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17 Beauty Secrets You Should Really Know

But just in case you don't...

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1. Instead of constantly buying high-end mascara, keep the expensive mascara wand and use it with a cheaper formula.

Give the wand a clean first, and swap lids if it fits.

2. Use red lipstick to get help get rid of dark circles.

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Instead of buying colour correcting kits, just use a cheap red lipstick to cover dark circles. It works because of science. Orange/red colours are opposite blue/purple colours on the colour wheel. This means red will neutralise the dark circles and help to balance out your skin tone. Here's all the details on how it's done.

3. Rub Vaseline on your pulse points before spraying perfume. This will make the scent last longer.

Most perfumes are made with ingredients that are attracted to oil, the oils help to hold the fragrance for longer. Check out this detailed interview with a chemical researcher to find out the science behind it.


4. If you are testing perfume on your skin, wait until it dries to get the true smell.

The first scent you smell when you apply perfume is called the top note, and this goes away after a few minutes. So to get a true scent of what the perfume smells like you should wait for it to dry.

7. Wearing a satin bonnet to sleep helps to protect your hair from damage.

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But if you're like me and you haven't been blessed with the skill of keeping your bonnet on all night, opt for a satin pillow case. Satin will allow your hair to maintain its moisture, instead of drying it out, which cotton tends to do.


8. Make your own body scrub with brown sugar, honey and olive oil.

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Instead of buying expensive body scrub, you should make your own with ingredients you probably have at home. Have a look at how it's done here.


14. Heat up an almost-empty bottle of concealer or foundation, to get out every last drop.

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Fill a bowl of hot water and let your makeup sit in it for 60 seconds. Watch the full Instagram video here.