a custom lip. Nothing says you have to use it how it came out of the tube." —rachelsporyh

    Or you can buy a lip palette for custom colors, like the J.Cat Beauty Freedom Creator Lip Palette from Ulta for $17.99.

    20. Or, if it's a liquid lipstick, give it a whirl on your eyelids instead! Long-lasting, pigmented, can't lose. You know what they say: one facial feature's loss is another's victory!

    @milanicosmeitcs / Via

    "If you've ever bought a liquid lipstick that turns out looking horrible on you, DON'T THROW IT OUT. I have super oily eyelids that no primer can fix. Think Instagram glossy lids, but natural and less fabulous. I have tried every primer within my price range, but no eyeshadows stick. UNTIL I used a liquid lipstick instead. Just dab some on to your lid, and blend out the edges with a smudgier brush for a seamless transition. It lasts the whole night! I even slept in it once, and my eye makeup still looked as good as new!" —fortbuilder394

    Try a test-patch first for safety and, as always, don't get it in your eyes!

    Get Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème from Target for $7.99 (available in nine shades).

    21. Ditch shitty bathroom lighting and opt for a lighted mirror (or just plop down next to your window and let that sweet, natural sunlight guide your way to a beautiful visage.

    "Stop applying your makeup in a badly lit bathroom and get yourself a mirror that lights up, or go in front of a window. Otherwise you’ll end up looking *much* different in natural lighting." —Karly C.

    Get a mirror from Amazon for $35.95.

    22. Brighten and even out your skin by applying a teensy bit of apple cider vinegar before bed (the smell is worth it!!!) and washing off in the morn' for a week.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    "If you have dull skin and want to brighten or even out your skin tone, dab on a bit of apple cider vinegar on your skin before going to bed and wash it off in the morning. It smells awful but after a week you will notice your skin is brighter and more even." —kls01ca

    Get a 32 oz. bottle from Amazon for $9.99.

    23. Transform into a glow queen with some setting spray and quick hands.

    "Highlight hack: I will always set my makeup with MAC Fix and, while my skin is damp, apply highlighter with a fan brush. The extra dew will bring out your true glow-tential. SLAY, QUEEN." —chantalbabin

    Get MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ from Nordstrom for $26 and a fan brush from Amazon for $7.59.

    24. If your skin needs an extra pick-me-up on the quick and cheap, apply and leave on an enzyme cleanser for a few minutes while in the shower — et voilà, mini facial!

    "Keep an enzyme cleanser in the shower to use as a mini facial (especially good while traveling):

    1. Wash face with cleanser.

    2. Quickly grab a nearby towel and dry face.

    3. Apply cleanser again to dried skin.

    4. Keep face out of shower stream for a few minutes while you finish washing up, then rinse off cleanser right at the end of the shower. Skin will be deep-cleaned, bright and fresh." —Gina O.

    Get it from Amazon or Urban Outfitters for $14+ (available in two sizes).

    25. Clip bobby pins on your strands after you wash 'em so they stay straight overnight and well into the next day — better results than a straightener *and* no heat damage!

    @goodyhair / Via

    I have extremely unruly hair and straightening it doesn't usually work because of how thick it is. So I started washing my hair before bed and taking little pieces of my hair while damp and making them as straight as possible and then securing them with bobby pins. This way, I always wake up with perfect manageable (if not entirely straight) hair. It's a life-changing tip, I swear. —misha1997

    Get a 50-count pack of bobby pins from Amazon for $3.69.

    26. For full and natural eyebrows, mist a bar of soap, rub a spoolie across so there's a waxy and white (but not wet) consistency to it, and brush your hairs up — then apply your product your color brow product of choice and aha, the illusion of thicker hair!

    "They’ll stick up straighter than you’ve ever seen before. When you apply your wax, pomade, gel, or pencil, the product should still apply to your skin like normal but you’ll have a natural look with extra brow hairs." —whitemariah65

    Get an eight-count box of Dove Beauty Bars from Amazon for $8.79.

    27. If you're looking to switch out your primer for something gentler, aloe vera gel is a great option — it smoothes out your skin, makes makeup appear less cakey, and helps calm down redness/inflammation.

    "Aloe vera gel is a great, natural replacement for primer. Ever since I started using it my skin has felt smoother and my makeup doesn’t look as cakey. It also does a great job of blending blemishes because the aloe helps with inflammation." —Izzi M.

    Get a 12 oz. bottle from Amazon for $13.89.

    28. For cracks-in-the-desert-dry hands, slather on a supple layer of First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream before bed, so your hands stay calm no matter how many times you wash your hands the next day.

    @firstaidbeauty / Via

    "I wash my hands constantly so my hands stay dry, irritated, and often bleed due to cracking. I bought First Aid Beauty lotion and it has saved my hands! I apply it every night before bed and when I wake up, they’re less irritated and smoother. I prefer the lotion in the jar versus the squeeze bottle because the lotion in the jar is thicker and seems to stay on my hands longer. It honestly works miracles on my poor hands!!" —Miss Jo

    Get a 6 oz. tub from Sephora for $30.

