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Beauty Tips that Won’t Break the Bank
To Busy for Makeup?
I know what your saying you don’t have the time or even the money to constantly invest in a full beauty routine. I hear you girl! Looking all put together in a glam makeup look can take a lot of time, patience and energy. In fact many of you are probably saying that it’s not worth your energy and I feel you, but for those of us who believe makeup is art and we just need a few hacks to take us from 0-100 in a half the time. Don’t worry sista girl… I got you!
I scoured the internet to bring you guys 50 beauty, skin care, and makeup tips to help you get the look you are feeling at the moment. I don’t have a lot of time so I myself invest in multi-tasker products and a few techniques that I can do while I’m working on building this little empire here. There’s a little something for everyone, so I’m hoping you pick up a couple of nuggets that are game changers for you. This post will be updating as I find new techniques to help you guys out so you might want to pin it for future reference. 🙂
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Color Correcting is Your Friend
I have rosacea and color correcting is my BFF. You see it is easy to go to far with the foundation, so I use the Catrice Re-Touch Anti-Red Concealer. Unless you have different degrees of discoloration skip the color correcting kits. There is just no need for all those shades unless you need them. You can head over to Musely for a full color correcting walk through.
Where to apply your perfume so it lasts all day
Odds are you’ve been using perfume wrong your entire life. In the pic above, found on BuzzFeed. you’ll see the locations you should apply perfume to the body so it lasts all day. If you are still rubbing your wrist together please stop! The only thing this does is break down the scent compounds which makes your favorite scent fade faster.
The Concealer Triangle
You may have seen people apply dots of concealer under the eye but for the best coverage you should apply it in a triangle under the eye as seen above.
Ditch the Lip Fillers
Getting lip filler seems to be the trend right now, but for the average person it is completely necessary. For a short term solution try adding peppermint oilt to your lip gloss to plump lips naturally and without the burn of other lip plumping products.
Contour Your Lips
We talked about the dopest lip kits last week, so this is nothing new to you guys, however I did find an post detailing how you can contour your lips to give the illusion of fuller lips with out all that over lining ( i hate over lining lips) Seriously, check it out here.
5 Minute Beach Waves
Fix a Broken Nail
No reason to cry! I found a quick and easy tutorial on how to fix a broken nail with nail glue and it’s super easy to follow! Check it out on Honey Mucnhkin.
Run out of Shaving Cream? That’s cool… just use conditioner. Read our other shaving hacks for silky smooth legs all year long.
Out of Lip Scrub?
I have other toothbrush beauty tips – Let me know if you guys want to see them. 🙂
Mommy Eye Makeup Remover Hack
Remove eye makeup with Johnson’s baby shampoo.
Foundation Beauty Hack
Place your foundation bottle in a glass of warm water the get every last bit out of the bottle.
Fixing Broken Makeup
There is nothing worse than breaking your favorite highlighter. Never fear thought the internets have been working on fixing this problem for a while! This tip has gone pretty viral, so it’s hard to pinpoint where the tip came from but I found it over on Make Life Lovely. There is also an alcohol free version if you’re not about that life.
DIY Makeup Remover
There are certain things I am OK with DIYing and certain things I would just rather save myself the effort and buy. Making your own DIY Makeup Remover Wipes sounds like fun way to stretch some coins. You can get all the details onBrit Co
DIY Lip Scrub
Ok provided you have the time to whip something up there really is no need in buying lip scrub from the store. I mean ok, i guess if you’re out and about and you don’t have time to run home, then yeah buy it. My main point is the DIY version is often superior to some of the lip scrubs out there. Check out how to make it on The Frugal Ginger.
Dirty Makeup Brushes
Ok Let’s get those brushes clean. You should be washing your brushes at least once a week. The Frugal Ginger has yet another awesome DIY Hack. Make your own Makeup Brush Cleanser and save some money. 🙂
Healthy Hair Hack
you do NOT need to wash your hair everyday. So you know, stop doing that and your hair will thank you.
