These 10 beauty hacks were personally learned the hard way through hours of research and even more dollars spent; in a world where makeup videos weren’t nearly as accessible nor were there as many beauty gurus on Youtube/social media to guide us as there are now. These beauty hacks are truly too good not to share and I pass them down to you with the hopes that you won’t take as many L’s as I did to learn. These little hacks will change your routine in more ways (you’ll be saving time and money!) then one. You might *just* be inspired to write me a thank you card after reading through these 10 hacks that I promise you… are nothing short of mind-blowing.
10 Beauty Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind
D.I.Y. Hair Texture Spray
There are some incredible texture sprays out there that I know I’m a fan of (Oribe, Ouai, Hask, R+Co, Klorane, the list goes on), but technically you don’t need to buy it if you already have dry shampoo and hairspray on your vanity. A texture spray formula is simply a 1:1 dry shampoo + hair spray hybrid. Whether you’re looking to save $$ or if you ran out of your preferred product, this is a great hack to keep in your back pocket. After styling your hair, spritz your tresses with a little dry shampoo followed by equal parts hair spray. Lift up sections of your hair or flip your hair upside down and spray against gravity.
The All-Day Lash Curl Trick
Vaseline + Eye curler = an instant lash lift, and a miracle for eyelashes that can’t hold a curl from lash curlers alone. I don’t know the science behind this but I know that it’s life changing. For details on how to do this, check out our article where we dive more in depth about this life-changing beauty hack.
Creating an Optical Illusion of Having Thicker Hair
For thin-haired beauties, to create the illusion of fuller hair, work a dime sized amount of moose in your hair and blow dry it upside down. Finish it off with the cold setting before flipping your hair back to its normal part. *Or*, to create the illusion of a thicker hairline, blowdry your hair towards your face from the back. If you’re rocking a deep side-part or ponytail, take a dark eyeshadow or brow powder to touch up any patchy areas with less hair near your hairline.
Water Your Face
To essentially “melt” your makeup together after finishing it off with powder, all you need is water in a fine-misting bottle. It won’t bullet proof your makeup, but it’s a quick way to essentially “flatten” the layers so that your face so that it looks like a finished body of work instead of a powdered donut. If you really want to pack in some TLC for your skin, add a drop of lavender or peppermint essential oil. Try it with organic distilled rose water instead of regular water.
Tinted Lip Balms > My First Born
Tinted lip balm is one of the most multi-functional beauty products out there, and will always have a place in my “stuck on a deserted island” scenario. Apply it on your lips, use it as a blush, tap a bit onto your eyelids for a healthy glow, prep your brows with them before grooming and rub any excess product into your cuticles. You can even use it to coat your lashes before curling them. Use your ring finger to quickly tap the balm on the apples of your cheeks and lids until it’s blended — emphasis on tap, not rub!
Save Your Mascara Wands
The reason why mascara can be so expensive is not because of the formula, but because of the brush! The quality of the applicator brush is the make or break in a mascara about 95% of the time. The rule of thumb is that if you love a mascara, it’s probably the wand. If you hate a mascara… yes, it’s probably the wand. Save your mascara brushes from your favored mascaras, disinfect them and use them to apply other formulas of mascara that you might not have liked before. You might actually surprise yourself.
Coconut Oil is
Good Bad For Your Hair
Coconut oil does more BAD for your hair than good! What?! Yes… I hate to break it to you (pun intended). Coconut oil is the one oil that hairstylists do not recommend that you sleep overnight in! Being a dry oil, it will stiffen as it cools on your hair strands which will actually make it more prone to breakage. What?! Yeah, I know the truth hurts. If you absolutely can’t part with your coconut oil (I know I can’t!) in your hair care routine, mix it with equal parts of olive oil before applying to your hair… and for the love of everything good and holy, don’t leave coconut oil in your hair for more than an hour. Save it to slather on your legs when you wear a pair of daisy dukes!
Applying ‘Any Old’ Body Moisturizer to Your Skin Needs to Stop
For all-over body moisturizers, use pure natural ingredients or organic, nontoxic products. Funny how we think so much about the toxins in nonorganic foods that we put in our body, but we don’t think about the toxic chemicals we are putting on our body. The skin is the biggest organ of the body that essentially acts like a giant sponge. Using all natural oils or products that are nontoxic (read the labels!) is so important. Some great natural all-over body moisturizers that are safe to use natural oils, like coconut oil, sweet almond oil, macadamia nut oil, grapeseed oil, or jojoba (it honestly depends on your preference, they all have slightly varying consistencies). If you’re not into using ingredients in their stripped down form, opt for all natural/organic products. Some great brands are Burts Bees, Weleda, Jasön, Evan Healey, Pacifica, Honest Beauty, Frank Body, Necessaire, or Glossier.
Extend the Life of Your Wave/Salt Sprays for Hair
Extend the life of your favorite wave sprays. They are very concentrated! A lot of textured wave sprays for hair are actually a lot more potent than needed. You can actually water down your beachy spray products by up to 50% water and still get the same effect. My all-time favorite hair product is the cult-favorite Ouai’s Wave Spray, but it’s a whopping $26 for a regular size bottle! Luckily this product is so potent that I can water it down by 50% and still get the same beautiful results (and it smells just as fragrant!) so that I can transform a mini into a regular sized bottle for half the cost.
Turn Your Perfume Sample into an Entire Bottle’s Worth
Wait, what?? Yes, you heard correctly! Melt 1 cup of coconut oil in the microwave until it’s a liquid. Mix in your little perfume sample (that you probably copped at Nordstrom or Sephora) in with the liquid coconut oil, and pour it into a jar/container of your choice. Place it in the fridge to return it back to solid form. Use on your pulse points, or as an all over body moisturizer. The molecules of the coconut oil will bind with the fragrance molecules and actually intensify your perfume. Personally I haven’t paid for perfume in years thanks to this handy little life hack (well, apart from my OG favorites).
The All-Over JLo Glow á La Scott Barnes
It was an incredible moment when Jennifer Lopez’s longtime makeup artist, Scott Barnes, made an appearance on Tati Westbrook’s youtube channel and changed our lives by showing us the (incredibly affordable at-home) technique to achieve the all over JLo glow (watch the video –– my best friend and I screamed with joy when we watched it and tried it out for ourselves). Dust your collar bones, shoulder points and decollate with your highlighter of choice, and set it with a sunscreen spray. The glow-up, the sun protecting element and the dewey sheen you’ll have in photographs make this feel like the hack was forged by God, Herself.