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    41 Hacks, Products And Tips To Keep You Looking Beautiful

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    1. Clean everything your face touches.

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    The three main things being your phone, towels and pillowcases. Mainly because all the bacteria on these will touch your face. "How clean the objects are that touch your face does make a difference in terms of your skin's hygiene and can help to reduce breakouts," says dermatologist Dr. Adam Geyer.

    Here's the low down on how to clean these correctly.

    2. A body scrub that leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.

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    "I use Soap & Glory body scrub to exfoliate in the shower. It's worked wonders on the dry spots I regularly get. —jaekalirainz

    Get the body scrub from Boots, £8.

    Check out more products for dry skin here.

    3. Lemon juice can do more harm than good to your skin.

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    Using lemon juice to treat your blackheads is a bad idea. It's a lot more irritating than it is helpful, says Doris Day, MD. Also, citrus juices can seriously burn your skin when exposed to sunlight.

    You can read more skin care tips from dermotologists here.

    4. Dry your brushes upside down so that moisture doesn't ruin the shape or damage the handle.

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

    Check out more beauty tips here.

    5. Oil based cleaners are brilliant for removing makeup, even if you have oily skin.

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    Oil and water don't mix, so you need oil to attract other oil-based debris like makeup and SPF. You then follow the oil cleanser with a water cleanser to remove any remaining impurities. If you want to read more about double cleansing check out Patrice's post here.

    6. You should apply sunscreen everyday.

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    We all know that we should use SPF every day, come rain or shine, especially on our faces. This is mainly because it prevents premature ageing, discolouration, and uneven skin tone, and it protects against skin cancer. So yeah it's pretty important.

    Here's all you need to know about apply sunscreen correctly.

    7. People of colour should also wear sunscreen.

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

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    It helps cool the delicate eye area.

    Check out more beauty tips here.

    9. When applying your false lashes, place a mirror in a position that allows you to look down.

    10. The SPF in your makeup, or moisturiser might not actually provide enough protection from the sun.

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    "A lot of makeup companies make tinted moisturisers with an SPF of 15 or 20, which is just not a high enough SPF," says Janet C. Lin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist . You should look for products with at least SPF 30.

    Read more skin care tips from dermotologists here.

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

    12. Shaving cream breaks through stains, so you can use it to get rid of foundation stains.


    Check out other stain hacks here.

    13. Use a daily moisturiser that's made for dry irritated skin

    14. This night cream that will hydrate your skin while you sleep, because that's when your skin is most receptive to treatments.

    15. Use concealer instead of eyeshadow primer.

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    "I use concealer as eyeshadow primer. I think you get a way better base with concealer, especially if you have oily eyelids."– ericaf9

    Check out more ways to save money on makeup here.

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

    17. If you're into full-on eyelashes, stack your falsies BEFORE putting them on.

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    Create thick, dramatic lashes by stacking two lashes. Staking false lashes will add a little more volume and dimension to your eyes.

    Here's the full tutorial.

    You can find more tips and tricks for false lashes here.

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

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    Check out more beauty tips here.

    19. Wear a satin bonnet or opt for satin pillows when sleeping. This helps to protect your hair from damage.

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    Satin will allow your hair to maintain its moisture, instead of drying it out, which cotton tends to do.

    Check out more beauty tips here.

    20. Know what your brushes do.

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    Check out this post for more hair tips.

    21. Use tweezers to remove excess glue on the lashes.

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    Grip firmly on the lashes with one hand, and use the tweezers to gently pull of sections of glue stuck to the lash band.

    You can find more tips and tricks for false lashes here.

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

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    Check out more beauty tips here.

    23. A curved eyeliner that makes application really easy.

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    Promising review: I LOVE IT! Like really love it. The shape of the eyeliner really makes difference. It's really easy to hold and the formula glides on so well. — Emma Cooke

    Get it from Amazon, £5.

    Check out more tried and tested products here.

    24. Curl your hair from the middle, instead of the ends to help your curls last longer.

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    Check out this post for more hair tips.

    25. Swap your towel for a T-shirt when drying your hair.

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

    Check out more beauty tips here.

    26. A setting spray that helps your makeup stay put.

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    Promising review: "Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray. Will make even the worst foundations stay all day. Especially for oily skin!"– missypuppylove

    Check out more beauty products that are worth the hype here.

    Get it here, £24.

    27. 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.

    Check out more beauty tips here.

    28. A foundation with great coverage.

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    "My beauty buy would be Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, I wear the shade Rich Mahogany. It's my ultimate favourite foundation. It's a one pump foundation that can be built up. It gives me great coverage and creates a nice warm look on my skin as opposed to looking dry and washed out especially during the winter time! "– Patricia Bright

    Get it from Estee Lauder, £33.50.

