Sometimes it’s a total hassle to find the energy to keep up with your day-to-day self-care and beauty routine. And while we all try to make the makeup-applying process as short as possible, it’s pretty hard to cut corners. To make matters worse, certain problems, such as chapped skin, sagging body parts, and unmanageable hair, might make this task take even longer.
Let’s face it … no matter how much you love doing your makeup, the idea of sitting in front of your mirror for an hour may feel like too much. Luckily, some amazing beauty hacks can make this drawn-out process much easier. These hacks can help simplify your daily skincare and makeup ritual, saving you valuable time in the process.
Check out these 75 beauty hacks that work like a charm if you don’t want to spend all day in front of the bathroom mirror.
1) Use honey for chapped lips
If your lips tend to get chapped during the dry months of the year, try making a simple and all-natural lip balm. To make this lip balm, mix a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of olive oil, and a tablespoon of sugar in a bowl. Stir the ingredients together well, and then massage the lip balm into your lips for about two minutes. Afterward, wipe the lip balm off with a cloth. You’ll be left with hydrated and soft lips!
2) Draw triangles under eyes with concealer
To easily conceal dark circles, draw triangles under your eyes with your concealer. Drawing triangles with your concealer will also help light up your face. This easy trick will help lift your face up and hide dark circles.
3) Dry hair with a t-shirt instead of a towel
Want to save tons of time in the morning? Dry your hair with a t-shirt instead of a towel! A cotton t-shirt is much more absorbent than a towel, and because of that, it will dry your hair much faster. It will also prevent your hair from getting frizzy. If you often find yourself rushing in the morning, try this trick — you’ll be shocked to see how much time you save.
4) Polish shoes with coffee
If you need to polish your shoes but don’t have any shoe polisher on hand, try using coffee grounds instead. Mix the coffee grounds with a bit of water, and then place the mixture in a sock. Polish your shoes with the toe portion of the sock, and watch the coffee grounds work their magic!
5) Make a DIY makeup brush holder with coffee beans
Are you looking for an easy way to organize your makeup brushes? Make your own brush holder using coffee beans! Place coffee beans in a glass container, and then stick the makeup brushes inside. The coffee beans will hold the makeup brushes in place, creating an organized look.
6) Use nail file to remove scuffs in shoes
If you notice a scuff in your suede shoes, a nail file will get it out. Use the nail file to buff your shoes, and the stain will quickly disappear. This easy trick will make your suede shoes look good as new!
7) Use a comb to get fuzz out of sweaters
Noticed a lot of fuzz on your favorite sweater? Use a simple comb to get it out! Run the comb through your sweater a few times, and the fuzz should come right out. This easy trick will only take a minute or two, and it will make your sweaters look like they’re brand new.
8) Reduce puffiness with green tea bags
Green tea is a great low-cost, easy way to reduce puffiness around your eyes. Steep the green tea bags in hot water, and then put them in the fridge to cool. Once they’re cool, hold the bags under your eyes for around five minutes. The caffeine in the green tea will help tighten up the skin under your eyes.
9) Beer for hair health
If your hair is feeling more dull or dry than usual, try a beer! While it’s 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!
10) Use apple cider vinegar as a toner
If you have oily skin, you may think that it’s best not to use moisturizer. But not using moisturizer will actually make your skin oilier. To keep your skin hydrated and beautiful, apply a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water before you put on your moisturizer. The vinegar will balance your skin’s pH levels, preventing it from producing more oil.
11) Apply bronzer in ‘3’ shape to contour face
Looking for an easy way to contour your face? Simply apply your bronzer in a ‘3’ shape over your jawline, cheekbones, and forehead. When you use this simple trick, you’ll be able to contour your face in no time!
12) Use pigtails to create the perfect low bun
If you’re struggling to get your low bun looking just right, try putting your hair in pigtails before you make your bun. Tie the pigtails as close together as you possibly can, and try to position them in the middle of the back of your head. Then, wrap the ends of the pigtails together until you’ve created a bun. Secure your beautiful bun with bobby pins.
13) Sleep on two pillows to prevent puffiness
If you want to reduce puffiness in your face, simply sleep on two pillows instead of one. Sleeping on two pillows will help drain fluid from your face, which in turn will reduce puffiness. This hack is truly perfect for every girl who’s feeling lazy — all you have to do is go to sleep!
14) Keep 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!
15) Use tap water to protect hair while swimming
The chlorine in a swimming pool can wreak havoc on your hair. To protect your hair from the chlorine, rinse your hair with tap water before you go swimming. Your hair will absorb the tap water, which will prevent the chlorinated water from damaging your hair.
