5 beauty tricks every woman should know

Makeup newbie or junkie, there are some basic beauty tricks that every woman should know—whether it is how to make sure your eyeliner will not smudge on a hot and humid day or how to create a flawless face without your concealer, tinted moisturizer, and highlighter.

Widen your eyes with white eyeliner

If you want to create the illusion of big doe eyes, invest in a white eyeliner. Rim the waterline of your lower lash line with the white liner and see how it makes your eyes pop. That said, if you have a darker complexion then white eyeliner can be glaringly obvious and not as subtle, so opt for a beige/taupe liner.

Prevent eyeliner from smudging with powder

There’s nothing worse than eyeliner that smears too easy, giving you raccoon eyes. If you’re a victim to smudgy liner, then be sure to pat translucent powder on your lids and under your lower waterline to eliminate as much oil as possible. Apply eyeliner as you would normally wear and to seal the color, add a coating of black eye shadow on your liner.

Use your foundation as a tinted moisturizer and a concealer

If you ran out of concealer and tinted moisturizer, then worry not! Your foundation can do the job of both items. For a tinted moisturizer, add your favorite moisturizing oil or cream to your foundation and apply evenly to your face. The oil/cream will dilute the foundation offering the same sheer coverage your tinted moisturizer would provide. As for concealer, pump a little foundation onto a clean surface and let it sit out for a few minutes. Dried up foundation has a denser consistency and works just like concealer.

Feed your hair with a reverse hair wash

If you suffer from dry hair, then consider reversing the order of your hair wash. Apply your favorite conditioner generously on your dry hair—this ensures your hair soaks up all the conditioner—for about ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse as usual and then apply shampoo. The shampoo will remove any excess residue from the conditioner, without stripping your scalp of all its moisture.

Another tip: Try using extra virgin coconut oil as a deep conditioner. Massage the oil into your scalp, let it sit for fifteen to twenty minutes, and rinse with a shampoo.

Highlight with an emollient

Don’t have highlighter on hand? No worries. Apply a thick or rich emollient (e.g. Vaseline, extra virgin olive oil, eos lip balm) to the apples of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose, and around the hairline. Remember to use a little—you can always build up the glow but bringing it down is a more difficult task.