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    53 Life-Changing Tips For A Better Beauty Routine

    Straight from the experts and beauty hackers, 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. Slap a pimple patch on any emerging breakouts and watch those suckers deflate within a matter of hours — or wear it overnight on clean skin for extra reassurance. Microneedle patches are better for treating deeper-rooted or cystic acne because acne-fighting ingredients actually penetrate into your skin.


    "If you haven't heard of these babies, then you've probably been living underneath a rock. Of course you should take care of your skin on a regular basis and not rely on acne patches, buuut they really come in clutch when you have a random pimple pop up here and there because they help speed up the healing process *and* prevent the breakout from further irritation à la your fingers or any environmental effects." —Sarah Han

    Get them from Amazon: Rael Acne Pimple Healing Patches from Amazon for $5.94 (contains 24 patches) and Microneedle Acne Healing Patches for $11.99 (contains nine patches)

    2. Or another pimple remedy involves mixing tea tree oil and moisturizer and leaving it on the suspect overnight. Super easy!

    Briogeo / CeraVe

    "From SkincareAddiction Reddit, diluting some tea tree oil with moisturizer and dabbing it on a pimple works, almost overnight." —Lauren Nicole Rice, Facebook

    Get Briogeo B. Well Organic Australian Tea Tree Oil from Free People or Sephora for $32 and CeraVe Moisturizing Cream from Amazon for $10.13. For a cheaper tea tree oil, try ArtNaturals 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil!

    Bye Bye Blemish Drying Lotion is also a great, cheap option if you're looking for a one-and-done deal!

    3. 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 to seal in moisture.

    Target / Target

    "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 them from Target: Hello toothbrush for $2.99 and Vaseline Lip Therapy for $1.89

    Btw, if you're in the market for an electric toothbrush, check out our picks for the best electric toothbrushes at BuzzFeed Reviews!

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

    Amazon / Walmart

    "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 and a 10 lb bag of Great Value Sugar from Walmart for $5.42.

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

    5. 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.

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

    @vaselinebrand / Via Instagram: @

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

    Vaseline literally has a "Glow" highlight on their Instagram page!

    Get a 16 oz. tub from Amazon for $9.99 or a two-pack of 13 oz. tubs from Walmart for $7.96.

    7. 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.

    8. Or store a jade roller in the fridge and massage the puffiness away first thing in the morning!


    "Whenever I wake up with puffy eyes, whether from lots of late-night phone use or from late-night ramen, I grab my roller and gently roll away the puffiness and it feels incredible and I swear it helps more than any eye cream I've ever used. —Sarah Han

    Read our full review of the GingerChi Jade Roller for more deets!

    Get the mini GingerChi roller from Amazon for $11.99 (also available in a full size with rollers on each side).

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


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

    You can also pop it into your inner corners for the same effect!

    Get Tarte Fake Awake Eyeliner from Tarte for $20.

    10. 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 out brushes, and I’ve had no breakouts since switching over from regular soaps!" —Heather Wade

    Get Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser from Amazon for $6.37.

    11. 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 Viva Naturals Organic Castor Oil (also comes with a "beauty kit") from Amazon for $14.95.

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

    Shu Uemera / 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 a Shu Uemura eyelash curler from Amazon for $18.50 (my fave!!) and a Lee Stafford blowdryer from Amazon for $29.95. If you have noticeable lashes to begin with, you can also try a Blinc Heated Lash Curler from Amazon for $24.

    Btw, the Lee Stafford dryer won our inexpensive pick for the best hair dryer on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    13. 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!

    Universal Records / Via

    "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.

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


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

    Get Johnson's Baby Powder from Amazon for $1.95.

    15. 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, Amazon

    "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 a Tweezerman Folding Ilash Comb from Amazon for $9.21.

    16. 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, of course!

    Amazon / Amazon

    "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 $6.98 and Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioner for $2.99.

    17. 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.

    Tarte, Glossier

    "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 Tarte Fierce & Feisty Faves Color Collection (includes gel eyeliner, mascara, and a MLBB matte liquid lipstick) for $24 (valued at $60) and Glossier The Makeup Set (includes brow gel, cream blush, and mascara) for $40 (valued at $50).

    And because there are so many variations of everyday looks, Winky Lux No Makeup Makeup Kit and Benefit The Beachlorette are two more amazing sets!

    18. 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 $6.99.

    19. Start off your makeup routine with a lip stain, and when you're done with the whole face, you can wipe some of the intensity off and top with a lip gloss for a more natural lewk.

    @periperathailand / Via

    "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

    Alternatively, you can go for a blotted lip look by concentrating the color application towards the center of your lips and then smudging the outer lines.

    Get Peripera ColorFit Tint Water Gels from Amazon for $12 each (available in seven shades).

    20. 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!

    Amazon / BuzzFeed

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

    Get them from Amazon: BH Cosmetics Nude Lips Lipstick Palette for $12.50 and Beauty Glazed Matte and Shimmer Palette for $11.88

    21. 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, pick up a lip palette designed specifically for mixing and matching, or top off one of your existing lipsticks with lip gloss!

    @jcatbeauty / Via, Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed / 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

    Fenty Gloss Bomb basically looks fab on top of any lipstick (read our full review for confirmation), or you can buy a lip palette for custom colors, like the J.Cat Beauty Freedom Creator Lip Palette from Ulta for $17.99.

    22. 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!" —fortbuilder394

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

    Get Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Cremes from Walgreens for $8.49 each (available in 10 shades) or their non-metallic Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes for $8.49 (available in 9 shades).

    If you're looking for actual liquid eyeshadows, try Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Double Ended Eyeshadows!

    23. 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 $33.99+ (available in two styles).

    24. 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.

