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10 Beauty Cheats Every Girl Should Know

01/22/2019 108 Comments
Animal print makeup pouch with assorted makeup products spilling out on a marble counter

10 Beauty Cheats Every Girl Should Know

01/22/2019 108 Comments

1. Mascara wands make the best eyebrow brushes. When its time to toss your favorite tube of mascara, save the wand. Wash it clean with soap and water and, voila, free brow spoolie! (Tip: ideally, you should replace your mascara every 3 months to protect your eyes from bacteria; see: When In Doubt, Toss It Out.)

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 may 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. (For a cleaner removal of dark polishes, use a cotton swab to apply a thick hand cream around your cuticles and fingertips before you go in with nail polish remover; it will help it all come off in one clean swipe without staining your skin and cuticles!)

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. (And you can get a big tube on Amazon for $7.)

5. Out of eye makeup remover? Coconut oil works in a pinch. Bonus: it’s all natural 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 love a home mani/pedi; check out my tips for making a DIY manicure last more than a week.

8. Dry nail polish in a snap with ice water. Since I started using Essie’s Good to Go and Seche Vite 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!

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This post originally appeared on the blog on 7/22/13 and is one of the most viewed posts in the archives; I thought it deserved a revival. 

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Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady 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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108 Comments

  • jenny stone 02/13/2019 at 3:09 am

    Great article, love your full article especially and like your all suggestions that how to remove eye makeup with the use of oil… Really a great article.

    Love your article waiting for your next post.

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful ideas in front of us

  • Jenny 01/27/2019 at 4:45 pm

    Lovely tips. So sorry to hear that you picked up a fungus from a salon. Eek! Tea tree oil is some good (and powerful) stuff–not surprised that it wiped out your problem. Love your blog–one of my fave posts.

  • Fonda @Savvy Southern Chic 01/22/2019 at 6:48 pm

    Fabulous tips! I use Aquaphor for my lips, cuticles and feet!

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    Some old (to me) some new (to me). Thanks!

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    Fabulous and awesome post!
    I now have news tricks to tryout!
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  • jess 03/06/2015 at 7:47 pm

    thanks for the tips!

  • miafshaw 12/25/2014 at 10:59 pm

    Reblogged this on miafshaw and commented:
    1, 5. & 9 work for me,

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    Interesting!

  • muslimah 10/23/2014 at 8:22 am

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  • Roxanne Chia 08/14/2014 at 3:44 am

    Hi Keira,

    I really liked this post of yours! I myself do #8, especially since the weather is so humid in Singapore and nail polish takes forever to dry!

    I shared your entry as one of the blog entries in my own blog, Laced Ivory, and you’ll find it here: http://www.lacedivory.com/blog/2014/08/06/link-love-hosting-perfect-cosy-get-together/

    I hope it’s OK with you. Have a great day!

    xoxo,
    Roxanne

  • milesdontmatter 08/06/2014 at 10:33 am

    These tips are all so great!

  • qthedeal 07/16/2014 at 2:22 am

    Reblogged this on Q The Deal and commented:
    Loving these awesome beauty tips that won’t break the bank!

  • Kota Kinabalu Travel Guide 06/06/2014 at 8:06 pm

    Really…? The Starbucks napkin? That’s sweet to my ears. This is a really beautiful blog & thanks for sharing these wonderful tips. :D

  • dfuentes 06/01/2014 at 12:38 pm

    Great tips, thanks for sharing :)

  • Sarah 05/27/2014 at 12:54 pm

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Awesome tips!Some I knew, but a few great new ones to add :)

  • scentrelle 05/22/2014 at 6:51 am

    Thanks. I love these tips! Especially the chapped lipped one, great in time for winter :-)

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  • Jane Melinda 04/17/2014 at 9:03 pm

    Reblogged this on Highland Femme.

  • Soma Sinha Roy 04/04/2014 at 12:36 am

    simple easy tips for big beauty …. thanx

  • thegrottyglasgowkitchen 02/25/2014 at 4:04 am

    just realised I was in Starbucks yesterday and didn’t take the napkins- damn! Very useful article though – thanks!

