WE’VE gone on an undercover mission, scouring the net for twenty of the simplest and best beauty hacks that you can employ right now. These are blogger, vlogger and celebrity approved and then tried and tested by us to ensure that they are truly worth your while. They will make your life easier, adds interest to your beauty routine and make you look even more glamorous!
- We Like To Spoon
USE the straight side of the spoon to create the line of a cat eye, then use the curved side to create the tricky flick. Fill in and you’re a cat eye pro.
- Full On Flutter
SWEEP one coat of mascara from roots to tips through lashes. Dip a cotton bud into loose powder (baby powder works just as well) and run over lashes while they’re still wet. Follow with a last coat or two of mascara.
Master Fix Loose Translucent Powder: R169.95, Maybelline And Ultra Volume Mascara: R160, Revlon
- Colour Wheel Basics
ALTHOUGH a classic for the lips, red lipstick is actually multi-purpose. Red Lipstick Under the Eyes neutralizes and minimizes the appearance of dark circles in a pinch.
Matte Long Lasting Lipstick: R150, By WBeauty, Woolworths
- Easy As 1, 2, 3
JOAN Smalls’ trick for creating a simple highlight: starting at the outer third of the eyebrows, swoop a backward E around the eye,and loop around the cheek finishing off at the jawbone.
- Stand Out Gaze
PREP eyes with a white eyeliner or eyeshadow before applying colour to really make colorful shadows and liners stand out.
Magnif’Eyes Colour Palette: R189, Rimmel
- Fake It Till Bedtime
IT’S easy to look less tired simply by using concealer correctly.
Under-Eye Concealer: R159.95, Sorbet
- Bra Blender
WE’RE sure you’ve come across at least one YouTuber using a bra insert to blend foundation. Foundation is usually not absorbed by silicone, which can be helpful in conserving foundation. Plus, cleaning silicone is so much easier.
Julimex Maxi Push Up: R299, Storm In A-G Cup
- From Pencil To Gel
A candle flame or a lighter used to carefully heat up a regular pencil liner for a few seconds turns it into a soft and creamy texture, exactly like a gel!
The Essential Eye Pencil: R59, 3INA
- Good As New
USE an eyeliner brush to mix a drop of face oil around in a crumbly gel pot liner to help turn it back into its smooth formula.
Face Glow Face: R495, By Make Skincare, TakeALot
- Not-So-Common Solution
CRACKED heels are a common foot problem. Apply Vaseline and then throw on some comfy socks, head to bed and wake up with soft, smooth feet.
Original Blueseal Pure Petroleum Jelly (50ml): R10.95, Vaseline
- Bizarre, But Beautiful
GENTLY place a piece of masking tape going from the ear to the mouth and dot along the top of the tape with bronzer to help create a perfectly symmetrical contour.
Velvet Bronzer Contour Stick: R49.95, L.A. Girl
- Ice, Ice Baby
BELLA Hadid believes in a Japanese hack called ‘Jamsu’ for flawless foundation: dunking your face in water! The K-beauty hack, involves applying make-up, baking with translucent powder before dunking your whole made-up-to-perfection face in cold water for 10 seconds.
- Oil All The Way
OILS of all kinds infuse hair with instant moisture, prevent and conceal split ends and improve the strength and smoothness of strands over time. Lightweight oils like argan, olive or almond oil conditions without weighing any style down.
Extra Penetrating Renewing + Argan Morocco Oil: R169.99, OGX
- Off Cord
TIRED of trying to fix the creases from your hair elastic? Opt for cord-like hair ties. Alternatively, tie hair with a piece of fabric to avoid the dreaded hair crease.
Traceless Hair Rings (Set Of Three): R90, Invisibobble
- So Pretty, So Easy
USE hairpins instead of fancy accessories to add an extra touch to any hairstyle.
Essentials Hair Grips (20 Pack): R20.49, Clicks
- Natural Hair Rulez
WASH your scalp in vertical strokes and let the shampoo run down the hair shaft. Don’t make circular motions… unless you want tangles.
Supreme Oil Sulfate Free Moisturizing Shampoo: R169, Mizani
- Ace Your Arches
USE a spoolie to comb brows upward, starting at the tail – this reveals any sparse areas, which you can then quickly fill in with a pencil and set with brow gel.
Statement Brow Brow Gel: R290, Elizabeth Arden
- Curl Your Enthusiasm
CURL lashes with an eyelash curler and apply mascara at the same time to keep them curled for longer.
Rose Gold Eyelash Curler: R46.99, Clicks
- Halle’s Hack
HALLE Berry scrubs her body with ground coffee while in the shower as a way of stimulating skin and as a circulation-boosting exfoliant.
- Top Tips
SEAL in the raw edge of nail polish to prevent chipping by running the top coast’s brush along the top edge of the nail.
No Chips Ahead Top Coat: R139.99, Essie