    Amazon / 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 16 oz. bottle from Amazon for $8.25.

    25. Transform into a glow queen with some setting spray and quick hands., @glowrecipe / Via

    "Highlight hack: I 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 — or Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist also works wonders for this.

    26. 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!

    Urban Outfitters

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

    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 Urban Outfitters for $14 (8 oz) or Amazon for $24 (16 oz).

    27. Instead of applying primer and foundation in separate steps, mix an ~illuminating~ primer and your fave liquid foundation for an extra luminous and yet somehow natural-looking base that looks amazing without additional makeup.

    @beccacosmetics / Via, @olehenriksen / Via

    "This is probably pretty common knowledge, but this is a hack I pretty much use on the daily, especially since most days I can't be bothered to put on anything besides base makeup. Liquid formulas obviously blend together well, and Becca First Light and Ole Henriksen Banana Bright play super nicely with my go-to Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundation." —Sarah Han

    Get Becca First Light Priming Filter From Sephora for $21+ (available in two sizes) and Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer for $36.

    28. 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 Goody bobby pins from Amazon for $5.39+ (available in metallic blonde, brown, and black).

    29. 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 100-count pack of disposable mascara brushes from Amazon for $6.98 and an eight-count box of Dove Beauty Bars from Amazon for $8.79.

    30. 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.

    31. 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 2 oz. tube from Amazon for $12.

    32. 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

    As with any DIY tips, definitely talk to your dermatologist first before trying this!

    Get it from Amazon for $8.44.

    33. 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 $9.71.

    P.S. You could probably also use a cleanser like Heimish All Clean White Clay Foam and leave it on for 10 minutes for similar effects.

    34. 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.

    Use any moisturizer you already have, or get St. Ives Renewing Facial Moisturizer from Amazon for $4.38.

    35. 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) from Amazon for $3.14.

    36. 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 and an inexpensive powder highlighter like Maybelline Master Chrome for $7.49+ (available in three shades), or a higher-end option like Lorac Light Source Illuminating Highlighter for $22 (available in four colors).

    37. 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 mesh letter holder from Amazon for $8.25, or a pretty rose gold organizer from Amazon for $15.99.

    And check out our picks for best beauty subscriptions on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    38. Just call coconut oil our knight in shining armor! 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) — and 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 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from Walmart for $13.88.

    39. 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.

    40. Banish unsightly deodorant marks with a quick swipe of a dryer sheets — they don't just belong in the dryer!


    "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 240-count box of Downy April Fresh Sheets from Amazon for $9.19.

    41. 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 Clinique Cheek Pop from Sephora for $23 (available in 14 shades), or I swear by Glossier Cloud Paint. For a liquid blush option, NARS Liquid Blush is awesome.

    42. 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).

    43. 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+.

    44. Or for something that lasts a tad longer, try dyeing 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’re 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 $11.95+ (available in 11 shades).

    If you're not into that, try this popular 1000 Hour Eyelash & Brow Dye from Amazon.

    45. Be sure to dab some concealer (with a precise brush) around your brows after filling them in — that way they'll be 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 $4+ (available in 26 shades).

    I love and reviewed Fenty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Concealer, though it's slightly more expensive at $26 (available in 50 shades).

    46. Replace your normal conditioner with a thick hair mask for extra hydration and nourishment that conditioner alone doesn't always provide enough of — plus, it'll really help repair 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 the SheaMoisture 10-in-1 Superfruit Renewal Masque mask from Amazon for $12.68, or a very popular Professional Series Argan Oil Mask also from Amazon for $12.95.

    47. 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

    Or opt for a microfiber Aquis Hair Turban to safely dry your hair *and* keep it out of your face/dripping down your back.

    48. Follow up a good ol' hair wash with volumizing dry shampoo to keep oiliness at bay (or at least for a few extra days before it inevitably takes over and you need to wash again).

    @nymbrands / Via

    "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 Not Your Mother's Plump For Joy Body Building Dry Shampoo from Amazon for $4.74.

    49. Swap your pinching hair ties for comfy and cute scrunchies that don't leave dents and harshly tug at your strands (because we lose too many strands as it is!).

    @goodyhair / Via

    "Not only are scrunchies 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 $3.88+ (available in black or multicolor).

    I also 1000% trust Invisibobbles to go easy on my hair, and Free People has tons of cute scrunchie options I also personally wear and love!

    50. 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.

    For products that are directly marketed as eye makeup removers, Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover and The Body Shop Camomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover are awesome options!

    51. Get your ZZZs! You know, that seemingly obvious thing called sleep we always say we're gonna be better and more consistent 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

    52. And when it comes to sleeping more, don't think you can sacrifice washing off your makeup properly or relying on makeup wipes all the time. 👏 Double 👏 cleanse 👏 to ensure everything — and I mean, everything — is off for good! Your face (and other skincare products) will thank you.

    @dermalogica / Via, @thenimetyou / Via

    "I'm definitely not perfect when it comes to double cleansing every single night, but I notice a big difference (hi, stray pimples!) when I go a night or two without double cleansing and opt instead for micellar water or wipes — yes, they visibly take off (most of) my makeup, but there are impurities (especially as someone living in NYC) and sebum that reside deeper within my pores that are still lurking. Plus, I hate dragging cotton pads (no matter how soft my fave Muji pads are!) back and forth repeatedly across my eyes. On the other hand, oil cleansers/balms are suuuper gentle and break down all of your makeup, sebum, and sunscreen while you ~massage~ it around your face, and then a water-based cleanser gets rid of the dirt we accumulate throughout the day and is another safeguard against new breakouts." —Sarah Han

    Get the Then I Met You The Cleansing Duo from Then I Met You for $68.

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    53. 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.

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