  • mariawikberg 02/18/2014 at 11:52 am

    Never tought of the contact clenaser trick. Thank you!

  • maybeilljustfallinlove 02/17/2014 at 6:19 pm

    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!

  • The SHAAK 02/17/2014 at 4:50 am

    Ahhh! Starbucks napkins will become my new SOS product!
    And thanks for the contact lens cleaner tip! Brilliant!

  • GraceReasoner 02/10/2014 at 7:21 pm

    wow! I had no idea about the Starbucks napkin tip. Thanks, I’ll try it!

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  • Maria M 10/20/2013 at 4:50 am

    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.

  • girlseule 09/15/2013 at 1:20 am

    Great list! I use the olive oil eye makeup remover all the time it’s the best.

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    Great tips :-)

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    Thanks for the great tips, Keira. This is so helpful. Love it.

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  • sweetpie1013 07/31/2013 at 8:26 pm

    This is sooo cool. Thanks for the tips! Gotta use these someday!! hahaha.

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    Reblogged this on Lou's Reviews.

  • nazcat 07/29/2013 at 2:25 pm

    Reblogged this on The Shoe Chateau and commented:
    Love these great beauty tips.

  • naz 07/29/2013 at 2:24 pm

    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

  • stephtalksfashion 07/29/2013 at 4:26 am

    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.

  • K 07/29/2013 at 3:20 am

    Reblogged this on A Life Lived and commented:
    :D

  • makeupamour 07/26/2013 at 11:25 pm

    Number 3 !! 👍

  • thevelvetlounge 07/26/2013 at 5:53 pm

    Reblogged this on thevelvetlounge and commented:
    simple tricks yet visibly beneficial

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    Reblogged this on charlinezeroual and commented:
    Great tips! Thanks!

  • UnicornKim 07/25/2013 at 12:47 pm

    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:)

  • supermumrica 07/25/2013 at 12:28 am
  • roxnz 07/24/2013 at 3:49 pm

    Love the olive oil suggestion. However is vinegar any good for removing left over makeup dust from brushes ?

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    Reblogged this on thisismajor.

  • lanahepburn 07/24/2013 at 2:02 am

    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!

    • sweetpie1013 07/31/2013 at 8:31 pm

      Exactly! Me too. Apparently i have to wait for my next round. I just did my nails yesterday!!!

  • Mae 07/23/2013 at 4:44 pm

    Wow, tips I would actually use. Thanks a bunch.

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    awesome tips 1st and 8th r my fav thank you
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    Brilliant post. Great must know knowledge x

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  • bubliibeauty 07/23/2013 at 10:34 am

    Awesome tips ! 1st tip is my favourite … I always use my clean old mascara wand to comb my eyebrows ! Thanks a lot for sharing :)

  • Carolina 07/23/2013 at 10:31 am

    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?

    • keiralennox 07/23/2013 at 11:15 am

      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.

      • Carolina 07/23/2013 at 1:01 pm

        Got it! Thank you so much for the help! :D

  • Inside the mind of lulupants! 07/23/2013 at 10:20 am

    Awesome tips, thanx for sharing :)

  • marimarte 07/23/2013 at 10:13 am

    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!

    • keiralennox 07/23/2013 at 11:16 am

      Exactly! There are always some crazy colors in eye palettes that you aren’t sure what to do with, and this is a fun way to play with color :-)

  • Kristina 07/23/2013 at 9:56 am

    Cornstarch! Wht a great tip.

  • canberly 07/23/2013 at 9:29 am

    Awesome tips! I never thought about just cleaning the mascara spoolie. duh!

  • Evalyne 07/23/2013 at 8:40 am

    Thanks for the tips. Will try out the ones i can…

  • alisasibrova 07/23/2013 at 7:46 am

    One more: if you mix cheek blush with petroleum jelly then you will have an awesome lip gloss! Thanks, great article!

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  • Laura 07/23/2013 at 1:24 am

    Awesome tips I know will come in handy! thanks!

  • manzees 07/23/2013 at 12:31 am

    Reblogged this on Dancer,Dreamer and commented:
    This is so so clever! from: aprettypennyblog.com

  • Amanda G. 07/22/2013 at 11:28 pm

    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.

