Do you need to get picture perfect but don’t have time to run to the store or spend time (or money) to go to a salon? Here are 35 beauty hacks you can do at home with what you already have.
You’ll be amazed by how many things you already have that you never even realized could help you create the perfect image.
Check out these beauty hacks:
1. Can’t afford fancy nail brightening products?
Use toothpaste instead! You can easily bring life to your nails using a simple home product – toothpaste! Just apply a thin layer of whitening toothpaste to your nails and wash it off after 10 minutes to diminish yellow tones.
2. Run out of lip gloss getting ready in the morning?
Use toothpaste for this too! Toothpaste has many uses besides just teeth. Using toothpaste on your lips for a minute before washing it off leaves them soft and less chapped. That said, I would not recommend this one for any lip biters out there! Ouch!
3. Re-use banana peels for teeth whitening!
While it’s a bit unconventional, did you know you can use banana peels to whiten your teeth? It’s much cheaper than dental visits and whitening toothpaste, with bananas being affordable pretty much everywhere, and won’t harm your teeth in any way either! Rub the inside of a banana peel, the pale-yellow stringy bit, on your teeth once a day for a week. Make sure your bananas aren’t overripe, or there won’t be any results.
4. Makeshift color corrector
Last but not least, you can use red lipstick underneath your eyes to cover eye bags! If you don’t have a color corrector, this works perfectly especially considering red lipstick is a very common item in most makeup drawers. For its full potential, use it underneath your eyes, blend it, and then cover it with concealer for a well-rested face.
5. Soft, shiny hair complimentary of your local bar
If your hair is feeling more dull or dry than usual, try a beer! While its primarily a drink you partake in at barbecues or parties, it’s also good for hair health – without drinking it. Rinse with any brand you fancy to help condition your hair; it also helps with shine and softness!
6. Use a silicone bra insert as beauty blender
Have you seen those brand-new silicone gel makeup pads for foundation? If you can’t find them in your area, they’re practically the same as a silicone bra insert! Buy a brand new one and use it to apply foundation without wasting any product that would be absorbed into the sponges you would probably use otherwise and save yourself from wasting expensive foundation unintentionally.
7. Bye-bye falsies!
For a less intense version of false eyelashes, use powder. Beauty gurus are coming up with more and more things as time goes on and we can’t say this one isn’t clever. For more subtle volume on your lashes, curl them and add a layer of mascara. After that, coat them very lightly in baby powder with a Q-tip, and use a layer of mascara to finish off.
8. Lighten dark armpits with potatoes
Ever wondered how you could lighten dark armpits without bleach? Try potatoes! Shred a raw potato and rub it on your armpit and leave it on for about 30 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
9. Literal smoky eye
This is an age-old trick that many of you have probably heard of or done yourself! If your pencil eyeliner is hard and dry instead of smooth and even, then you should try heating it up. Use a lighter or match and hover your pencil eyeliner above the flame for a few seconds (but not enough to melt it) for that beautiful result of smooth and easy to apply eyeliner.
10. Keep your shoes fresh
To avoid any smelly shoes from the summer heat, add a tea bag to each shoe. Keep them in a dry room-temperature or cold place in your house for effectiveness. Make sure to take them out in the morning unless you’d like to walk around with a shredded tea bag in your shoes!
11. Laundromat hair-do
If you’re having issues with fly-away hair, try dryer sheets! Just rub a sheet over the problem areas and with a few swipes, you’ll be back to silky smooth. No more carrying hundreds of products with you!
12. Flashback fringe
Many people, especially from the Myspace era, will recognize this tip on shaving your fringe with a razor. It was very popular among girls in the early 2000s and is still in use today! Using a razor instead of scissors for a fringe gives it a nice fluffy texture and is much cheaper than any salon.
13. Missing pore strips?
Intead of toothpaste, this one all about floss. There are two options for this; the first one is to wrap your finger in dental floss and then rub it over your nose to remove any blackheads. Another method is to get two dental floss sticks and squeeze them together, and then wash your nose with a warm washcloth.
14. Sweet and easy lip stain
You can use Kool-Aid both as a lip stain and a drink to stave off the summer heat. To use it as a lip stain, simply wet your lips and apply dry Kool-Aid powder evenly over your lips. Smooth it over with a Q-tip afterward to be rid of any clumps. Cherry gives you a nice hot red, pink lemonade gives you an amazing hot pink, orange gives you a nice shade of orange, and the list goes on. Try funky colors too like blue and purple or just stay with the classics!
15. Free face blotter
As gross as it sounds, toilet seat covers work wonderfully for oil blotting. As long as the one you use is brand new, you can swipe it over your face to be rid of any oil in a hurry. It works better than tissues as they just move oils and makeup around instead of properly picking them up. If you would like a more standard alternative, wax paper baking sheets work too without the visual image of a toilet in your head.
16. No more dry gel liner
Have you ever gone through the struggle of dried out gel liner or eyebrow gel? Then this tip is for you! Simply add a drop of face oil to your pot, mix it around with a brush, and then use it!
17. No more expensive treatments for blemishes
Ever get a pimple the night before a big event? We sure have! An easy solution is to crush an aspirin with a spoon, mix it with distilled water, and then finally mix it into a paste. Once you’re done, apply it for five minutes and then wash it off gently with water and a washcloth. It should remove inflammation and redness from your trouble spot then and there.
18. Hydrate your mascara
If your mascaras is becoming clumpier and less smooth than usual, then add eye drops. As eyedrops are meant for eyes, they won’t damage your eyes like oils would. Add a drop or two and mix it with the wand.
