These days, ad campaigns and marketing gimmicks bombard us with the latest products to fix our newest beauty problems. But sometimes the cabinets in our own homes already hold the answers. Check out these tried-and-true beauty hacks that will save you money and put a smile on your face for being so resourceful. Go, you!
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1. Disguise Dark Circles With Red Lipstick
Struggle with dark circles under your eyes? Here’s a little bit of color-correction magic. Remember that color wheel that you learned in second-grade art class? The shade on the color wheel that is opposite that of your under-eye circles will cancel them out.
While putting lipstick anywhere other than on your lips might seem a little crazy, this amazing hack actually works. If your under-eye circles tend to look bluish in color, choose a coral color. If you have purple undertones and fair skin, choose a red with pink undertones to brighten your under-eye area.
Simply blot the lipstick color over the dark circles. Use a damp beauty sponge to blend the color. Follow up by using your regular concealer over this. Your dark circles will disappear.
This hack works best on dark skin, which hides the tone of the lipstick better than fair skin. But if you do have lighter skin, just be aware of how much lipstick you are applying, and keep in mind you will have to cover it with concealer after.
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2. Grow Lashes and Eyebrows With Castor Oil
I usually end up putting five coats of mascara on my lashes to get them looking the way I want. Who doesn’t want long, full, fluttery lashes?
Using castor oil is a great way to get them growing without the harmful side effects of products like Latisse, which has been known to cause itchiness, redness, irritation and eyelid discoloration. It’s even (rarely, but distressingly) turned hazel or blue eyes brown. Castor oil is mostly made up of a triglyceride of fatty acids, and works so well because it contains vitamin E, omega-6 fatty acids, minerals and proteins, all of which aid in hair growth.
Buy empty mascara tubes with wands and fill them with castor oil. Use this each night on your lashes or brows to aid in growth.
3. Lift Your Under Eyes With a Concealer Triangle
The “triangle of light” may sound like something from “Star Trek,” but instead it’s what this amazing little beauty hack has been dubbed. Instead of applying a ring of concealer under your eye, from the inside corner to the outside corner, try an inverted triangle instead.
Apply your concealer from the corners of your eyes down to a point meeting at the center of your cheekbones. This gives your entire eye area a lift and helps highlight the cheekbones. Blend it in with a damp beauty sponge — and voilà!
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4. Connect the Dots for a Perfect Cat Eye
Liquid eyeliner can be a real pain in the you know what. If you’re not a regular liquid liner wearer, it may be because your hand isn’t steady enough to get that nice, crisp line we’re all after.
The easiest way to nail that line is to simply connect the dots. Using the tip of the brush, make small dots along the lash line from the outer corner inward as far as you’d like your eyeliner to extend. Then simply connect the dots one by one, starting from the innermost dot.
The smaller portions feel less daunting than one continuous line, and your hand will have an easier time holding steady for short bursts. You can even use this trick to create a flick at the end for the perfect cat eye/winged look.
5. Pump Up Your Lashes With Cornstarch
Most of us are after long lashes, but applying false lashes is not for amateurs. If you’re not confident in the process, there is a simple hack you can employ to get that false-lash look.
Apply a coat of mascara as you normally would. Using a fluffy brush, dust a layer of cornstarch on them. The fine powder helps add volume to your lashes. Apply a second coat of mascara.
You’ll quickly see a big difference in the length and volume of your lashes. You can go big and add a second layer of cornstarch, followed by a third coat of mascara for super voluminous lashes.
Be sure not to get the cornstarch in your eyes and try not to inhale it, as cornstarch can be an eye and respiratory irritant.
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6. Set Your Look with Makeup Baking
Think baking is just for the kitchen? Think again!
Along with the contouring trend, baking has been getting a lot of attention, and it goes hand in hand with that slimming makeup application process.
After applying your contouring foundations, use a damp beauty sponge to apply a very liberal amount of translucent powder to the under-eye area and below the cheekbone — the areas where you have already applied your highlight colors.
There should be a lot of excess powder in these areas. Let it sit on your face for five to 10 minutes. This sets — or “bakes” — your makeup and not only makes your highlights pop more, but also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Finally, with a fluffy brush dust away the excess powder. You’re done.
7. Use Apple Cider Vinegar as a Toner
People have been singing the praises of apple cider vinegar for all sorts of ailments and conditions, from balancing your digestive system to curing stinky feet and even preventing dandruff.
A diluted version of this vinegar can also be used on your face to minimize pores, restore your skin’s natural pH levels and even clear up breakouts. Simply mix equal parts water and apple cider vinegar and then apply to your face with a cotton ball after washing.
Your skin will be glowing and clear before you know it.
8. “De-Clump” Old Mascara With Contact Solution
Your mascara gets to the point where it starts to dry up in the container, but you haven’t made it to the store to get a new one yet. Sound familiar?
This is where some contact solution or Visine comes in handy. A few drops of an eye-moisturizing liquid in the mascara tube is all you need to de-clump your mascara and make it last for a few more weeks.
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9. Define Lips and Brows With Concealer
Concealer is truly a wonder product. From highlighting to dark-eye-circle covering, it can be used for more techniques than any other makeup in your bag.
Here’s a key concealer hack: You can use it to define certain features on your face. A cream-based concealer works best for this.
Applying the concealer with a brush, outline your lips on the skin just on the outer edge, and then blend it in. By tracing the skin around your mouth with concealer, you both define your lips and prevent your lipstick from bleeding outside of the line of your lips.
This hack works on your eyebrows as well. After filling in your brows, run concealer along the bone beneath your brow. This defines your arches and makes your brows pop.
10. Hide Imperfections With Greens and Yellows
Color correction can be a bit of an enigma. Remember that color wheel? Those greens, yellows and pinks aren’t just for Halloween: They’re your best friends when it comes to hiding skin imperfections, and cosmetics companies are busy stocking shelves with products in vibrant hues to help conceal flaws.
Do you have red blemishes, rosacea or broken blood vessels that you want to cover? Go for the green. This works because green cancels out red. They are across from each other on the color wheel. Likewise, yellow should be used on anyone with tan or olive skin tone, and it also helps to cancel out purple tones, which can be found under the eyes. Pink correctors are great to brighten the under-eye area, especially for women with fair skin.
Apply these concealers like you would your normal concealer, blending with a beauty sponge. Follow up with a layer of foundation or neutral concealer to mask the color and correct your skin tone.
What Do YOU Think?
Have you tried any of these tricks? How'd they work for you? Have any home-brewed beauty tips of your own? Or suggestions for next-level beauty habits? Tell us in the comments!