16) Blot out oil with a toilet seat cover
If you notice excessive oil on your forehead, grab a toilet seat cover. It may sound strange, but a toilet seat cover is actually great for blotting out oil in your t-zone. A simple toilet seat cover is a great choice for anyone who quickly needs to blot out oil.
17) Use baby powder on greasy roots
If you notice that your roots are starting to get greasy, try sprinkling baby powder on them. Many hair stylists swear by this easy trick, and once you try it, you’ll see why! The baby powder will absorb the grease, leaving you with beautiful, shining hair.
18) Wash makeup brushes with gentle face wash
Over time, makeup brushes will collect bacteria and germs. This bacteria can then cause breakouts on your face. To prevent this from happening, clean your makeup brushes with a gentle face wash, and then rinse them with water. This easy tip will help save you from having to buy new makeup brushes.
19) Missing pore strips?
Instead 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.
20) Soothe irritated skin with black tea and vinegar
If your skin feels irritated after shaving, use a black tea and apple cider vinegar mixture to soothe it. Apple cider vinegar contains anti-inflammatory properties, and black tea has tannic acid that will reduce redness and irritation. To make this remedy, first dab a cotton ball into a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. Rub the apple cider vinegar onto the irritated area. Then, soak a black tea bag in hot water for around 10 minutes. Let the black tea bag cool, and then massage it into the affected area.
21) Use a hair dryer on eyelash curler
When you heat up your eyelash curler, you’ll be able to easily get a great curl on your lashes! Hold your eyelash curler in front of your hair dryer until the eyelash curler feels hot to the touch. Let the eyelash curler cool down a little bit so you don’t burn your eyelids, and then clamp down on your eyelashes and curl them up. This easy beauty hack will give you beautiful lashes!
22) Add cornstarch to glossy nail polish
If you’d like to get a little more of a matte finish to your glossy nail polish, add a bit of cornstarch to your nail polish. This simple trick will leave you with beautiful nails that you’re sure to love.
23) Ran out of lip gloss?
You can use toothpaste for this! 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!
24) Free face blotter
As mentioned previously, 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. But … if you are too grossed out by this method and you would like a more standard alternative, wax paper baking sheets work too — without the visual image of a toilet in your head.
25) Use spoon to create perfect winged eyeliner
It’s always tricky to do winged eyeliner, and it’s especially hard to get both of your eyes even. To create the perfect winged eyeliner every time, use a spoon. First, place the handle against the corner of your eye and draw a line. After that, flip the spoon over and place the curved portion of the spoon against your eye. Use the round edge to create another line that’s connected to the first line. Then, remove the spoon and fill in the outline. Just like that, you’ll have beautiful winged eyeliner!
26) Use eyeliner to create a quick smokey eye
Smokey eye is a great look for going out, but you may feel like it’s going to take too much effort to do it. Luckily, there’s an easy way to quickly get a smokey eye: Use eyeliner instead of eyeshadow! Place eyeliner on your finger, and quickly swipe the eyeliner along both the top and bottom of your eyelash line. You’re sure to receive tons of compliments on this easy makeup look!
27) Make your eyes pop with white eyeliner
Looking for a way to easily make your eyes pop? Place white eyeliner right above and below your brow line. Then, smudge out the eyeliner with a sponge. Doing this will define your brows, and it will instantly give you a beautiful eye lift.
28) Whiten your teeth with banana peels
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.
29) Out of 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 container, mix it around with a brush, and then use it!
30) Use a sock to create the perfect hair bun
If you’re looking for a way to get a fuller bun, try using a rolled-up sock. First, cut the toe portion off of the sock. Then, roll the sock up until it’s a donut shape. Place your hair in a high ponytail, and then wrap the ponytail around the rolled-up sock until your hair is completely covering it. Just like that, you’ll have a beautiful bun!
31) Use peppermint moisturizer as an overnight foot treatment
Have your feet been feeling dry lately? Use peppermint moisturizer to create the perfect foot treatment. Apply the moisturizer to your feet, and then put on some of your favorite cushioned socks. Head to bed, and in the morning, you’ll wake up with smooth and soft feet!
32) Keep eye lotion in fridge to fight puffy eyes
If you want to easily fight puffy eyes, all you have to do is keep your eye lotion in the fridge. The cool lotion will soothe your skin, and it can also reduce inflammation in the area below your eyes. When you use cool lotion, your skin will look and feel great.
33) Makeshift color corrector
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.
34) Last-minute blemish remover
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.
35) Put Vaseline on pulse points to make perfume last longer
Tired of your perfume’s scent fading too quickly? Put a bit of Vaseline on your pulse points before you spray your perfume. The Vaseline will help the scent stick to your skin for much longer periods of time. With this easy trick, your perfume will last all day long.