Curly Hair Bedtime Hack
So I am putting you all up on game. This is a hack that black women have been doing for a long time. If you have naturally curly hair you need to adopt the pineapple method for keeping your curly frizz free while you sleep.
Sleep on Silky Satin Pillowcase
No bonnet or scarf required. Sleep on a satin pillowcase to minimize friction at night and wake up with poppin curls. 🙂
Dupes are Your Friends.
Beauty Tip: Use Shopping Hacks
Return Product Fails
Do not be afraid to return a product that isn’t working for you. Most stores allow this, even if it is used.
Get Samples of Expensive Skin Care
I always get a sample of expensive skin care products every time I go to Sephora.
Layer it on!
In our Beyonce Beauty Secrets Exposed post we talk about how to layer your makeup so it doesn’t move. Give it a shot!
Buy Individual Shadows
For the love of all things holy stop buying a whole palette for a couple of shades you like. I guarantee somebody somewhere is selling an individual shadow that is the perfect dupe for that shade. I swear, Anastasia Beverly Hills single shadows have been on sale at Ulta for 4/$32 all year. (lol)
Take advantage of beauty recycling
many big box brands have a recycling program, Bare Minerals take back all beauty, hair, and skin care empties. For more information check out our post Saving the World with Makeup for program details and locations.
Join Beauty Rewards Programs
We did a stupidly big post about saving money with beauty rewards programs. Check it Out Here.
Match Foundation to Your Chest
We talked about this in the Cardi B Makeup Secret Post last week, but I thought this tip was so good I had to share it with you guys again. I also found this video by Jackie Aina that talks about shade matching the extended shade range in the Born This Way Foundation… but it applies to all foundation really so IMO – worth a watch.:)
Fix Makeup Mistakes
How many times have you messed up something in your makeup routine and just wiped it off and started over? I am guilty as well, no judgies here. 🙂 Well this video by my girl crush Alissa Ashley show you how to easily fix makeup Oops without ruining everything else.
Try a DIY Face Mask
DIY face masks are one of the easiest and most effective skin care products you can whip up at home. We posted 40+ DIY face masks for you to try out. 🙂
Layer Your Skin Care Products
Sometimes it takes a cocktail of products to achieve the skin of your dreams. Layer your skin care products from lightest to heaviest so a facial oil then a cream etc. Check out our other skin care tips – Skin Care 101
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Learn to Contour for Your Face Type
There is no one size fits all when it comes to contouring. I know you your favorite beauty guru contours a certain way but that way may not work for your face shape. There’s a great post over on Pretty 52 that details with pictures how you should contour based on face type. Hopefully this helps demystify the whole contouring thing, as I know it is something some of you guys struggle with.
Use Coffee Grounds to Banish Cellulite.
Cellulite is something a lot of us deal with. It’s ok girl you are totally not alone. One of the best treatments for skin firming is caffeine. Caffeine helps to tighten the skin and improve circulation. There are a ton of other benefits but I am going to send you over to Our Everyday Life to get all the details on how to do your own DIY Coffee Ground Wraps.
Grow Lashes with Castor Oil
This hack has been around for a while. I have not tried this although it something I have been thinking about doing. In the natural hair community we all know castor oil is phenomenal for hair growth so in theory it should work on lashes as well. Find out a few different ways to use castor oil to grow out your lashes and brows over at StyleCraze.
DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
Apple Cider Vinegar is a skin care ingredient that has developed a hard core cult following in recent years. I myself use a Apple Cider Vinegar Face Mask that I am 1000000% addicted to! Coconuts & Kettleballs has given us a new DIY to try! Check out their post on making DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Toner.
Drink Lots of Water
No fancy pics or gifs needed drink water and your skin will thank you. Find out some of our other Skin Loving Tips Here.
Use BH Cosmetics Brushes
Bh Cosmetics Makeup Brushes are sleek, sexy, and affordable. You can grab a whole set of face brushes for under $20! – Check out 5 Reasons We Love BH Cosmetics Makeup Brushes.
