7 Practical Beauty Tips You Will Actually Use
If you don't have the time, the patience, or the interest to perfectly contour yourself into a Kardashian-esque glamourpuss every morning, we know how you feel. Ain't nobody got time for that!
So whether it’s greasy hair, splodged makeup or a stubborn spot – here are some beauty quick fixes you'll actually use.
1. Prevent Shiny Face
'Am I shiny?' Do you find yourself asking your work-wife or bezzie mate this question regularly? If you're finding that your foundation isn't lasting past lunchtime, a primer just might be your best friend. It provides a perfect canvas for your foundation and should give it shine-free longevity. Benefit’s excellent Porefessional (€34) gets our vote; it can be used here and there to minimise the appearance of pores, all over as a foundation-fixing base or, best of all, over makeup for on-the-go top ups.
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2. Blusher Overload
The golden rule when it comes to blusher is ‘less is more’ but if you have overdone it, it’s quite easy to solve the problem. If it’s a powder blush, simply buff on some loose translucent powder to lighten the colour. If you’ve used a cream blush, applying a little bit of liquid foundation on top will help to tone down the colour.
3. Style Out Greasy Hair
Make an asset out of needs-a-wash hair! Dust some dry shampoo into the roots, leave for a minute or two then comb through. For added texture, spritz in a salt spray. Bumble&Bumble’s award-winning Beach Prep (€24.50) is brilliant for creating that ‘beachhead’ look. It can be used on damp or dry hair and just a few quick sprays give great texture.
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4. Patchy Fake Tan
Even the most accomplished fake tanner can miss bits occasionally, but it’s quite easy to sort out those unwanted white patches. Apply some liquid bronzer or instant tanner to the areas you’ve missed. If it’s still a little pale, wait till the area is dry and simply dust on some powder bronzer over the top.
TOP TIP: Self-tanner can be pretty tricky to apply. Remove streaks by exfoliating, applying lemon juice, or dabbing a small amount of alcohol on to the area.
5. Unruly Brows
A groomed brow is a beauty must-have. Brow gels can be a bit clumpy and obvious so for an invisible tidy up, spray hairspray on an old toothbrush or clean mascara wand and brush lightly through brows It gives a much more natural finish and will keep unruly brows in place all day.
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6. Makeup Mishaps
A cotton bud soaked in cleanser is a quick way of removing makeup mistakes but we love Givenchy’s clever Mister Perfect Instant Makeup Eraser (€29.50), a marker-like pen, which allows for precision fixes. The formulation contains a mild coconut derivative and moisturising fig extract. Use it to wipe away mascara mistakes, lipstick bleed or to sharpen up a sweep of liner.
7. Blemish Banisher
Dabbing on some anti-redness eye drops should temporarily take the redness out of a spot. For spot treatment, it’s hard to beat Origins Super Spot Remover (€15.50). It doesn’t dry out skin but it does leave a film so is better for overnight use. If you have a big night out, layer it on during the day and the blemish should have improved by evening.
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