    Get more blogger recommendations here.

    29. Apply primer with a brush for a even application.

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    Get more tips from Rihanna's makeup artist here.

    30. To avoid damage on your lashes, use cotton buds and oil free makeup remover to remove your falsies.

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    Avoid using oil on the false lashes, because the oil left on the lash band will make it difficult for the glue to bind to your lash line the next time you try to put them on.

    Here's a tutorial on how it's done.

    You can find more tips and tricks for false lashes here.

    31. Give your hairbrushes a good wash every so often.

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    Pull out all of the hair and then soak them in warm water with some shampoo.

    Check out this post for more hair tips.

    32. Less is more when it comes to covering spots.

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    Samantha and Nicola, Pixiwoo: "When it comes to covering spots without them going dry, think less is more. Ensure you have prepped the area with a moisturiser, and use a cream or liquid concealer that is a good colour match. Then just lightly buff the concealer over the area with a clean brush. You will never stop product clinging to a dry area of skin but at least it will take down the redness."

    Check out more makeup artist tips here.

    33. Never skip moisturising.

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    Samantha and Nicola, Pixiwoo: "If you only have five minutes spare in the morning, we would advise massaging in your skincare. Take the time to really work the moisturiser into the skin to hydrate, get the blood flowing and wake the skin up. You’ll look like you’ve had an extra two hours' sleep."

    Check out more makeup artist tips here.

    34. There is no right order when it comes to applying makeup.

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    Suzy Gerstein, Honey Artists: "There are very few absolute dos and don'ts when it comes to applying makeup. There are a couple of general rules of thumb that are helpful to remember to make your makeup last longer. For instance, layering your powders over cream products makes the colour more stable so that it doesn't slide around on your face with oil and sweat. But other than that I've seen clients and colleagues start with eyes, start with skin, start with lips, and I've seen the end result look great in all of those cases."

    Lisa Potter-Dixon, head makeup artist, Benefit Cosmetics UK:
    "Always prep your skin with moisturiser, prime with a primer, and perfect with foundation and concealer, in that order. For everything else, apply it in the order that you prefer."

    Samantha and Nicola Chapman, Pixiwoo:
    "It’s makeup, it’s art, and there are no rules."

    Check out more makeup artist tips here.

    35. A mascara that adds length and volume.

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    Promising review: "Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is still the best stuff I've ever used. I don't buy it all the time because I'm on a college student budget, but every time I do buy it, it's absolutely worth the money." – Hannah Gorski, Facebook

    Get it from Debenhams, £19.

    Check out more beauty products that are worth the hype here.

    36. A brighting treatment that reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

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    "Sunday Riley Good Genes, the one skincare item I will always repurchase despite the price, it really is life changing stuff. " – brittanyt417641f83

    Get it from Net-a-porter, £85.

    Check out more beauty products that are worth the hype here.

    37. To remove dead skin, run a dry, soft-bristle brush over your bare skin.

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    "Take a nail brush and scrub all over your body before getting in the shower — it removes way more dead skin than doing it in the shower with expensive scrubs." — canvas8282

    Check out more life changing beauty tips here.

    38. A facial cleanser that you can use day and night.

    39. People with hooded eyes should always use eye primer.

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    Lisa: "One solid tip I have for people with hooded eyes is to use an eye primer. Your makeup is much more likely to transfer if you have hooded eyes, so this will help prevent this. Also, make sure your brows are groomed and styled. This will open the look of your eyes instantly."

    Check out more makeup artist tips here.

    40. A brow highlighter that adds subtle highlights.

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    Promising review: "When I first heard about this product, I thought it would be a little gimmicky, a gel that can highlight my brows, yeah sure. But my gosh I was so silly to underestimate this. I love it so much. It makes my brows look so real, and not just two curved lines across my face. It also allows my brows to match my hair colour a little more. The only reason why I didn't give it full marks is because it's a little expensive, for just an eyebrow product." — Tolani Shoneye

    Get it from Benefit, £20.

    Get more beauty product recommendations here.

    41. A lip gloss that gives you a glossy finish.

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    Promising reviews: "I am really into lip gloss and this might be my new favourite. It is has a hint of colour, it's silky, and it's not at all sticky. I love it so much. I have naturally big, luscious lips so I don't actually think the plumping did anything for me. But either way YAASSS to this product. I want one in every colour." — Tolani Shoneye

    "I liked this a lot, though for some reason it made me feel very '90s. Not that that’s a bad thing. I do think it made my lips look bigger though, and the colour is pretty!" — Emma Cooke

    Get it from Pixi, £12.

    Check out cruelty-free products here.

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