One of the advantages of having been a model is all the time I spent in the makeup chair, watching the pros at work. Often I took notes on what they were doing so that I could duplicate their magic at my own makeup table. Some of my favorite makeup artists even shared their insider tips for DIY beauty products. And I’m going to pass them along to you!
Here is a list of 10 natural foods and creative makeup tricks that are healthy, thrifty and will give your beauty routine a little boost!
Tip #1: Forget toner – use fruit!
A lot of toners at the department and drug store contain harsh chemicals that can strip the skin of natural oils and leave skin too dry. Not cool. Skip the toner and try using the juice from a pineapple or lemons on a cotton pad. Just swipe on your face! Both these fruits contain natural lactic acids that are great for brightening the skin and making it look refreshed. Just one more reason fruits are great!
Tip #2: Don’t forget your knees and elbows!
How many times have you felt self-conscious about these two body parts because they can look dry and discolored (do you see me raising my hand?)? Here’s a bleaching mask that will work wonders on these areas: Add the juice of a few lemons (2-4) to 1 cup of powdered milk. Then, add enough water to mix into a paste. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse off with an exfoliating pad or brush. Now get your cute skirt or dress on and rock it!
Tip #3: Make your hair extra shiny!
There are so many shampoos on the market now that it can be hard to figure out the best one to use. Skip the guesswork – buy whatever smells great, then make your own shampoo concoction by adding a couple Vitamin E caplets to the mix! Rub them into the shampoo in your hand and then lather. Your hair will be extra luminous!
Tip #4: Deep-condition your hair…naturally!
Use an overripe avocado (I know! So simple!). Just mash it up in a bowl, and spread evenly through your hair. Take a plastic bag and tie it on top of your hair when it’s evenly distributed so it absorbs better. Leave the mixture on for 30 minutes, and then rinse out. Avocados DO have a purpose other than with chips!
Tip #5: Master the smoky look you see in magazines!
You see the smoky eye on everyone from models to actresses to news anchors. Here’s a simple and effective way to get the look: Use a medium-toned shadow and brush it over your entire lid. Deepen the color in the crease and on the outer half of your eyelid away from your nose. You can use a darker shade like dark brown for the contrast, or just wet the eye shadow brush for the same effect. Blend, blend, blend. Let the colors fade into each other. Girl, get ready to turn heads!
Tip #6: Brighten your eyes with this easy trick!
Another little secret I learned from being a model – to make the whites of your eyes pop, use a navy eyeliner pencil in the bottom inner rim of your eye. The contrast of the color against your eyes will make them look great. You’ll instantly look more awake. Hello, I’m ready for my close up!
Tip #7: Make your lips even poutier!
To plump up your pout and get the most voluminous effect, use a highlighter pen or pencil and dab a touch in your cupids bow on your top lip. Then trace the highlighter along your bottom lip outside of the lip liner. Get ready to chase away the boys!
Tip #8: Change up your lip color!
Lipstick is a great way to add color to your face and to enhance your look. Use what you have in your drawer to create a brand new look. A simple and easy way to spice it up is to add a dab of your blush on top. It creates a totally different shade and you didn’t have to spend a penny!
Tip #9: Get your makeup off easily and fast!
It’s a pain to remove your eye makeup at the end of the night. A simple way to take it off is use baby wipes! They are hygienic, soothing and won’t harm your face like many other harsh chemicals in makeup remover. It’s also so perfect if you’re on the go. The travel size packs can fit into any bag.
Tip #10: Create a shimmering face!
A great way to make your skin look absolutely luminous is mix white eye shadow into your foundation and then pat evenly over the face. You’ll create a brightened and pretty look that’s fast and convenient!
Wanting to look and feel beautiful is as old as time. Before the age of processed makeup and hair products, smart girls turned to natural resources to look their best. With these tips, you’re on your way to your best look. Have fun!