Simple beauty hacks

Looking gorgeous has never been easier with these foolproof life-changing beauty tips by Sarah Brooks-Wilson.

The best things in life are free, particularly when it comes to your beauty routine. Taking care of your body can be a big investment, so it’s always good to know a few tricks that won’t break the bank.

Eyeshadow can make your hair appear thicker  

By brushing your scalp with eyeshadow of the same colour family as your hair, your hair will appear super thick. You can also use this hack along your hairline if you wear it in a ponytail to get the same results. Oh, and if you do have a few wisps of grey hair coming through, this hack will also disguise them. A winner. Try MUD Eyeshadow Palette, $12.

Soak your nails in ice water after painting them

After painting your nails, fill a bowl with ice and water and soak your fingertips for a few minutes. The cold water will set the paint and help your nail polish dry faster.

Draw a triangle with concealer with the base under the eye and the point towards your cheek  

While it might seem strange, by drawing on your concealer in this pattern, it will not only conceal dark circles, but will also give the illusion that your face is lifted, making you appear youthful and rested. Think of it like holding a flash light against your cheek, shining the light right underneath your eye and drawing the focus upwards. Try M.A.C Mineralize Concealer, $38

Sugar scrub your feet

If you have dry, rough feet you need a tough exfoliator to nix the dead skin. Mix two tablespoons of brown sugar to half a cup of coconut oil (yes, the stuff you cook with) and apply the blend to your feet in a circular motion. Wash off the mix with a warm
cloth and moisturise with more coconut oil.

Use a spoon to create the perfect winged eyeliner look  

A winged eye has always been a tough one to master. Hold the handle of a spoon against the outer corner of your eye and draw a straight line. Then, flip the spoon so it’s hugging your eyelid and use the rounded outer edge to create a perfectly curved winged tip.
After you’ve made your outline, fill it in and draw a line across your lash line to finish the look. Try L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Kajal, $19.95.

Use cold green tea bags to minimise puffy eyes fast.

The quickest way to de-puff and tighten the under-eye skin is to apply a cold, caffeine product like two cold green tea bags. After making a cuppa, put the bags in the fridge for one hour and place under the eyes for 5 minutes. It will shrink broken capillaries, soothe tired eyes and reduce water retention.

Create cheekbones with blush  

Working a pinky-peach shade of blush into the brow bones and temples instantly warms the complexion, thins out the face and gives the impression of good circulation. Begin at the temples, curve up and connect both sides in the middle of your forehead, keeping close to the edges as you continuously swirl and buff. The outer shadow tricks the eye into reading it as a smaller space. Try Inika Organic Baked Mineral Blush Duo, $65.

Multimask to improve skin  

The trend of #multimasking uses different masks tailored to different parts of your face. Apply charcoal or salicylic acid masks to your T-zone to clear breakouts, retinol around your eye area to diminish fine wrinkles and vitamin C and peptide masks on your cheeks and lateral planes to fight sun and age damage. Try Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque, $68 and The Body Shop Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask, $35.

Heat up your eyelash curler so your lashes curl easier  

By blowing hot air on your curler you’ll help your lashes to curl easier and stay curled for longer. How to do it? Simply hit the lash curler with your blow dryer until it heats up. Wait until it cools slightly (you don’t want to burn your eyelid) and then clamp down on your lashes to curl them. Try Revlon Eyelash Curler, $12.95.

Apply Vaseline on your pulse points to make perfume scent last longer

Since the ointment is occlusive, vaseline or petroleum jelly will hold the fragrance of your favourite perfume on your skin for longer than if you were to spray the perfume just onto the skin. This works in the same away as solid perfumes, they last longer as you don’t sweat it off.

DIY your own spot cream

Even better than ice is to salt a spot. Sea salt has powerful antibacterial properties and works to pull oil from the pore. Combine one teaspoon of sea salt with water to form a paste. Dot this on the offending spot and let it dry for up to an hour (10 minutes for sensitive skin types) and then rinse off.

Get beachy waves in 60 seconds  

Spritz texture spray into damp hair then create four plaits, two in the front and two in the back. Run straightening irons down the lengths of each a few times. Once cool, unweave and scrunch in sea-salt spray and say hello to the best hair wave ever. Try MUK Haircare Style Stick 230-IR, $199.95.

Correct green hair with baking soda

Rinse hair with baking soda when showering after swimming in a pool to prevent greenness. Mix a bit of soda with enough water to make a paste and rub it over your hair. Rinse the baking soda out and continue washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo and moisturising conditioner.