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DIY Nail Art with a Band-Aid

DIY nail art can be simple, fun and oh-so chic–all you need are a couple of Band-Aids. First, paint your nails with a base color. You can add a clear top-coat over the base, or over your “art” or, for a super long-lasting manicure, over both. Place the end of […]

Perfect Mascara Using a Business Card

Perfect mascara can be yours, at last. You want to coat all your lashes, from the base all the way up–but it can get messy. Try this: hold a business card at the base of your lashes. The card will absorb the extra mascara that would otherwise end up all […]

Rubber Band Fix for Your French Manicure

A rubber band is all you need to fix a French manicure in a jiffy! Grab a thick band from your office supply drawer, and wrap it around your nail, leaving the tip exposed. Now you can remove polish, re-apply, and even add a top-coat–without affecting the main part of […]

Add Wrist Weights to Your Hair Routine

Add wrist weights to your beauty routine to give your arms and shoulders a micro-workout while you blow-dry, curl and crimp your hair. The weights will add resistance while you’re holding your arms above your head, with a hairbrush in one hand and a styling tool in the other. Another […]

Clean Beauty Brushes on the Cheap

Clean beauty brushes are the foundation (get it? foundation) to a beautiful look. But most of us are using dirty brushes. Think about it: you spend good money on bronzers, powders, blushes, highlighter, sparkles and who knows what else and then apply all that beautiful stuff with a brush that’s been […]

Apply Perfume Like a Boss

Apply perfume on your wrists, then dab a bit behind your ears and you’re good to go, right? Not so fast, missy. If you’re going to drop your hard-earned cash on your “signature scent” you want it to last–and to make a good impression. Try rubbing it through your hair, down […]

Listerine Spritz for Dandruff

Listerine has been around forever, and all the way back in the 1930s the company advertised this product for “infectious dandruff”! (And here we’ve been rinsing our mouths with it all along.) It really does work, though, because of its antiseptic qualities. Here’s what to do: start with an empty […]

Update Your Manicure the Simple Way

Update your manicure the simplest way possible–no appointment required! When it’s been a while since your most recent mani-pedi, and you don’t have time to book an appointment, there’s an easy way to cover up the “bare” nail near your cuticles. The best part of this beauty hack? Glitter! Use nail glitter […]

Bright-eyed and Rested–Get the Look

Bright-eyed and wide awake is a look that works for every occasion–work, play, or an evening out with your special someone. Even if you didn’t get quite enough sleep the night before, you can still look like you did. It’s simple, one you know this makeup artist secret. Start with a […]

Apply Concealer Like a Makeup Pro

Apply concealer so skillfully that you’ll look like you’ve just had your makeup done by a pro. Until now, you may have been brushing or spreading your concealer just under your eyes (where the dark circles are), but that’s not the way the pros do it. Instead, make and upside-down […]

Vaseline Makes Perfume Last

Vaseline is great for all sorts of beauty tricks, like exfoliating your lips and creating custom lip gloss. Here’s a new trick for you: keep the scent of your favorite perfume strong for extra hours by applying Vaseline first. Before you spray–or roll or dab–on the scent that makes you feel fabulous, put a tiny […]

Shaving Cream Removes Makeup Stains

Shaving cream is something you probably use every day, but did you know that it’s good for more than getting a close shave on your legs? Here’s a use you might not have considered until now–it removes makeup stains from your clothing. The next time you find traces of your foundation–or […]

Put Makeup Remover on Your Night Stand

Put makeup remover where you’ll see it just before you go to sleep: right there next to your phone, alarm clock and picture of your BFF–on your night stand. If you’re like most makeup lovers, you’ve promised yourself that you’ll always take off your makeup before you go to bed. […]

Highlight and Contour on the 3s

Highlight and contour applied properly can give you a beautiful, flawless look that that plays up your best features and adds a little extra definition where you need it. There’s a simple way to apply contour and highlighter–whether you are using a powder, stick or cream. For the contour, draw a number 3: […]

Soften Your Feet While You Sleep

Soften your feet overnight the simple and effective way: let the ointment do the work while you sleep like a baby. Before bedtime, wash and dry your feet–it’s very relaxing at the end of the day. If you don’t feel like washing your feet in the tub or sink, baby wipes […]

A Lip Exfoliant Made from Vaseline

Lip exfoliant from your favorite beauty counter can be pricey: you get a teeny tiny container to rub on your lips, and it costs a cool $20 (or more). Instead, why not go DIY? You can make your own concoction with ONE simple ingredient: vaseline. Just open a new toothbrush […]

Use Conditioner as a Shaving Lotion

Use conditioner the next time you run out of shaving lotion–it’s inexpensive and it really works! Somehow we tend to run out of the products we need during the middle of a shower… and that’s no time to dash out to the drug store. If you’re super organized, you’ve got […]

Make Custom Lip Gloss with Eyeshadow

Make custom lip gloss with a few ingredients that you already have handy. Start with eyeshadow–deep, rich colors in frosts or cremes. It’s fully pigmented and makes a beautiful, lasting lip color. Start by scraping a bit of the shadow with a spoon. Pour the excess into a bowl. Then, […]

Turn Shoe Storage into Beauty Storage

Turn shoe storage into a great place for things like your hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron and other beauty tools. The best place to store all of  your hair supplies is right on the back of the bathroom door. Start with a shoe holder; hang it over the door. […]

Lash Curling and Eye Lining in One

Lash curling takes just a few seconds, but makes all the difference in your eye makeup routine–whether you are going for a cat eye, a smoky eye or a natural look with big, full lashes. Before you use your lash curler, try this simple trick to line your eyes at the […]

Use Baby Powder to Thicken Your Lashes

Use baby powder on your eyelashes to create thick, voluminous lashes. Of course you can use a lash primer to achieve the look you’re after, but the less expensive and much easier way is probably already in your bathroom cupboard: baby powder. Here’s what to do: first, apply a coat […]

Dryer Sheets Tame Your Hair

Dryer sheets tame flyaway or frizzy hair without any magic potions or sprays. Keep a single dryer sheet in a Ziploc bag in your purse, desk drawer, and your car for those days (or nights) when you can’t do a thing with your hair. The two root (pun!) problems of flyaway […]

Beautiful Hair in a Bottle–A Beer Bottle

Beautiful hair makes you feel like a million bucks. That said, you don’t have to spend a million bucks to get shiny, high-volume hair. All you need is a bottle of beer!According to WikiHow, the malt and hops in beer work to repair damaged hair and create volume; the sugar […]

Extend Mascara with Saline Solution

Extend mascara even after it’s gone clumpy. When you find the perfect mascara–the one that lengthens and thickens your lashes–you’ll probably want to use it every day. And before you know it, that favorite mascara is all used up: clumpy, dry and no longer a fave. To extend the life […]

Curl Lashes with Heat from Your Blow Dryer

Curl lashes the easy way… the way that really makes a difference in your beauty routine and, most important, how you look when you leave the house each morning. Do you have a lash curler handy? You may have tried it and found that the curl just doesn’t stay put. […]

Repair Broken Compacts with a Bit of Acohol

Repair broken compacts the simple and practically cost-free way: just use a bit of rubbing alcohol and a spoon and see what happens over night. If your pressed powder, blush or bronzer has cracked into bits, there’s no need to throw it out the window. You could dab the brush […]

Matte Makeup with Milk of Magnesia

Matte makeup gives you a smooth, chic look. How to achieve it? You can spend a small fortune on layers of cover-up, pore minimizers and foundation… or, you can simply crack open the milk of magnesia. First things first: wash your face with a gentle cleanser, pat dry and apply […]

Ponytail Trick to Make Your Hair Look Longer

A ponytail trick that’s so easy–you can use it to make your hair look thicker and longer. First, separate your hair into two parts: above your ears and below your ears. Take the top part and put into a ponytail near your crown. This is the ponytail the world will […]

DIY Dry Shampoo Is Easy to Make

DIY dry shampoo will clean your hair easily, without requiring that you spend a lot of money on a fancy dry shampoo concoction. In fact, everything you need to make this shampoo is probably already in your kitchen. Here’s the recipe. Mix: 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 tablespoon baking soda 2 […]

The Perfect Cat Eye with Clear Tape

The perfect cat eye can make your daytime or evening look beguiling. Your eyes look bigger and more provocative when they are lined with precision. But how to do it without a tell-tale smudge? Here’s your cat eye beauty hack. Use a bit of tape–you know, Scotch tape, gift wrap […]

DIY Lip Scrub that’s Simple to Make

DIY lip scrub is so easy to make that once you make it yourself, you won’t need to spend $12 to $30 for store-bought lip scrub (unless you want to!). Lip scrubs came on the scene a few years ago, right around the time that long-lasting lip color became a beauty […]

DIY Beauty Masks You Can Make with Food

DIY beauty masks can do so much for your skin, at a fraction of the cost of beauty masks you’ll find at the department store (or those expensive natural masks at the health food store). Everything you need is probably already in your cupboard or refrigerator: avocado, yogurt, olive oil and […]

Olive Oil: Your Beauty Go-to Product

Olive oil is the secret to beauty in so many ways. For example, the Mediterranean Diet is based on it and French women swear by it. Here’s a new way that you can use this beauty secret to enhance your regime: it’s a natural makeup remover! When you’ve enjoyed an entire […]

Strawberries Make Your Teeth Whiter

Strawberries are delicious and good for you–and they can be your natural beauty secret for creating a brighter smile. To whiten your teeth the easy and natural way, just slice a strawberry and rub it over your pearly whites. The natural acids in the berries remove stains from coffee, tea, and […]

Pepto Bismol Is the New “It” Facial

Pepto Bismol is probably sitting somewhere in your kitchen or bathroom cupboard right now, and that’s a good thing because it’s the latest hot item in at-home facials. This chalky pink concoction contains bismuth subsalicylate, which reduces inflammation. Just shake the bottle and dab it on with a cotton ball. […]

Hold on to Your Bobby Pins

Bobby pins are a long-time beauty staple: helping to create hair styles from retro pin-up pin curls to modern “dos.” These little helpers have been around since the 1920s and have evolved to include mini-bobbies, camo bobbies and even Hello Kitty bobbies. Yet still there hasn’t been a good way to carry them […]

Shoe Hack: Deodorant on Your Feet

A shoe hack for everyone! (Come on, everybody has stinky feet sometimes.) At first, the thought of putting deodorant on your feet might make you raise your eyebrows. But better raised eyebrows than blisters on your feet! Here’s an awesome shoe hack: use a solid, “glide on” deodorant all over your clean, dry […]

The Easiest Christmas Manicure

The easiest Christmas manicure doesn’t require any special tools or heating lamps. Here’s a manicure you can do at home, with masking tape! First, polish your nails–we think green works perfectly for this endeavor, but you can also use red or silver. Then, when the first layer of polish is […]

Traveling with Cosmetics Is Easy with This Trick

Traveling with cosmetics doesn’t mean bringing your entire medicine chest along in your overnight bag. When you travel, of course you want to look your best, and that means remembering to moisturize each morning and night. If you’re flying, your skin may be especially dry and you will be up against […]

Earl Grey Teabags Relieve Sunburn Pain

Earl Grey teabags are a simple, natural way to relieve minor pain from a sunburn… What makes you look hip and helps with minor sunburn pain? Earl Grey tea, my friend. The next time you find yourself in that awkward position of answering, “What kind of tea would you like?” […]

Makeup Magnets Make Getting Ready Simple

Makeup magnets are a brilliant idea that will transform your morning routine. No more looking through drawers for the things you use every day! Select the makeup you use every day and add magnetic dots to each container. Then, frame a metal board and mount it in your bathroom. Now […]

Deodorant on Your Shirt? Tackle it Easily

Deodorant on your shirt? The last thing you want is to show up for an important meeting (or a first date!) and have the other person wonder, “What’s that white stuff?” It’s supposed to go under your arms but somehow it ends up on the front of your sweater! To quickly […]

Paper Reinforcements for the Perfect French Manicure

Paper reinforcements provide a cheap and simple way to perfect your at-home French manicure. If you’re of a certain age, you might remember those round, sticky things that look like Cheerios. In olden times (the 1970s) people used them to fortify their three-ring-punched papers. Yeah, those were good times. Today, you […]

Deodorize Shoes, the Natural Way

Deodorize shoes without an aerosol spray or chemicals. It’s easy once you realize how effective baking soda is for absorbing all sorts of odors. When someone invites you to “kick off your shoes,” do you have to think twice about how they’ll smell? Take care of that once and for all […]

Make Soap Last Longer with this One Trick

Make soap last with a simple trick. Before you toss that sliver of soap, add it to another bar. When wet, the two bars will stick together. Let them adhere overnight and you’ll wake up to a uniquely layered bar of soap. If you’re really creative, you can use this […]

Put on Boots the Easy Way–With a Cuff

Put on boots the easy way, and you’ll save time, headaches, and the possibility of falling over while you’re pulling on your favorite accessory. No more fighting with so-called “boot cut” jeans to stuff them into your boots! You shouldn’t have to fight with your boots, because they were, after […]

DIY Recessed Shelves for Your Jewelry

DIY recessed shelves are easier to make than they look–and they provide a lovely way to store your jewelry (and show it off a bit while you’re at it). Here’s a beautiful trick: create your own “recessed shelving” with utensil trays. Add a picture hanger to the back, then hang […]

Keep Your Ring Fingers Crossed, and Clean!

