I’ve gathered a few of my own tips regarding beauty in my seventeen years of life. It may seem short and not only is it my experience, but my mother and sister’s, too, along with Youtubers and bloggers. So, let’s get into it!
1. Wash your hair the night before
This has been a hack of mine ever since I was a kid. My father would wash my hair and blow-dry it for me until it was perfectly straight (despite how many times I would put up a fight for it). The next morning, all I had to do with it was run a brush through and I was done.
As I got older and I started to go to high school, it was all on me and I switched to the morning hair-rush. I do not recommend this at all, as I also do not advice anyone to wash their hair daily. Both are mistakes. See, if you wash your hair and make sure it’s done the night before, you will only have to touch up in the morning (under 2 minutes, I swear) and move on with other matters.
If it’s hot in your house and you don’t mind having wet hair and letting it dry alone, check out this messy braided bun for instant, natural curls in the morning.
2. Keep your make up in the fridge
I know it sounds weird, but my mum keeps her most expensive make up in the fridge. It can last years in there, I swear! This works for foundation, mascara, eyeliner…
If you’ve got a very creamy lipstick that melts in the summer, pop it in there, too, and keep it intact! It literally has saved my only red lipstick, which I bought at the drugstore – no surprise there –, fell on my bathroom floor and didn’t break, but smudged all over.
Remember: your fridge is your friend.
3. Get up fifteen minutes early
You probably get up really early already, but I’m one of those people that like to take their time in the morning. I’m groggy but awake, so I’ll go slow as hell as I get myself ready and therefore I get up two hours before my time is up and I have to go to school. I know I could possibly do all that I do in an hour if I was any more awake, but I know how lazy I am and I know how to prevent going late.
Getting up those fifteen minutes earlier for you to whine and wake yourself up actually work. (Though you should always sleep for at least seven/eight hours!!) During those fifteen minutes you can get your coffee and sit around for a while until the caffeine kicks in and you’re ready to start your routine.
4. Shower in the morning
I know I just said you should wash your hair at night, or in the evening, but you should totally hop in and go through a 5-minute shower to wake yourself up. You can also brush your teeth at the same time (believe me, I’ve done it) if you’re running late, but you should always shower in the morning. You don’t want to carry your groggy self for the next few hours and this will do the trick.
5. Mascara is your friend
I know my mum doesn’t feel like mascara is that much important, but whenever she doesn’t wear it, she really looks sad and tired, even if she’s completely okay. If you are one of those people that doesn’t like make up but your face needs some pop, you will only need three drugstore products: mascara, concealer and lip balm.
Apply concealer under your eyes and on your top eyelid to give your face a makeover. I swear, it works like a charm. Being careful here, apply some mascara without touching your top or bottom eyelid
THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME , and watch as you look like you’ve slept for days. To keep your lips hydrated and looking fine, apply a lip balm (maybe with some color to it?) and head out. You’ve got yourself ready in under five minutes.
6. Drink water
I know it’s easier to pour yourself a Diet Coca Cola but, seriously, you need some real water in your life. Put some fruit juice in it to make it more appealing, but drink water. Eight glasses a day aren’t that hard and your whole body, including your skin, will thank you.
7. JUNK food
Junk food belongs, you know, in the actual junk. It will only make your whole health worse. Keep those chips and cookies away and substitute them for fruit.
It may be because I’m a diabetic or because I live in the Mediterranean coast, but it simply is so nice to open the fridge, grab a (quite big) peach, peal the skin off and cut it into bite-sized pieces. It is refreshing, it fills up your stomach easily and it doesn’t make you pick up unnecessary weight. Unless you’re like my mum and I and you can’t stop eating fruit for your life.
8. Wash your face
You want to wash your hands throughout the day a lot, since you’re touching your phone, your laptop’s keyboard, your tablet’s screen… It’s all full of germs and washing your hands is very important, but I don’t think it’s as commonly known that washing your face regularly can be a good skin care.
There’s tons of oils, masks, scrubs, but washing your face twice a day at least is a great skin care alone. Grab your face soap, like this one from Dove, and with warm water, rub it on your face. It is not at all pricey and it removes any makeup you may have on your face as well as your oils and dirt.
I am not one to suffer from acne, but I have my fare share of oil and small blackheads, specially on my nose, and this soap makes it so much easier to cope with the troubles. It leaves your skin baby smooth and completely clean. There’s no magic solution to skin problems, but this is some awesome stuff.
9. A cat-eye in 20 seconds
I am one to go all-in with my eyes on my morning routine. I love my eye-shadows, my eyeliner, my mascara and my brows, so I’ve gone through a few tricks when it comes to this particular part. I don’t use liquid eyeliner, but the pencil one and I still manage a pretty decent cat-eye.
Grab a tissue and unfold it, put it under your bottom eyelashes and tilt it to follow the line of your bottom waterline towards the end of your brow. Draw your cat-eye using the edge of the tissue from the outer corner to the inner one. Repeat to your other eye and, boom, (almost) flawless cat-eye.
10. Foundation hunting
When you’re starting to use foundation and you don’t really know which is best for you, you should definitely try it on your skin. Do not use your hand or your face, but your neck to check which tone is better for you. You don’t want your face looking darker or lighter, though the last is preferred, than your neck. Half a tone lighter can be dealt with but if you’re as much as a tiny little bit darker, it is noticeable.
For foundation application, you should start with a good moisturizer and follow up with a primer. With a sponge or a brush, apply your foundation evenly. Once you’re done, you want to use concealer on problematic spots or dark circles under your eyes. Powder will help set it and highlighters, blush and bronzers will bring your face back to life, though these last three are optional. Setting spray will help keep your make up stunningly flawless during the day.
Got any tips and tricks of your own? Have you tried any of these and want to talk about your experience? Would you like more posts like these? Answer all these questions in the comments! 🙂