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Beauty Tips For Face: 10 Dos and Don’ts for Naturally Beautiful Skin

Why God, why? Is flawless skin just too much to ask for? A late night leads to dark circles in the morning. Got an upcoming party? Oh wait, I spy a zit. Yes yes, we are well aware of the basic CTM technique… Cleanser-Toner-Moisturizer. We try every new face wash, sunscreen, anti-ageing cream that hits the market. If dry skin and dead skin, oily skin and patchy skin weren’t enough – you now have combination skin! And we are ever so willing to try anything under the sun to get beautiful skin. But it is not an overnight miracle. The flawless, blemish and acne-free skin that you’ve always desired is no more a dream, but a reality. Here are some brilliant beauty tips for face to get that glow you’ve always wanted. Browse through our beauty secrets, tackle your skincare issues and follow our tricks regularly to get beautiful skin naturally. Excited, happy or stressed, it’s your face that gives you away. Ever wondered how to get a glowing skin? We’ve rounded up expert skin care tips for keeping blemishes at bay and enhancing your natural beauty. Whether you have time for intensive skin care or not, pamper yourself by acing the basics.
Lucky for you, we make face-care easy.

10 Dos and Don’ts for Beautiful Skin

1. The Golden Rule

Do: Make sure you always (and we mean always) remove your makeup before hitting the sheets. The skin needs to breathe overnight. And makeup prevents that, as leaving it on overnight clogs the pores which may cause blemishes and/or blackheads. Don’t possess a makeup remover? Just put some olive oil on a cotton pad and gently massage the oil onto your face to get rid of the makeup and dirt.
Don’t: Forget that exfoliation is indispensable. At least once or twice a week, exfoliate your skin to remove the layers of dead skin, sure to leave you with a more healthy glow and brighter skin. You can also apply a paste of walnut in powder form with yogurt to exfoliate your skin, as the antioxidants present in walnuts help remove dirt and promote radiant skin.

Never forget to exfoliate your skin and remove the makeup before calling it a night.
2. Sun and Skin
Do: Apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Since a lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems, you have to protect your skin from the sun. Make sure the label reads ‘noncomedogenic’ or ‘nonacnegenic’ so that the product does not tend to block pores.
Don’t: Skip the sunscreen, whether it’s cloudy or cold outside (no excuses). If you’re heading to a beach or around reflective surfaces like snow or ice, lather your skin up with some more sunscreen with SPF of at least 30.

Sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
3. You are What You Eat
Do: Keep a note of what you put on your plate. Eat fresh fruits, greens, sufficient protein and vitamins. A diet rich in vitamin C and low in fats and sugar promotes radiant skin. Consider a low-sugar diet, which can keep insulin levels down, allowing cells to maintain a healthy balance.
“Don’t: Eat spicy and fermented foods, salt, citrus fruits, fried food. Instead favour blander foods such as rice, oatmeal and applesauce”, advises American author and Ayurvedic physician, Vasant Lad, in The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies.
(Also Read: Turmeric Powder for Beauty: How To Use it For Your FaceAnd Skin)

Fresh fruits and greens is what healthy skin needs.
4. Sweat It Out!
Do: Exercise regularly. Running, jogging and yoga will give your body the necessary blood circulation, and also accelerate the cleansing process of your entire body. You will notice a glow on your face after working out. Racing against time? Just take a brisk walk around the block.
Don’t: Skip skincare before and after a workout. Apply a toner to help minimize oil production before heading out. Exfoliate after, and then apply shea butter or olive oil to moisturize the skin.

Running, jogging and yoga will accelerate the cleaning process of your body.
5. Beauty Sleep
Do: Try to sleep at least 8 hours every night. If you don’t get enough shut eye, your skin gets tired just like you – it sags and you get bags. So don’t risk it. You can also apply honey on your face twice or thrice a week to naturally soothe and heal your skin.
“Don’t: Forget to wash and moisturize your face before going to bed”, recommends Dr. Rahul Nagar, Dermatologist, Max Hospitals. “For dry skin, use milder cleansers that are free from alcohol. Apply lots of moisturizer, and avoid hot water as it dries out the skin excessively.”

Never forget to wash your face before sleeping and moisturize well.
6. H2O to The Rescue
Do: Hydrate yourself. Drink lots of water daily, at least 8 glasses if not more. Also, eats fruits and vegetables that have a high water content such as watermelon, cucumber, orange, strawberry, grapefruit and cantaloupe. Ayurvedic physician, Vasant Lad recommends to “drink water from a blue coloured bottle”, since it has a cooling effect.
Don’t: Ignore rose water. It helps prevent and reduce eye puffiness in the morning, maintains pH balance and naturally hydrates your skin if you spritz it on during the day.

Rose water maintains pH balance and naturally hydrates the skin.
7. Goodbye Acne
“Do: Wash your face with warm water, three times a day, and gently massage your face in circular motions, ensuring that the cleanser contains alpha hydroxyl acid or beta hydroxyl acid. Face packs that contain multani mitti (fuller’s earth) work really well too. After cleansing, pat dry and apply a lotion which contains benzoyl peroxide”, suggests Dr. Zaheer Ahmed, Dermatologist, Max Hospitals. Benzoyl peroxide appears to be effective due to its antibacterial actions.
Don’t: Pop pimples because it can lead to more swelling, redness, and even scarring. Feel a pimple is on its way? Just clean the area with rose water, and place a chilled green tea bag for 10 minutes. Also, if you wear glasses or sunglasses, make sure you clean them frequently to keep oil from clogging the pores around your eyes and nose.

Never pop your pimples. Use rose water or chilled green tea bags.
8. Go Back to Your Roots
Do: Use Ayurvedic scrubs to nourish the skin, and help it breathe better. Luckily for you, everything you need is already in your kitchen. 2 tbsp chickpea flour, ½ tsp turmeric powder, a pinch of camphor and sandalwood with some rose water/milk/water is your perfect skincare pack. Yes, the secrets of beauty lies in ancient Ayurveda.
Don’t: Neglect the basics. Make Sudarshan Kriya your beauty mantra. Yes, it’s that easy. Just breathing right could rid you of spots and pimples. Nidhi Gureja, Art of Living, says “Sudarshan Kriya is a breathing technique which incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath that harmonize the body, mind and emotions. This helps releasing accumulated stresses, and each individual’s experience is different.”

Sudarshan Kriya is a breathing technique which incorporates specific natural rhythms that helps in releasing accumulated stresses.
9. Spa Day Everyday?
Do: Have a regular skin care regimen. “For dry skin, use a fresh cherry mask. Apply the pulp of fresh cherries on your face before going to bed. Leave for 15 minutes and wash with lukewarm water”, adds American author Vasant Lad.
Don’t: Forget to pamper yourself. A gentle facial massage with oils could work wonders. Depending on your skin type, choose oils from mustard, coconut, almond or Kumkadi as they are excellent nourishing agents which help to get glowing skin. Better still – switch on some soothing instrumental music. After 20 minutes, what do you have? Beautiful skin and a relaxed you.

Pamper yourself occasionally with spa treatments.
10. Healthy Habits
Do: Take out time for yourself, and try to avoid stress as much as possible. Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed, you tend to break out more? This is because stress causes your body to produce cortisol and other hormones, making the skin more oily. Practice stress management techniques like breathing exercises, yoga and meditation. The more you meditate, the more you radiate.
Don’t: Neglect your jawline and facial muscles. For just 5 minutes a day, perform a few facial exercises. You can jut out your lower lip in such a way that wrinkles are created on the chin, then lower your chin to your chest. Another exercise that works wonders is to look up towards the ceiling and pout. It stretches out the muscles making the skin more firm. “18 till I die”, why not?

The more you meditate, the more you radiate.
CommentsYou’re dressed to perfection, yet you need something to complete the look. Your smile! While we spend so much time and energy on honing our bodies and looks, we forget to express our inner joy and happiness. “Keeping a smile on your face will help maintain the tone of your facial muscles and skin. People may say you look 10 years younger than you are!”, adds the Ayurvedic physician, Vasant Lad.

As both a beauty writer and a beauty lover, I spend a solid 30 percent of my day thinking about beauty. From the moment I wake up in the morning to sit in front of my vanity to writing this article at my desk to my skincare routine at night, the beauty industry takes up a lot of my mental real estate.

So, I decided 30 percent wasn’t nearly enough, and I followed all of my favorite makeup artists on Instagram! Now, I’m swimming in product recommendations, techniques, and hacks to glowing, smooth skin and flawless makeup application every time.

I know not everyone can have such an extensive following list or spend two or more hours a day viewing Instagram stories (it’s my nirvana leave me alone), and I’m not about to let you all miss out on some of the best tricks I’ve found. Here, I’m sharing everything I’ve learned that makes getting ready in the morning just a little easier and makes makeup application a smooth sailing ship.

Skin prep is a must

If there’s anything I’ve learned from makeup artists, it’s the importance of prepping your skin before you even think about putting makeup on. Having a clean, smooth, and moisturized face is everything when it comes to the foundation step. Your foundation will look smoother, it’ll blend seamlessly, and it might have a longer wear time too! This step is crucial for day-to-day application.

However, Sir John (Beyonce’s makeup artist and one of my idols) skips moisturizer for summer concerts with Beyonce (i.e. BEYCHELLA!). In any case where you might sweat a lot, skip moisturizer to keep the foundation intact.

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Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads

Tatcha

The Dewy Skin Cream

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Hydro Boost Water Gel

Press products into the skin — and don’t be gentle!

If you’ve ever watched someone apply an essence to their skin the K-Beauty way, you might think they’re seriously disturbed. However, many people (including Chriselle Lim!) swear by pressing your products into the skin. Chriselle goes as far as slapping the product into her face. And she isn’t gentle.

After some skepticism, I tried it, and this technique is no joke. Your face will be a little red right after, but it really helps get the blood flowing. I notice my face looks slightly less puffy in the morning, and I feel like I use less product overall!

