10 Beauty Hacks You Need to Know


Happy Monday loves! I think it’s safe to say we all want quick and easy fixes for those beauty blunders we run into from time to time. Over the years, I’ve picked up on quite a few beauty hacks that have been oh so helpful on my hair and makeup learning journey. Today I wanted to share ten of my favorite beauty hacks that I use so that you can get in on the secrets too!

10 Beauty Hacks You Need to Know

1. Before applying matte lipsticks, get rid of dryness by brushing the lips with a slightly damp toothbrush. Using a toothbrush is a great, inexpensive option for exfoliating the lips.

2. Use hair conditioner to shave your legs for a close shave. Not only will your legs feel super smooth afterwards, but the conditioner also serves as a moisturizer on the skin.

3. When faced with the issue of static in the winter months, run a dryer sheet under your shirt/dress to instantly eliminate static electricity. You can also run it over your hairbrush to get rid of frizz/static in your brush.

4. Use clear scotch tape to create the perfect winged liner or winged eyeshadow look like this one. Before applying the tape at an angle near the eyes, place on the back of the hand 2-3 times to get rid of stickiness. This will give the tape just the right amount of hold to create your makeup look.

5. To quicken up the drying process of your freshly painted nails, run them under cold water. You can also soak them in a bowl full of ice water.

6. After wearing a heavy eye makeup look, use Vaseline or coconut oil on a cotton ball to gently remove products from the eye. Not only is this less harsh than other methods, but it’s one of the most effective ways to ensure all the product is removed.

7. Use pencil eyeliners and love the smudged liner look? Grab a lighter and heat the pencil up for 2-3 seconds, then allow it to cool for at least 30 seconds. Once cool, the pencil should glide right on to achieve the desired look.

8. Using a q-tip, apply a layer of translucent powder all over the eyelashes. Next, apply 2 coats of mascara to achieve the look of long, thick, gorgeous lashes.

9. Purchase a foundation that is too dark/too light? Mix it with another foundation to achieve the perfect color. If the product is too dark, a moisturizer can be added to lighten the product as well.

10. Spray bobby pins, headbands, barrettes, and other hair accessories with hair spray prior to putting in the hair. This will ensure the accessories remain in place all day long.

Are these beauty hacks new to you? What other helpful tips would you add to the list? Share them with me in the comments and pin this if you found it helpful!

Love today’s post? Check out my 10 Makeup Tips for Beginners next!

Thanks for stopping by!-Cara


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  3. I love #2 and need to give #10 a try on my daughter’s hair clips. I add a layer of water proof mascara as the finishing touch on my mascara to help set things for the day. It comes off super easy because the base is regular mascara.

  4. Fun tips! I always use conditioner samples to shave my legs because I am particular about what I will actually use in my hair πŸ™‚

  5. Okay, I’ve heard of most of these but shaving with conditioner? Totally trying this! Happy Wednesday gorgeous! XO – Kim

  6. These are all awesome hacks! I already use some (like using powder on my lashes before mascara) but I never though to use conditioner to shave! Brilliant!

    1. Thanks Chelsie! I started doing that a long time ago when I ran out of shaving cream and have loved it ever since. You can also use coconut oil too!

  7. I recently read that for certain types of nail polish formulas, leaving your nails in the sun for a few minutes will harden the nail polish. Don’t know if this is true but I’ll be sunning my nails from now on hehe.

    1. Hmm.. I’ll have to look into that! I’m all about anything that speeds up the drying time, lol I’m impatient!

  8. I LOVE these hacks, Cara! I didn’t even think to use my toothbrush for lip exfoliation…so much better (+ cheaper!) than Lush scrubs! Definitely sharing this.

    Coming Up Roses

  9. I almost always use conditioner to shave my legs! And spraying bobby pins with hairspray before…genius! Seems like common sense but I never thought of that!

    1. It helps to keep bobby pins in all day, and I even use it on headbands too, which like to slide in my hair. πŸ™‚

  10. Oh these are some fun beauty hacks! I love the nail polish hack because I have no patience for them to dry.

    1. Me neither! I always love painting my nails but HATE the drying/waiting time. So this really speeds up the process, which I love! πŸ™‚

  11. These are great tips! I’m definitely going to start doing the toothbrush on the lips trick! GENIUS!

  12. I would say that I definitely use at least half of these myself! They are AWESOME! I’ve used coconut oil to shave too, but just a little bit or it like “clogs” the razor. lol. Coconut oil is my go to for everything. I’m definitely going to try the translucent powder on my eyelashes trick though!

