10 beauty cheats every girl should know

{Inspired by Buzzfeed’s popular 27 Life Hacks Every Girl Should Know.}


1. Mascara wands make the best eyebrow brushes. When its time to toss your favorite tube of mascara — you should replace every 3 months to protect your peepers from bacteria — save the wand. Wash it clean with soap and water and, voila, free brow spoolie!

2. Turn any eyeshadow into a long-lasting eyeliner with a drop of saline solution. I learned this trick years ago from Carmindy on What Not to Wear. Wet an eyeliner brush with a drop or two of saline solution (the same stuff you use to clean your contact lenses) then dip the brush into a powder eyeshadow and apply it like liquid liner. When it dries, it’s sweat and smudge proof and lasts all day. I love using this trick with purple, green and teal shadows for a night out.

3. Clean stained fingernails with a whitening toothpaste. Even with a base coat, dark and bright nail polishes can leave behind yellow stains after you take them off. Give your nails a good scrub with a nail brush and a whitening toothpaste to remove them.

4. Beat dry, peeling lips overnight with Aquaphor. I’m terrible at properly hydrating throughout the day, so my lips are always in need of TLC. When they’re really chapped and flakey, I cover them with a generous dab of Aquaphor right before bed. It works its magic overnight, and I remove it with a warm wet wash cloth in the morning. All of the dead skin wipes right off with it, and my lips are left soft and hydrated with minimum effort.

5. Out of eye makeup remover? Olive oil works in a pinch. Bonus: it’s chemical-free and really moisturizing for the delicate skin around your eyes!

6. Freshen up unwashed hair with cornstarch. Cheaper and greener than dry shampoo, corn starch helps absorb oil and odor from your scalp. Sprinkle a tiny amount on your roots (you can always add more if you need to) then brush it through with a boar bristle brush until it’s completely gone.

7. Cure nail fungus with tea tree and olive oil.  I picked up a nail fungus in a salon a couple of years ago, and had the hardest time getting rid of it for good. It started out looking like a tiny bruise under the nail and later the nail started to lift from the bed. Yikes! I tried over-the-counter treatments, but it kept coming back. Then I discovered the tea tree oil trick, and I haven’t had a problem since. Every night, I applied straight tea tree oil to my fingers and toes, rubbing it in to the cuticles and getting it under the infected nails. Tea tree oil can be really drying, so I followed it up with a little organic olive oil. I did this nightly until the fungus disappeared, and I continue to do it several times a week to keep my nails and cuticles healthy. These days, I’m all about home mani/pedis.

8. Dry nail polish in a snap with ice water. Since I started using Essie’s Good to Go quick-dry topcoat, I haven’t had to use this trick, but it’s a good one. Fill a bowl with ice water, then carefully dip your drying nails in for about a minute. If they’re still tacky, dunk them again.

9. Clean makeup brushes with castile soap. You could spend $14 on a 6.75 oz bottle of brush shampoo from Sephora, or you could spend $16 on a 32 oz. bottle of multi-tasking Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap. This natural and vegan mild cleanser removes every trace of makeup from synthetic brushes, even dissolving long wear foundation and concealers. I’ve also used Dr. Bronner’s to wash my face and soak in the tub, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of its “18-in-1” power.

10. Grab a stack of napkins on your next Starbucks trip. This one is weird, but true. The coffee powerhouse’s unbleached recycled napkins make excellent blotting papers. So when you stop in for your latte fix (or shaken peach iced green tea) grab a few extra napkins and stash them in your purse for a quick skin touch-up on the go!

About Keira Lennox

I'm a small town girl from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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  4. I never knew you could use olive oil as a eye makeup remover. I have a friend who has extremely sensitive skin and she can only use vaseline as a makeup remover, apparently it works wonders. Great post!

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  6. Love these tips! I can’t wait to try using starbucks’ tissue napkins as blotting paper! The ice water tip looks great as well, thanks for posting these!


  7. Great tips, my husband has picked up a nail fungus and like you the over the counter treatments are taking forever to work, will try your suggestion. Thank you.

  8. Love this :) I’m always looking for tips that I can try at home. Definitely going to try the toothpaste and olive oil for eye makeup remover. Also, never thought to wash my mascara brush and use it as a spoolie! Thanks for the tips – theshoechateau.net

  9. I use shampoo to clean my brushes and it works great. This is especially good if you buy a new shampoo out to try and it doesn’t work for your hair type. Using it to clean your brushes means it doesn’t go to waste.

  10. These are awesome tips, and most of them were completely new to me! I’m definitely going to try the whitening toothpaste on my nails. Thank you:)

  11. This is a great set of tips! I had no idea you can dry nail polish with ice water! That’s cool. I will definitely try that out next time I do my nails!

  12. Great tips!! Thank you so much!! :) as for the tea tree for the fungi, how exactly do you do it? Is it like tea tree oil you can buy in stores?

    1. Yes! You can find pure tea tree oil in most drugstores and health food stores. It usually comes in a small bottle. Just pour a little out onto your finger tip and rub it in like you would a cuticle oil. It’s naturally antibacterial and antiseptic.

  13. Thanks for these great tips! The eyeshadow as eyeliner is my favorite. Now I know what to do with all the extra eyeshadows I don’t know how to properly use!

  14. This is like the holy grail of beauty tips! Thanks for sharing! I am going to definitely have to try the ice water for wet nails, I am always so impatient when it comes to waiting for my nails to dry.

  15. Wow lots of awesome tips that I’ve never seen anywhere before! :) Thank you for sharing, I’m gonna try the eyeliner trick. But what’s Aquaphor? I have dry lips too and it prevents me from putting on lipstick as it just peels my lips even more. :(

  16. Great tips. I also have another one for free blotting paper…toilet seat liners. I grab a couple at work and cut them up to keep in my purse. They work great!

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