101 Beauty Quick Fixes Part 5

In the world of beauty, there are endless tips and rules to keep you looking fabulous. But a new look doesn’t always have to mean making a drastic change, spending the day in a colorist’s chair or forking out plenty of dough. These easy little tweaks will help you brighten and renew your look to get that “whose-that-girl” reaction from everyone. Here’s our final list of quick beauty fixes.

  • Kate Hudson puts her face in an ice bath to revive her skin.

  • Finish off your blowout with a few spritzes of texturizing spray.

Tousled Texture Creation Hairspray: R119.99, Toni & Guy

  • Coat your lips with balm before you start the rest of your make-up. By the time you finish with lip colour, your pout will be perfectly hydrated.
  • The desk-to-dinner smoky eye: Use a liner pencil to draw over any eye makeup that’s smudged throughout the day. Make it even smudgier (and sexier!) with a Q-tip.
  • Red, tired eyes can make you appear run down. Eye drops can eliminate the red and wake up your entire face.
  • A navy tinted mascara not only creates a lush, flirty, wide awake lash look, but the blue hue contrasts with the white of your eyes to make them appear much brighter.

Colour Play Mascara: R279, Inglot

  • If puffy eyes are your problem, press a cold metal spoon over the area for a few seconds to reduce swelling.
  • Jaime King’s skin care trick doesn’t require a celeb-sized budget: “You know how they have Clarisonics, which are really great? Using a really great hand towel when washing your face does the same thing, which costs nothing.”

  • Play up your decolletage by dusting powder bronzer over and between the breasts in a “3” shape.
  • Change up your hairstyle by tucking the front pieces behind your ears, which completely alters your look.
  • For shinier strands, brush your hair before you shampoo to distribute the natural oils from your scalp.
  • How to take a better picture in one second: “An actress friend of mine shared a great trick. She told me to stick my tongue behind my teeth when I smile to keep from over-smiling. If you smile without doing it, sometimes your gums show a little too much. It’s an actor’s trick!” says Jessica Chastain.

  • Don’t have time for tanner to develop? Smooth on a luminous body bronzer that does not transfer onto clothes.
  • “Olive and macadamia oils are really good for your complexion. Put one of them on in the shower and they make your skin zing.” — Cate Blanchett

  • For hair that’s fallen flat, spritz volumising spray at the roots to resuscitate volume.

Fat Volumiser: R260, MUK

  • Or twist and pin a piece behind one ear. So cute, so easy.
  • Or mist strands with shine spray post-blow dry for a glossy finish.
  • Multitasks with beauty products. Try wearing lipstick on cheeks.
  • A trick from Drew Barrymore: “I love when people highlight the corners of your eyes, and all of a sudden you’re like, ‘Oh my God! What did you just do?’”

  • If you don’t have enough time for a full in-shower shaving session, smooth baby oil onto legs before shaving. The oil will leave legs extra smooth.
  • Camouflage any pimples by applying a green cover-up to counteract the redness.

Colour Corrector: R229.95, Max Factor



I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover