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Quick and Easy Beauty Tips

Updated on February 3, 2013
Quick and Easy Beauty Tips are in Reach.
Quick and Easy Beauty Tips are in Reach. | Source

Tips & Tricks of The Trade ~

How many of us have come across a few quick and easy beauty tips from one source or another?

Yes, I am guessing quite a few of us hear things in conversations or read them in the latest edition of Cosmopolitan or Marie Claire.

Often we are given some beauty tips from our mom’s or grandmother’s whose pearls of wisdom are not to be discarded lightly.

Having been a time served Beauty Therapist and Makeup Artist, with over 20 years experience, I have learnt one or two tricks of the trade, even invented some of my own, which I am now happily passing on.

Beauty Bible for Tips

keep a beauty tips memory book full of tips and tricks you find, invent or are told about. Pass it on to your daughter, niece or grand-daughter.
keep a beauty tips memory book full of tips and tricks you find, invent or are told about. Pass it on to your daughter, niece or grand-daughter. | Source

Beauty is in The Eye of The Beholder ~

The word Beauty means many different things to me.

The innocent beauty of a newborn child. The beauty of nature as seasons change.

The beauty of the written word. The beauty of a persons heart which is unconditional.The beauty in ageing.

There is beauty everywhere and not just the term used in association with the cosmetic Industry, however it is within this Beauty Industry that I will be referring to for the most part which hopefully will provide you with some excellent tips.

Lavender Fragrance

lavender is the one herb that has many beneficial uses in beauty products.
lavender is the one herb that has many beneficial uses in beauty products. | Source

Homemade Beauty Tips ~

Deodorant may be made at home using corn starch (cornflour), coconut oil, lavender essential oil and baking soda for a gorgeous DIY recipe easy to make.For the recipe check out One Green Planet.

Make your own lip gloss easily. Check out my layered lip gloss or citrus lip gloss recipes which make great gift ideas, wedding favors and ideal to get the kids involved with making.

DIY nose pore strips are easily made so need buying them in the drugstore or pharmacy. Mix a packet of plain gelatine with 2 teaspoons of milk and brush onto the area. Alternatively brush over the face for a deep pore cleansing mask.

Best all round ingredient for beauty? Drum Roll please . . . . The hands down winner is Olive Oil without a doubt. Check it out!

For that hint of a tint of lippy color, a lip stain may be made from scratch using natural berries (such as raspberries, blackberries and pomegranates) mixed with a little extra virgin olive oil and pressed through a sieve into a small container. Will last a few days but keep in fridge if not using to prolong shelf life.

Use The Right Brush

use a proper blush brush for a more natural blush application.
use a proper blush brush for a more natural blush application. | Source

Hydration Tip ~

I know we all are aware of the importance of keeping hydrated but it is so vital. Drinking enough water daily is the one tip if nothing else; you should take on board and make sure you are doing.

If, like me you have problems drinking your 8 glasses a day, particularly in the colder months then try making a quick spacucumber water to keep in the fridge. You will be amazed how easy it is to drink without even thinking about it.


Tools of The Trade

makeup brushes are worth having if you wear cosmetics.
makeup brushes are worth having if you wear cosmetics. | Source

Beauty Quote

My mother always told me that no matter how late it is, you take your makeup off. Take it off!

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Makeup Tips ~

Dried Beet makes ideal powder blush so check out the cool recipe for making it on Yum Universe.

Hold onto an old toothbrush and keep as a great beauty tool. Uses include keeping the eyebrows in shape and using to exfoliate lips with. Apply an excellent effective homemade sugar lip scrub to remove dead skin cells and dry skin to leave the lips soft smooth and ready for an even cake free application of lipstick

Want your lipstick to last longer? Apply a coat of lipstick, blot with a single ply tissue and dust lightly over the tissue with loose translucent powder. This will set the lipstick, prevent feathering and color running.

If you have over tweezed your eyebrows fill in with a similar shade of eyeshadow with an eyeliner brush.

Fancy liquid eyeliner but think it is too difficult to get right? Start by applying a pencil line on your upper lid close to the roots it is easier. Then go over this with your liquid liner, easy!!

Use a Q-tip or cotton bud dipped in a tiny drop of olive oil to remove eyeliner.

Want a minimal makeup look in a minute? Concealer, a coat of colorless mascara and a slick of lip gloss. You are good to go, how easy was that?

Keep your makeup brushes clean with a homemade brush cleanser that is easy, cheap and uses common products and ingredients found in most homes.