However, make sure to remember that all makeup, and especially mascara, has an expiration date and if your tubes are getting dry after months of owning that’s a sign you should retire the bottle and buy a new fresh one. Trust me, your eyes will thank you.
19. All-day perfume
If you want your perfume to last longer, rub vaseline on your wrists and then spray your perfume. This causes the perfume to sink into the Vaseline making it last much longer! Just make sure you don’t rub your wrists on anything expensive!
20. Soft but slightly smelly hair
For really soft hair, a good recommendation is an apple cider vinegar rinse. Although apple cider vinegar isn’t exactly known for the best smell, it does work wonders. After you shampoo your hair, rinse it with one-part apple cider vinegar and two parts water instead of conditioner. It will smell quite strong but the smell does go away after the wash and it’s worth it for how soft and smooth your hair will turn out.
21. Make a beautiful cat eye
Ever wanted an even cat eye but no matter how hard you try they’re still crooked? Then this tip is for you! Simply grab a clean tablespoon and use the handle of the spoon to draw the line, use the spoon’s curve to create the angle, and then fill it in.
22. Boho waves
For simple, loose, and beautiful curls try braiding your hair and flat ironing it! For this tip, simply braid your hair into six sections before laying them flat, iron them with your flat iron of choice, and then take them out and style your hair however you choose. Make sure to not iron over your hair tie to avoid damaging it or your hair.
23. Add some pep to your ponytail
If you would like some extra volume to your ponytail, use a butterfly clip! Put your hair into a high ponytail and separate it into two parts, top and bottom, and add your butterfly clip to the middle of the bottom part and drop the top for instant volume. Make sure your clips are hidden and not easy to spot by anyone standing behind you.
24. Easy tweezing
We all know how painful tweezing can be, especially considering how many of those little hairs you have to pull up, so people are always trying to find new methods to get gorgeous brows without the pain, and this is one of the methods! Get an ice cube and swipe it over your brow and start to pluck. If you are too sensitive for the coldness on your brows, use an ice cube immediately after plucking instead on the area to numb the pain. Sure it will still be cold, but you won’t care once the relief comes.
25. Creaseless eye-shadow
The pain of finishing your eye-shadow just for it to crease is a very common and very annoying issue, but it can be solved! If your eye-shadow is creasing, dust over it with translucent powder to set it. It helps to get rid of moisture on your eyelid causing annoying creasing and will make your eye-shadow last much longer.
26. No shaving cream?
No shaving cream? Use conditioner! It will both make your skin smoother and help for a smooth shaving experience. It’s not recommended for every day as conditioner is often more expensive than shaving cream, but it will definitely work in an emergency.
27. Use olive oil as a makeup remover
Waterproof eyeliner and matte lipstick can be pretty hard to remove, even with wipes, but oils can break them down without having to struggle with wipes. Olive oil can remove eyeliner and lipstick in a single swipe! Just make sure you don’t get any in your eyes and wipe off the oil afterward to avoid breakouts.
28. Berry nice
Having issues with stains on your teeth? Use strawberries. The acid in them breaks down any stains and is a natural whitener. Wash a strawberry and then rub it on your teeth before brushing them.
29. No space in your makeup bag?
Are you running out of space in your makeup bag? If you need to bring your makeup with you for touch-ups, there’s no need to take the whole pot. If you need your blush with you to touch up, simply grab a small piece of tracing paper and rub it across your blush. Put it in your bag instead of the pot and if you need to touch up, apply the blush by swiping the paper across your cheeks.
30. Minimize hair frizz
Does your hair get frizzy after a shower? Use a t-shirt instead of a towel for drying. It won’t cause friction and is much less harsh on your hair. Make sure to use an old one you aren’t afraid of damaging.
31. Foundation not matching?
We all know the struggle of losing your summer tan in the winter and being three shades lighter than your foundation, or vice versa with getting tan in the summer and your foundation making you look like a ghost. To avoid this, just keep two extra bottles of foundation, one lighter, and one darker, so when your foundation doesn’t match anymore, you can just mix them for an instant match. Make sure they’re the same brand to avoid formula mixing.
32. Perfect summer glow
If you would like to shimmer like a Greek god, this tip is for you! Buy a cheap highlighter and mix it with your body lotion for an all over glow. Use a blue or purple highlighter for that shimmery mermaid effect.
33. Avoid thigh chafing
Especially in summer, a lot of people have the problem of thigh chafing when wearing shorts, skirts, or dresses. This can be solved by using deodorant. Just rub it on your inner thighs where you usually chafe and say goodbye to the pain and hello to flowy dresses. This can only apply for stick and roll on deodorant and isn’t advised with spray as its less effective and harder to apply.
34. No makeup remover?
If you’ve run out of makeup remover, use a moisturizer instead. It’ll help keep your skin soft and remove any makeup you are wearing without the difficulty of cleaning the makeup off with water instead. It especially works with waterproof eyeliners and mascaras.
35. No nail polish remover?
If you don’t have any nail polish remover left, it’s not the end of the world. Just grab a cotton ball and clear nail polish, and you’ll be good to go. Apply a thin layer of clear nail polish over the nail and swipe over it quickly with the cotton ball. Cotton pads also work just as well.
Sometimes when we do our makeup in the house and then walk outside, we find out that it’s too harsh, or too light, and it’s already too late to redo it all. Before you leave the house, check your makeup in the lighting of your room and your window to make sure it’s perfect. If you have the time, you can also check it in the car or bus on the way to work or school.