Spray your brush with setting spray before foundation

Add some extra glow to your skin (and keep your makeup in place all day) by spraying your brush with your setting spray before you apply foundation. While this trick sounds simple, it’s so easy and effective.

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Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist

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All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

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Work in multiple layers

Instead of applying one, thick, full-coverage layer of foundation and being done with your base, many makeup artists, including Claudia Neacsu, work in thin layers to assure the skin looks natural and radiant while still covering blemishes or dark spots. She goes in with a little bit of product and builds it up rather than starting with something heavy from the get-go.

The way I’ve adopted this trick is by spot concealing before I even put my foundation on. I use a small brush and a little bit of concealer to go over anything I want to cover. Then, I only have to use a thin layer of foundation to even everything out. It actually ends up taking less time because that small amount of product blends seamlessly with the skin instead of a thick layer that doesn’t want to budge.

Pinpoint your setting powder

Gone are the days when we doused our entire faces in a heavy layer of powder for that matte skin look. While glowy skin has been on the up-and-up the last few years, it doesn’t take away that many of us (even those with dry skin) can get oily sometimes, or that our makeup can crease. If you want to keep a glowy look that stays all day, the trick is using a small brush to pinpoint exactly where the powder is going to go. Celebrity makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes uses this trick all the time to keep the cheeks glossy and the undereyes from creasing.

When I set my face, I use a fluffy concealer brush to set just under the eyes where my concealer creases, the corners of my mouth, the sides of my nose, and my hairline. (What can I say, I sweat a lot!)

Charlotte Tilbury

Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder

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Using metallic/shimmer shadows in the crease

Forget what you know, ladies and gents — it IS OK to use non-matte eyeshadows in the crease. (I know, gasp!) When most of us learned how to apply eyeshadow, we stuck to a very simple formula: matte crease, darkest color in the outer corner, shimmery eyelid. This formula has made many a beautiful eye looks, but if you’re looking for a more editorial or fun look, using one shadow through the lid and crease can provide that glossy lid look celebrities and makeup artists love.

This is also a fun way to change up your regular palettes and create new looks you might have never tried before.

Hourglass

Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow

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Adding hair strokes instead of “filling in” brows

The “Instagram” brow — a sharp arch that’s carved out to perfection — is on its way out, and the bushy, natural, undone brow look is taking its place. Makeup artists love this look because it emphasizes the eye look (especially long eyelashes) without distracting or taking away from it. To get it easily without getting brow extensions (yeah, it’s a thing!), add hair strokes with a thin eyebrow pen or a pomade and a thin liner brush. Instead of “filling” the brows in, simply make short little lines in the places you’d want extra hairs.

Then, to get the full look, use a clear brow gel to brush up the hairs.

Glossier

Brow Flick

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Dipbrow Pomade

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Eyebrow Brush #12

Lip contouring (yes!)

I originally heard of this technique from Huda Kattan (of Huda Beauty), but it’s a common makeup artist trick to make your lips look bigger and to highlight the natural shape of your mouth. It looks amazing with just a little gloss — it’s subtle, but you can tell there’s a little somethin’-somethin’ going on.

Using either a cream contour or a brown lip pencil, carve out the shape of your lips. Huda has an amazing tutorial on her Instagram Stories that can explain it so much better than I can!

Yeah, watching models do their thing during Fashion Month (that’s four weeks of shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris) and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show looks like some non-stop, wildly glamorous event, but some of the less-Instagrammed side effects involve jet lag, over-worked skin, and stressful runs to and from shows (think go-sees on America’s Next Top Model times 100). Yet, their skin still somehow manages to look amazing even backstage when they’re makeup-free.

Sure, some (OK, a lot) of that has to do with genetics, but these women also have regular access to the best beauty pros in the world. Translation: Backstage at fashion shows is a chamber of skin care secrets. So, we did as any inquiring mind would do and pulled a few of the dewiest-complected aside to get their tricks to keeping blemishes at bay and getting that glow we all wish we had 24/7. Here, the chamber is opened.

Multi-masking is a skin savior.Balance is key when it comes to keeping your skin clear. You can’t just strip your skin of oils without giving it all those nutrients it needs. Heather Medendorp uses a black charcoal mask to help clean out her pores and then follows it up with a cucumber mask to replenish any moisture her skin is still craving.

Replace makeup with moisturizer.If you’re wearing makeup all the time, your skin is bound to get thirsty. Even if you have oily skin, your face needs to stay hydrated. “After every show I make sure to have a makeup wipe to take my makeup off right away,” Bella Harris says. “And the most important thing is to keep your skin moisturized. I use Cetaphil mainly.”

Clear blemishes with tea tree oil.If your skin tends to break out, tea tree oil (which is antibacterial) can really get in there and clean your pores out. Megan Puleri likes to use a gentle scrub from Neutrogena and then a tea tree oil toner after. If her skin still needs some attention, she’ll go for a facial.

