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    17 Beauty Secrets You Should Really Know

    But just in case you don't...

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

    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.

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

    5. Use an unused toothbrush to lay your edges, or tame your stray hairs.

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    This is a trick every black girl knows. It's literally a birth right.

    6. Wrap lashes around a makeup brush for a few minutes before applying it.

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    This will add a curve to the eyelash strip, allowing them to form to the shape of your eyes.

    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.

    9. Dry your brushes upside down so that moisture doesn't warp their shape or damage the handle.

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    Follow these steps to help keep your brushes in the best shape.

    10. Every beauty product you buy will tell you the number of months the product should last, once opened.

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    It's the little jar with numbers on it.

    11. Store your eye creams in the fridge to help under-eye puffiness.

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    It helps cool the delicate eye area.

    12. Use a T-shirt to dry your hair, instead of a towel.

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    Tees are way more absorbent and will get your hair dry a lot faster!

    13. Make your hair look longer, by giving yourself two ponytails instead of one. / Via

    Hide the second ponytail underneath the first and your hair will instantly look longer and fuller.

    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.

    15. Use shaving cream to help get rid of foundation stains.

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    This works because shaving cream has cleaning agents that help break through stains. Check out other stain hacks here.

    16. Run your wet nails under cold water to make them dry faster. / Via AlexandrasGirlyTalk

    Because time is precious and shouldn't be wasted.

    17. Add Vaseline to powder eyeshadow to make it a cream shadow.

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    Combine your favourite eyeshadow powder with a little Vaseline and you'll have cream eyeshadow.