    1. I’ve heard that works well too using coconut oil! I seriously bet that stuff could be used for just about anything lol

  13. That bobby pin idea is genius!! I’ll definitely need to try that! I’ve never noticed a difference with conditioner but I’ll have to try again!

  14. I do the conditioner one! I like to try new conditioners every time I run out, and if I don’t like it, it becomes shave gel.

  15. These are great tips!! I do the first one all the time when I wear lipstick, especially matte lip colors.

  16. When I need the perfect shade after summer, I mix it with a light shade so it matching my skin tone after a summer tan! These are all great tips!

    1. I have to do that in the summer months too, otherwise I go around looking like a porcelain doll lol (but not in the good way!) Thanks!

  17. Great tips! I especially like the using conditioner to shave legs and using power to make lashes look fuller.

  18. I love using coconut oil for everything!

    You should try shaving your legs with coconut oil – it’s a bit slippery, so be careful, but it smells AMAZING and your skin is SO SOFT after!

    1. I’ve heard that before! I’m guessing it would be very similar to conditioner. May have to give that a go soon! πŸ™‚

  19. I read some of these online for a magazine awhile back and have used some of them since. Like the conditioner to shave and spraying bobby pins with hairspray. Genius!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lilyο»Ώ

    1. Awesome! A lot of these tricks my mom taught me when I was younger, and they’ve been super helpful! (like exfoliating the lips with a toothbrush!)

  20. Great ideas!! That bobby pin trick is going to change my life. My hair is so fine and bobby pins are always slipping out!

  21. I’ll definitely have to try the bobby pin trick. My hair is so thick and heavy so it has a way of pulling down my pins all on their own. I’ve always used conditioner for shaving. It also saves a ton of money!

    1. Mine is super thick too, so it really does help keep them in place. And you’re right using conditioner saves a ton of money in comparison to shaving gel.

    1. The nail polish one is so helpful when you’re in a rush. Otherwise, I feel like you’re waiting for an hour before you can pick up something lol.

  22. Great tips! Most of them I didn’t even know! I’ll be trying the dryer sheets trick for sure this fall/winter! And the running your hands under cold water trick to dry your nails, too!

    1. Thanks! I can’t live without dryer sheets in the winter months. I’m like a walking static machine, so it’s a must lol.

  23. These are some great hacks! I knew about the dryer sheets and tape for winged liner but alot of the others are new to me like spraying bobby pins and applying translucent power on your lashes. Thanks for sharing these!

    1. You’re welcome! Spraying my bobby pins first has been such a help in creating updo’s that actually stay in place. πŸ™‚

  24. I never thought of spraying hairspray on my hair things to get them to stay! Duh!!! I buy a bottle of static guard every year because I am a walking ball of static in the cooler months!! Using a dryer sheet does work well but the ones I buy are nearly $10 a box so it is more cost effective to get a can of the spray for that purpose.

    1. That one is pretty new to me too, so don’t feel bad. It was like an aha moment when I learned that lol. That’s a good tip with the static guard idea!

  25. Oddly enough I just wrote a blog post about how I could never be a beauty blogger, but these tips are really helpful – especially #1! I have a few matte lipsticks and never really noticed how poorly they apply if your lips aren’t fully dry/exfoliated! I also love Vaseline πŸ™‚

    1. You’re welcome! Coconut oil works so well in removing makeup gently plus it smells awesome! πŸ™‚

    1. It’s a less expensive alternative too. You can buy a bottle of conditioner and use it for shaving and it will last months!

    1. It’s awesome for creating the perfect winged eye makeup looks! But if you try it definitely remove most the sticky first so it removes easily from the eye area! πŸ™‚

  26. I definitely need to try the dryer sheet for static. It drives me insane in the winter! I haven’t tried the toothbrush for dry lips but that’s a great idea!

    1. Ooo that’s a great tip! I always use it under my eyes to set concealer, but never thought of putting it on the lid!

  27. Great tips! Everyone always swears by coconut oil to get off eye makeup, but it never works for me! I must be doing something wrong.. lol

    1. Hmm.. what types of makeup do you use? Powder based or creams? It works really well with powder products, but I’m not sure about creams.

  28. Great tips. I love coconut oil and during the cold months will use it for everything from removing makeup to fully moisturizing my whole body after a shower!

    1. Try it! It was a game changer for me! Perfect for those times you want a super precise winged look! πŸ™‚

  29. I love mixing foundations! Another tip would be if the foundation is too dark or heavy, you can mix it with a bit of moisturizer. Thanks for sharing!

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