Steam can help open up your pores.
After weeks of walking the runways, Olivia Hunter goes makeup-free in her down time. Tons of gunk can get stuck in your pores after long days of shows with heavy makeup on, so she gives her face a deep clean with an at-home facial steam. “You get a bowl of hot water with some mint tea and put a towel over your head while your face is over the bowl,” she says. “Everything feels completely cleared out.”

Toothpaste a zit when you’re really in need.
You’ve seen how Bella Hadid wakes up jet-lagged skin, but when it comes to a sudden onset zit, she lives by one of Gigi’s skin care hacks. “My sister always told me to do this, and I feel like it works really well—the toothpaste-on-the-pimple trick,” says Hadid. Be careful though, toothpaste can dry your skin out and make it more irritated, so don’t overdo it. As an alternative, these hacks also get the job done.

A religious skin care routine is key.
With so much happening all day between shows and makeup changes, a majority of models told us a steady nighttime regimen (so their skin can calm down) is crucial. Nicole Atieno’s first step is to take her makeup off with a face wipe, then wash her face with a hydrating cleansing cream (because sometimes wipes aren’t enough). After that she might use a scrub or a mask on her T-zone if she feels like she needs it before finishing off with moisturizer.

DIY can do a face good.
After long days of putting all kinds of products—with all kinds of ingredients—on, Jay Wright tries to undo that damage by going natural at home. After a show, she loves to make a mask with avocado and honey to keep her skin moisturized and bright. Check out some of our favorite natural and organic brands here.

Oils aren’t just for your face and hair.
Walking around in heels constantly for weeks straight? Super tiring, yes, not to mention it’s a one way ticket to blister city. (Those of us reporting backstage tend to stick with flats.) Atieno always gives her feet some love with ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, and shea butter to make sure she’s as comfortable as possible when she’s walking down the runway.

Ice can help firm up your skin in a pinch.
Icing your face isn’t the most pleasant way to treat your skin but Victoria’s Secret model Jasmine Tookes swears by it. She typically ices her face at night to tighten her skin and help blood circulate to her face faster. Just wrap some ice in a cloth or splash your face with some icy water to de-puff quickly.

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From Head to Toe: Best Beauty Tips & Tricks Ever

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You can’t have too much beauty knowledge; it’s funny how sometimes small tips can improve your appearance to an incomparably large extent! Here is a collection of beauty tricks covering all parts of your face for you to acquire a better look than you thought possible, often in a matter of minutes.

A Trick for Curly Hair

Having dried your hair with a towel, take a leave-in conditioner and work a drop the size of a coin in, leaving it like that. Avoid over-touching while the hair is drying – a problem of most curlies which can lead to frizz and interference with the curl pattern.

Add More Volume

Make your hair into the Snooki pouf when you have blow-dried it and secure with a claw clip. As your hair gets cool, get busy with makeup, and when you’re through, unclasp the clip – you have volume. If you use a satin or silk pillowcase, you can retain the effect for several days.

Fluffy Hair Fix

If you are worried over flyaway hair, make sure your brush or comb is sprayed with Static Guard. You can also use an antistatic dryer sheet smoothing it over the head. When choosing a comb, go for a wide-tooth one, which is always better for dry hair.

Get Waves Easily

With some women the hair gets flat almost at once, and they need to give it a perk-up. Here’s a way to do it: wash it, take a bottle of light mousse, apply a coin-size amount to your hair and make a big braid. By lunch-time you can undo it and view the results: your hair is voluminous, wavy and full, the mousse has done it! What else? Mind you cold-rinse your conditioner and use it on hair ends only – this way you seal cuticles and acquire shine.

Dry Your Hair the Right Way

Stop rubbing your hair with a towel if you still do it – it causes breakage. Instead of a towel make use of an old T-shirt which is well-worn and soft and pat your hair with it lightly.

Combing Wet Hair

The best way to comb your hair while it’s wet is to get hold of a handful and comb from middle to ends, and scalp to middle after you’ve got the ends right.

Hide Hair Roots

You’d do well not to expose your roots, so do some zigzagging at the scalp instead of combing the hair straight.

Creating Beautiful Brows


Going to get busy tweezing? Before plucking your eyebrows, make sure you have the skin well. For softening apply warm water or some cream with a cotton ball. Tweeze along the way the hairs grow.
Drawing Brows Correctly

Avoid changing the line of your eyebrows, especially the spot where they peak. Also, you don’t need to pencil all along the brow – pencil thin spots with the side of a pencil, because if you use the tip, the lines will come out too hard.

Maintain a Beautiful Brow Shape

If your brows just won’t stay fixed, take an old toothbrush, spray some hairspray on it and brush your brows up and outwards.

Sharpening Pencils Easily

Before sharpening your lip and eye pencils, put them in the fridge for an hour or so – then they will sharpen more easily and you will cut off less waste.

Reduce Eye Puffiness & Under-Eye Bags

The first thing to do for your eyes upon getting up is wash them in cold water (or apply a cold spoon to them) – it is great for diminishing puffy and baggy eyes.

Thick but Neat Lashes

Now it’s time to treat lashes. First, use an index card (or a business one) to protect the lids – put one under the lashes and get on with mascara, which you apply from the roots on to the tips. Make easy sweeping movements, lengthening your brows easily and letting the mascara brush against the card as much as you want. You will get thick nice brows in a matter of seconds.

Choosing the Right Foundation Color

You need to make foundation the right color, so before applying test it (as well as powder) on the face or on the neck to get it right. Testing on the wrist isn’t good enough, it’s paler.

Refreshing Foundation

Thinking of applying a layer of powder before going out to your favorite bar? You can do with a little face oil smeared over your cheeks which will refresh the foundation and produce a pleasant glowing effect.

Applying Rouge the Proper Way

Now for effective blush. The best spots to dab it on are cheek apples, those which swell out with smiling. Start from the cheekbone and proceed in small circles in the direction of the hairline – you will get a perfect airbrush effect. You don’t get rouge circles which look rather crude, instead you sport well-blended rouge in the right place.

Getting Perfect Lips


Do you have a long day? You will want your lipstick to last, so after you have put it on, let it set for several minutes, then dab your lips with tissue, sprinkle some powder on. Now apply another layer. Before getting the lipliner into play press it slightly with your fingers to make it warmer.

Lip Contour

You don’t want your lipstick to bleed? Work some concealer around the lips, while applying the lipstick, smile to make for ideal coverage, with corners well shaped.

Creating Matte Lips


If you want your lipstick to look good longer, help it do so with eye shadow. Choose the hue that goes well with your lip hue, it will also give the lips a pleasant matte appearance.

Pretty Face Skin

And here’s a simple trick for your skin beauty. In order not to cause blemishes avoid touching your face just for the fun of it. It can result in breakouts.

Creating a More Natural Makeup

Again, you aspire for a longer-lasting and more natural makeup effect? If you have time in the morning, do your face as early as you can and just touch it up when you are about to leave. This way you won’t feel rushed before you have to go, and will look more natural.

Get a Matte Nail Look


If you have a dish steaming on your cooker, use it for your nails! At least the steam. Apply two layers of nail polish quickly, hold your fingertips into the rising steam before the polish gets dry, some 5 or 6 inches above the pan. Three seconds will be enough for your nails to acquire a nice sexy matte polish.

Make Nail Polish Dry Faster

You want to get your nails dry quickly but there are no products around to help you along? Some cold water will do the trick for you, dip the fingertips in, and you won’t have to wait.

Nail Polish Removal Made Easier

Those who are fond of nail-art can make good use of olive oil by rubbing it around the nails. After this simple procedure you will remove the unnecessary polish much faster – even if it sticks as if there was no tomorrow. Also, felt would be better for removing than cotton balls.

Get Smooth Legs

Your legs would always welcome some extra care – so, when you have time to wind down, put them up! Give them rest and a chance to ease circulation pressure, you don’t want your veins to stand out more than they need. Shave after you have had a shower, the hairs will be softer and the result will be smoother.

Skin Care after Hair Removal

When you’re choosing creams for your legs, see that what you buy has no thick fragrance or contains no alpha hydroxy acids – they may bring on a rash and a stingy sensation. Now what, waxing time? Right! Pull the skin very tight for the application – then you will be able to unstrip the leg with a quick movement of the hand. Dip the cotton ball in some baby oil to clean off the remainder of the wax.

Get Soft Feet

Don’t tolerate over-dry feet. Massage will be of aid, enhanced with a lanolin-based lotion. Press hard with kneading motions so the lotion gets in properly, beginning with the instep, moving on to the soles, to the heels, then the topside and the toes. Mind you exfoliate the heels regularly, preferably with skins with fresh pineapple or kiwi – they contain a very helpful meat tenderizer known as bromelain. Work for about 5 minutes on the skin over the heels, and wind it up by going through the usual motions of rinsing, drying and moisturizing.
So, following these head-to-toe beauty tips will make you look gorgeous!

About the Author
Daria Kurilko is the founder, writer and editor of Geniusbeauty.com – an online guide for women about beauty, health and relationships. She has a master’s degree in sociology with a number of scientific publications to her credit and extensive experience in marketing and PR. Daria, who currently lives in Wiesbaden, Germany, is also a loving mother and wife. Since 2007 she enjoys sharing her experiences and broad knowledge about all things beauty, health and lifestyle with her readers. –

If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them: “It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too.”

3. She maintains a healthy diet.

“Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid,” Joanna Vargas advises. “Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture.” And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index (simple and complex carbohydrates).

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4. She moisturizes every day and night.

“The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed,” explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky MD, an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and be make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.

5. Her fingers never touch her face.

Dr. Julia Tzu, an NYC-based dermatologist, says this is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu.

6. She doesn’t use too many products.

Using more than one or two all at once is a big no-no, says Dr. Tzu. It can be harsh on the skin, resulting in more breakouts and clogged pores.

7. She wears sunscreen 365 days a year — rain or shine.

“Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach,” says Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. “But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands. It’s the daily UV exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging.” What kind of sunscreen is best? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.