Follow the Rule Less is More by applying your foundation, blush and eyeshadows in particular, in small amounts. Build up the color or coverage gradually as it is far easier to add color than take it away!

Use a white eyeliner pencil on the inside of the eye to open up the eye. Makes eyes appear larger.

A good concealer is worth investing in as it is a wonder product. My all time favorite worth saving up for is YSL (Yves Saint Laurent) Touche Éclat. I have tried many different ones but this one is not the world’s no. 1 ranked for no reason, honestly! You would be hard pressed to find a Make Up Artist who does not have this in their kit.

Always throw out stale out of date cosmetics. This may lead to eye infections which will result in you having to bin ALL MAKEUP used on the eyes.

Never use the little sponge tip applicators that come with the product to apply eyeshadow. They soak up way too much color which is not needed and therefore wasteful. You will end up applying too heavy an eyeshadow and it makes it all very messy!

Hair Tips ~

Banish Dandruff by using an egg yolk mixed with olive oil into your scalp.

No time to wash your hair? Make a quick dry shampoo and store for such a day. Mix 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder, corn starch and rice flour with 6-8 drops essential oil, lavender or lemon work well, and use when needed to dry up excess oil and add volume to your hair.

Use apple cider vinegar as a natural hair rinse which gives great shine to the hair.

Natural Loofah

natural fruit acids in oranges make excellent skin exfoliants.
natural fruit acids in oranges make excellent skin exfoliants. | Source

Tips for Glowing Skin ~

Use rose petals to make a great natural rosewater skin toner. Check out my Rosewater and Lemon Cleanser which includes the making of your very own rosewater from your own garden.

For a natural loofah cut an orange in half and use one half as an excellent scrub for knees, elbows and excessive dry spots. For the face, use the top half of a tomato and sugar in a similar way.

For a quick blackhead remover, pour a little raw organic honey over half a lemon and rub over the area.

Oatmeal and Yogurt will also remove blackheads successfully in a wonderful deep pore cleanser.

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Men Need Moisturizer Too

After shaving apply a light moisturizer and don't forget your sunscreen.
After shaving apply a light moisturizer and don't forget your sunscreen. | Source

Beauty Tips for Men ~

Use a gentle cleanser for washing the face or a face wash instead of an all purpose soap. Certain soaps are too drying for men’s sensitive skins.

Using a weekly facial exfoliating cleanser will remove all the dead skin cellular build up and reveal a fresher, softer and smoother skin.

Shaving cream is better to use than shaving gel. Gel formulas may contain more alcohol and therefore be more drying on the skin.

Stuck for Shaving cream? Go to the kitchen and grab some olive oil, it works like a dream!

Aftershave Balms are better to use than Aftershave. Far less alcohol so not as drying on the skin. Aftershave may cause irritations and blotchiness.

Use a separate sunscreen or a moisturizer with a built in sunscreen. A higher percentage of men do not use sunscreen in any form and it is so important to the skin. Don’t just think of the face but use body products with added SPF such as shower gels and body moisturizers.

Remember to remove any hair gels or hair pastes at night. If left in, they may cause pomade acne or breakouts on the forehead.

Giving your feet an exfoliating scrub to remove dry skin, hard skin or cracked heels will reward you in the end. Odors and fungal infections feed on dry skin so it’s vital it is removed regularly. As summer approaches you may be wearing open toed sandals and flip flops daily so you need to have your feet looking good!

General Beauty Tips ~

Use a foundation makeup brush or other flat makeup brush for applying face masks instead of fingertips.

Always have a stash of Q-tips on hand, they have 101 uses.

Plastic disposable applicators are ideal for removing beauty products from jars.

Want larger looking eyes without makeup? Curl your eyelashes with an eyelash curler starting at the roots and working out along the eyelashes.

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Suzie, your hubs are just so well put together. Very professional looking with great content, tips, pictures, etc. I think you are going to be rewarded big-time down the road with this niche. Another great job. Voting up, sharing, etc...

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Beautiful, brilliantly done hub, as usual, Suzie. I'm actually going to go back into the Hub I wrote last month about cute makeup tips and add a link to this because I think you've included so much great information.

      I LOVE the idea of using citrus fruit as a natural exfoliant! Amazing! And I'm going to direct my husband to your tips for men. He is a barber, so he knows a lot about skincare for men already--but I'm sure he could benefit from taking a look.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Suzie....Are you a professional make-up artist? Do you manufacture these natural products and sell them on Ebay? Are you a Cosmetician? Are you a facial and skin expert?....If you are, I'm not surprised. If you're not, you definitely should be. Think of the fortune you would make.. Also, have you ever thought of putting all of your hubs into book form??