    29. Erase any irritation you might have self-inflicted via pimple popping by dabbing some nasal decongestant spray on a freshly popped victim. Important meeting coming up? HA, you've got it covered.

    "This is kind of a weird one but nasal decongestant spray is amazing for reducing redness and swelling. If I have a gnarly zit that I just popped, I'll put some of the spray on it and the irritation dies down almost instantly. The spray is made to constrict blood vessels, which makes it super effective for those times you don't have time to wait for your face to act normal." —ilikeaffenpinschers

    Talk to your dermatologist first before trying this!

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    30. Make your own DIY face masks with white kaolin clay — there are lots of recipes to follow, but the simplest one is just mixing two teaspoons each of white kaolin clay and filtered water. No questionable ingredients!

    "It's nice to use to make your own natural face masks." —Lisa Michelle S.

    It also apparently works nicely as a loose powder to set makeup!

    Get a 1 lb. bag from Amazon for $10.20.

    31. Use your moisturizer as an "eyeshadow guide" to easily remove any smudges or fallout.

    "Learning to do eyeshadow was SO HARD for me. I would always end up with a shapeless blob on my eyelids, so I started 'drawing' a diagonal line from the outer corner of my eye to the outer tip of my eyebrow with moisturizer. This created a safe barrier that blended easily and disappeared and now my eyeshadow is always the perfect shape!" —Esther M.

    Get St. Ives Renewing Facial Moisturizer from Amazon for $5.99.

    32. Instead of dashing to the bathroom for makeshift oil blotting solutions, keep a personal stash of end papers in your purse and desk drawer to fight shine in a few seconds flat.

    “End papers are what a stylist uses to cleanly close off an end of a perm roll, but it's also exactly the same as oil-blotting paper. You can get a box of them for super cheap! Also similar to toilet seat protectors." —Jenny W.

    Get a box of 1000 sheets (2.5 x 4 inches each) for $4.99.

    33. Pop on your fave powder highlighter with a damp Beautyblender for ~enhanced~ shine people can spot from a mile away — because go big or...settle for average glow!

    @cameronpulido / Via

    "It can make even the cheapest highlighter look blinding!" —rainbowcat363

    Get a Beautyblender from Amazon for $20 (available in five colors) and a cheap powder highlighter like Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder for $4.68.

    34. Organize your makeup palettes in a letter holder so everything's always organized and in your line of vision for peace of mind and a full range of creativity.

    "It’s been a game changer. Being able to see everything also has me reaching for palettes I usually don’t use as much! I use the box underneath to hold my samples/minis. Bottom drawer is for ones I don’t want/like, which I then give them to my friends! If you subscribe to beauty boxes and have friends that do as well, swaps can be fun!" —shortnsweeet3

    Get a letter holder from Amazon for $8.99.

    35. Coconut oil is our knight in shining armor, it seems! First off, it's a fab soap-free, gentle, and moisturizing cleanser/makeup remover that gets rid of stubborn AF makeup (looking at you, waterproof mascara) — it's safe for all skin types, but especially great for oily, acne-prone skin.

    @sheamoisture / Via

    "Wash your face with coconut oil instead of products with harsh astringents. Many fancy washes and soaps are zapping your skin of healthy, natural oils and leaving it dry and therefore more prone to oiliness as your skin tries to replenish what you took. Rubbing oil in will actually pull out more from your clogged pores, leaving your skin healthy and moisturized. You will end up glowing instead of shiny." —gothiral

    Get SheaMoisture Coconut Oil from Amazon for $11.69.

    36. And in addition to removing makeup, coconut oil excels as a hair mask or leave-in conditioner (especially for frizzy hair!). Warning: you might not be able to stop touching your hair! Too addictingly soft!

    Lime Crime

    "Brush coconut oil through your hair and leave in for 30 minutes. Then wash it out and your hair will feel incredibly soft after! Works better than any hair mask I’ve tried." —sophiepink

    *Your hair won't become glittery, but it'll be smooth AF and I just really like this GIF, so let me live, ok?

    Get SheaMoisture Coconut Oil from Amazon for $11.69.

    37. Dryer sheets don't just belong in the dryer — banish deodorant masks with a quick swipe...because no one needs to see them, especially on a black tee.

    "Dryer sheets remove white deodorant marks if you get any on your shirt. Just rub the dryer sheet on the white marks and they come right off!" —Brier

    Get a 105-count box from Amazon for $4.59.

    38. Pop on cream or liquid makeup if you have drier skin for an overall radiant glow that doesn't involve makeup eventually slipping into cracks or dry spots.

    @clinique / Via

    "For those with drier skin, use cream/liquid products whenever possible! I switched to Clinique’s cream blush and my skin immediately looked more radiant and healthy. Same goes for foundation, highlighter, etc." —rosyshiba

    Get a cream blush from Sephora for $23 (available in 14 shades).

    39. Soften up harsh eyeshadow lines with translucent or skin-matching setting powder for MUA-level precision.

    "Wayne Goss just posted a video about buffing your eyeshadow with a translucent setting powder or finishing powder that's the same color as your skin tone. Just take a bit, tap off the excess, and buff out the edges of your whole look. It softens everything beautifully." —megzypoo

    Get Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder from Sephora for $15+ or Glossier Wowder from Glossier for $22 (available in three shades).