8. She hydrates — in every way possible.

Every skin expert we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. “A lack of water means less radiance and more sag,” says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products (cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging) that have hydrating formulas. And, of course, drink around eight glasses of water a day.

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9. She avoids direct heat exposure.

Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. “It causes inflammation \and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away,” explains Dr. Palmer. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.

10. She exfoliates a couple times per week.

“We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen,” says Dr. Gohara. To fight this, you should “choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates.” And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.

11. She doesn’t just eat her vitamins.

A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There’s also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin. “These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage and they also have natural sunscreen properties,” says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.

12. She cleans her makeup brushes regularly.

To fight infection and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.

Here’s how: Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.

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13. She knows that protection doesn’t stop at sunscreen.

We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. “Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact,” says Dr. Prystowsky.

14. Her skincare routine is easy to follow.

“Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well,” says Dr. Prystowsky, “but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them.” Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.

15. She sleeps well.

It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. “The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles,”says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City.”Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage.” Better hair and skin while you sleep? Yes, please.

Beauty has changed a lot since I started working in the industry back in 2007. If you can remember 2007, that was the year that the iPhone debuted—when the selfie was but a twinkle in your first smartphone’s screen—and Britney Spears shaved her head. In a decade of playing with products, testing tools, and interviewing countless makeup artists, hair colorists, hairstylists, nail artists, dermatologists, and estheticians, I’ve seen many a beauty trend come and go. But I’ve also amassed a goldmine of expert tips and tricks that stand the test of time and have forever altered the way I care for my hair and skin. I could seriously go on forever, but these are without a doubt the 19 best pieces of beauty wisdom I have learned in my years in the biz.

1. Keep your eye cream and nail polish in the fridge.

The reason some eye creams are sold in tubes with metal tips is that the metal helps deflate puffy areas by cooling the skin, which theoretically constricts blood vessels. But you can get the same exact effect by just stashing any old eye cream in the refrigerator. During the summer, I do this with my can’t-live-without-it Yes To Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Overnight Eye Balm ($16, ulta.com), but it works with any formula. The fridge is also a great place to stash nail polish, as it keeps it from thickening over time.

2. Always layer your skin-care products from thinnest to thickest texture.

If you think about your skin as if it were a sponge, you want it to soak up all the good stuff you’re applying to your face and body. Therefore, it’s important to layer properly. Use the thinner, more watery products first in your skin routine and finish with the heaviest creams or oils. Oils help seal in any products applied prior. So if you’re starting with an oil and then adding a lighter hyaluronic acid serum on top, you’re not going to see those amazing HA benefits.

3. You can curl your entire head with an iron in under two minutes flat.

This is the one trick that has saved me the most time over the years. Splitting my hair into one-inch sections and then rolling over each with the curling iron used to take me 30 minutes, but I have cut styling time to a mere two minutes with this hack I learned from Pinterest. After blow-drying hair straight or letting it air-dry, throw it into a high ponytail atop your head and split into four even sections. Roll the wand around each, set with some texturizing spray, then shake out after hair is cool—like after your morning commute. I like an easy-to-use curler like the Eva NYC 25mm Tourmaline Clipless Curling Wand ($60, target.com).

4. Never underestimate the power of a bold lipstick.

I can’t tell you how many makeup artists have told me lipstick would be their “desert island” beauty product pick. Before I began my career, I was a mascara diehard. Now, not so much. Turns out a lipstick, especially something bold (I love a hot magenta or coral in the summer; a classic red in the winter) can also be dotted onto the apples of cheeks and the lids of eyes for a monochromatic look you can pull together in two seconds flat. I regularly do this with whatever lipstick I have on hand. (If you’re a bit gun-shy at the idea of a one-color-fits-all look, try a lipstick close to your lip color for a neutral effect.) My go-to is Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Thomas ($36, sephora.com).

5. Don’t touch your face unless you have to. Your hands are GRUBBY.

And hand sanitizer totally doesn’t count—at all. As someone who is oddly scared of others touching my face, perhaps I take this tip a bit too seriously. But your hands are REALLY dirty. Anytime you’re just cradling your chin in thought, putting your hand to your cheek or the like, you’re actually leaving germs behind, and creating a potential zit minefield.

6. Setting spray is actually life.

Makeup primer is the natural go-to product to prep your skin for long-wearing makeup application, while also helping seal in your skin-care routine. But what’s even better is setting spray. After you finish your makeup, just a few choice spritzes will keep everything in place. Try one with added benefits, like Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray ($31, sephora.com), which cools and hydrates skin, or CoverFX Illuminating Setting Spray ($31, sephora.com), which gives dull complexions an ethereal glow.

7. Don’t double or triple process your hair like I have.

I have made a trillion hair mistakes in my almost 33 years. I was born with light blonde hair that turned green every summer because I loved to swim. By the time I was a teen, it had gotten darker and curlier—the latter of which was extremely distressing in the 1990s when everyone’s hair was stick straight and mine had a Jewish frizz pattern that even the toughest of stylists had problems taming. So I started getting highlights at far too young of an age (15, fine, I’ll tell you). By the time I was 17, the Japanese straightening process had rolled around. And I did that, too.

