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These beauty hacks might just change your life…

Or make mornings easier, at the very least

By Alexia Dellner, 13 May 2016
These beauty hacks might just change your life…

Beauty hacks are big news right now and if you feel you can't decide which are worth trying and which are best left alone, we're here to help. Our definitive list of the best new beauty hacks is all you need to help save time and money in 2016. From how to keep frizzy hair at bay to making your manicure last, these genius beauty hacks will make your life so much easier. We've even discovered a one-step trick that will leave you with bouncy, voluminous hair from the moment you wake up – and who doesn't want that?

Armed with these hair and beauty cheats, getting ready for work in the morning or for a special night out will be a total breeze. And many of these beauty shortcuts use household objects, which means that you'll also be saving precious pennies in the process. So bookmark this page now and use it as your personal reference when you're getting ready and you'll never waste time and money again!

Beauty hack number 1: Make perfume last longer

Dab Vaseline on your pulse points as the ointment in the jelly will hold your favourite fragrance for longer. Apply to your wrists, neck, inside elbows, behind knees and on ankles and calves.

Beauty hack number 2: Accentuate long lashes

You can make your lashes look instantly longer by using baby powder on them. Using a cotton bud, apply baby powder to your eyelashes, then coat with mascara for fuller looking lashes. Voilà!

Beauty hack number 3: Keep hair frizz-free

Throw away that cotton pillow case and invest in a silk version instead. Cotton can cause hair to break and frizz while silk pillowcases reduce split ends and can also reduce annoying lines on your face in the morning. Double the benefits with one simple swap!

Beauty hack number 4: Make your manicure last longer

Before applying your polish, clean your nails with a cotton bud soaked in a little distilled vinegar. The clean surface will help your manicure last. Simple!

Beauty hack number 5: Clean up a messy manicure

If you’ve made a few mistakes and drawn over the lines during your manicure, just use a slanted eye shadow brush dipped in some nail polish remover to tidy up around the edges.

Beauty hack number 6: Create natural lip stains

Rose petals, beetroots or blackberries are notorious for staining clothes, so why not make that stain work on your lips? Try mixing natural ingredients with a sheer lip balm to create a natural colour that will last all day.

Beauty hack number 7: Avoid hot showers

It can be tempting to whack your shower temperature up full blast but this will damage your scalp and leave it flaky. Try to wash your hair in tepid water, especially in summer. Your scalp will thank you for it. 

Beauty hack number 8: Condition and comb

If you’re prone to knotty hair, instead of wrestling with your brush after the shower, comb through your ends whilst still wet with conditioner in to get rid of all the tangles.

Beauty hack number 9: Curl from the middle of your hair

Curling from the middle, and not the ends, of your hair will make your curls last longer. Hold for ten seconds, loosen the grip and then pull downwards for a perfect tumbling curl. Gorgeous! 

Beauty hack number 10: Keep brushes clean

Bacteria build up is never good on your make up brushes or your hairbrush. Make sure to clean your brushes once every two weeks to keep them and your skin beautifully clear. You can use regular shampoo and warm water. Find out how to clean your make-up brushes here. 

Beauty hack number 11: Make your lips pop

Once you’ve applied your lipstick, try dabbing a little highlighter into the centre of your lips and cupid’s bow to make your pout stand out.

Beauty hack number 12: Line and curl at the same time

When curling your eyelashes, draw on your kohl to the topside of the curler and press down closely to your lash line. You’ll be left with curled lashes and perfect eyeliner.

Beauty hack number 13: Keep coloured make-up bright

If you’re rocking some coloured shadow (blue eyes are bang on trend at the moment), line your socket with white eyeshadow to really make them pop. This works with nails too, just apply a base layer of white nail varnish then your brightly coloured top layer.

Beauty hack number 14: Spray hair grips with hairspray

To save yourself constantly readjusting your hair grips throughout the day, spritz them with hair spray or dry shampoo first so they’ll hold better. Easy!

Beauty hack number 15: Apply dry shampoo before bed

Tossing and turning in bed will help work the product in, alleviating white patches to leave you waking up with voluminous, grease free locks.

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