    40. The same trick also applies to harsh eyebrow color — push translucent powder ~into~ your brow, let it set, and brush through to remove the excess. Hello, lighter brows!

    Broadway Video / NBC

    "If you make your eyebrows too dark, take a fluffy blending brush, pick up some translucent powder, and push it into the brow. Then let it sit for a sec, then brush it through, and BAM, your eyebrows are lighter!" —Ariana M.

    Get Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder from Sephora for $15+.

    41. For a cheap DIY dark brow pomade, take an angled eye brush and gently sweep it across a loaded mascara wand. Easy peasy.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    "I recently ran out of ABH Dipbrow Pomade and found out that if you gently stroke a slanted brush across any mascara wand (with actual mascara on it) = a DIY brow pomade." —Caylyn M.

    Get an e.l.f. small angled brush from Amazon for $2.47 and L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara for $7.09.

    42. Or for something that lasts a tad longer, try dying your eyebrows with Just For Men Beard and Mustache Color for a snappy 10 minutes to reveal a set of put-together face framers that last ~weeks~. Talk about payoff, folks!

    "It's cheap and available in many colors: just mix, apply to your natural eyebrow shape, wait 10 minutes, and you’ll all set for about three or four weeks! It makes a huge difference in pulling your daily look together, enhances the eyes, and is more cost effective than other brow services." —Katelyn Grace W.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in 10 shades).

    43. Be sure to always conceal around your brows after filling them in for brows so clean and sharp, they could (and will) kill.

    @lagirlcosmetics / Via, @anastasiabeverlyhills / Via Instagram: @anastasiabeverlyhills

    "It makes them look so seamless and clean." —Ashlyn R.

    Get L.A. Girl Pro Concealer from Amazon for $2.38+ (available in 25 shades).

    44. Replace your normal, not-hydrating-enough conditioner with a thick hair mask for mega hydration and nourishment that won't break your already brittle strands.

    "I use a thick hair mask as my conditioner. I have super fine hair and it can dry out easily, but by using a hydrating hair mask like the 10-in-1 Superfruit Renewal Masque by SheaMoisture, my hair stays beautifully shiny and healthy all the time!" —deeplyinspired

    Get it from Walgreens for $13.49.

    45. Toss your towel after you've dried your body and opt for a t-shirt (cotton, preferably) to dry your hair, because ain't nobody got time for unnecessary frizz and static.

    Fox Television Animation

    "Dry hair with a t-shirt instead of a towel to reduce frizz." —rosyshiba

    46. Follow up a good 'ol hair wash with volumizing dry shampoo on any parts that will turn oily all too soon.

    "My hair gets oily on the top, so after my hair is dry after a shower, I use a volumizing dry shampoo. Keeps it looking good for several days." —queenoflalaland

    Get Dove Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo for $3.99.

    47. Swap your pinching hair ties for comfy and cute scrunchies that don't leave dents or annoyingly tug at your strands.

    @goodyhair / Via

    "Not only are they adorable and coming back into fashion, but they’re much better for hair. They don’t leave ponytail dents or yank out your hair." —beathebean

    Get a eight-pack of Goody Ouchless Scrunchies from Amazon for $4.88.

    48. Mix your foundation with primer for a smooth and glowy AF complexion that can't be beat.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    "It looks so much more natural, feels better on your face, and makes your foundation last longer since you don't have to use as much." —hemr07

    Get Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation from Sephora for $40 (available in 30 shades) and Winky Lux Whipped Cream Primer from Winky Lux for $19.

    49. Use almond oil to remove your most stubborn eye makeup — no synthetic ingredients, just all-natural, fragrance-free, and non-irritating goodness.

    "To take stubborn makeup off like eyeliner and mascara I use almond oil, which takes everything off perfectly and easily, and it leaves my skin moisturized too." —Joanna Ruggiero

    Get Viva Naturals Sweet Almond Oil from Amazon for $12.62.

    50. Get your zzz's! You know, that seemingly obvious thing called sleep we always say we're gonna be better about...but then keep sacrificing night after night. Enough! Sleep more for the sake of your skin!

    Studio Ghibli

    "Getting enough sleep every day will keep your skin looking well-rested. That, and making sure you take off all your makeup before bed, even if you’re a drunken mess. Once I started making an effort to sleep more (around eight hours) and wash my makeup off every night, I noticed less breakouts, less bloating, and more brightness! Not to mention, more sleep = a happier me during the day."

    Brianna A

    51. And finally, surround yourself with people who don't bring you down for the things you love or experimenting with different products and looks, because it's fun and also your own damn business, end of story.


    "Upgraded men? My ex-husband hated it any time I did anything outside of what he wanted me to look like. BUT my now-fiancé knows my favorite brands, gives me real feedback when I try something new and want his opinion, and just generally supports my love of all things beauty." —Julia R.

    So...the only question that's relevant now is:


    Spoiler: the answer is a damn BEAUTY EXPERT.

    The submissions used in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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