Ring fingers (actually, any fingers or thumbs that are adorned with rings) can turn funny shades of blue when metal combines with the oils in your skin. This hack is an oldie but goodie: use clear nail polish on the inside of your rings to keep the metal from discoloring […]

No More Lost Bobby Pins! Keep Them Handy

Bobby pins come in packs of 30 or more, and yet they have a way of disappearing. When you don’t need one, you might find a bobby pin on your nightstand, in your handbag, or stuck in the grooves of your hardwood floor. They seem to find their way to the […]

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Remove Cherry Pits with a Lollipop Stick

Remove cherry pits before you serve a bowl of cherries and you won’t have to worry about your kids chocking on the pits–or spitting them out at their siblings. First, wash the cherries. Use a narrow-necked bottle, like a wine bottle or an old-fashioned soda bottle. If the cherry has […]

Create Font Based on Your Handwriting

Create font based on your very own handwriting. Just a few years ago, creating a font took months of work by a graphic designer. Today, you can create a font based on your own handwriting, the easy way. High tech meets low tech at a website that will walk you through the […]

DIY Nail Art with a Band-Aid

DIY nail art can be simple, fun and oh-so chic–all you need are a couple of Band-Aids. First, paint your nails with a base color. You can add a clear top-coat over the base, or over your “art” or, for a super long-lasting manicure, over both. Place the end of […]

Perfect Mascara Using a Business Card

Perfect mascara can be yours, at last. You want to coat all your lashes, from the base all the way up–but it can get messy. Try this: hold a business card at the base of your lashes. The card will absorb the extra mascara that would otherwise end up all […]

Remove Water Stains with a Hair Dryer

Remove water stains from your coffee tables, dining room table or even your piano bench (!) with the concentrated heat of your hair dryer. Cool glasses of water or hot cops of tea–along with those sippy cups full of juice that your kids love–leave a white mark on wood furniture. […]

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No More Lost Bobby Pins! Keep Them Handy

Bobby pins come in packs of 30 or more, and yet they have a way of disappearing. When you don’t need one, you might find a bobby pin on your nightstand, in your handbag, or stuck in the grooves of your hardwood floor. They seem to find their way to the […]

Makeup Magnets Make Getting Ready Simple

Makeup magnets are a brilliant idea that will transform your morning routine. No more looking through drawers for the things you use every day! Select the makeup you use every day and add magnetic dots to each container. Then, frame a metal board and mount it in your bathroom. Now […]

Lash Curling and Eye Lining in One

Lash curling takes just a few seconds, but makes all the difference in your eye makeup routine–whether you are going for a cat eye, a smoky eye or a natural look with big, full lashes. Before you use your lash curler, try this simple trick to line your eyes at the […]

Hold on to Your Bobby Pins

Bobby pins are a long-time beauty staple: helping to create hair styles from retro pin-up pin curls to modern “dos.” These little helpers have been around since the 1920s and have evolved to include mini-bobbies, camo bobbies and even Hello Kitty bobbies. Yet still there hasn’t been a good way to carry them […]

Matte Makeup with Milk of Magnesia

Matte makeup gives you a smooth, chic look. How to achieve it? You can spend a small fortune on layers of cover-up, pore minimizers and foundation… or, you can simply crack open the milk of magnesia. First things first: wash your face with a gentle cleanser, pat dry and apply […]

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Lash Curling and Eye Lining in One

Lash curling takes just a few seconds, but makes all the difference in your eye makeup routine–whether you are going for a cat eye, a smoky eye or a natural look with big, full lashes. Before you use your lash curler, try this simple trick to line your eyes at the […]

Perfect Mascara Using a Business Card

Perfect mascara can be yours, at last. You want to coat all your lashes, from the base all the way up–but it can get messy. Try this: hold a business card at the base of your lashes. The card will absorb the extra mascara that would otherwise end up all […]

Add Wrist Weights to Your Hair Routine

Add wrist weights to your beauty routine to give your arms and shoulders a micro-workout while you blow-dry, curl and crimp your hair. The weights will add resistance while you’re holding your arms above your head, with a hairbrush in one hand and a styling tool in the other. Another […]

Hold on to Your Bobby Pins

Bobby pins are a long-time beauty staple: helping to create hair styles from retro pin-up pin curls to modern “dos.” These little helpers have been around since the 1920s and have evolved to include mini-bobbies, camo bobbies and even Hello Kitty bobbies. Yet still there hasn’t been a good way to carry them […]

Clean Beauty Brushes on the Cheap

Clean beauty brushes are the foundation (get it? foundation) to a beautiful look. But most of us are using dirty brushes. Think about it: you spend good money on bronzers, powders, blushes, highlighter, sparkles and who knows what else and then apply all that beautiful stuff with a brush that’s been […]