Hey everyone! I don’t know about you but things are starting to get cer-razy around here in the lead up to the festive period. These days I feel like things are hectic year round for most of us, trying to manage busy schedules, work life, social life, home life. But as December approaches things kick it up a notch and we seem to have even less time to ourselves than usual. With all of the gift buying, Christmas parties, additional work that comes with the end of the year and the inevitable office bug that leaves you out of action for a few days, the last thing we’re thinking about is our beauty regimen. With this is mind I’ve put together a list of my top ten “beauty hacks”, my tips and tricks to make life a little bit easier, even if it is just in relation to your makeup drawer!
1. Chop Your Beauty Blender in Half
Yes you read that right! If you have forked out £16 on a beauty sponge I’m pretty sure the last thing you feel like doing is taking the scissors to it but trust me on this one. (Maybe try it out on a cheaper version first though, just in case!) Chop it vertically down the middle and voila – two sponges! You can either save one half for when you need a new sponge to save yourself the cash, or you can use them both simultaneously. For example use one half to apply you foundation and the other half to apply powders. I know this sounds like a silly tip but I actually found this incredibly helpful. And the best part about having 2 beauty sponges? You only have to wash them half as often!
2. Wash Your Beauty Sponge with Soap
On the topic of beauty sponges, washing them can be a real pain in the behind. I wash all of my brushes with antibacterial fairy liquid or baby shampoo but this just doesn’t cut it with a beauty blender. The makeup gets all up in there and it’s a real chore to get it out again! You may have heard of this tip already, but if not it’s life changing! I discovered this trick when I was cabin crew and spent most of my time in hotel rooms, the little freebie hotel soaps are just the best sponge cleaners ever! All you need to do is take a bar of soap and put it under a running tap. Once it’s nice and wet take your dry or slightly damp sponge and rub it over the soap bar. I find this works best if the sponge is dry or almost dry to begin with but it’s entirely up to you. Once you’ve covered the sponge in soap rinse it under the tap and squeeze. Repeat once or twice and you should find the sponge is squeaky clean. So simple and so affordable! So throw away those expensive sponge cleaners and get yourself to your nearest supermarket for some good old fashioned soap!
3. Use Soap to Tame Your Brows
Speaking of soap, now that you have a bar why not put it to good use? You can use it on your brows (I have a post on this here). Rub a spooly or a clean mascara wand over your damp soap bar and then brush through your brows. This will act as an incredible brow gel and keep your brows in place all day.
4. Use Pepto Bismol as a Face Mask
We all like to give ourselves a little pamper every now and again and a face mask can be the perfect way to do that. The store bought face masks can get a little pricey though, so you can of course make them yourself from fresh ingredients but like I mentioned earlier, who has time for that at this time of year? The answer to this problem is lying in your medicine cabinet! Pepto Bismol which is used to relieve an upset stomach makes for a fantastic face mask. Apply with a foundation brush all over the face and leave in for 10 – 20 minutes. Wash off to reveal soft, smooth skin with reduced pore size and less redness! It can also help with any inflammation or puffiness you may have.
5. Set your Makeup with Steam
This is one of my favourite tricks in the winter months. As you’ll probably know if you’ve followed my blog for a while I suffer from extremely oily skin, so for me setting my makeup is a must if I want it to last. The best way to do this is to seal any liquid foundation and cream bronzers and blushes in place by layering powders over top. This can however make your makeup look heavy and cakey very quickly. I usually use a setting spray to help with this. However an amazing trick I’ve been using lately is to do my makeup first then run a nice warm bath. As you’re relaxing in the bath the steam will set your makeup beautifully. Now I know this isn’t the most practical advice for a daily basis but if you have a special event to attend this is great. Especially if you want to warm through after a long winters day before you head out to your Christmas party.
6. Use Coconut Oil for EVERYTHING
I know, I know, we’re all sick of hearing about coconut oil! But it really is an incredible addition to your beauty routine. Use it as a shaving cream for your legs, conditioner for your hair, eye makeup remover, cuticle oil, body moisturiser, to seal split ends.. The list goes on!
7. Use Lipstick as Blush
Speaking of multi use products, you can totally use this trick to down size your makeup bag for when you’re on the go. Use your lipstick or liquid lipstick as your blush or bronzer (depending on which shade you’re using obviously). All you need to do is apply some of your lipstick to the back of your hand, then pick it up with a brush (synthetic hairs are best) and apply to the cheeks. Super simple and you know you’re lips will always perfectly match your cheeks!
8. Use Mascara as Eyeliner
Another way to de clutter the makeup bag! If your eyeliner has dried out or you just don’t want to carry another product around with you you can use mascara as a gel liner. Just dip your liner brush into your mascara and apply as you normally would.
9. Make your Concealer Last Longer
I don’t know about you but due to all running about at the minute I’m not getting nearly enough sleep. Lack of sleep = dark circles = more concealer. So of course I’m going though tubes of concealer like nobody’s business! The answer to this problem is to take the plastic stopper out of the top of the tube, you’ll be amazed how much concealer is left in there that you could reach before! I usually get another few weeks out of the tube by doing this.
10. Talc as Dry Shampoo
If you read my hair post (link here) you’ll know that dry shampoo is a necessity for me. We’re talking like toothpaste vital! But do you ever find that you’re half way through spraying your roots and the bottle runs out? Panic stations right? Well not any more! If you’ve got a bit of talc lying around it does the same thing and soaks up any oil around your scalp making your hair look clean and fresh again. Now don’t freak out when your hair looks all white at roots, give it a good rub into your head (this will help with volume too) and then leave it for 5 minutes. You’ll find as it starts to soak up those oils the white colour will fade. I wouldn’t recommend replacing dry shampoo altogether but it’s a great tip for when you’re in a jam.
I’m sure you already know of some of these beauty hacks but hopefully a few of them will be new to you and you can give them a go. Let me know if you try any of them and of course if you have any great beauty tricks that I haven’t mentioned then please put them in the comments, I love anything to make my life easier!
As always thank you so much for reading!