      You have more info and knowledge than anyone I know.....and it's always useful and interesting! I love "quick & easy." UP+++

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Many thanks for such compliments, I am truly humbled. As you know I am new to writing and this is my first real go at it and really love it. Writing about all the things I love is so empowering and to be supported and encouraged by friends like you is so amazing. I sincerely appreciate all your comments as I respect you and your work so much.

      Thanks so much for your votes, shares etc . .

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sam,

      Congrats on last month! Appreciate your lovely comments very much and the link!!

      I love citrus fruit both in cooking, eating raw and in skin products (lip gloss also!) as the fruit acids are wonderful for the skin. I remember in Turkey the barbers there did the most incredible "treatment" when guys went in for a shave. They got a mini facial and massage plus a quick restyle of their hair. I watched my brother get one and wanted one too! No doubt your hubby knows a trick or two for men's skin! Thanks for your support and input my friend!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Paula,

      Yes, I am a professional Make Up Artist and a Qualified Beauty Therapist. I have worked for the Irish Movie Industry and did a course at the Irish Television Station. My work has been extremely varied, not much I have not done i guess as I have a passion for it. I have never written before hubpages so this is all incredibly new but something I am TOTALLY LOVING. Homemade Beauty I have not really done much in before but have always had an interest in it. I am planning on launching my own website (all a new experience, I don't even have a blog) on the back of how successful these types of articles going down. What do you think?

      If I could make enough products that had a shelf life i would definitely love to do that! I want to sell crafts or my jewelry online, have done a little eBay, not much. Love to do an E-book or something for sure and this year i need to start acting on these ideas.

      Many thanks Paula for your great interest and compliments, I am truly humbled.

      Appreciate your votes and general thumbs up so much!!!!!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I KNEW it! Your writing is so precise and written from a strong personal knowledge. I would definitely encourage you to go forward with any and all of the wonderful intentions you are entertaining. This is a topic that 99% of the female populations has great interest in, as the Billion dollar cosmetic industry proves!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Paula,

      Thanks for your support. I love all aspects of cosmetics and passing on what I have learnt over the many years selling products or applying them! This year will be interesting and exciting, new ventures in lots of ways! You will be my VP of overseas operations!!! LOL Cheers my friend!!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What priceless beauty tips! I always, always remove my makeup before bed. The blackhead cleansers are intriguing--I plan on trying them. I'll also look into the concealer you recommend. Thanks, Suzanne!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      BTW, thanks so much for the natural deodrant link! Can't wait to try it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespa,

      Thanks for stopping by for a look! Glad you picked up a few tips here. The YSL concealer is simply a wonder product for brightening under the eye, on the lids and really wears well. It lasts well if you use sparingly. I put in amazon ad as here it costs at least €30 if not more so this was a great price in my view. Appreciate your bubbly enthusiasm, it is wonderful to receive!!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespa,

      Glad you picked that up I put it in with you in mind you had asked me about a DIY version. There are a few on HP too I haven't tried making yet but plan on doing one. Hope you enjoy, it looks great and not difficult!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Definitely going to be bookmarking this one as well. You should write a book! I love reading your beauty tips, especially DIY ones. Ya never know.. I may start wearing make up again. I really do need to.. it does help me to be more confident. I remember dreading putting it on at times but I would always, without fail, feel better afterwards. Wonderful hub as always, Suzie.. Thank you for sharing :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Jamie,

      maybe there's a book in me who knows!! It would be fantastic and a website is definitely on the agenda this year I reckon. All new and exciting times! Delighted you enjoyed these tips, I have so many that I had to stop so hopefully I will be dropping them in to hubs as I go!! Cheers so much for your lovely comments as always!!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Just imagine how much money people would save doing these treatments instead of buying products from the stores. Well done hub. up, useful and pinned!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      Thanks for dropping in. I know, we all would save so much money and have better skin etc by using homemade products!! Delighted you enjoyed!! Many thanks for the votes and pin!! :-)

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      These are all great tips, and I hadn't heard of most of them, so I appreciate the education! Voted up.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shasta,

      Welcome and lovely to see you. Nice to know there are new bits of info here for you, hopefully you will find useful and give them a try. Cheers for the thumbs up vote!

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