36) Spritz perfume strategically to make it last all day
Tired of having to redo your perfume every few hours? If you spritz your perfume in a few strategic places, it will last all day. Spritz the perfume on your hair, behind your ears, inside your elbows, in your belly button, and behind your knees. It may sound strange to spritz perfume behind your knees, but just give it a try — you’ll be amazed to see how long your favorite perfume scent lasts!
37) Use eye contact solution to make mascara last longer
When mascara starts to dry out, it will get clumpy and flaky. If you’re looking for a way to make your mascara last longer, simply put in a few drops of saline solution. However, if you’ve had your mascara for more than three months, it’s best to toss it. Mascara that’s more than three months old can collect bacteria that could give you an eye infection.
38) Hydrate 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.
39) 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.
40) Dust eyeshadow on hair part to make hair look thicker
If you want your hair to look thicker, there’s an easy way to do this. Simply dust eyeshadow that’s the same color as your hair along your part. If you don’t usually part your hair, you can also dust eyeshadow along your hairline to make it look thicker.
41) Strengthen nails with toothpaste
If your nails are feeling brittle, try strengthening them with toothpaste. Toothpaste has the same benefits for your nails as it does for your teeth — it will strengthen your nails, and it will also whiten them. Plus, toothpaste will speed up nail growth. Rub toothpaste onto your nails once a day for about a week, and you’ll see a dramatic change in your nail health.
42) Use a bandage to create quick nail art
Want to create beautiful nail art in no time at all? Use a bandage with little holes as a stencil. First, paint the base color on your nails. Let your nails dry, and then cover them in the bandages. Paint dots through the holes, and then peel the bandages away. You’ll be left with adorable polka dot nails!
43) 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.
44) 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.
45) Soak nails in cold water after painting them to help them dry faster
If you don’t have a lot of time to wait for your nail polish to dry, try soaking them in ice-cold water for a few minutes. It may seem odd to put your freshly painted nails in water, but the cold water will actually help set the paint, and it will dry them faster. You’ll be amazed to see how quickly your nails dry with this beauty hack.
46) Add peppermint oil to lip gloss for plumper lips
Looking for a way to easily plump up your lips? A little peppermint oil will do the trick! Place a few drops into your favorite lip gloss, and then apply. Just like that, you’ll have beautiful, plumper-looking lips.
47) Lighten foundation with moisturizer
If you buy a foundation that’s too dark for your skin, don’t fret. Use a bit of moisturizer to lighten it up. Put in a few drops of moisturizer in the foundation, and then stir. Test the foundation out, and if it’s still too dark, add a little more moisturizer. Keep adding moisturizer until your foundation perfectly matches your skin tone.
48) Substitute 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.
49) Use almond oil
You can use almond oil to help minimize ache. Plus, it works well for removing makeup, such as lipstick. Just pour three drops of the oil onto a cotton ball or pad, and the rub the oil over your lips. Easy peasy!
50) Use your phone’s flashlight to test how makeup looks in different lighting
Want to quickly test how your makeup will look in a wide variety of lightings? Use your phone’s flashlight! If you apply your makeup in a room that has overhead lighting, the lighting can cast shadows on your face, completely changing how your makeup looks. If you shine your phone’s flashlight on your face while you’re doing your makeup, you’ll get a much better idea of how your makeup will look in different lighting.
51) Use shaving cream to remove foundation stains
If you’ve noticed a foundation stain on the collar of your favorite shirt, don’t fret. A little shaving cream will get that stain right out! Place a dollop of shaving cream on your finger, and then rub it into the stain. Then, wash your shirt like normal. When the shirt comes out of the wash, it should be stain-free.
52) Draw a hashtag to create the perfect smokey eye
If you’re looking for another easy way to create a gorgeous smokey eye look, try drawing a hashtag on the outer corner of your eyelid. Smudge the hashtag with your sponge, and then draw another hashtag. Continue drawing and smudging hashtags until your eyes have the perfect smokey look.
53) Lighten dark armpits
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.
54) Having trouble with fly away hair?
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!
55) Use gelatin to remove blackheads
If you want to quickly remove blackheads, try making a mask using gelatin. To make the mask, mix a tablespoon of gelatin with a tablespoon of milk. Stir the two ingredients together, and then microwave for about a minute. After the mixture cools down, apply it to your problem areas with a makeup brush. Leave the gelatin on for about a minute, and then pull it off. Your skin should look much clearer after using this mask!
56) Use concealer to give lipstick matte finisher
If you want to get a matte look on her lips but you only have glossy lipstick on hand, simply put concealer on your lips before you apply the lipstick. The concealer will give you a beautiful matte finish. Plus, as a bonus, your lipstick will only last longer when you use concealer first.