You know what happened? My hair all but broke off. I had pieces of various lengths and textures. But I didn’t learn my lesson, and probably never will, because today, I highlight my naturally dark blonde hair to a pretty bombshell hue and get keratin treatments. But that’s because I’m beyond repair. Treat your hair well. Be kind to it.

8. Use a gel-like topcoat on every single manicure.

I’ve had manicurists look at me strangely for toting a gel-like topcoat everywhere I go. Even if you’re using a regular nail polish, use one of the topcoats designed for gel-like results without the UV light, like Essie Gel-Setter Topcoat ($10, target.com). It gives any regular polish a hard, clear lacquered coating, and if you refresh it every other day, your mani will last twice as long.

9. The best defense against oily skin is an offense of face oils.

Oily skin isn’t something you can fix—it’s just something you have to manage. And rather than stripping oily skin entirely or using a super lightweight lotion, turns out the best way to moisturize oily skin is with face oil. The key is to find the oil that suits your own skin type or complexion issues. For example, grapeseed oil is lightweight and full of antioxidants, making it ideal for pre-sunscreen hydration. Other oils, like tea tree, can actually fight sebum buildup, bacteria, and inflammation. Some oils even have acne-fighting properties, like Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil ($80, sephora.com), which has earned a permanent spot in my medicine cabinet.

10. Don’t ever leave home without a Beautyblender.

This must-know tip relates to your grubby hands, too. Remember how I told you to not touch your face? Same goes for when you apply makeup and skin-care, which I know seems like a lot of work. All you need is one magical tool: the Beautyblender. The OG miracle pink sponge seamlessly blends face creams, foundations, eyeshadows, blush—pretty much any thing you can think of. The key is to dampen the sponge prior to use, but bonus points if you use something soothing, like anti-inflammatory rose water. I keep both a Beautyblender ($20, beautyblender.com) and Glossier Soothing Face Mist ($18, glossier.com) with me at all times for that specific purpose.

11. Coat your hair in conditioner before a swim at the beach or the pool.

If you’ve ever gone to a public pool, chances are you may have been asked to hop under the showerhead first, to rinse off any excess dirt. While you’re there, give strands a fighting chance against damaging chlorine or saltwater by coating them with a sulfate-free deep conditioner, like L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm ($5.99, target.com). The conditioner helps to fill holes (read: damage) in the hair cuticle, preventing any further breakage from forming.

12. Purple shampoo saves blonde lives.

As a lifelong blonde with only a brief flirtation with the relative dark side (a dark, dark dirty blonde), there’s been nothing more helpful than maintaining my bright blonde and avoiding orange brassiness than a high-quality purple shampoo. If you wanna splurge, Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo ($46, oribe.com) is literally the greatest smelling shampoo on earth, but you can get the same effect for a fraction of the cost with Clairol Shimmer Lights ($8, sallybeauty.com). Purple shampoo neutralizes orange deposits, helping eliminate brassiness or that bad-dye-job look.

13. Wiggle your mascara wand horizontally through your lashes to create definition and separation.

While this may seem counterintuitive if you’re looking to lengthen your lashes, the only way you’re gonna really get clump-free coatings is with this badass makeup-artist trick. I’m pretty sure I learned this in one of my very first interviews, but it’s the only way I’ll actually wear mascara now. By simply wiggling the wand back and forth, slowly working your way up, your eyelashes get coated with just enough formula to define, lengthen, and volumize without it looking like you’re an extra from the new Spiderman.

14. A few drops of essential oil on the shower floor—plus a few minutes to let the steam really develop—makes for a spa-like experience.

This is probably my oldest trick in the book. Thank you, Lisa Hoffman (yes, the wife of Dustin!), for this wonderful tip, which I regularly use to this day. Because I’m all about that #selfcare life, I like to make my showers as experiential as possible. Sometimes I’ll do a specific shower meditation or smudge the bathroom in sage to get rid of negative energies before hopping in, but the one consistent is that I’ll always let the shower run for a few minutes after I’ve dropped a bit of whatever essential oil I’m feeling that day to create a spa-like steam shower. When I’m half asleep, I’ll reach for an energizing oil or two, like lemongrass or eucalyptus, but if I’m about to hit the pillow, I’ll usually do something more meditative and calming, like lavender or frankincense. Regardless of the oil you choose, take a few deep breaths, use caution to avoid slipping, and chill the hell out.

15. Go for a microfiber hair towel—and never flip your head over post-shower.

Guilty as charged. For most of my life, after showering I’d flip my head over, shake out some excess water, and tie it up with a terrycloth towel. This routine no doubt contributed to all the aforementioned hair damage. But once I discovered the slew of towels designed for hair specifically, like the Aquis Lisse Luxe Long Hair Towel ($35, aquis.com), I realized how much LESS damage I would cause if I didn’t flip or overly twist fragile, wet strands. Instead, these towels gently sop up excess moisture after I carefully blot a freshly washed head of hair before applying a styling product.

