Unorthodox beauty tips – from the experts

Happy Friday everyone! Today is a bit of a bumper edition. We’ve asked around our make-up artist and beauty expert friends to find the most unusual beauty tips that you may have never come across before. We’re talking everything from home remedies for cold sores to ways to apply make up (and make it stick).

Jules Cardozo-Marsh, high-end make-up artist


♥ Surprisingly, ladies still test foundation on the back of their hand. This skin is very different to the skin on your face and you should always test foundation on your jawline. If it disappears into your skin it’s the right colour for you.

♥ Isn’t it frustrating when applying mascara when a little blobs onto your eyelid? Don’t panic and instantly rub it off, as this can leave a nasty mark. Wait a couple of minutes for it to bond to your skin and, using a cotton bud, gently twist and lift the mascara off the skin. Hey presto the mascara comes off leaving your skin clean!

♥ Don’t buy expensive eye primers, just use a little foundation. Make sure you sweep a light dusting of loose powder across the lid to take away any shine before applying your eyeshadow.

♥ Spritzing toner from a distance will help set your make up. Don’t overdo it…. this is especially great to add instant hydration to the skin during the winter months.

♥ If you run of out of brow gel and need to tame those brows Cara Delevingne style, use a little hairspray on a clean mascara wand and brush as normal.

♥ Use Vaseline on your eyelids as a base for your eyeshadow to get a wicked glossy look just right for the party season.

♥ Using a highlighter just under the arch of your brow bone can give an instant ‘lifting’ appearance.

Vanessa Smith of Make Up by Vanessa

vanessa smith

♥ A teabag on a cold sore will help to heal it and quickly reduce redness.

♥ It’s not just a myth! Use toothpaste on spots to dry them out.

♥ If you get stuck somewhere without your make-up bag but you have a small pot of Vaseline, you can use it as a make-up remover, then use a small amount on your lips, lashes and brows to freshen up your look.

♥ Always pluck your eyebrows after a shower as your pores are open and it will be less painful.

♥ Always dab concealer under your eyes never smear it across with your fingers as this will just take off the product and foundation underneath.

Sharon Dawson of Eye Candy hair and make up

Sharon Dawson

Image © Helen Rushton Photography

♥ If you love the sheer illuminating look for your skin, find the lightest neutral coloured eye shadow (make sure it’s shimmery) that you have in a palette. If you swipe your finger over the colour and put it on the back of your hand you can mix it with your moisturiser and apply to your face. This will give you a luminosity that you will see if you apply lovely sheer foundation over the top.

♥ If you’re doing smoky eyes for Christmas, apply a liberal amount of loose powder under your eyes, this way when you apply your darkest colours, any ‘fall out’ on your cheeks can be swept right off with a large brush.

♥ Want smoky eyes but with a dramatic defined sharp edge? Get yourself some dressing tape from a chemist and lay in along the outside edge of your eye. Imagine a line from the tip of your nose, to the end of your eyebrow. You don’t need the tape all the way from your nose but you can start the line just under your eye. Apply your eye shadow right up to the edge of the tape, then when you peel it off you get a dramatic straight line. This can also help with a dramatic thick eyeliner look.

♥ When you apply your concealer if you have any left don’t wipe if off, run it along the top of your cheekbones and down the centre of your nose, this will give you a lovely defined look after your have applied your foundation. You can top it all off with your highlighter. We want those cheekbones to pop!

Lisa Alger of Essex Wedding Beauty

Lisa Alger

♥ Clean your personal make-up brushes with a cheap 2in1 shampoo and conditioner, as although they aren’t the best for your hair, the chemicals will clean your brushes and also soften them.

♥ For a quick blemish treatment, crush an uncoated aspirin tablet in your hand with a few drops of water and apply the mixture to the blemish. Leave a few minutes and wash off. It will reduce swelling and redness.

♥ Nail varnish takes longer to dry on hot hands so is more likely to smudge. Soak your hands in cold water before applying nail varnish.

♥ The skin on your hands age faster than your face so to avoid the tale-tale signs of ageing, use a hand scrub weekly and moisturise daily with a cream containing SPF.

Brides, don’t forget about your arms and chest on the wedding morning. Have your make-up artist apply MAC face and body foundation to areas you will see to give an even finish.

♥ Use a cool (blue toned) lipstick to make your teeth look whiter.

♥ If you run out of dry shampoo you can use a small amount of white rice flour or talc on your oily roots. Apply some to a small make-up brush and brush into the roots.

Anabelle LaGuardia of Anabelle Make Up

annabelle laguardia

♥ If you suffer from oily skin and have tried every oil control primer product out there but nothing works, consider trying Milk of Magnesia to keep pesky oil at bay. Use a cotton ball or pad to apply a thin layer onto the areas that are most prone to oil. Do not apply moisturiser in those same areas. Only apply where you are more dry. The Milk of Magnesia will dry within a few minutes and you can then proceed with applying your make up. If there is any residue just gently wipe away with your fingers before applying your make up. Always do a patch test prior to applying on your face to see if you have any reaction.

♥If you are prone to excessive facial sweating apply a thin layer of clear deodorant over any area that tend to sweat such as your upper lip and forehead. Always do a patch test prior to applying on your face to see if you have any reaction.

♥ For puffy eyes consider keeping a bottle of witch hazel around. Chill the witch hazel in the refrigerator for 20 minutes then apply the witch hazel to a cotton ball or pad and press gently into your eye area for several minutes to soothe and de-puff. The cool liquid will help minimize or completely get rid of puffiness, and the astringent will help tighten and refresh the skin. Always do a patch test prior to applying on your face to see if you have any reaction.

♥ Have a shattered powder, blush or eye shadow? Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the compact and use a butter knife to smooth the powder back into shape.

Olivia Smith of Styleme

Olivia Smith

♥ Keep your lips well  scrubbed. Use  either a good lip scrub (Lush make great ones, and you can lick them off!) or scrub your lips with your toothbrush. This will leave lips soft and plump for applying lipstick.

♥ Spray hairspray over your face to set your make up (make sure you shut your eyes and do a patch test first!)

♥ You should always change your mascara every few months to avoid infection, but if you’re desperate and can’t get to the shops, add water to your mascara when it’s running out, pump up and down to get it going again.

♥ Apply loose powder to your eyelashes before applying mascara to make them look fuller.

2 Comments on Unorthodox beauty tips – from the experts

  1. Nicola Russill
    December 6, 2013 at 10:03 am (5 years ago)

    I will be borrowing some of these tips for sure, especially the vaseline on the eyelids under eyeshadow for a glossy look this party season


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