  • mypeaceofheaven 07/22/2013 at 10:13 pm

    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. :(

  • Sarah K 07/22/2013 at 9:56 pm

    What great tips!

  • lizlittle 07/22/2013 at 9:45 pm

    Love the eye-liner trick! Thanks!

  • mpesca3115 07/22/2013 at 9:42 pm

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  • soapandmakeup 07/22/2013 at 9:38 pm

    These are great! Love the olive oil tip, I usually end up using some eye cream if I get stuck. Next time I will try the oil!

  • fabpoorgirl 07/22/2013 at 9:37 pm

    Reblogged this on Fabulous Poor Girl.

  • Code Overdressed (@CodeOverdressed) 07/22/2013 at 9:06 pm

    Seriously? I didm’t know any of these tips, they are so simple and handy! Thanks for the info girl!

  • Valerie 07/22/2013 at 8:48 pm

    Great tips! If you don’t wear mascara, a baby toothbrush also works as a brow brush.

  • eatshoploveblog 07/22/2013 at 8:40 pm

    Great little tips. Love the blotting paper idea. I hate Starbucks but I’ll pop in now for some napkins:)

  • rhiannon 07/22/2013 at 8:40 pm
  • pennywisepoundcake 07/22/2013 at 8:37 pm

    Excellent tips, thank you! I totally do the napkins one.

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  • melindseymarie 07/22/2013 at 8:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Lipstick Passport Pearls and commented:
    I love these beauty tips! Great post from http://aprettypennyblog.com I’ve never heard of using Starbucks napkins as blotting cloths, but now that I’m living in SouthEast Asia, this could be very useful!

  • Athena R 07/22/2013 at 8:25 pm

    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!

  • marijadebono 07/22/2013 at 8:20 pm

    awesome! I actually didn’t know a good number of them!
    marija from allthingslady

  • Christina-Marie 07/22/2013 at 8:12 pm

    This is fantastic!

  • paulinathedreamer 07/22/2013 at 8:11 pm

    I love Dr. Bronner’s but I’ve never thought to use it on my makeup brushes. Totally trying it next time they need a good scrubbin’!

  • Melissa 07/22/2013 at 7:24 pm

    I keep the brown tissues in my draw, great for blotting! Great tips.

  • beataelizabeth 07/22/2013 at 7:23 pm

    Love all 10 of your beauty cheats! A+

    • beataelizabeth 07/22/2013 at 7:29 pm

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      Best
      beataelizabeth

  • kellyann618 07/22/2013 at 7:14 pm

    Definitely going to try number 8, I’m too impatient to ever let my nails fully dry!

  • functionallyfrivolous 07/22/2013 at 6:13 pm

    I especially like the last one. Blotting papers are expensive! But they have been pretty essential during this crazy summer heat.

    -www.functionallyfrivolous.com

  • IAMSHEGLOBAL 07/22/2013 at 6:11 pm

    This is awesome! I love the saline solution eyeshadow trick! Definitely going to use that one.

  • E. 07/22/2013 at 6:10 pm

    The contact solution for eyeshadow tip is life-changing! Thank you for sharing!

  • toopretty12 07/22/2013 at 5:53 pm

    Reblogged this on The Pretty Canary.

  • stephaniematti 07/22/2013 at 5:46 pm

    Very useful tips!! :)

  • Kelci 07/22/2013 at 5:42 pm

    Great TIPS! Eco-friendly, and saves you money. I LOVE to save money!
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  • myclosetnbeautyfinds90 07/22/2013 at 5:38 pm

    Great post! I’ll have to try a few of these tips for myself! Thanks!

  • lifewithpinkprincesses 07/22/2013 at 5:13 pm

    Very useful tips. Thank you.

  • BeingZhenya 07/22/2013 at 5:03 pm

    I love the whitening toothpaste on the nails tip! Never heard that one before!
    Thank you for sharing,
    Xo,
    Z
    http://beingzhenya.com

  • Alyshea Surani 07/22/2013 at 5:02 pm

    This is great! Good to know :) Love the olive oil suggestion as a makeup remover!

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