16. Lip balm is the most versatile product you can have on you.

You can moisturize cuticles, fix frizzy spots or cowlicks, or add a bit of glossiness to your eyelids. I only say this because I tried it all in a moment of desperation long before I even knew you could be a beauty editor for a LIVING. As a sophomore in high school I wasn’t exactly toting around my now-impeccably curated on-the-go beauty bag, complete with a teensy flatiron and product minis. So when pieces of hair stuck out, I turned to my little tube of Aquaphor ($4, target.com). Even if I was a bit too heavy handed when I was younger, I was able to tuck away my edges that made me self conscious. I also discovered, a bit later in life, that my hero tube is equally as effective to use on my lids and lashes in a pinch, giving me that dewy, I’m-made-up-but-not look that I love so much.

17. Don’t ever skip that post-workout shower.

Body acne is real. The easiest way to wind up with a few whiteheads on your chest or a cystic zit on your upper back is to not shower after a workout. One dermatologist swore to me that using a body-cleansing wipe, like Yuni Shower Sheets ($15, yunibeauty.com), is a great stop-gap, but if you’ve still got your sweaty clothes on it’s kind of a moot move. The best thing you can do is actually shower, obviously—but if not, grab a cleansing wipe or two plus a fresh set of dry clothes to keep skin blemish-free.

18. SPF is the best anti-aging tool you can own.

I could wax poetic about how important it is to slather on sunscreen before you step outside even on the cloudiest of days. By protecting skin from UVA and UVB rays, a broad-spectrum sunscreen protects skin from wrinkles and dark age spots (not to mention skin cancer). And if you’re worried about SPF breaking you out, just make sure to look for a face-specific SPF that has a “non-comedogenic” label on the tube, which means it won’t clog your pores. I’m really into Pacifica Mineral Face Shade Coconut Probiotic SPF 30 ($13, target.com), which is vegan and cruelty-free, too.

19. Love dry shampoo? You’ll love it even more if you use it before you hit the pillow.

A good spritz of dry shampoo can work wonders to help you stretch out your last hair washing, but I’ve found a genius way to do more than your average emergency oil mop-up before heading to work. I’ve found it to be FAR more effective if I work in some dry shampoo, like Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo ($24, sephora.com), and tie my hair up in a loose bun before hitting the sack. It really gives the dry shampoo time to work its magic—absorbing the oils in my scalp, giving my thin hair a bit of volume—and also avoids the dreaded powdered part that’s the dead giveaway you haven’t washed your hair in a while.

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Ever since Eve took that first bite of the apple, the human race has been obsessed with beauty. Here are some timeless secrets to the younger looking skin, no matter what your age.

The truth is we begin the aging process just as soon as we pop out of the womb. Every day of our lives our bodies slough off and regenerate new cells. The speed at which that process takes place when we are children is vastly different as we get older. Every day you are bombarded daily with commercial messages and beauty tips that attempt to lure you into believing that the most recent miracle drug is just what you need to fight off the ravages of Mother Nature.

We are living longer as a whole. Singularly, that can be a curse or a blessing, depending on your perspective. The best route to natural beauty and healthy skin is to take care of what you have. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? The truth is that your skin takes a beating from the environment every single day. Here are some of our favorite beauty tips for keeping your skin fresh and healthy:

#1 STAY HYDRATED

Stay hydrated and do it with plenty of water! That does not mean soda, caffeine or any other type of liquid, even if it is low cal. Soda (even diet soda) has a high concentration of sodium. Sodium retains fluids. You need a fluid that will hydrate and flush your body free of toxins. Make sure you are drinking at least 8 glasses a day!

#2 PROTECT YOUR SKIN

Protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. We all love the sun. We love being in it and we love having a beautiful tan. The truth is you can poison yourself with too much sunshine. UV rays cause skin cancer and if that isnít bad enough it causes your skin to age faster than it should, contributing to unsightly wrinkles. If you must play in the sun, make certain you are using an adequate sunscreen. Donít leave home without it!

#3 KEEP YOUR SKIN CLEAN

Keep your skin clean. Use a soft warm cloth. Skin does not require scrubbing. You will do more harm than good if you do.

The best cure for wrinkles is to never have them in the first place! If you are like most of us, you didnít listen to your Mom when she tried to tell you to stay in the shade, stand up straight and stop squinting!

#4 EAT WELL

Eat healthily. Knowing how and what to eat, can make a huge difference in how you feel. Improper eating habits can cause depression, weight gain, illness and an overall lethargy. Weight gain causes your skin to stretch. As you get older, it loses its elasticity and you’re left with sagging skin. The best solution to this is to maintain a proper weight.

A rule of thumb for eating habits are…don’t eat more calories than you consume. Don’t go one single day without doing something extra and physical for at least 30 minutes per day. This can be three ten minute walks. Or 30 minutes of vigorous aerobics, or 12 minutes of weight lifting and 18 minutes of walking.

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