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Over the last 20 years, we’ve learned a thing (or 20) about
beauty. Turns out that makeup really isn’t that mystifying, and hair curling
doesn’t have to be that hard. We’re here to share our acquired knowledge with
GL girls everywhere. Read on for our 20 best beauty tips and tricks.
Learn the laws of liner
The thought of putting a pencil near your peepers can seem perilous, but lining isn’t as hard as it looks. Prop your elbow on a hard surface (like a table or bathroom counter), then, starting from the inner corner of your upper lid, draw small dash marks along the lash line, connecting them as you go. Let your liner get wider as you get to the outer corner of your eye for added effect.
Sephora Collection Nano Eyeliner in Midnight Black, $5, sephora.com
Perfect the slightlly smokey eye
Get nighttime drama in a second. Dab concealer over your entire lid. Then apply a little black shadow on outside corners, along the lash line. A nude gloss and a coat of mascara finish off this fashion-y vibe.
Sephora Collection Uptown to Downtown Smoky, $25, sephora.com
Barely manicured brows
“Work with your eyebrow shape, not against it,” says, makeup pro Sushma Patel. Use sharp tweezers to snag stray strands, but leave the rest alone. To play up skinny arches, fill in sparse spots with a brown pencil.
Palladio Brow Pencil, $6, ulta.com
Master the everyday pony
A ponytail at the nape of your neck is perf for literally
every occasion. “Working with your natural texture will optimize the condition
and manageability of your hair,” says celeb stylist Peter Gray. Use a comb to
create a side part. Gather your locks into a low pony and secure it with an
elastic or barrette. Done!
Try sheer genius lips
A soft peach or plum pucker is infinitely wearable, “You don’t have to apply too much color, but it really adds a bit of life,” Noelle weighs in. Keep one of these go- anywhere glosses in your bag.
Benefit Posietint, $30, ulta.com
Turn down the temp on hot showers and skip cleanser in the
mornings if you washed your face before bed. Steer clear of products that
contain alcohol, which’ll just dry you out, and instead use a nourishing
moisturizer or facial oil. We recommend a hydrating mask weekly to replenish
lost moisture. Sipping plenty of water also will help.
Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask, $28, ulta.com
Fix oily skin, stat
To clear things up, make sure you’re lathering with a “soap-
and fragrance-free, anti-bacterial cleansing wash.” To keep greasies at bay,
spritz on an alcohol-free toner and apply a moisturizer with SPF. Use spot
treatments in the morning and before bed. If your skin doesn’t start to improve
after a few weeks, check in with a derm.
Clear Start Breakout Clearing All Over Toner, $19, dermalogica.com
It’s time to turn down the temp, “Your flat iron could be
burning your hair,” spills celeb stylist Kim Kimble. “Use a lower heat setting.
If you have an iron that has temperature options, set it to 400 to 425
degrees.” Keep cool and carry on, girl.
Lighten up for date night
Soft, ‘70s-inspired makeup looks naturally pretty for date
nights, “Steer clear of anything too heavy, like black liner or an over-the-top
lipstick,” says celeb beauty guru Napoleon Perdis. Prep skin with moisturizer.
Rim lids with gold liner. Then, dust on shimmering beige shadow and two coats
of mascara. Sweep a rosy bronzer along your cheeks and apply a pale pink gloss.
Sephora Collection Nano Eyeliner in Golden Sands, $5, sephora.com
Oil is out! Switch to mineral-based foundations and powders and toss any products that list oil as an ingredient. “Oil-based makeup can increase the chances of a breakout,” says Dr. Gold. In addition to oil-free, seek out products labeled non-comedogenic and non-acneagenic to keep skin clear.
bareMinerals Matte Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $27, beauty.com
Get a glamorous glow sans sun
Get a shot of just-stepped-off-the-shore color by highlighting your cheeks with golden hues. A hint of bronzer looks lovely any time of year.
Physician’s Formla Baked Bronzer Wet-Dry, $12, drugstore.com
Fight frizz in the shower
Switching to an intense moisturizing shampoo and conditioner
should help, but rinsing with cold water will help lock the hair’s cuticle,
leaving strands smoother.
Snag never-ending lashesGently heat up an eyelash curler with your blow-dryer and
curl your fringe. Apply mascara on the top of lashes and then the bottom to
coat both sides,” says e.l.f. pro makeup artist Achelle Dunaway. Working in a
zigzag motion ups the effort.
Maybelline Eyelash Curler, $6, ulta.com
The key to matching your cheeks with your pout? Try an
all-over stick in a flattering hue, like peach. Keep the rest of your face
e.l.f. Essential All Over Color Stick, $1, eyeslipsface.com
Don't skip the primer
Super hot temps can lead to runaway shadow in an instant.
Avoid zebra creases on your lids by prepping ‘em with primer and then sweeping
on shadow. Toodles, messy makeup.
BAN DECAY Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube, $12, sephora.com
Land chip-free nails
Simply apply a thin coat of base and two layers of polish.
Don’t forget to wait between coats, and finish it off with a sealant. Let your
mani airdry for at least 30 minutes. Feelin’ antsy? A couple dabs of dry drops
speeds up the process, or you can dunk your paws in a bowl of ice water.
OPI Nail Polish Drip Dry Drops, $16, amazon.com
Nail metallic shadow
Creamy copper shadow is pretty, effortless and looks natural.
Apply at the lash line with your pinkie, then blend up and out for a gorge
e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot, $3, eyeslipsface.com
Look totally radiant
A creamy highlighting stick creates radiance in a flash.
Blend a smudge on the tops of cheekbones and above brows to perk up pale skin.
Buffing off dead skin cells keeps your face from lookin’
dull and prevents clogged pores. Pass by super gritty formulas and wash once a
week with a mild exfoliator.
Dare to be bold
Bright and bold shadows can be truly wearable. How? Keep lips
neutral and simply apply a sheer wash of a bright shade across your lids. Avoid
major blush when lids are played up. All-over color is a bit bonkers. Mascara,
however is a must.
Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow – Shimmer, $13, sephora.com
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