57) Literal smokey 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.
58) Razor 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.
59) Kool-Aid 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!
60) Rinse hair with baking soda after swimming
If you have blonde hair, you may worry that your hair is going to turn green if you go swimming. To prevent this from happening, rinse your hair out with baking soda after your swim. Mix baking soda with a bit of water, and then stir until the mixture forms a paste. Rub the baking soda paste into your hair, and let it sit for a minute. Then, rinse the baking soda out and wash your hair with clarifying shampoo.
61) Vaseline for eyebrow shaping
Flyaway eyebrows can be beyond annoying. To tame disobedient eyebrows, just apply a dab of Vaseline on them, and then shape them accordingly. You can use a brow brush to help.
62) DIY lip stain
If you ever find yourself without your favorite lipstick, you can use this helpful hack. Wet an eye shadow in the color you want, and apply it to your lips. This hack should keep your lips colored until you have time to stop by the store for lipstick.
63) Soften your heels
If you walk around a lot, you are likely to have calloused feet. Soak your feet to soften them. Mix together 2 cups warm water, 1 cup vinegar, and 1/2 cup baking soda. Soak your feet for about 20 minutes, and then dry with a towel and rehydrate.
64) Perfect no-heat curls
To create the perfect curl in your hair without having to apply damaging heat, dampen your hair with a hold-and-shine hair product. Next, twist sections of your hair into a long spiral while it is still wet. Secure that spiral in a bun, and hold them in place with a rubber band. Once dry, pull out the rubber bands.
65) Coconut oil on hair
If you color your hair often or use harsh chemicals on it, damage can occur. So try this: Prior to washing your hair, massage coconut oil into your scalp. Let is sit for about three minutes. Then wash your hair as usual. This treatment should make your hair both shinier and healthier.
66) Great smelling hair
If you want your hair to smell amazing, there are a few ways to do it. The first is to buy a strongly scented shampoo. Another way is to spray perfume onto your hairbrush and brush your hair a few times. This might be too much for people with thin hair, but if your hair is thicker, give it a try.
67) Fake bangs
Some days you may want a change in your look. Fortunately, the following hack can give you the look of having bangs even if you don’t have them. To create fake bangs, simply tease your hair into place. Next, clip the bangs into place using a hairclip. If needed, create a zig-zag part in your hair to help hide the clip.
68) Nail strengthener
If your nails could use a little love, try this DIY tincture to make them stronger and more beautiful. Mix equal parts of coconut oil and honey, and then add a few drops of lavender. Pour it into a nail polish bottle, and brush it onto your nails.
69) Hide blemishes
Looking for an easy way to hide blemishes? Use a small brush to apply your concealer and foundation to the blemish. All it takes is a dot to make the blemish disappear. Then, apply powder on top to set them in place.
70) Wash face this way
Keeping your face oil-free and blemish-free can be difficult. But by washing your face with cold water at least two times per week, you can help minimize bacteria getting into your pores. If you wash your face with warm or hot warm, it’s more likely to open up the pores.
71) Foot odor hack
Use dry shampoo to cut down on smelly foot odor. To use this hack, spray the bottom of your foot with the dry shampoo before putting on your footwear. The shampoo should absorb any oils or sweat generated by your feet, keeping down the stinky smell.
72) Eye shadow root touchup
If you notice your roots are starting to show and you are pressed for time, use this simple hack to touch them up. Take a little eye shadow, in the shade that matches your hair, and use a makeup brush to blend it into your roots.
73) Mascara as eyeliner
If you find yourself in immediate need of eyeliner and you don’t have any, try this. Use your mascara instead. Use an eyeliner brush to apply a dab of mascara above your eyelashes. It really works!
74) Strawberries to whiten teeth
Strawberries are naturally acidic, which makes them great at whitening teeth. Just use caution: Natural teeth whitening treatments can be hard on your teeth. If you feel sensitivity, stop and consider speaking to a dentist. To whiten your teeth, mix 1 teaspoon of grated strawberries with 1 teaspoon of baking soda, then use it as a substitute for your toothpaste about twice a month.
75) DIY Eyelash Enhancer
Keep your old mascara bottles, and make your own eyelash enhancing serum. Mix together 1 part aloe, 1 part castor oil, and 2 parts vitamin E. Put it on every night before you go to bed, and within a month you will notice your eyelashes growing thicker.
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The idea behind a beauty regimen is so that you both look and feel your best. Doing so gives you extra confident to get your day going. And while beauty is often in the eye of the beholder, most men and women want to look their best. Use these beauty hacks to make your daily beauty routine simple and easy.