15 Beauty Tips You Need To Know on 2020

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In my years and years of reading beauty blogs and watching beauty YouTubers, I have added a few key beauty tips to my arsenal that I share with everyone. I have a freakishly good memory for small, useless pieces of information, including beauty tips. Some of these tips I’ve been using since I was a teenager. If you were to meet me in real life and talk to me about beauty products, chances are you would experience me preaching these tips to you at some point.

  1. Don’t use dry your hair with a towel. Use an old t-shirt. Normal towels absorb too much moisture and irritate your hair’s cuticles. A t-shirt will leave your hair less dry and frizzy.
  2. Apply your dry shampoo at night. I’ve always done this one, and it surprises me how many people still don’t. Spritz it all over, be liberal, and then go to bed. As you toss and turn at night, you’ll rub it all in and wake up with beautiful hair, free of any grey residue.
  3. If you have a break out, moisturise. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Stripping your skin of moisture and oils during a break out is a big no, because it will just over-produce more oil and worsen the break out. Keep it moist, baby.
  4. Trick people into thinking you made more of an effort with your make up than you actually did: wear bright lipstick. This was my go-to tip in uni, when I would frequently be turning up terribly hungover and needing to hide it.
  5. Use powder foundation or concealer to cover a blemish. I use Bare Minerals and it works a treat. Something about a powder does what a normal cream concealer cannot do when faced with a covering up the texture of a horrendous break out.
  6. Don’t use a foaming cleanser. I have to give the wonderful Caroline Hirons credit for this tip. Foams belong in bathroom cleaning products and dish soap, getting rid of mould and grease. They do not belong on your face. They’re too harsh and stripping.
  7. Rinse out your shampoo and conditioner with cold water, or as cold as you can handle it. It will make your hair look shinier and less frizzy and, if you have colour-treated hair, will stop your dye-job fading so quickly.
  8. Coconut oil. Use it for
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    everything. On your hair, on your face, on your cuticles, as a moisturiser. Bathe your body in it and feel like a shining, moisturised queen.
  9. Primers work. It may take you a while to find the one for you, but nothing will make your foundation go on smoother. Think about when you’re priming a wall to paint it. Your face is that wall. I like Laura Mercier’s Hydrating primer for my dry skin.
  10. Massage your cleanser in properly. None of this 10-20 seconds of half-hearted circular motions nonsense. Give your face a proper massage. Do it for as long as you can be bothered. It will get the blood circulating and it’s a really nice, simple way to fit in a bit of pamper time.
  11. Don’t be afraid of facial oils. Even if you have oily skin. The skin needs oil. If you strip it of oils using harsh, oil-free products, it will just produce an excessive amount. Keep yourself moisturised and your skin will thank you. Jojoba oil is a good place to start, plus it’s super cheap.
  12. Apply your cleanser to a dry face. Ignore the instructions that tell you to wet your face first. You use water to wash the product off, not to apply it.
  13. Wash off your cleanser with a flannel. The texture will provide a light exfoliation. You can get multi-packs in Primark for as cheap as £1.50, so they’re cheap enough to buy in bulk. Save the earth. Use less cotton wool.
  14. Don’t pick at your spots. Or if you must, use freshly cleaned hands and wash them immediately after. Getting gross zit bacteria on your hands, then touching your face later and spreading it everywhere is a sure-fire way to get even more lovely break outs.
  15. Your eyeliner wings will never be perfectly identical. And no one will ever notice if they’re not. Save yourself some heartache and accept that your wings will probably always be sisters, not twins. Apart from the odd occasion where the eyeliner gods smile on you.
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