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7 Unexpected Makeup and Beauty Hacks

When you have the time and inspiration, doing up your hair and makeup can be a fun and self-expressive creative outlet. However, you don’t always have the time, motivation, or desire to put together a full look. Plus, buying and trying out new products can quickly become an expensive habit.

Sometimes, you just want to cut time out of your beauty routine or cut back on spending. But in these situations, you don’t have to sacrifice appearances. Tried and true makeup and beauty “hacks” can make it easier to achieve the looks you want at a fraction of the cost of high-end products and can make your beauty routine faster, simpler, and more convenient.

There are a few beauty hacks that most makeup-wearers know, like the old using lotion as makeup remover trick. But you likely haven’t heard all the tips out there, like these seven unexpected makeup and beauty secrets.

Here are the seven unexpected makeup and Beauty Hacks:

1. Depot Your Makeup for Storage or Portability

Makeup for Storage or Portability

Taking your makeup out of its original packaging and storing it in alternative containers, also known as depotting, can reduce clutter on your vanity or sink countertop and simplify your makeup routine. Plus, depotting makeup allows you to choose more portable containers for your favorite products, like lipsticks and eyeshadows.

If you want to get really creative, you can take depotting one step further and mix together different shades and textures of the same product type. Blending new colors with makeup you already own is a great way to reduce waste and make use of products you bought but don’t wear the way you had envisioned.

2. Use Green Tea to Reduce Under-eye Puffiness

eye Puffiness

Forget luxury jade rollers that cost upwards of $100. Instead, try placing chilled cold green tea bags under your eyes and letting them sit for about 20 minutes. As a result of the caffeine in green tea and its anti-inflammatory properties, this practice can reduce the puffiness under your eyes, reduce the appearance of dark circles, and help tighten the skin.

3. Take Collagen Supplements

What could be easier than consuming a pill or powder once a day? Taking collagen protein supplements is an effective way to support your skin from the outside-in. Collagen enhances the suppleness of skin while also improving its elasticity. Increasing collagen intake can also contribute to the growth of healthier hair and nails.

4. Use White Eyeliner as an Eyeshadow Base

White Eyeliner

Do you have an eyeshadow that looks intense and pigmented in the pot but seems to lose its luster once applied? This trick can make any eyeshadow shade stand out a bit more. Simply grab a white eyeliner pencil and draw a circle around your eyelid and gently fill it in. Then, apply your eyeshadow on top and blend it in. The white eyeliner behind the shadow will naturally make the color pop.

5. Use a T-shirt to Dry Your Hair

When you get out of the shower, your hair is softer and more susceptible to damage than when dry. Using a cotton towel to dry it off can damage your hair and cause frizziness because it soaks up too much water and doesn’t leave enough moisture behind to protect your hair. Using a cotton t-shirt instead, you will cause less wear and leave behind enough moisture for your hair to absorb.

6. Add These Foods to Your Diet for Healthier Hair

Healthier Hair

 

To improve your hair’s appearance, you can add natural foods with rich nutrients to your diet. The following foods contain vitamins and minerals that assist with protein production, resulting in stronger, healthier hair.

Eggs– Rich in biotin and protein

Spinach– Loaded with iron, folate, and vitamins A and C

Berries– Containing plenty of antioxidants

Sweet Potatoes– Loaded with vitamin A

Fish– Fish species that are rich in omega-3 support healthy hair growth

Nuts– Many nuts contain vitamin E and B, zinc, and essential fatty acid

Avocados– Full of fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants

Beans– A good source of protein, zinc, biotin, and iron

Oysters– Full of zinc, known to help support hair health

7. Use Ice Water to Make Your Nails Dry Faster

Ice Water

After painting your nails, let them air dry for two minutes to let the polish set. Then, try submerging them in a bowl of ice water for about five minutes. This trick helps the polish dry faster—you’ll know the cold water has done its job if you see water droplets adhering to your nails when you pull them from the water.

Timeless Beauty

Looking your best doesn’t have to take all day or cost a small fortune. By employing some of these tips and tricks, you can achieve the looks you desire and improve your overall skin and hair health without adding much effort to your beauty routine. With these time-saving beauty hacks, you won’t have to work any harder to bring out your natural beauty and creativity.

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