Curly Girl Wash & Go Bedtime Hacks
As a fellow curly girl I can tell you looking this good takes some effort. While wash and go styles are usually easy to do, no one wants to or should do a wash and go daily. Naturally Curly has some tips to help your style last all week.
Clean Your Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge
A while ago there was a hack going around that detailed how to clean a beauty blender and sterilize it in the microwave. All was well and good until some girls ended up with melted beauty blenders…. So I searched high and low for the appropriate way to clean a makeup sponge and found a great post Clean My Space. While not a beauty blog, she has some great info on there and you NEED to check this out.
Use Nail Decals to Hide Mistakes
Did you mess up your manicure? That’s Ok – just cover it with a nail decal and be on your merry way.
Do Your Eyes First
Complete your eye look first and you will never have to worry about fall out again.
Look More Awake
Add a White or Nude eye liner to look more awake.
Never Sleep In Makeup
I’ve said this like a million times, but just in case you missed it I am telling you again wash your damn face before you go to bed. Sleeping in makeup can wreck your skin girl. Seventeen Magazine has a great article on what sleeping in makeup does to your skin. You should check that out.
Use Skin Care Products That Work While You Sleep
We love a product that does all the hard work for us! There are loads of night time products to give you the glowy skin you crave. I mean you gotta sleep so why not protect and rejuvenate your skin while your doing it. Check out our Top Drugstore Products that Work While You Sleep.
Stop Taking Hot Showers
Now I know what you’re thinking… I myself am quite fond of long hot showers, but they are horrible for your skin. The hot water can dry out the skin and lead to premature aging and ain’t nobody got time for that. If you absolutely must take a hot shower try decreasing your shower time to limit your skin’s exposure to the heat. I wrote a post a while ago on the Mistakes Your Are Making in the Shower, give it a read for more beauty tips. 🙂
Multimask Like a Boss
If you’re not following me on Instagram You are missing out on beauty tips like this one. Sucks doesn’t it?! lol 🙂View this post on Instagram
Hey all i didn’t forget about #skincaresunday! Today I’m going to get into some hot and heavy #multimasking action using the off/on method. What’s the off/on method you ask? Well it’s pretty simple first you do a clarifying/exfoliating/detox (off masks) followed by a hydrating/soothing mask (on). The point is you take off the gunk and put the good stuff back on! @freemanbeauty @ultabeauty #selfcaresunday #selfcare #facemask #applecidervinegar #hydration #facescrub #ultabeauty #bbloggers #drugstoreskincare #skincare #ericaeverafter #beautygram #beautylover #skincarejunkie #girlystuff #skincarelover
Stop Using Shampoo
For divas with curly hair shampoo can be very drying to your hair. I used the co-wash method of cleansing your hair with conditioner for years but I have switched to No-Poo Original Zero Lather Conditioning Cleanser by DevaCurl earlier this year and I am never turning back.
Try Dry Brushing
We have been hearing about this tip for a little while now. I plan to write a 30 day case study on dry brushing and the benefits of it. You can read all about what others are saying about the wonders of dry brushing over on Wellness Mama
Use the Baggy Method
Ok so in layman’s terms this is essential using your favorite leave in conditioner and instead of immediately styling your hair, put on a baggy (shower cap) for as long as you choose, then styling your hair. This method allows your hair to absorb as all that moisture without any stress. I do this with Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner and coconut oil. It is basically …. LIFE! 🙂
Try a Subscription Box
Try out new products each month and pay one set fee. I am addicted to sub boxes so I have to put a limit on what I get. lol I am a sucker, sub boxes are the proverbial carrot dangling in front of my face. I think it might be a medical condition or something. But you can try Play! By Sephora or Ipsy for $10. I sub to Curl Kit for all my curly hair needs.
So there you go! 50 Beauty Tips to get you are Gorg without breaking the bank or taking up all your time. What did you guys think? Do you want to see more posts like this one? Let us know below!
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