Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and Ava Gardner are some of the most legendary beauties of all time. Flaunting flirty lashes, pouting sultry lips, and creating signature styles was just part of their everyday lifestyle. But you don’t have to be a Hollywood star to access and highlight your own natural beauty.
If you’d like to be a legend in your own right, follow these 15 fabulous DIY beauty hacks and achieve Hollywood glamour right at home:
1. Freeze Pencil Eyeliners
For an exquisitely smooth cat-eye you cannot be fussing with crumbling eyeliner. Avoid this common beauty blunder by tossing your eyeliner pencil into the freezer for 5-15 minutes before applying it. This is a great way to improve lash glide for a seamless, classic look.
2. Shave With Hair Conditioner. Razor burn is NOT glamorous
But what’s a girl to do when she runs out of shaving cream? Never fear, all you need to get a close, smooth shave is a quarter-sized drop of conditioner. Not only does it provide a smooth glide, but also it softens leg hair for easy removal.
3. Heat Up Your Lashes
Eyelash curlers are worth the hassle – if they work! The secret to making curled lashes stick? Heat. Some like it hot, so warm up your lash curler for a longer-lasting style. Usually between 5-10 seconds is enough.
4. Go Tropical
Coconut oil is a nutrient-dense way to support strong and healthy nail growth. A good source of essential fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, coconut oil is a pre-manicure must! 1 Simply apply a small amount to each nail bed and massage into cuticles and ridges to nourish your nail beds, and hydrate your skin too!
5. Lighten Up!
You can take dark tresses up a shade with some very common lighteners. You may even have them in your pantry right now. Try applying a mixture of chamomile and fresh lemon juice before your conditioner 3-5 times a week to lighten tresses up. NOTE: Extra heat from a blow dryer speeds the process.
6. Remember Your Brows
It’s all too easy to neglect your eyebrows. Use a small set of sharp cosmetic scissors to trim away stray hairs that can diminish your polished, put-together look.
7. Toss Your Sponges
Makeup application is challenging – if you don’t have the right tools. Remove makeup sponges from your beauty regimen, today! They are a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Trade them out for an easy-to-clean foundation brush—which also gives you more control in blending a flawless finish.
8. Tone it Down
Back in the 1950’s, women could get away with rosy red cheeks but today, it’s all about finding a natural shade for YOUR skin. Grab yourself a cream blush that is 1-3 shades darker from your natural skin tone. Apply it to cheek bones, eyelids and even lips for overall color with a more natural glow.
9. Zap Pimples With Aspirin
There’s nothing that stops a great beauty in her tracks than a pimple. Zap them before they take over with a simple at-home spot treatment made from Aspirin. A natural source of salicylic acid (the active compound in acne-washes), an aspirin and water mixture can be applied directly to problematic pimples for a fast acne fix.
10. Blot Away the Shine
When you notice that annoying mid-afternoon shine across the t-section, chin or other troublesome areas your first instinct might be to go for powder. But don’t! Trust the power of blotting papers (or even a toilet seat cover, unused of course!) to reduce excess oil, without adding more makeup.
11. Create Fuller Lips in Neutral
Pursed puckers aren’t very pretty and while most people think to plump them with a bold liner, you might want to follow the beauty secrets of glamour pros instead and go neutral. Apply a very thin line of a neutral tone to lips prior to applying lipstick for a fuller looking lip.
12. Be Witchy
Apply witch hazel to sensitive areas after shaving to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. This natural astringent is a cheap and easy way to avoid irritation and infections.
13. Remove Polish With Polish
When you run out of polish remover, you don’t have to let it hold you back. Just apply a thick coat of clear polish over the color you want to remove, and sluff it off with a cotton ball.
14. Buff Lips
Dry cracked lips will make you look older, especially if you wear lipstick. To avoid this, make sure to exfoliate the lips nightly by mixing sugar with olive oil and rubbing it gently over the lips. Then, you have smooth lips that will look great with a pop of lipstick color!
Not only does your smile look great, but studies have also shown that smiling (even a fake one) instantly reduces stress levels. Let’s see those pearly whites!2
Not too hard to achieve the beauty and glamour of a star, right? Take these 15 secrets of the stars right to your vanity, for a gorgeous style that’s all your own.
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1. “Organic Coconut Oil Nutrition Facts & Calories”. Nutritiondata.self.com. N.p., 2017. Web. 5 July 2017.
2. Grin and Bear It! Smiling Facilitates Stress Recovery. Association for Psychological Science. July 30, 2012.